When the business and busy-ness of Harlequin’s Gardens finally quiets during winter, Eve pores over seed catalogues and carefully chooses new vegetable varieties that promise to add to your gardening and eating delights the following season. Organic methods are used for all our vegetable starts to ensure a healthy beginning to your edible garden.
If you have your heart set on a particular variety, call first to make sure we still have it in stock!
Days to maturity (days) – the approximate number of days from date of transplanting to date when crop begins to be ready to harvest.
Open Pollinated – A variety from which it is possible to collect and save seed that will produce plants with the same qualities and traits as the ‘mother’ plant. Care must, of course, be taken to prevent unintended cross-pollination from another variety. All heirloom varieties are open-pollinated. There are varieties that were originally developed as F1 hybrids, but through the patient efforts of gardeners, seed growers and breeders, have been selected and re-selected until a ‘stable’ hybrid has been achieved, transforming the hybrid into an open-pollinated variety. Some examples are Gypsy pepper, Gold Nugget tomato.
Heirloom – An old variety that owes its present availability to the seed-saving efforts of gardeners (rather than commercial seed growers), often for many generations. All heirloom varieties are open-pollinated.
Hybrid – usually the first-generation offspring of two different varieties, not stabilized and therefore cannot reproduce itself in kind from seed.
Determinate – Bush tomato varieties that spread laterally and should not be pruned, and may be grown with or without staking. Determinate varieties usually ripen their crop within a concentrated time period, so are a good choice for canning or drying. Many are good candidates for container-growing.
Indeterminate – Vining tomato varieties that are customarily staked, trellised or caged, and pruned for largest fruit. Caging/staking without pruning delays ripening, reduces fruit size, but increases production, prevents sunburn, and reduces fruit cracking and rotting. Indeterminate varieties produce and ripen fruit over an extended period until frost.
Cracking – splitting of tomato skin. Large-fruited varieties with low fruit-set and high sugar content are most likely to crack, but even some cherry tomatoes are subject to cracking. To reduce cracking, avoid heavy watering and wide day/night soil temperature fluctuations, and maintain adequate calcium delivery in your soil.
2018 VEGETABLE STARTS
AMANA ORANGE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 80-90 days
A top favorite at our 2012 Taste of Tomato. Eve and Mikl were highly impressed with this very large, ribbed golden-orange beefsteak-type tomato which is both meaty and juicy, with delicious sweet, fruity low-acid flavor (very much like Kellogg’s Breakfast). Fruits are typically 5” diameter and can weigh 2 pounds or more. Great slicer for sandwiches. Large, productive vines need good support. Its origin is mistakenly attributed to the Amana Colonies in eastern Iowa. It is actually a selection made by Gary Staley that he found growing in his tomato patch in 1984 in Brandon, Florida. He named it ‘Amana Orange’ because he was once employed by an appliance manufacturer in Amana, Iowa.
AMISH PASTE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
Very meaty, rich, sweet flavor intensifies in sauces. Consistent taste test winner, fresh or cooked into sauce/paste. Makes “tomato candy” when dried! Droopy foliage is normal.
“ANASAZI” – Early Midseason, Open-Pollinated
A mysterious and delicious entry in our Taste of Tomato a few years ago, sharing second place (with Pineapple). You won’t find this tomato from seed companies, as we saved seed from the tomatoes donated by the participant who simply said that it came from the location of an Anasazi ruin. The very dark red/purple/black, 2″, round or oval fruit have rich, complex, old-fashioned tomato flavor and pleasing texture and begin ripening in midseason. The productive plant is indeterminate, with regular leaves. It has been a star is Eve’s garden, and she collects and processes seed for us every year. If you grow this one, please let us know what you think and how it performs in your garden!
BACKA – NEW – 80 Days from transplant, Determinate, heirloom, OP
Backa (aka Kamennyi Tsvetok) was originally from Yugoslavia. It produces short, determinate, compact plants that yield an abundance of 6 -16 oz, red, beefsteak tomatoes with delicious, big, tomatoey flavors. They are very firm and can keep on the counter for several weeks after picking ripe. Dark red flesh is very firm and dense, and seed chambers do not contain much gel. A great canning and sauce tomato and a wonderful slicer for sandwiches.
BLACK FROM TULA – Russian Heirloom, indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant
The happiest, healthiest, most prolific and most delicious full-sized tomato in our experience. Vigorous, medium-sized plant bears loads of 3” to 4 ½” mahogany fruit with green shoulders and deep red interior flesh. The flavor is superb – rich, complex, sweet, tart, even spicy. Winner of Boulder Culinary Gardeners’ tomato-tasting in 2010, a fave at several Taste of Tomato events, and one of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites. Very heat-tolerant (produced in the heat of 2012 when many others did not). Also the only variety we know of that tolerates being planted in cooler soil without stunting or compromising the performance of the plant.
BLACK KRIM – Russian heirloom, indeterminate, 69-80 days from transplant
One of the most productive heirloom tomatoes and early too! Striking fruits are black, green and iridescent purple-red on the outside, partly black in the glistening interior. Fruits average 12 to 18 oz. Has unusual flavor described as sweet, intense, smoky, and texture is juicy and meaty. Important – harvest Krims when half green and still firm – at that stage they are dead ripe and delicious. If you wait too long, they will be mealy and over-the-hill.
BLACK PRINCE – NEW 70-75 days from transplant, heirloom, Indeterminate, Open-pollinated
A superior home-gardening heirloom variety from Irkutsk, Siberia. These handsome 5 oz tomatoes are round and very uniform. The color is a wonderful iridescent, mahogany brown, and the flavor is deep, sweet, fruity and rich, and slightly smoky, tangy and salty. Black Prince has earned a reputation for outstanding flavor similar to that of Black Krim, but without Krim’s fragility and tendency to crack. The texture is meaty, not watery, making it a perfect and unique salad or sandwich tomato. The reliable plants produce prolifically, beginning early and continuing through the season.
BLACK SEA MAN – Heirloom, determinate, 75 days from transplant
One of the very few compact ‘black’ tomatoes (can be grown in a mid-sized container where it can produce 20+ fruits!), this potato-leafed Russian heirloom bears an early and abundant crop of beautiful, large round 12-16 oz tomatoes with no dimples or lobes. Skin is deep mahogany-colored with green shoulders and the deep red flesh is rich with excellent complex, full-bodied, flavors. Introduced by Seed Savers Exchange in the early 1990’s. We loved the gorgeous, huge specimens grown and donated by Boulder’s Cure Farm at our Taste of Tomato a few years ago!
BLACK TRUFFLE or JAPANESE BLACK TRIFELE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 69-80 days from transplant
Pear-shaped, burgundy-black 6-8 oz fruits with pretty green shoulders are high in both sugar and acid, with intense, complex, full-bodied flavor. Great for slicing, caprese, salads and roasting. Short potato-leaf plants have huge production of smooth, crack-resistant, medium-sized fruit. Don’t over-water and you’ll be rewarded with deep, chocolaty, smoky, rich-flavored tomatoes!
BORONIA – NEW – 70 days from transplant, Dwarf Indeterminate, OP
An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Fruits are oblate, 4-16oz, pink with dark shoulders with smooth, meaty texture and delicious, intense flavor, borne on ‘tree-type’ plants. Perfect for small gardens and containers.
