The rapid growth of vegetable crop production is Minnesota and interest in local and organic fruits and vegetables has led to an increased interest in vegetable varieties grown with Minnesota's unique needs in mind. Throughout the 20th century, University breeders released a variety of corn, sweet corn and greens peas for use in Minnesota but more recent research on vegetables has focused less of breeding and more on their medicinal properties. In 2011, a tomato breeding program began at the U with the goal of developing a variety of high yielding varieties for Minnesota,