We are committed to growing heirloom vegetables. Small farmers and gardeners developed these vegetable varieties, carefully saving the seed and passing it from generation to generation.
Generally, heirlooms are open-pollinated varieties of vegetables that were developed before World War II (that is, before the rise of modern industrial agriculture). Heirloom vegetables were typically selected for adaptation to the local climate and for exceptional flavor and beauty. With the advent of petroleum-fueled-and-fertilized industrial agriculture, the criteria used for crop selection changed. Modern vegetable varieties grown on most commercial farms have been selected for productivity, uniformity, disease resistance, and the ability to be shipped. Note that flavor and beauty are nowhere on that list. Heirloom vegetables tend to be very pretty indeed, but more importantly they are packed with flavor that's been bred out of many modern production-oriented varieties.