BRANDYWINE, PINK – Heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
Classic rich flavor, squat lobed fruits to 7″ across! Sudduth strain – the ‘original’ Brandywine. A nation-wide favorite, and the standard against which ‘beefsteak’-type tomatoes are judged for flavor. Irregularly-shaped fruits and cracking are par for the course with Brandywine.
BUNDABERG RUMBALL – NEW – 60 days from transplant, Dwarf Indeterminate, OP
An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Very early and productive ‘tree-type’ dwarf plants bear 2-3oz round, chocolate-colored fruits with delicious, balanced, sweet flavor. Perfect for small gardens and containers
BURRELL’S SPECIAL – NEW – 70-75 days from transplant, Determinate, OP
These large, red, uniform 8 oz slicing tomatoes, developed by Burrell’s seed company of Rocky Ford, CO, average 3”w x 2.5”h. Chosen for excellent flavor and demonstrated ability to set fruit in hot weather, this variety also has tolerance to Fusarium and Verticillium.
CARMELLO – Hybrid, indeterminate, 75 days
Large crops of 5-7 oz fruits, juicy, outstanding flavor, healthy vines. This is a hugely popular variety.
CHEROKEE PURPLE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 77 days
Delicious deep pink 3-4″ fruits now on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. A favorite at our 2015 Taste of Tomato, and for many gardeners, the only tomato they will grow because it never disappoints.
CHIANTI ROSE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 80 days
Abundant, big, rosy-red fruits of the beefsteak type. A crack-resistant Brandywine cross with superb flavor and creamy texture. Vigorous potato-leaf variety, tolerates cool summers.
CHOCOLATE CHERRY – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 70 days
Appearing in clusters of eight all over the fairly compact vine, the 1” to 1 ¼” fruits ripen from green to lavender to rich mahogany and are extremely flavorful. Fruits hold stems very well, resist cracking and can be picked several days before completely mature and allowed to ripen to perfection off the vine without sacrificing quality.
CHOCOLATE STRIPES – Heirloom, indeterminate, 79 days
This one is a beauty queen – so lovely and unique, we had to try it. Fruit is deep reddish-brown inside; the outside is covered with beautiful orange and lime colored stripes. Very large regular-leaf plants yield an abundance of beautiful flattened round 3-6” fruits with delicious, sweet yet complex, earthy, rich flavor. Produces over a long season and well into autumn. A great sandwich and salad tomato.
COSMONAUT VOLKOV – Heirloom, semi-determinate, 65-72 days
Always a taste-test winner, this Ukranian tomato was a clear favorite at our 2012 Taste of Tomato. Compact, prolific plants dependably produce ripe fruits by early or mid-August, even in cold summers. The slightly flattened 8-12 oz (2-3”) globes are deep red with greenish shoulders. Delivers true tomato taste – rich, balanced, both sweet and tangy. Superb home-garden variety and works well in high tunnels.
COSTOLUTO GENOVESE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 78-85 days
An Italian, heat-loving, heirloom tomato that has been a favorite for many generations for both fresh eating and pasta sauce. The beautiful medium to large, glossy deep-red fruits have a singularly fluted profile, are deeply ridged, and heavily lobed. They are meaty, full-flavored, slightly tart, and delicious. Because of their scalloped edges, perfect for use in arrangements of different colored sliced tomatoes.
COUR DI BUE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 70 days
This curious and striking tomato is sure to turn heads as well as satisfy appetites. Its name is simply Italian for “ox heart” and it’s been a favorite in Italy for many years. The shape is bottom-heavy reminding you of a pouch with a gathered top. A large, 12 oz, sweet and tasty saucing type with dense flesh and lustrous, orange-red skin, it can be eaten fresh as well as cooked. Hard to find.
COYOTE CURRANT – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 75 days
A small, currant-like cherry tomato that is extremely prolific, producing hundreds to even a few thousand fruits on a single plant. Flavor is rich, sweet and high quality. Fruits ripen to very light yellow–really a creamy, translucent color. This variety was originally found growing wild in Mexico.
DJENA LEE’S GOLDEN GIRL – Heirloom, indeterminate, 78 days
Produces striking golden orange fruit with meaty flesh and a semi-thick skin, developed in the 1920’s by Djena (pronounced “Zshena”) Lee, who was part Native American and the daughter of Minnesota financier Jim Lee. It was given to Rev. Morrow in 1929 when he was 15, and has been grown by his family ever since. It has an excellent balance of acid to sugar giving it a sweet yet tangy flavor that was so highly prized that it won first place at the Chicago Fair ten years in a row. Now on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Regular-leafed plants produce huge yields of 5-10 oz. oval fruits.
DWARF BLAZING BEAUTY – NEW – 75 days from transplant, Dwarf Indet., OP
An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Vigorous, potato-leaf plants bear 4-14oz smooth, oblate fruits with deep orange color inside and out. The intense flavor is described as sweet with an ample tart bite. Perfect for small gardens and containers.
DWARF FIREBIRD SWEET – NEW – 75 days from transplant, Dwarf Indet., OP
An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. These regular leaf dwarf tree-type plants grow to 3.5’ tall and produce high yields all summer until frost. The beautiful, medium-sized (6-10oz), round, fruits ripen to crimson pink with gold stripes. It is a stunning tomato, with a full-bodied, sweet but well-balanced flavor. Perfect for small gardens and containers.
DWARF GOLDEN HEART – NEW – 70 days from transplant, Dwarf Indet., OP
An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Productive ‘tree-type’ dwarf plants produce lots of 4-10oz, blunt, heart-shaped, yellow fruits with sweet, balanced flavor. Perfect for small gardens and containers.
DWARF PURPLE HEART – 70 days from transplant, Dwarf Indeterminate, OP
We trialed this one in 2017, and were blown away by the flavor! And it was tied for 1st Place in the ‘Slicer’ category at our Taste of Tomato! An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project, Dwf. Purple Heart produces heavy yields of 6 -16oz, heart-shaped purple-brown tomatoes with green shoulders. Some fruits had an unconventional, half-heart shape with one flat side. Dwf Purple Heart’s firm, dense, deep crimson flesh has a delicious, rich and complex, well-balanced flavor. Although fairly large, the fruits also ripen relatively early, and provide good midseason production. The vigorous, dwarf, regular-leaf plants grow to 3’ tall, and are among the most spreading and branching of the dwarf varieties. Perfect for containers and small gardens!
EARLY GIRL F1 hybrid – NEW – 59 days from transplant, Indeterminate, Hybrid
We have added Early Girl in response to many customer requests. Early Girl is a medium-sized (4-8oz), round red slicing/salad tomato, popular with home gardeners because it is reliable, prolific and ripens early, with decent flavor. The tall, rambling vines need support. Early Girl can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 °F and is also well-suited to hot, dry climates.
FARGO YELLOW PEAR – 82 days from transplant, vigorous Determinate, OP
If you object to the mealy texture and pallid flavor of the typical Yellow Pear tomato, this variation is for you. Introduced in 1934 in Bismark, ND, Fargo is the result of a cross between vining Yellow Pear and bushy, determinate Bison. Each plant will produce about 3 dozen sweet, tasty, meaty, crack-resistant, 1oz fruits about twice the size of regular pear tomatoes. Good for container planting, too.
