Ark of Taste Vegetables that may be well suited for growing in Wisconsin:

Amish Deer Tongue lettuce

Grandpa Admire's lettuce

Speckled lettuce

Tennis Ball lettuce (black seeded)

Early Blood Turnip-rooted beet

Beaver Dam pepper

Bull Nose Large Bell pepper

Fish pepper

Hinkelhatz Hot pepper

Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Italian Frying pepper

Sheepnose pimiento

Amish Paste Tomato

German Pink Tomato

Sheboygan Tomato

Red Fig Tomato

Aunt Molly’s Husk Tomato (ground Cherry)

Valencia Tomato

Lina Cisco’s Bird Egg Bean

True Red Cranberry bean

Hidatsa Shield Figure bean

Yellow Indian Woman Bean

Hutterite Soup bean

Mayflower Bean

Turkey’ Hard Red Winter Wheat

Roy’s Calais flint corn


Save Endangered Vegetables!

“300,000 vegetable varieties have become extinct over the last century”

                                           Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

Foods on the Ark of Taste are just a small percentage of the thousands of foods at risk of disappearing.  By promoting them, we ensure they remain a part of our foodways.

Eat It to Save It

Support farmers who grow heirloom vegetables from the Ark of Taste!   Slow Food WiSE takes pride in growers in our region who are Renewing America's Food Traditions. Pinehold Gardens, Afterglow Farm, Hedgerow Farms, and Earth Harvest Farms are run by a growing number of area farmers devoted to safeguarding our food heritage.  To search for more farmers and producers offering products that have been boarded onto the Ark of Taste, search Local Harvest.  

Grow It to Save It

Whether in a front yard, a community garden plot, a school garden, in a pot, or in your own backyard; growing endangered foods you can help save these foods from extinction.

This summer, the Boerner Botanical Gardens is showcasing vegetables from the Ark of Taste.  Slow Food WiSE encourages you to visit & to grow these heirlooms in your gardens as well!


      Boerner Botanical Garden's Ark of Taste Bed, Summer 2010

These vegetables have been boarded onto Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste and either have historical ties to our region or may be good choices to grow in the Upper Midwest.

 Most of these seeds may be sourced through:

Seed Savers Exchange
3094 North Winn Road
Decorah, IA 52101

Save It to Save It

Save your seeds!  Learn how.

Note: To qualify for the US Ark of Taste, food products must be:

  • Outstanding in terms of taste—as defined in the context of local traditions and uses
  • At risk biologically or as culinary traditions
  • Sustainably produced
  • Culturally or historically linked to a specific region, locality, ethnicity or traditional production practice
  • Produced in limited quantities, by farms or by small-scale processing companies
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