Heirloom vegetables are a variety that has been around for around half a century. They are grown from seeds that have been passed down through multiple generations of growers. They are open-pollinated, meaning pollination happens naturally using insects and wind rather than outside sources. These vegetables have a sort of old-world charm to them, and the flavors offer a deep heritage that makes dishes much more enjoyable. Heirloom vegetables offer a wide range of benefits that can be enjoyed by any community.
Encourages Sustainability And Biodiversity
Heirloom vegetables encourage biodiversity regarding our food choices. A lot of produce items that are found on supermarket shelves are selectively grown by farmers because of such traits as being able to resist disease, having a uniform appearance, and having the capacity to survive being transported hundreds of miles.
Today’s modern day agriculture only grows certain specialized breeds. For this reason, there isn’t a lot of variety in what you can choose. Heirloom vegetables, on the other hand, are grown for their above-average flavor, hardiness, and charming color. When people support small-scale farming operations that use heirloom seeds, as well as dedicating their craft to ensure heirloom varieties are preserved, it helps to create a food system that revolves around genetic biodiversity. Along with this, it helps support a sustainable food system that isn’t threatened by disease because of how little crop variety there is.
Supports Small, Sustainable Farms
Some don’t like the idea of heirloom vegetables. An example is tomatoes. These tomatoes are not seen as economical for mass production because the tomato-to-plant ratio isn’t as high as people would like, and harvesting machines don’t work very well with them. However, heirloom tomatoes are rich in flavor and nutrients, making them a better tasting experience than commercially-grown tomatoes. Farms that choose heirloom seeds and value quality over quantity are the same farms that can offer you this delectable variety of vegetable. Heirloom vegetables also provide a chance for people in the community to connect with smaller local farms in the area. When you choose to eat these types of vegetables, the community can help small, sustainable farms, and establish a sustainable food system with emphasis placed on preserving the rich heritage of raising produce with intention.
Baywater Farms Has The Right Produce For You
Baywater Farms is a family owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce possible.