They go by many names, heirloom plants, heritage crops and even antique varieties. Although these names may summon up the imaged of a dusty, moth-eaten head of lettuce, the plant varieties in questions are merely genetically old not physically old themselves.
An heirloom plant is an older plant variety or grouping of plants selected for their desirable characteristics that can be maintained by propagation that is still maintained by gardeners and farmers.
Many of these types of plants may have been commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but are not used in modern large-scale agriculture. One of the most prevalent type of heirloom edible you can find in our county are apples.
Delavan-Darien scored a 5-0 soccer victory Sept. 11, 2014 over Elkhorn Area High School. Photos by Terry Mayer.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Cornfest, long a community staple in the small village of Darien, is a festival that annually calls home those who remember it from their childhood. And this Sept. 5 through Sept. 7 isnít shaping up to be any different.
A lot of people who have roots in Darien come back down from wherever they live just for Cornfest, said Cornfest President Karen Haman. There are a lot of people I actually grew up with that come home for that weekend most years, its kind of like a reunion.
ELKHORN -- Abell's Restaurant and Lounge, N6427 Highway 12, a longtime dining landmark in Walworth County, was destroyed Sept. 5, 2014 in an early morning fire. - See more at: http://www.walworthcountytoday.com/20140905/elkhorn_restaurant_destroyed_in_fire#sthash.PHAqgA8O.dpuf
ORFORDVILLE — As students returned to class this week in the Parkview School District, there were plenty of school projects getting started. But none likely will be as significant as the “big project” coming to the district. Officials are setting in motion expansion and renovation projects to Parkview Junior/Senior High School and Parkview Elementary School, both in Orfordville. Voters approved a $17 million construction referendum in April to allow the district to work on the projects and to reconfigure the grade levels at both schools.