That awful phrase “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” is starting to take on a whole new meaning this summer. If you’ve stepped outside your house in Baltimore (or really anywhere in the U.S.) in the past couple of months, you’ve noticed how crazy stupid hot it has been. On the 18th we tied our record for hottest day ever in the city at 107°– the only other time it has been that  toasty was in 1936. And even before that, on the 17th, we learned five more Marylanders had died from heat-related causes, bringing our total to 20 for the summer.

Now, with much of the Midwest hit with a major drought, we may feel the heat in our grocery bills as well. Farmers across the country are producing less variety and lower quality fruits and vegetables, CBS news reports. And the worst bit is it’s local farmers, the ones who grow their crops outside of warehouses, bearing the brunt of the hit. As if factory farms needed any more help. I guess I spoke too soon – back to the sack cloths!