How old is that carrot you just ate? No, not the actual carrot — its genes. In the last decade or so, Americans have come to value heirloom varieties of vegetables, especially tomatoes. But for us at The Beekman, calling something “heirloom” is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce, introduced in 1894).
After all, for those of us who collect antiques, we’re not satisfied merely calling something “heirloom” or “antique.” We don’t just collect “old plates” — we collect Flow Blue dishware, or Depression glass, or Mercury glass. We tend to learn everything possible about our historic treasures. Ask anyone who collects vintage automobiles about their “old cars” and you will likely wind up spending the rest of the day hearing every little detail about them.