|Heirloom plants are like pieces of history. They are the result of seeds that have been saved through generations by dedicated gardeners. Competition from hybrids has forced many heirloom varieties off the pages of the seed catalogs, leaving them to be preserved by gardeners who recognize their value.
Most heirloom plants are not suitable for large-scale production because they can't be mechanically harvested, transported long distances, or stored
for long periods of time, but they offer many advantages to the home gardener. Heirloom vegetable crops often taste better and are more tender
than today's hybrids. Many heirlooms also offer greater disease and insect resistance, making them valuable crops for organic gardeners.