Pioneer Pito bean

The ‘Pioneer Pinto’ bean is one of Arne Boresson’s family heirlooms. It originally came to Oregon in the 1880s when his ancestors carried it via the Oregon Trail.

Donated by Alan and Linda Kapuler

Lenore flint corn

Glenn Drowns developed ‘Lenore’ flint corn as part of his senior project in college. Glenn hoped to breed corn that was entirely maroon red for his thesis project.

Donated by Glenn Drowns

Valena Italian pole bean

Even though this variety looks extremely similar to the ‘Pioneer Pinto’ bean, they have wildly different backgrounds. Denise Dunton’s grandparents brought the ‘Valena Italian’ pole beans back to the United States in 1966 after visiting their extended family who remained in Italy.

Donated by Mike and Denise Dunton

Lancaster Sure Crop corn

‘Lancaster Surecrop’ corn was developed by Isaac E. Hershey and his son Noah Hershey of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the early part of the 20th century. It was used as a parent for many varieties of modern field corn.

Donated by Landis Valley Museum’s Heirloom Seed Project

Hmong Bitter Red Ruffled eggplant

Suzanne Ashworth received this unusual ‘Hmong Bitter Red Ruffled’ eggplant from Mrs. Tria Thao, a parent of a student at the Sacramento Pacific Elementary school. Suzanne uses them for Japanese flower arranging.

Donated by Suzanne Ashworth

Schimmeig Creg tomato

‘Schimmeig Creg’ tomato: Tom Wagner bred this beautiful, striped tomato when he was only 13 years old. Giving varieties like the ‘Schimmeig Creg’ Manx names is Tom’s way of honoring his maternal grandfather, who was from the Isle of Man in the British Isles.

Donated by Tom Wagner

Pennsylvania German Red lima bean

‘Pennsylvania German Red’ lima beans trace back to E.B. Raybe who got the seed from a Lancaster County minister and his wife. They used them to add color to their recipe for a regional pickled relish called “Chow Chow.”

Donated by Landis Valley Museum Heirloom Seed Project

Gilo Verde Escuro eggplant

‘Gilo Verde Escuro’ eggplant: This eggplant traces back to John M. Riley, the co-founder of California Rare Fruit Growers and an eggplant enthusiast.

Donated by Suzanne Ashworth

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