FRED’S TIE DYE – Open pollinated, determinate, 75 days
Early to mid-season tree-type dwarf, 3-4’ tall. Vigorous and productive. Beautiful round purple fruits with jagged gold and green stripes and the deep crimson flesh of “black” tomatoes. The medium to medium-large fruits have a rich, intense, balanced flavor. Bred from ‘Berkeley Tie Dye’.
GARDENER’S DELIGHT CHERRY – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 68 days
Bred in Germany in 1950-51, this is a parent of the famous hybrid ‘Sweet 100′. Abundant 1″ to 1½” deep red cherry tomatoes resist cracking and are meaty, juicy, sweet and richly flavored. The large plants need staking and will bear until frost. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites.
GARDENER’S SWEETHEART (Cherry Tomato) – 65-70 days from transplant, Indeterminate, OP
Adorable 1” bright red mini heart-shaped fruits that are firm and solid, and will not crack, borne in beautiful trusses of 6 to 20 – perfect for Shish Kabob. Wait to harvest until deep red to get full flavor and sweetness. They keep for a long time on the vine or brought inside. Vines are vigorous and productive.
GLACIER – Open pollinated, semi-determinate, 55 days
The best, most reliable ultra-early variety, bearing 2” fruits with rich tomato flavor that won it very high ratings at our Taste of Tomato a few years ago. Plants are quite compact, and continue to bear throughout the season. If you want to be the first on your block with tasty ripe tomatoes, plant Glacier in a Solar Cap!
GOLD MEDAL – Indeterminate, 75-90 days
The beautiful, bi-colored fruit are deep yellow, blushing with rosy red that radiates from the blossom end. The flavorful firm flesh is fruity, sweet and mild, very little acid; great for fresh eating. From the late, legendary seed collector, Ben Quisenberry.
GOLD NUGGET – Open pollinated (stabilized from original hybrid), determinate, 55-60 days
Very prolific compact plant bears delicious 1”+ golden-yellow, pretty egg-shaped fruits packed with sweet tomato flavor. The skin is tender yet crack-free, and there are few seeds. Usually the very first to ripen; great for eating out of hand, in salads, or for drying. The healthy plants are great for growing in containers and small gardens.
GREEN DOCTORS FROSTED – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 79 days
A sport from a yellow heirloom cherry tomato (Dr. Carolyn). Large vines produce huge yields of delicious oval ¾” x 1 ¼”, sweet, low-acid, frosty kiwi-green fruits that blush gold when ripe. A top favorite at our 2011 & 2017 Tomato Tastings. Named after Dr. Amy Goldman & Dr. Carolyn Male, both writers of great tomato books. Resists Early Blight.
GREEN ZEBRA – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 75 days
Beautiful dark green/gold striped 3” round crack-free fruits have a unique, well-balance but zesty flavor. A modern tomato bred from heirloom varieties.
HONEY DROP CHERRY – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 62 days
Originating as a chance sport in the tomato patch of Crabapple Farm in Maine, Rachel and Tevis Robertson-Goldbery selected and developed this OP rival to the ubiquitous Sungold hybrid, with all of its delicious fruitiness but much less cracking. The sweet, juicy, honey-colored, egg-shaped treats taste almost like light grapes and surpass many other cherry tomatoes in earliness, sweetness and complexity. You may see some of the recessive pink fruit off-types (currently being selected and developed as Pink Princess), but these are so yummy too!
INDIGO APPLE – Open -Pollinated, indeterminate, 75 days
With much better and sweeter flavor than Indigo Rose (the first “blue” tomato), Indigo Apple is deep black-purple when immature, maturing to red with purple shoulders and stripes. The medium-sized fruits are held in showy, pendant clusters. Resists sunscald, cracking, and disease and has excellent shelf life. Very high in anthocyanins, lycopene, and vitamin C, making it an exceptionally healthy choice.
ISIS CANDY – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 67 days
1″ round morsels of red and gold garden candy have a starburst pattern on the blossom end when ripe. Sweet and fruity, in clusters of 6-8, on large, prolific plants. A top 10 winner at tomato tastings, out-shining Sun Gold at our 2016 Taste of Tomato! Crack-resistant, regular leaf. Bred by Joe Bratka of New Jersey.
ITALIAN HEIRLOOM – NEW – 70-80 days from transplant, Indeterminate, heirloom OP
This outstanding variety from Italy is a frequent winner at tomato tastings. The exceptionally productive vines are loaded with red fruits with an abundance of rich, complex, sweet flavors that are well-balanced with good acidity, weighing over a pound. Ideal for slicing, cooking and canning—very little waste and easy to peel.
JASPER CHERRY – Hybrid, indeterminate, 60 days
This small, deep-red cherry tomato resists late blight. Round, 7-10 gm. fruits are crack resistant, borne on small trusses, and store on the plant well, resisting cracking and rot. The texture is pleasantly chewy, and the flavor is sweet and rich. Plants are extra vigorous and tall, staying healthy for a long picking period. If you want LOTS of red cherry tomatoes, this is the one for you.
JAUNE FLAMME – French heirloom, indeterminate, 70 – 80 days
Beautiful, small, deep orange, apricot-shaped fruits are 2-3 oz, great for fresh eating, but also for drying or sauce. Very prolific and dependable.
JULIET – Hybrid, indeterminate, 60 days
The 1999 All America Selection, this tomato plant produces deep red, 2″ (1 oz), oval, crack-resistant fruit borne in large clusters. A versatile tomato perfect for fresh eating, drying, marinating. Vigorous plants are disease-resistant.
KELLOGG’S BREAKFAST – Midwest heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
Stunning, brilliant golden-orange, meaty beefsteak tomatoes are 4 to 5″ (1-2 lbs) or larger! Old-fashioned flavor is rich, fruity and full, among the best-tasting heirlooms of all time. The vigorous vines require staking. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites. In 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden, Dr. Carolyn Male says, “There isn’t another large orange beefsteak variety that I’d rather grow than Kellogg’s Breakfast.” We agree! This fine tomato originated with Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan.
KORALIK – Open-pollinated, determinate, 57-61 days
Extra-early, great-tasting bright red 1” cherry tomato, said to be from Russia or Poland. Determinate plants can grow to up to 4′ tall and get very bushy. Prolific fruit set on large trusses, with all fruits on a truss ripening together. Fruits are slightly oval in shape, ripen to red, and have beautiful green shoulders when they are not ripe. Do not prune your plants, unless you want reduced harvest! Excellent sweet and rich flavor. Very disease-resistant.
LEMONY (LIMMONY) – NEW – 85 days from transplant, Indeterminate, heirloom OP
This large, light yellow lobed beefsteak is a heavy producer of 4-6” flavorful fruits, and was one of the first Russian heirlooms popularized in the U.S. Unlike most yellow tomatoes, this one is neither mild nor very sweet, but very flavorful, with both sweet and tangy flavors.
