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.



Zucchini, also known as summer squash, comes in many varieties, including the standard long green types and yellow crooknecks. For something different, plant round varieties like Eight Ball or scallopini types for added interest and flavor.

Cherokee Purple

Cherokee Purple Tomato

The Cherokee Purple tomato is said have originated more than 100 years ago with the Cherokee people. This beefsteak-type fruit is deep purple with green shoulders, is densely textured and has a mild, sweet tomato flavor. Because it is an open-pollinated heirloom variety, seeds are easily saved from year to year and return true to type.

Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato

The fruits of Kellogg’s Breakfast are a brilliant orange and have a tangy flavor. They are thin-skinned and meaty with very few seeds. This tomato variety is the favorite of many gardeners. An open-pollinated heirloom, it hails originally from West Virginia, but was acquired by a Michigan breeder named Darrell Kellogg. Plants must be properly trellised or staked as the fruits are very heavy and the vines alone cannot support them.

First Lady Tomato

With crack-resistant fruits on disease-resistant plants, First Lady’s fruiting occurs in clusters on the vine and production is early.

Sweet 100 Cherry

Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato

The Sweet 100 cherry tomato is a hybrid variety that bears hundreds of super-sweet bright-red fruits all season long. Because the plant can grow quite large, a good staking system or tomato cage is necessary.

Jet Setter Tomato

Jet Setter Tomato

An early producer, Jet Setter is one of the first beefsteak varieties to ripen. Fruits are perfect for slicing and salads.

Amish Paste

Amish Paste Tomato

Known as a sauce tomato, this productive, egg-shaped heirloom is one of the largest paste tomatoes.

Big Beef Tomato

Big Beef Tomato

The fruits of Big Beef tomatoes are very firm and crack-resistant. This hybrid shows increased disease resistance and is a former “All-America Selections” winner. With an old-fashioned acidic flavor, this is a great tomato for saucing and fresh eating.

San Marzano

San Marzano Tomato

Hailing from Italy, these thin and pointy plum heirloom tomatoes are preferred by many for its saucing and canning qualities. Prized for its sweet flavor and low acidity, the San Marzano is the only tomato that can be used for Neapolitan pizza.