|Heritage Farm, home of Seed Savers Exchange, Iowa|
OK so call me an old fuddy-duddy but the buzz about heirloom tomatoes was wearing a bit thin for me by the end of last year. Truth be told I’m not even that fond of tomatoes. I did make an exception for the wonderfully sweet Sungold cherry variety that I grew last summer though. I could eat them straight from the vine - in small quantities. I just got really tired of the endless articles in blogs and magazines about the many wonderful heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables now available thanks to the valiant efforts of various seed companies who have saved and propagated Uncle Fred’s beans and Grandma Betty’s beetroot. “Who cares” I asked myself? “How many varieties of a tomato do we need anyway?” Hmmm, maybe the same populace that needs two entire aisles of a supermarket for breakfast cereals?
|Psychedelic beetroot! (Chioggia variety from Italy)|
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