In addition to that we're getting a share of seeds from the FACE OF THE EARTH seed csa. Based in Indiana, FACE OF THE EARTH has been breeding diversity into alot of new landrace varieties. This experimental csa provides seed to a network of folks around the world breeding bioregional (and farm!) adapted food plants.
What's a Landrace? I'm glad you asked...
A Landrace is a population of plants highly variable in appearance. Like what would have been common before the industrialization of our seed sources. Each landrace has a core, although variable, identifiable morphology and holds a certain genetic integrity. It's sort of like the flip side of the coin of pure bred gene lines. By selectively choosing which plants flower together we can create a diverse genepool where we see a higher density of statistical games being played at the genetic level than in inbred open pollinated lines or their hybrid offspring.
Just check out some of the diverse offerings from the FACE OF THE EARTH 2011 Seed Bazaar to get your taste buds anticipatin':
Dry Farm Acorn Squash landrace
here's what Alan at Bishop's Homegrown says about them:
"a mix of acorn varieties from our own collection as well as that of Long Island seed grown on the absolutely worst piece of soil on the farm over the past couple of years. Hard and heavy read clay is the norm here. This year we didn’t even add compost, instead we allowed the squash to show us what they had and forwent any irrigation as well, and the best of the best survived and produced a bumper crop of acorn squash from small to large in size in a diversity of color. From there we have chosen seed from the best looking, best tasting, and best storing of the survivors. "
and then there's:
Amanda Palmer Landrace corn
We hope to use this corn to develop a good feed for our poultry:
We might even work to establish a intentionally feral population of cherry tomatoes