Datterini

Datterini Tomato

Essentially a type of cherry tomato mainly found in Italy, these sweet plants grow in clumps of up to a dozen at a time. The name “datterini” means “little dates” in Italian because of its very sweet taste and small size. The skin is thicker than regular tomatoes and they have fewer seeds, which means more flesh.

Catnip

Catnip

Although native to Eurasia, catnip is fully naturalized across North America. Part of the Mint family, it is sometimes called Catmint. What is essentially a behavior-modifying drug for felines works as a mild sedative for us. When catnip’s crushed leaves and flower buds are brewed as a tea, it has a calming effects. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) has also been used widely in salads and soups, and as a digestive aid.

Gold Medal Tomato

Attractive in appearance as it is delectable in flavor, the Gold Medal heirloom showcases an orange-yellow exterior splashed with pink marbling. Its super-sweet, well-balanced flavors make it ideal for slicing and tossing into a salad.

German Johnson

German Johnson Tomato

This heirloom originated in Virginia and North Carolina. Robust in flavor, these huge, beefsteak tomatoes can grow up to 1 pound. Ideal for slicing, canning and juicing, the German Johnson does it all.

Brandywine

Brandywine Tomato

The brandywine heirloom matures slower than other tomatoes. One of the most popular garden varieties in the United States, it is easily identified by its unusual potato leaves. .

Fava Beans

Fava Beans

Although a bit labor-intensive, the work is worth it for these meaty beans. They are also often used as a cover crop because of their nitrogen-fixing properties.

Shiitake

Shiitake Mushrooms

Not only do shiitake mushrooms enhance the flavor of many dishes, they are also known for their medicinal properties, including research concluding immune-function increase, and they are often used in Japan as a complementary alternative medicine by cancer patients.

Oyster mushroom profitable

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms are the most widely eaten mushrooms in the world and very easy to grow. Their oyster-like flavor makes them great in soups.

Azuki beans

Azukis Beans

Azuki beans are traditionally used as paste in Japanese desserts, but they can be grown here in the U.S. and used in many other dishes as well.

Black-eyed Peas

Black-Eyed Peas

The black-eyed pea is hard-to-miss with its pale body and small, black “eye.” Traditionally, in the United States, it’s used in Southern dishes.