“…the seeds which I sent you were of the Cymling (cucurbita vernucosa) & Squash (cucurbita melo-pepo) the latter grows with erect stems; the former trails on the ground altogether. the Squash is the best tasted.” –Jefferson to Philip Mazzei, 17 March 1801.
“I put away this disgusting dish of old fragments, and talk to you of my peas and clover.” –Jefferson to George Washington, 19 June 1796.
“I cultivate in my own garden here Indian corn for the use of my own table, to eat green in our manner. But the species I am able to get here for seed, is hard, with a thick skin, and dry. I had at Monticello a species of small white rare ripe corn which we called Homony-corn, and of which we used to make about 20. barrels a year for table use, green, in homony, and in bread. Great George will know well what kind I mean.” –Jefferson to Nicholas Lewis, 17 September 1787.
“A small Parcell of Coopers Pale green Asparagus Seed, which has long commanded the Philadelphia market—The head is large in proportion to its stem & very tender. the whole of this Seed is gathered from one beautiful Stalk in my garden” –Timothy Matlack to Jefferson, 25 February 1807.