These ‘heirlooms’ well worth saving

Posted: July 21, 2012 at 1:58 a.m.

Halladay’s Mortgage Lifter tomatoes were developed in the Depression era and earned its “Mortgage Lifter” nickname after the amateur plant breeder was able to pay off his house mortgage from the sale of the plants.

As recently as a decade ago, the word “heirloom” was used to describe jewels, furniture or handicrafts — one of-a-kind items of uncommon quality or design — that were passed down by families over generations. Now that tag is just as frequently attached to vegetables, fruit and flowers.

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