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.

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

This wonderful, underused vegetable can be eaten raw in a salad or used in stir-fries or soups.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

There are dozens of cantaloupe varieties on today’s market. Choose a variety best suited to your climate. Urban growers may want to choose a fast-maturing variety like Fastbreak or Lil Loupe, which also take a little less space.

Watermelon

Watermelon

Homegrown watermelons are as sweet as you can get. Smaller-fruited varieties like Petite Treat and Sugar Baby are good choices for smaller households. Yellow-flesh varieties have a sweet, mellow flavor and are good for gardeners wanting to try something different.