We grow a selection of heirloom vegetables, as well as harvest some of the wild fruits that are on the farm. Some of these vegetables are rare or ancient, and all are delicious. “Heirloom” simply means an open pollinated variety whose seed has been saved and passed down for generations. Seed Savers Exchange classifies heirloom and historical varieties as two different things, with heirloom being specific to one community or family.

Since the monopolization of food has begun, uniformity and shelf life have taken priority over taste, nutrition, and culture. This has lead to the disappearance of possibly thousands of fruit and vegetable varieties, diminishing the genetic diversity of our food, and the cultural diversity of our lands. Seed saved from commercial hybrids often will not even produce offspring that resemble the vegetable intended to grow, removing us further from food sovereignty. Luckily, several farms and organizations have dedicated their time and effort to preserving and reviving these vegetables! We are happy to offer some of these great treats!

Inchelium Red Garlic

Available July – September

Originating from the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA, this superior tasting garlic can have light purple stripes and blotches making it beautiful and great tasting. It even has been recognized by the Rodale Institute for its flavor.

Moon & Stars Yellow Flesh Watermelon

Available July – September

This rare heirloom was once grown widely in Georgia not even a century ago. Medium to large size melons have a “moon and stars” speckled pattern on the dark rind, rather than the stripes of “typical” melons. The yellow-orange flesh is soft and creamy with a mild sweetness. Keeps quite well when refrigerated. This variety was grown in the Shacklefords’ garden up until the 1970s, and we are happy to have it growing here again now!

Wild Blackberries

June – July

For decades, the Shacklefords have come to the farm to pick the wild blackberries that grow here, and when there is enough, Feed the People Farms is happy to share! These sweet and juicy wild berries have a slight tartness, and a wide array of color, size, and shape. Warning: These sweet treats may not even make it home from market.

Georgia Jet Sweet Potato

Available September – November

This heirloom of unknown origin (though believed to originate in Georgia) predates the now popular Covington and Beauregard varieties. Georgia Jet has a pinkish orange-red skin and a deep orange flesh. Unlike many sweet potato varieties, Georgia Jet is not shown to have originated from a University, making this a true heirloom variety. It is great for baking, and will hold up well in pies, sauces, ferments, and puddings!

North Georgia Candy Roaster

Available September – November

Candy Roasters are a type of sweet winter squash originally developed by post-Mississippian tribes. The ‘North Georgia Candy Roaster’ was renamed by the white-man following the occupation by the State of Georgia in the mid-1800s that remains to this day. It has been grown in this region for over 500 years – long before the European Conquest. It is a beautiful, large, and sweet fruit, sometimes weighing up to 15 pounds! Peach colored skin with blue highlights on the blossom end make this squash stand out and its bright orange colored flesh is reminiscent of a pumpkin. It is so sweet, sugar is not needed in pie and casserole dishes; the Cherokee use it in a corn-bean-squash soup for winter consumption rich in nutrients and flavor. This variety will keep un-refrigerated for up to NINE MONTHS making it one of the best storage crops in existence. Up until the mid-1900s this variety was widely grown and eaten by Appalachian families, not the pumpkin, until commercial agriculture largely replaced community self-reliance. This squash is not only absolutely delicious, but is a living testament to a resiliency and sustainable self-reliance that is absolutely necessary for today.

Georgia Green Collards (Georgia Creole)

Available November – January

Pre-1880 Georgia heirloom. Also known as ‘Georgia Creole’ or ‘Georgia Southern,’ these collards are the classic and everything you’d expect of a classic. Great taste, big broad leaves, thin stems, and excellent color. If you’re looking for the best collards, look no further.