MALACHITE BOX – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 70 days
Another favorite at our 2016 Taste of tomato. Bred and tested in Siberia. The early, light-to-olive green, medium-sized fruits have succulent, juicy bright green flesh with truly delicious, bright, perfectly balanced flavor. The vigorous, disease-resistant vines (to 8’) are productive even in the north. Benefits from amendment with calcium to prevent blossom end-rot. Named after the lovely green boxes that are made from this mineral that comes from the Ural Mountains and other areas.
MARIANNA’S PEACE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 80-85 days
Marianna’s family were farmers in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, who were dispersed during World War II. Reunited in 1955, the tomato seeds were a gift to her from her father. The only known history is that this heirloom reached back to the early 1900’s and year after year, the tomatoes were treasured for their outstanding taste and beauty. This potato-leafed variety produces relatively lower yields of 1-2 lb, pink/red, beefsteak-type fruit reminiscent of Brandywine. Creamy, dense flesh and sugary nectar give exceptionally rich, luscious, complex flavors with good sweet and acid balance; the “old-fashioned” tomato flavors with is the stuff-of-dreams for tomato lovers.
MATT’S WILD CHERRY – Heirloom, indeterminate, 55-70 days
These small deep red cherry/currant tomatoes explode with intense, sweet tomato flavor! Perfect to sprinkle on a salad. A cultivar ostensibly based on the original wild tomato plants, acquired by a friend of Dr. Matt Liebman in Hidalgo, Mexico. Liebman raised it in Maine, eventually releasing it under his own name. The tall, super-vigorous vines require staking and produce incredible numbers of delicious fruits in clusters. Reportedly resistant to Early Blight and somewhat resistant to Late Blight and frost. Kids love them, and they are highly nutritious!
MEXICO MIDGET – Heirloom, indeterminate, 60-70 days
Old-time, south-of-the-border favorite that consistently proves its value as a salad tomato. Produces hundreds of little 1/2″, dark red, round, cherry-type fruits packed with irresistible flavor.Very reliable and prolific harvests throughout an extended growing season. Kids love them, and they’re highly nutritious!
MOSKVICH – Heirloom, semi-determinate, 60 days
Great early heirloom! Smallish, 4-6 ounce fruits, very uniform, globular and deep red. Produced early and abundantly, the crack-resistant fruits are of outstandingly good flavor, used fresh or for canning and cooking. Performs will in cool to cold conditions, like so many of the Russian types.
NORTHERN LIGHTS – 55-75 days from transplant, Indeterminate, heirloom, OP
A striking bicolor tomato, yellow-orange with a red blush on the blossom end and beautiful red patterning in the center, is named for the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The regular-leaf plant produces good yields of 8-16 oz., 4-inch, irregularly shaped, beefsteak tomatoes with wonderful, intense, well-balanced, fruity and tangy flavors. Usually ripens very early (for a beefsteak type), and bears until frost.
PAUL ROBESON – Heirloom, indeterminate, 78-90 days
This rare, maroon-brick 6-12 oz slicer boasts prize winning distinctive sweet smoky flavor. We tasted this one in 2009 for the first time and were very impressed. Pick while shoulders are still green and the fruit is firm.
PEACEVINE CHERRY – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 78 days
Selected from old favorite ‘Sweet 100’ hybrid and almost identical in fruit size, flavor, and rampant vining habit. The rampant vines bear gazillions of sweet 1″ nutritious red fruit in clusters, very high in vitamin C and gamma-amino butyric acid (a natural nervous system sedative).
PINK BERKELEY TIE-DYE (Beefsteak) – 68 days from transplant, Compact Indeterminate, OP
Regarded as the best of the Wild Boar series from breeder Brad Gates, this tomato has everything going for it: great heirloom flavor, early productivity, size, disease tolerance, and gorgeous good looks! These are ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes, averaging 9 oz, with the color of port wine and metallic green stripes. Many of our local market farmers have had great success with this variety and make it a mainstay of their tomato production.
PLUM LEMON – NEW – 81 days from transplant, Indeterminate, heirloom, OP
Seeds for Plum Lemon (aka Wonderlight) came from an old seedsman in Moscow in 1991. The 2×3”, pointed fruits are bright, clear yellow, and look a lot like lemon. Their flesh in meaty and solid, with a mild, sweet flavor. Perfect for salads, tomato sauce.
PRINCIPE BORGHESE – Indeterminate, 70-75 days
The Italian heirloom that is famous for sun drying. Small 1-2 oz. grape-shaped fruit have few seeds and a rich tomato taste that is wonderful for sauces. Vines yield clusters of fruit in abundance. Eat fresh in salad or make outstanding oven-roasted tomatoes (slice in half, drizzle with some olive oil, bake at 250°F until mostly done, sprinkle with fresh basil, oregano, etc.) use as Bruschetta topping or to freeze for later use. If dried they can be rehydrated for 10 minutes in water or broth and used in soups or stews, or on pizza.
PRUDEN’S PURPLE – Heirloom, indeterminate, 72 days
Large, dark pink, wonderful flavor, exceptionally early and delicious Brandywine-type.
PURPLE CALABASH – Heirloom, indeterminate, 75 days
Unusual 3″ wide x 1½” fruits shaped like Cinderella pumpkins are very deeply ruffled, with light green-purple shoulders shading to dark purple toward base. Flesh is deep purple. Frequent winner of blind taste tests, with very complex, rich blend of rich tomato flavors reminiscent of a fruity Cabernet wine. Ours were very productive, and plants reportedly yield abundantly even under very hot and dry conditions. Delicious fresh, and makes awesome roasted tomato sauce. One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites.
ROMA VF – 75-80 days from transplanting. Semi-Determinate, OP
A classic Italian paste tomato, firm, very meaty, red, 3″ (2oz) egg-shaped fruits with few seeds, on compact vines that are very productive, bearing up to 200 fruits on each plant. Most of the fruits ripen at the same time, making it a good choice for canning, sauces and dehydrating. Also makes a good salad tomato. Excellent resistance to Verticillium and Fusarium wilts.
RUTGERS 250 – NEW – 76 days from transplant, Semi-Indeterminate, OP
A super-uniform tomato that looks and performs like a hybrid, but with flavor! Rutgers U. tomato breeders went back to the parents used to breed the original Rutgers strain, and lightning struck twice. This ½ lb deep red slicer is smooth, solid, and blemish and crack free. Palm sized, holding and ripening off the vine for at least 10 days. Perfect for sandwiches: tangy-tart with tomato-y depth, and lightly sweet. Rutgers 250 is more productive, ripens a little later than the original, and the plant is a head shorter. It’s also meaty, juicy and firm without being hybrid fiberboard dry or grainy.
SAN MARZANO REDORTA 78 days from transplant, Indeterminate, Heirloom Open-pollinated
Here’s a case where a Super-Sized food is a good thing! We offered San Marzano Redorta for the first time in 2017, and got rave reviews. A very large paste tomato with even better flavor than the renowned San Marzano, but twice the size – weighing 8 – 10 oz, and at least 4” long. The large, vigorous, disease-resistant plants grow to 4-5’ tall, and are very prolific, both in heat and in cooler weather. SM Redorta is an excellent paste tomato that is great for canning, salsas, sauces and roasting, and delicious enough to eat fresh off the vine! The flavors are even richer than San Marzano, with a balanced sweetness and tanginess with a touch of salt. Thick walls have lots of meaty flesh with an easy to peel skin and a small seed cavity. Named for the Pizzo Redorta mountain outside Bergamo, in Northern Italy.
