All Natural Fruit and Vegetables
During our time in Africa, we stumbled across a variety of eggplant that most likely was how it got its name. Instead of a huge, dark purplish-black oblong vegetable, it was small, white and shaped like an egg. We saw and ate watermelon that had a dark green skin instead of the striped variety we know so well. There were two varieties of okra, and during a trip to Indonesia, we learned that the local people categorized at least several hundred varieties of sweet potatoes and yams. In Sudan, they had two types of cucumbers, one that was often curled and a pale green that thrived during the dry season, and another that like the cool rainy season and looked like a miniature watermelon. The taste was so superior that we became passionate about locating and saving seed from these unique varieties. We began to realize that so much of what we consider to be “normal” for produce are in fact a mass produced, genetically modified, single variety. In fact most seeds are intended to not germinate for more than one season, causing the gardener to buy new seed every year.
Due to this decline of variety in vegetables, we have intentionally chosen heirloom varieties to decrease the chances of complete extinction of indigenous and original varieties. The majority of our seeds have been saved and passed down from the 1700-1800’s and are certified organic seed. The garden is also interspersed with flowers that attract butterflies and bees to help pollinate and increase the plummeting population.
This summer we will offer a variety of chemical-free, all natural fruit and vegetables. This year our produce includes green beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, sweet corn, popcorn, cucumbers, kale, leaf lettuce, okra, shelled peas, pea pods, jalapenos, bell pepper, red and yellow potatoes, radishes, spinach, winter squash, Swiss chard, tomatillos, red and yellow beefsteak tomatoes, roma tomatoes and watermelon. Come visit us at the Farmer’s Market in Adrian, Luverne or Worthington, or contact us for more information.