While skeptics may raise an eyebrow at the growing trend of heirloom vegetables, others are quick to point out the role these crops play in biodiversity. "Not only can you find tomatoes that are well-suited for your area, that are going to perform well, you’re also going to have so much choice," said Shannon Carmody of the Seed Savers Exchange. This biodiversity helps recapture variety that had been lost previously.

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