Locally grown is catching on across the country and nothing tastes better than fresh, local produce especially if you grow and produce your edibles in your own back yard. Breeders are creating new varieties every year that add color, unique flavors and spice to your evening meals. The headlines and surveys agree vegetable gardening is trending up.
"Vegetable gardens have exploded in popularity since the 2008 recession, but 2014 might see the biggest boom in backyard veggies, yet. Rising costs of food sends many to the soil to grow their own vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Food prices rose by 0.4 percent in February, the largest increase since September 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month. Cold weather in California and a crop disease in Florida have devastated crops like oranges and strawberries, according to USA Today. Orange prices increased 3.4 percent in February, while strawberries cost 12 percent more than last year."
~Nicole Paitsel (March 29, 2014)
"Among the 78 million gardening households that have a lawn, garden or grow plants in containers, more than half (54%) grew vegetables this year according to this the 2013 Garden Trend Survey by the Garden Writers Association."
~2013 October Gardening Trends Research Report
So I surveyed our suppliers of Edibles to find out what they had for 2015 that is new, hot or unique. I hope you find this interesting and valuable information.