Alternative Crops to Consider For Your Farm

Sprouts

The many kinds of sprouts can be another good option for a small farm business; Grow the likes of alfalfa and bean sprouts to be popular with health food enthusiasts.

Squash

Technically a fruit according to its botanical classification, the squash is considered a vegetable for food preparation purposes and is a fun crop to grow.

Sweet Corn

Another non-vegetable that is considered as one for food preparation purposes is sweet corn, which is quicker to grow than field corn as it is harvested when the kernels are still immature.

Sweet Potatoes

Sticking with the sweet theme brings us immediately to sweet potatoes, which is especially popular with health food enthusiasts. Not only is the root edible, but the leaves and shoots are also tasty recipe ingredients too.

Specialty Tomatoes

One of the best vegetables for a small farm business to grow is another that is technically a fruit, but again is considered a vegetable for food preparation purposes. The tomato comes in many different shapes and sizes that are growing increasingly popular with food lovers.

Specialty Mushrooms

Like the tomato, the wide variety of specialty mushrooms gives you plenty of interesting options. Popular choices include agaricus, shiitake, oyster and morel mushrooms.

Specialty Onions

Onions might not be quite as popular as tomatoes but there is a nice range of interesting specialty onions to be grown too. Look to grow the likes of shallots and transplants, as well as sweet and early onions.

Peas

Originally hailing from the Mediterranean region, the humble pea has been a mainstay of European cuisine at least since medieval times, though ancient Near Eastern cultures have been using them for far longer.

Peppers

Food lovers are unlikely to ever get enough peppers and there are many different kinds to grow on a small farm. As well as the standard red, green and yellow versions, there are specialty peppers such as the purple and extra hot varieties.

Pumpkins

With multiple food preparation purposes and Halloween every year to help sell any unsold produce, it is worth considering setting some ground aside for a pumpkin patch.

Beets

With both the taproot and the leaves being edible, little is wasted when you grow beets. Different varieties can be eaten boiled, roasted or even raw in some cases.

Truffles

Technically the fruiting body of a subterranean fungus, some types of truffle are adored all over the world and considered fine cuisine in many French, Italian and Middle Eastern dishes.

Wasabi

The Japanese variety of horseradish is about as ethnic as it gets when it comes to growing vegetables. It is a popular condiment for sushi food and can be used in a wide variety of other ways as a spicy alternative to the likes of chilies.

Edible Flowers

While not vegetables exactly, edible flowers are considered so for food preparation purposes and can be eaten as part of a main meal or used as a herb. Edible varieties include the American elderberry, the English marigold and the Japanese honeysuckle.

Jerusalem Artichokes

There are two great benefits to growing the Jerusalem artichoke, which is native to North America. The first is the sweet tuber that grows underground and keeps for a long time after harvest, and the other benefit are the beautiful tall sunflowers that grow above ground.

Baby Vegetables

Any variety of baby vegetable is likely to be popular with consumers as they all tend to be small, succulent and extra tasty. There are so many options here, including most already mentioned on this list. Others not mentioned yet that have baby varieties worth growing include cucumbers, eggplants, leeks and radishes.

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