SASHA’S ALTAI – Siberian Heirloom, indeterminate, 59 days
These slightly flattened 3”, 5-8 oz bright red fruits are incredibly early, sweet, flavorful and prolific, consistently winning blind taste tests. It performs really well in the foothills, where the growing season is short. Bred by a home gardener in a small Siberian town, Sasha’s Altai has a good story behind it, so if you ever get to hear seedsman Bill McDorman speak, be sure to ask him about it.
STRIPED GERMAN- Open pollinated, indeterminate, 78 days
Top winner for outstanding flavor at our 2016 Taste of Tomato! This heirloom vine to 4-6’ tall bears huge (1-2#) ‘beefsteak’ flattened round fruits with ribbed shoulders, and are yellow with red marbling inside and red striping outside. The complex flavor is rich and fruity. Quite early for the size of the fruits.
STUMP OF THE WORLD – NEW – 80 days, Indeterminate, OP, potato-leaf, heirloom
Produces a good yield of large, 1 lb., smooth, round, deep pink, very meaty ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes with outstanding, rich, complex flavor and small seed cavities. Stump of the World was very popular at our 2017 Taste of Tomato public tasting, taking 2nd place in the Beefsteak category! This variety was part of the Ben Quisenberry Collection, which also contributed the variety Brandywine.
STUPICE – Czech heirloom, compact indeterminate, 65 days
A great potato-leaf variety that comes from the former Czechoslovakia. So early, so productive, so tasty, and such a healthy plant, tolerant of cold and heat! One of the best early tomatoes, this is among the earliest. Excellent flavor for an early type; these produce lots of 2” red fruit over a very long season. Highly popular in areas with short summers.
SUNGOLD CHERRY – Hybrid, indeterminate, 57 days
Candy on a vine! Plentiful, plump, tangerine-colored, 3/4″ fruit, very sweet and juicy. The earliest and most famous cherry tomato, usually winning 1st place at our Taste of Tomato event, and a customer favorite. Fully ripened fruit have best flavor but are very prone to cracking. Vines can grow very large and are extremely productive until frost.
SUPER SIOUX/SUPER LAKOTAH – Heirloom, semi-determinate, 71 days
This versatile tomato has old-fashioned flavor, combining complex, earthy flavors and sweetness with a pronounced tartness. The 4oz. round, bright red fruits are meaty and thick-walled, crack-free, and are great for sandwiches & burgers, canning and sauce. Very dependable and highly productive, continuing to set fruit even in extended hot, dry spells as well as cool weather. ‘Super Sioux’ was developed by D. V. Burrell Seed Growers of Colorado and is an improved version of the old variety ‘Sioux’ which had been bred at the Nebraska Experimental Station and introduced in 1944.
SUPERSWEET 100 – Hybrid, indeterminate, 65 days
With the same great flavor that made its predecessor Sweet 100 a garden standard for many years, Supersweet 100 has extra sweetness and better disease resistance (Verticillium and Fusarium wilts) and reportedly offers the highest Vitamin C content of any tomato. Bright red, 1″ globes are amazingly sweet and ripen prolifically on long pendulous clusters right up to frost.
THESSALONIKI – Greek heirloom, indeterminate, 75 days
Beautiful, smooth, round, red, baseball-sized (5 to 8 oz) tomatoes with outstanding, rich, balanced, classic flavor. Resists cracking, blemish, sun scald and rot. Great for slicing, salads, canning and keeps well. Plants are very productive and very dependable, and Eve always includes Thessaloniki in her tomato patch. If you have room for just one indeterminate tomato variety, this may be the one!
TINY TIM (Cherry Tomato) – 45 days from transplant, Dwf. Determinate, OP
Very popular since its introduction in 1945, Tiny Tim was bred specifically to be grown in containers. Bushy plants are typically only 12” tall, 14” wide, with more tomatoes than foliage. Heavily laden branches may need support. For a period of about 1 month, it produces a heavy crop of bright red, 1” round cherry tomatoes with good flavor and slightly thick skins. Reliable and able to grow indoors and outdoors in pots.
ULURU OCHRE – NEW – 65 days from transplant, Dwarf Indeterminate, OP
An exciting release from the Dwarf Tomato Project. Productive ‘tree-type’ plants bear beautiful deep orange/black oblate, 6-12oz fruits with delicious, complex, smoky flavor. Perfect for small gardens and containers.
WEAVER’S BLACK BRANDYWINE – NEW – 80-90 days from transplant, Indeterminate, Heirloom, Open-pollinated
We’ll try to make this long story short! A fine variety, also known as True Black Brandywine, from famed seed collector and food writer, William Woys Weaver. It was passed down to him in the collection of his grandfather, with whom it had been shared in the late 1920’s by amateur breeder Dr. Harold E. Martin. According to Weaver’s grandfather, True Black Brandywine was a controlled cross between Brandywine and the original brown Beefsteak tomato known as Fejee Improved. These vigorous potato leaf plants produce irregular flattened large ‘beefsteak’ shaped fruits that look coal-dusted over crimson, with shadows of green, purple and brown. The shoulders are a dusky, dark mahogany color that bleeds deeply into its flesh. The rich, complex flavor, full of the deep, earthy, smoky and sweet nuances that have made blackish-purple tomatoes so popular, combines with the full, tart/sweet balanced flavor of Pink Brandywine. Our seed source says “Weaver’s flavor intensity of peaty whiskey and rich tomato is not for the faint of heart, but everyone who tries it will have an opinion.”
PEPPERS – SWEET:
AJI WHITE FANTASY – NEW – Open pollinated
This one caught my attention because of its unusual shape (reminiscent of Lanterna Piccante and Mad Hatter), its novel color, and tempting description. The peppers are shaped like little hats and have a creamy white color when fully ripened. A variety developed by Peter Merle who grows in the Canary Islands, it is the White variant of Aji Fantasy, with “sweet tangy flavor but less heat and more citrus tones than the original Aji Fantasy. Some would say it tastes like a sweet tart candy! The heat level is mild and they are so delicious that you could fry them in some oil and eat them as an appetizer! They would also make a nice tasty sauce or salsa!” Aji Fantasy is derived from the South American Capsicum baccatum, so plants are large – over 4’ tall, and are very productive. Space 2’ apart or grow in a large container.
ALMA PAPRIKA – 70-80 days, heirloom
Extremely productive plants are loaded with 2-3″ round peppers with thick meaty flesh. They ripen from creamy-white to red. The flavor is sweet and delicious, with just a hint of warmth. One of the best for drying when red and then powdering for paprika; also great fresh.
ACONCAGUA – 70 days, Sweet/slightly spicy, Heirloom.
This magnificent Argentinian heirloom pepper is named for S. America’s highest mountain. It bears a huge crop of fruit that grow 7-11” long! The medium-thick flesh is delicious fresh, grilled, roasted or fried, at all stages, from green to red. Plants grow up to 3’ tall and should be staked to support heavy fruit-set.
