As vegetables age they lose nutritional value and flavor. Produce grown in the United States travels an average of 1500 miles before it gets to your plate, using much energy for transport while losing flavor and nutrition because of age. Fresh produce from the home garden is a jewel to be treasured. If you, however, cannot grow some or all of your vegetables local organic farms are a good alternative. Visit Local Harvest to find farms near you.
I received sweet potato plants that I ordered from Sandhill Preservation Center. The plants looked good but they were not rooted very well. I put them in soil in 3 inch pots to allow them
to root better before planting them in the garden. Sandhill Preservation Center has a large selection of sweet potato varieties. I order plants from them for trials. If they perform well in my garden and I decide to plant them the following year I grow plants from the potatoes that I harvest. The photo on the right has the sweet potato plants on the left and Burmese Okra plants that I am trialing this year on the right.