Isn't it interesting, hundreds of tomato varieties are available, yet we only see a handful of hybrids represented on grocery store shelves. The varieties available in heirloom seed catalogs are another great reason to grow your own food. Heirloom vegetables are those that people prized so much, they saved the seeds over generations. They are also open-pollinated, meaning that you can save the seeds and get a true to type plant. If you try to save and plant seeds from a hybrid vegetable, you won't get a good result. I grew a few hybrid tomatoes (Yellow Taxi, Cherokee Purple, Gypsy) in the potager last year and had excellent results in taste and quantity.
Now is the perfect time to get your hands on a few seed catalogs, snuggle up in your favorite chair, cover yourself in a warm blanket, and dream of growing lots of fresh, healthy, pure, clean vegetables from your own yard.
For more reasons to grow heirloom vegetables, read Heirloom Vegetables: 6 Advantages Compared to Hybrids from Mother Earth News.