CALIFORNIA WONDER – 65 – 70 days, open pollinated
Big sweet blocky bells, no sunscald, ripens red, tolerates cool temps.
CHOCOLATE – 70-80 days, open pollinated
This early and productive bell pepper bears up to a dozen thick-walled 6-8” tapered fruits; ripening from green to chocolate-brown with gorgeous burgundy flesh inside, really delicious rich flavor, and good juicy crunch! Eve’s favorite!
ORANGE SUN – 75-80 days, open pollinated
Vibrant orange large blocky 4-5” bells with 3 to 4 lobes are thick & juicy, with zippy-sweet flavor, borne on productive, erect, sturdy 20” plants. Adds a bright splash of color to salads, paninis, stir-fries, mixed grilled veggies.
GILBOA hybrid – NEW – 82 days from transplant, F-1 hybrid
A favorite blocky bright orange bell pepper, Gilboa produces excellent yields of thick-walled crunchy squat bells, as many as a dozen per plant, with an engaging fruity flavor. Bred from an American Cal-Wonder type by the Hazera youth association in Israel, it reportedly does amazingly well in the North, ripening in Zone 4 Hartland, Maine, around the 1st of September.
GOLDEN STAR hybrid – NEW – 62 days from transplant, F1 hybrid
Golden Star’s uniform fruit is very thick walled and grows to a blocky, 4 inch size. Young peppers start out a shiny, medium-green then mature to a sunny bright yellow. The crisp texture and sweet flavor make it perfect for fresh snacking and salads as well as stir-frying, fajitas, roasting, etc.
GOURMET – NEW – 70-85 days, open pollinated
‘Gourmet’ bell pepper ripens to a beautiful orange hue. This Swiss variety matures early enough to get good color before frost. It has thick, crisp walls, the traditional tall blocky shape, and sweet flavor. Typically produces 6-12, 4-lobed fruit per plant, each 3” wide and 5” long. Good for container-growing. Resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus
MAD HATTER – F1 hyb., 2017 AAS Winner – NEW – Said to be early-bearing
A couple of decades ago, a friend brought back a packet of pepper seeds for me from Italy. They were called Lanterna Piccante. Their unique shape, beauty and flavor have kept me growing them ever since, and I have been collecting seeds and growing the seedlings for our customers to grow on. I’ve never seen those seeds offered again, even from Italy. My 2017 crop turned out to be unsatisfactory for seed-saving, so I was excited to see Mad Hatter in one of my catalogs. It looks and sounds just like Lanterna Piccante, except that it’s a hybrid. The large, vigorous and graceful, to 3-4’ tall, are very high yielding (I commonly harvest almost 100 fruits from 2 plants growing together in a large pot). Gorgeous scarlet bell-like fruits hang like holiday ornaments on thin stems, and the delicious flavor is distinctively fruity and piquant, making it one really special pepper! Apparently, Mad Hatter is bred from the Capsicum baccatum species from S. America commonly used in Bolivian and Peruvian cuisine. It has a refreshing, citrusy, floral flavor that remains sweet, only expressing its mild heat in the seeds and ribs. Your abundant harvest can be eaten raw in salads, pickled or stuffed with cheese, sautéed with mushrooms and other vegetables….. At the season’s end, any unripe fruits can be harvested and brought indoors where they will quickly turn red in a basket or bowl.
NEW ACE RED hybrid – NEW – 60 days from transplant, F-1 hybrid
This medium-sized 3 to 4-lobed pepper has been a standard early variety for years, easy and very prolific. Widely adapted but performs particularly well in cool or short-season climates. Resists blossom drop even in adverse weather so that almost every flower produces. Fruits are 4” long x 3” across, sweet and flavorful, not blocky, turn red early, good for the home garden. Plants grow up to 30” tall. Resistant to ToMV, TMV diseases.
ODESSA MARKET – NEW – 87 days from transplant to full maturity, heirloom, OP
An heirloom pepper from Odessa, on the Black Sea in Ukraine. Strong stocky stems and unique dark green leaves set it apart. It grows rapidly, and dependably sets 7–12 fruits per plant, crisp, juicy, thick-walled and tasty. At the edible green stage the 2¼x4½” tapered peppers mature from lime-green to orange and then to deep dark red. Sweet and full-textured whether eaten raw, sautéed or roasted. Broad canopies with good leaf cover reduce sunscald and protect from frost. Fruits are remarkably free from blossom end rot.
PIQUILLO (Little Beak) – 85 days, Sweet, Heirloom.
Traditionally grown in the Navarra region of N. Spain, these small, bright red, tapered sweet peppers are usually roasted over a wood fire to impart a unique rich, spicy-sweet, smoky flavor, then peeled and then stuffed with cheese or meat for tapas. Delicious! Well suited to container culture.
JIMMY NARDELLO’S – 76 days, Italian heirloom
Listed on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Thin-walled, 8″ long frying peppers on very heavy-yielding plants. Long, curved, tapering pointed fruits turn deep red with shiny, wrinkled skin when ripe. The wonderful sweet, mild flavor is good raw, in stir-fries, and especially fried. Brought to Connecticut in 1887 from Southern Italy by Jimmy Nardello’s mother.
KING OF THE NORTH – 70 days, open pollinated
Reliable yields of large sweet blocky bells turn from green to red; prolific yields even in short-season areas and cool climates.
QUADRATO d’ASTI ROSSO – 80 days, open pollinated
Fruits are HUGE with very thick deep red flesh and have delicious, sweet rich flavor. Excellent for stuffing, frying or salads. One of the largest red bells, beautiful and blocky.
WISCONSIN LAKES – 75 days, open pollinated
A reliable and heavy-yielding bell pepper for Northern gardens, developed in the 1960s at U. of Wisconsin. The 4-6” tall, thick-walled fruits are juicy and sweet, ripening to green in 75 days, or leave to mature to red.
PEPPERS – HOT:
ANAHEIM – 78 days, open pollinated
Old favorite ‘Chile Verde’ for rellenos. The 7″ tapered fruits are pungent but not very hot.
ANAHEIM ‘M’ – 85 days, open pollinated
Not as hot as a typical Anaheim. High yields of 7” x 1” tapered fruits are great fresh, dried, roasted or pickled. From New Mexico.
ANCHO/POBLANO – Heirloom
Very popular! Large, deep green heart-shaped medium to mild chile, the standard for rellenos, mole, soups and salsa fresca. Most of the heat is found in the ribs and seeds. It is particularly popular during the Mexican independence festivities as part of a dish called chiles en nogada, considered one of Mexico’s most symbolic dishes by its nationals, and incorporates green, white and red ingredients corresponding to the colors of the Mexican flag. After being roasted and peeled (which improves the texture by removing the waxy skin), poblano peppers are preserved by either canning or freezing. Storing them in airtight containers keeps them for several months. When dried, the poblano turns black-red and becomes a broad, flat, heart-shaped pod called an ancho chile (meaning “wide”); from this form, it is usually ground into a powder used as flavoring in various dishes.
