Ark of Taste Vegetables


You can Help Save Endangered Vegetables!

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

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

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 saving endangered vegetables. 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. And, of course, check out your local farmers’ market – many growers try new variteies each year and appreciate your feedback (and your purchases.)

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.

In seasons past, the Boerner Botanical Gardens has showcased vegetables from the Ark of Taste-the Beaver Dam Pepper, Fish Pepper, Early Blood Rooted Beet, Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Italian Frying pepper, Red Fig Tomato, and the Amish Paste Tomato. You can grow these and other Ark of Taste vegetables in your gardens as well!

US Ark of Taste– Saving Cherished Foods, One Product at a Time

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

  • Outstanding in terms of taste
  • At risk
  • Sustainably produced
  • Culturally or historically linked
  • Produced in limited quantities

The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By growing and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.

This year, Slow Food WiSE has selected a set of 6 regional vegetable plants that are well suited to our area and delicious. We’ve partnered with Maggie’s Herbs and Heirlooms who planted the seeds and nurtured them along. We then sold the plants online and from our booth at the Bay View Plant Sale  in Bay View  on May 31st from 8 am – 1 pm. We also delivered them on May 31st to Metro Milwaukee area home if you purchased a raised garden bed, built by our partner the Victory Garden Initiative.

Our set of 6 organic vegetable plants in 3-inch pots include one each of:

  • Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry
  • Aunt Ruby’s Green Tomato
  • Amish Paste Tomato
  • Beaver Dam Pepper
  • Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Italian Frying Pepper
  • Purple Cherokee Tomato

Check back next year for information on our next Ark of Taste Veggie Grow Out! We typically send out information in March/April and the plants are ready at the end of May/early June!

Questions? Contact Alexandra Hashem, our Biodiversity Coordinator at