Heirloom Vegetables

Heirlooms are open pollinated varieties that have been grown and maintained by growers, gardeners, and communities for many years. The specific strain may have been hand-selected by individual families and passed on to younger generations, or developed and commercialized by universities or seed companies in the early days of commercial breeding. Heirloom varieties often boast unique characteristics and exceptional flavors, though they lack the uniformity and disease resistance traits offered by newer hybrids. They are a great way to add novel colors and flavors to gardens, markets, and meals.