BEAVER DAM – NEW – 80 days from transplant, OP
Hungarian heirloom brought to Beaver Dam, WI in 1912 by the Joe Hussli family. Yields enormous crops of medium-hot peppers on compact pants. Fruits ripen from lime-green to red-orange and are mildly hot when seeded. Horn-shaped fruit average 6” long and 2 ½” at the shoulder, tapering to a blunt point. Sweet, dynamic pepper flavor shines through the slow-building heat. Perfect for stuffing, in traditional goulash, or for magnificent pickled peppers. Beaver Dam’s flavor and heritage warranted inclusion in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Florence Hussli recommends adding crisp sliced rings to a cheese and bologna sandwich, or using for stuffed peppers.
BIG JIM – 85 days, open pollinated
A very popular chile. Medium-hot large 8” fruits are excellent roasted and stuffed for chile rellenos.
BLACK HUNGARIAN – NEW – 70 days from transplant, Heirloom OP
A rare and ornamental chili pepper with lovely purple flowers, black stems and purple-veined foliage, up to 36” tall. The beautiful, sturdy plants bear 4” black pods that later turn deep, jewel-like red with intensified heat and sweetness, and rate 5,000 to 10,000 scovilles. In size and shape the waxy fruits resemble Jalapeno.
BRAZILIAN STARFISH – NEW
Unique, star-shaped fruits are of variable heat, sometimes exceeding that of jalapenos, yet juicy and quite sweet, almost floral. Carefully removing the seeds eliminates most of the heat. Beautiful, curious-looking many-lobed and flattened fruits reach 2″ in width, ripening to brilliant red at maturity. Attractive plants are very tall, vigorous and unusual, having an almost weeping, vine-like habit. Provide tall stakes for support. Slow to yield but, by the end of the season, amazingly prolific. The species, C. baccatum, originated in Peru, but this variety was domesticated in Brazil. Suggested for pickling and for use in chutney, salsa, sautéed vegetable dishes. In India, fruit salads are liberally doused with cayenne pepper; perhaps a ‘confetti’ of fresh diced Brazilian Starfish pepper would be a give some zing to fruit salads in a Latin American meal.
BULGARIAN CARROT (aka Shipka) – 68 days, heirloom
Glossy fluorescent orange, thin-walled 1.5” – 3.5” tapered peppers are fruity and hot, borne in clusters near the main stem on a compact plant. Use in chutney, salsa, marinade, hot sauce, or dried and ground.
CZECH BLACK – NEW – 65 days from transplant, Heirloom OP
Czech Black is an heirloom chili pepper from the Czech Republic. Very juicy 2 ½”- long peppers are the same shape as Jalapeno and have a great flavor. 2,000 to 5,000 scovilles. Plants grow 2 ½ 0 3’ tall. Black when immature, the stunning conical peppers ripen to lustrous garnet. Mild juicy thick-walled flesh runs with a cherry-red juice when cut. The heat, a tad less than a jalapeño, is in the ribs and seeds. One grower, in Maine, has candied slivered Czech Blacks like citrus peel for a spicy-sweet holiday treat. Bears very early with 20 pointed thick-walled peppers per 2½–3′ plant.
EARLY JALAPENO – 75 days, open pollinated
3″x1″ fruits, very hot, early, use green or red in salsa, etc.
HABANERO (aka SCOTCH BONNET) – 90-120 days, heirloom
By popular demand: one of the most blisteringly fiery peppers, from 200,000 to 325,000 Scoville units (compare with Early Jalapeno at 4,000 to 6,500 Scovilles!). Small plants to 18” tall will set 10-20 pendulous dark green fruits which mature to bright orange. Great for greenhouse and container growing. Likes night-time temperatures 70 degrees and above. Key ingredient in West Indian jerk sauce.
HUNGARIAN HOT WAX – 70 days, Hot, Heirloom. These longtime favorites are tapering peppers 7” long and 2” wide, ripening from green to bright light yellow, to red, starting out mild, heat building as they ripen. Easy to grow and one of the very best hot peppers for short-season and cool climates. Very prolific, tolerates crowding (~4 plants in a very large pot). Eat raw in salads, brushed with olive oil and grilled, sautéed with garlic, brined and canned, stuffed, etc.
LANTERNA PICCANTE – 85 days or longer, open pollinated, original seed brought to Eve from Italy
Unique, brilliant scarlet, small, pendant peppers shaped like flaring bells are gracefully borne mostly on the main stem of tall, exceptionally pretty plants. Flesh of the fruits is tasty and mildly piquant, seeds and ribs are hotter. Traditionally used to season pasta dishes, but they’re so ornamental, we recommend growing some for arranging in a vase too! If season is cut short, harvested green they will ripen to scarlet quickly indoors. We grow ours 2 to a big pot – some years the plants have reached over 5′ tall and born over 90 peppers!
LARGE THICK CAYENNE – NEW – 75 days from transplant, open pollinated
A Cayenne pepper with distinctly larger and thicker-walled fruits, which are moderately hot (2,000-4,000 Scovilles) and turn fiery red at maturity. The plant is fairly open in structure, so plant 2 together for better sunscald protection. The long, narrow peppers dry easily and are great for hot sauces, pickles, curries, chili and salsa.
MULATTO ISLENO – 85 days, heirloom
Mild to medium hot 4” x 2” chiles on vigorous plants. Similar to Ancho/Poblano but slightly different bittersweet flavor. Ripens from deep green to chocolate brown.
NEW MEXICO #6 – Open pollinated
A very mild chili, best used green, all purpose, early, drought-tolerant, delicious. One of our most popular chiles, and well adapted to our climate.
NEW MEX SANDIA HOT – 85-100 days, open pollinated
Early maturing, productive, mildly hot 7 x 1” high-quality fruits ripen from green to red. Often used green, fresh or pickled, or dried when red.
PADRON – NEW – 60 days from transplant, Heirloom, OP
These small-fruited peppers originated in Galicia, northwest Spain, where the bite-sized, thin-skinned green fruits are sauteed in olive oil and served with coarse-ground sea salt in tapas bars across the country. Most of the peppers are sweet and relatively mild, but an occasional unpredictable hot one led a New York Times writer to call eating the dish a game of “Spanish Roulette!” Also fine for pickling. For tapas, pick while small and green, less than 3” long. The heat seems to increase with size and as they ripen to red, and as the season progresses. Plants are large, vigorous and very high-yielding. Can be grown in containers. An authentic regional variety.
PASILLA BAJIO – 78 days, open pollinated
Easy, prolific 4-8″ long dark brown, smoky, fruity, a ‘secret’ ingredient in award-winning chili.
SERRANO ‘Hidalgo’ – 85 days, heirloom
Originated in the mountains of Mexico. Plants are 2-3’ tall, and the 2.5-4” blunt peppers are about 5 times hotter than Jalapeno. Use fresh, no steaming or peeling required.
TABASCO – Heirloom, 85 days.
Imported to the US in 1846 from Tabasco, Mexico, this pepper made its way to Avery Island, LA, where the McIlhenny family used it in a hot sauce that became so popular and famous that now Tabasco sauce is synonymous with hot sauce. The 2”-long, tapered Tabasco is a very hot pepper, borne in copious quantities on a short, compact plant.
