To qualify for the US Ark of Taste, products must meet certain criteria and are voted in through the Slow Food USA biodiversity committee where varieties are evaluated on an on-going basis.
Product categories include vegetables, fruits and berries, nuts, cereals, cheeses, fish, shellfish, game, livestock, poultry, beverages, honey, spices, syrups, vinegars, and more. The complete list can be found here.
Like the Ark of Taste, our farm has been committed to growing and saving varieties of fruits, vegetables and meat products that grow well in our climate and produce adequately enough to feed our family and fill our pantry throughout the year with fresh fruits or canned goods. For years we have grown and saved the Fish pepper, which makes a delicious pepper jelly. Other mainstays on our farm are the Beaver Dam pepper (Go Beavs!) and, my personal favorite, Jimmy Nardello's pepper.
The Ark of Taste varieties that we will be growing for sale as plants and fresh fruits in 2012 are:
Beaver Dam Pepper
Jimmy Nardello's Pepper
Wenk's Yellow Hot Pepper
Moon and Stars Watermelon
Christmas Lima Bean
Amish Pie Squash
Amish Paste Tomato
Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry
Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato
Cherokee Purple Tomato
we also raise:
Jersey Giant Chickens
I invite you to join us in reviving rare and endangered varieties of our American culture and see what many new varieties of hybrids are lacking!