We love growing those rare and weird looking veggies that some people have to stop and ask, “what is that?”
We love heirlooms and that is our focus and we grow them all from seed. Our tomatoes are all colors of the rainbow and we hear them called “ugly” or someone once said “whats wrong with your tomatoes?”
Just one taste and they always come back for more. Heirlooms have more delicate skins so they tend to crack and they don’t sit on the counter as long as store bought, and they are lots of funny shapes and colors naturally. They are loaded with flavor and nutrients unlike the cardboard tomatoes you can find on store shelves. Heirlooms are also called “open pollinated” meaning the are pollinated by nature like wind and bees. They are also older varieties that are passed down through generations and typically are 50 years or more old varieties.
Sure, Hybrids have their place since getting heirlooms to the grocery stores are much more difficult as they don’t travel very well and are more susceptible to diseases but we do grow a few hybrids as backup but the heirlooms are the best.
We also make jams using organic fruit and in season we use our own fruit and pesto with our own basil and garlic. This year we made wild blackberry, yellow watermelon and pear jams and our goal is to add more of our own fruits every year as we grow our orchard.