From the first days of settlement, almost every farm family had a vegetable garden for personal use. Eventually in some parts of Ohio, vegetables became crops that made money. In 1992, 2,349 farms in Ohio harvested vegetables from more than 55,000 acres. The leading seven counties were:
Early Ohioans did not know or grow tomatoes. Many people thought that they were poisonous because they are in the same family of plants as the poisonous Deadly Nightshade. By the 1840s, however, both farmers and townspeople generally used tomatoes as food. In 1992, 980 farms in Ohio grew tomatoes on 16,196 acres. In terms of harvest, both acres and tons of tomatoes, the top ranking counties were:
And in 1995, Ohio ranked second in the nation in production of processing tomatoes.
In 1992, 1567 Ohio farms grew Sweet Corn on 15,561 acres. The leading counties were:
In 1995, Ohio ranked fifth in the nation in production of Sweet Corn.
Dry Edible Beans (Except for Dry Limas)
In 1992, 85 Ohio farms produced 47,796,000 pounds of Dry Edible Beans on 2,821 acres of land. The four top counties were: