Though I have an extended growing season, the summer heat makes it more practical to break it into two of shorter span. For this reason, I love growing things that become 'food' fast, as in under 70 DTM.
Tomatowise, there are many OP (open pollinated) varieties that can do this. Glacier, Danko, Native Sun, Prairie Fire, Pipo, Promyk, Kimberly, Sophie's Choice, some of the subarctic's,.... A couple of days ago, Mickie that Park's Fourth of July hybrid tomatoes have a DTM of 49 days!
A 30 day Broccoli raab from Johnny's did well here, and I've been thrilled with the 54-day Stickless Wonder asparagus bean, particularly since ordinary beans were never really happy here. But !'ll be trying Kwintus pole beans next year, because CiCi mentioned that she finds them to be ready to harvest in 45 days.
Apparently, the best performing Kwintus bean comes from the Park Seed strain. They are sold out for this year, but I will be curious to see how they perform in my zone 8 as opposed to her zone 10.
Does anyone have any other jewels to add to the list?