Back to Basics with Heirloom Tomatoes

Last weekend, while strolling around the Holland Farmers’ Market before the Saturday morning Chef Series, I visited Gordon Stannis and his daughters, who were selling heirloom tomatoes. In fact, their business is called Heirlooms.

Heirlooms are plants that were used before modern agriculture came along with GMOs (genetically modified organism), of which the majority are owned by Monsanto. (Isn’t that a monopoly?)

For purists, seed saving is the way to go. In fact, the Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations. 

Besides, how else can you buy Sweet Pea Currant tomatoes?

Even though my garden is pretty full already, I couldn’t resist adding one more tomato plant to my row. I bought a Sweet Pea Currant and look forward to the non-GMO flavor these tomatoes add to my salads this summer!


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