About a month ago I found a local program called the Heirloom Seed Trial. It was created by the Slow Food Huron Valley Group “to promote seed saving and genetic diversity in foods adapted to our region.” The group signed up participants and gave away 30 different varieties of heirloom seeds from the Great Lakes Region. All they asked for in return was your authentic participation and feedback about your growing experience, insight about the taste of your finished products and seeds from your harvest at the end of the season. Seriously?
If you remember my near fanatical heirloom enthusiasm and Edible Legacy post you are saying to yourself, “They gave her these seeds for free? She would have paid an arm and a leg for them.” Yes, you are right, I would have. So, when I stood in front of the Slow Food trade show booth listening to details of their Seed Trial, I felt like I was bamboozling them as I signed up to take their legacy seeds for free. Dream come true I thought. This is such a cool honor and I am really thrilled to be a part of it. This feels so important to all of us that grow, consume and love great food. Unaltered seeds grow intrinsically perfect food. I want that.
Here are the heirloom varieties we will be growing. Please send plenty of suggestions and loving, growing thoughts our garden way.
Detroit Dark Red Beets
Green Prolific cucumbers (aka. Boston)
Chicago Pickling cucumbers (aka. Improved Chicago Pickling, Westerfield, Westerfield Chicago)
Green Tasty tomatoes (aka. Evergreen)
Yellow Pear tomatoes (aka. Beams Yellow Pear)
We will plant around Memorial Day. I will keep you posted on our growing success. Single-handedly wiping out a legacy of seeds that have been passed down for generations is not an option. This crippling fear may have crossed my mind one or twice. Nah, I can do this.
Do you have a seed trial similar to this near you? Have you had heirloom success or adoration? Please share.
Have a delicious day.
Tags: buy local, compassionate eating, going veg, heirloom seed trial, heirloom seeds, heirloom vegetables, plant based diet, Slow Food Huron Valley, trying vegetarian, vegan, vegan challenge, vegan experience, vegan wannabe