Heirloom Varieties

Patty pan squash
Remember that special plant from your grandparents' garden that you wish you could grow now? Find information about those fruits and vegetables valued, saved and passed down through generations.

University of Kentucky.  Center for Crop Diversification.

This crop profile provides a marketing overview, market outlook, and economic and production considerations for heirloom tomato production.

University of Kentucky.  Center for Crop Diversification.

This crop profile provides a marketing overview, market outlook, and economic and production considerations for heirloom bean production.

Heirloom Vegetables  ( pdf | 212.4 KB )

University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture. New Crop Opportunities Center.

A fact sheet that covers marketing and production considerations for heirloom crops.

Clemson University. Cooperative Extension Service. Home and Garden Information Center.

Gives hints on saving seed and lists some heirloom varieties of beans, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, okra, peas, peppers, potatoes, squash and pumpkins, tomatoes and watermelon.

Seed Savers Exchange.

A nonprofit membership organization of individuals working locally and internationally to save heirloom garden seeds and offering a large selection of those seeds for sale. The catalog of seeds derives from a diverse selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers maintained by the group in its seed bank and preservation gardens.

Farmers' Bulletin (United States. Department of Agriculture) ; no. 1468 1926

1920s farmer bulletin in the National Agricultural Library Organic Roots Collection. Includes recommended varieties of muskmelon for commercial and home and garden production. Discover more historic varieties by searching the Digital Collections.

Farmers' Bulletin (United States. Department of Agriculture) ; no. 220 1905

Farmer bulletin in the National Agricultural Library Organic Roots Collection. Includes recommended varieties for the northern and southern United States. Find more historic materials by searching the Digital Collections

Cornell Cooperative Extension

"This publication is a timeless, illustrated - look back - at 36 vegetable varieties commonly grown during the 1800s... Excerpts from that century's garden books as well as recipes included."