IMPERIAL STAR Artichoke: A green artichoke specifically bred for gardeners who can’t overwinter artichokes, Imperial Star will produce well-developed, nearly spineless artichokes with rich flavor the first year from seed. Plants grow to 1 ½ -3′ tall and have an open growth habit. Each typically produces 1-2 primary buds, which average 3-4″ in diameter, and 5-7 smaller secondary buds. Artichokes require very fertile, well-drained soils in full sun.
IMPORTANT COLD TREATMENT (VERNALIZATION): Time transplanting so plants receive 10 days of 45–50°F temperatures to induce earlier budding. Protect from frost.
Artichoke ‘Romanesco’ – 85 days, heirloom, OP Perennial.
Plant produces high yields of flavorful bronze and greenish-purple globe-shaped artichokes. Excellent choice for home gardens if it overwinters successfully. Perfect for using when immature, or allow to grow to full size. The highly attractive plants grow quite large, so they look as good in the ornamental garden as they do on the vegetable garden.
JERSEY KNIGHT – Bundled roots. All-male hybrid with bigger spears. Does not make seed, so doesn’t become weedy. Best selection for dense clay soils. Very productive and disease-resistant. Zone 2.
PURPLE PASSION – Bundled roots. Beautiful deep burgundy-colored spears with high sugar content, tender, less stringy, great raw in salads. Zone 2
ARCADIA – 94 days hybrid.
Rugged plants stand up to heat, cold, mildew; refined heads in summer hold well, good side-shoot production.
ASPABROC – 50-60 days, OP
A gourmet variety with exceptional flavor and texture, from top to bottom, Aspabroc is the original Broccolini, developed more than 20 years ago, a cross of Italian Sprouting broccoli and Chinese Kale (Gai Lan), a leafy, thick-stemmed type with fabulous flavor. The asparagus look and texture of its slender, succulent stems, and peppery-sweet bite of its broccoli flavor inspired the name. Very high-yielding; the key to harvesting Aspabroc is to cut the tiny central head as soon as it’s formed, to promote great side-shoot production for many weeks to come. Asprabroc will thrive in spring or fall, but isn’t as frost-tolerant as heading broccoli. Protect with Row Cover cloth in freezing temperatures. Plants reach 20-24” and should be spaced about 8-10” apart. Great in containers too!
CAVOLO/SPIGARIELLO/LEAF BROCCOLI – 65 days, open pollinated, heirloom
Instead of heads this Italian heirloom produces sweet, broccoli-flavored leaves and tops over a long season. The more you cut, the more you get! Pick as needed for soups, stews, pasta, ravioli-stuffing, stir-fries and salads. A gourmet treat used in the traditional Italian soup ‘Minestra’, hence the name.
DI CICCIO – 60-70 days from transplant, Heirloom, OP
Considered one of the finest tasting broccoli. Vigorous plants produce heavy crops of 3-4 inch wide, blue-green, central heads. Naturally staggered maturity and good side-shoot production make De Ciccio an excellent choice for extended harvests. An Italian heirloom from 1890.
FIESTA – 86 days, hybrid
Compact plants, tight domed heads, big side-shoots, stands hot, cold
Happy Rich hyb. (mini broccoli) – 55 days, F1 hybrid
A great variety for successful summer broccoli production. Uniform, vigorous, dark-green plants produce jumbo-size florets that resemble mini heads of broccoli, and have an excellent, sweet, broccoli flavor. Produces ample amounts of side shoots when first floret is pinched out and plants are spaced 12-18″ apart.
MIRANDA Calabrese Broccoli – 90-105 days, Open-pollinated
A very distinctive new Calabrese-type broccoli, Miranda produces a beautiful, large violet head on a central stalk, arriving around mid-August from early spring transplants. Once the main head is removed, small, tender side shoots form and provide a delicious harvest until late fall. The plants grow tall and need 12” spacing in all directions. Purple vegetables contain powerful antioxidants with great health benefits. Prepare by steaming to retain the rich color. Leaves are also tasty and tender. All brassica crops grow best in fertile, free-draining but water-retentive soil.
PURPLE PEACOCK – 92 days, OP
A gourmet ornamental edible cross by Frank Morton of a large green broccoli with two colorful kales. Although this iteration is more uniform than previous ones, it is still somewhat variable. Wavy-looking deeply cut purple leaves with rounded edges are punctuated by pink veins. The sweet broccoli flavor of the head and abundant side shoots is augmented by the kale-like qualities of the leaves, especially as fall delivers its first cold nights. An imposing plant 2½’ tall, spreading 2–3′ makes quite a spectacle. Purple leaves, stems and heads cook to a dark green or can be enjoyed raw in salads. A heavy feeder, it prospers in fertile organic soil, and side-dressing with additional organic fertilizer when florets begin to form.
NUTRIBUD – 58 days, open pollinated
Nutritious, large heads, many side-shoots, delicious mild flavor, very early
ALL SEASONS – 87 days, heirloom (~1890)
Large, broad, flattened heads, very solid and sure-heading, reaching 10-14 lbs. Tolerates hot, dry weather. Stores well, and great for sauerkraut.
CHUN YEON GOLD CHINESE CABBAGE: – 60-70 days, hybrid
This spring time Chinese cabbage hybrid has excellent heading ability under various conditions. The barrel head type cabbages are cylindrical shaped with deep green outer leaves and yellow inside leaves. Mid ribs are thin. Head size average 12″ tall, 7-8″ wide and weigh 2-2.5 lb. The cabbage has low moisture content and excellent flavor which makes this Chinese cabbage a good choice for kimchi pickling. This variety has slow bolting characteristics and disease resistance to Downy Mildew and Soft Rot.
CABBAGE ‘COPENHAGEN GREEN’ – 63-100 days, Heirloom OP
Introduced in 1909, this compact, crisp cabbage produces solid, non-splitting heads reaching 6-8 inches diameter and weighing 3-4 pounds, ideal for small gardens. Early and adaptable, Copenhagen Green has slow bolting characteristics and disease resistance to Downy Mildew and Soft Rot. Heads hold well before and after harvest. Great for slow cooking, slaws and sauerkraut.
FLAT DUTCH: 100 days, heirloom
The standard, giant, flat cabbage, great for sauerkraut and for storage. The dense, 10 to 15-lb heads are of high quality; delicious flavor. Very tolerant of early spring wet snows and light frost. This heirloom was introduced by European settlers in the 1860’s.
KAILIN – 94 days, open pollinated
Kailin is a large, late-season cabbage that produces a high quality, white, high dry-matter cabbage, great for sauerkraut. It is a mid-term storage cabbage that will store well until December or January. Kailin’s interior remains quite white after storage. Yellows resistant.
RED ACRE – Open pollinated.
Solid, round red-purple heads weighing 2-4 lbs. Compact, sure-heading, stores well. Good size for raised beds, small gardens.
‘EARLY SNOWBALL’ – 55 days, heirloom, OP
Heads are about 5-6” across (3-5 lb.) and quite erect; smooth tops are pure white and mature uniformly. Plants are medium sized with good foliage cover, and foliage is tasty, too. Cauliflower is a heavy feeder, so transplant into rich, well composted soil and side dress w/ organic fertilizer when buds begin to form.
GRAFFITI PURPLE – 80 days, hybrid.
Delicious, gorgeous heads are brilliant purple raw & cooked, self-blanching, high in antioxidants.
ROMANESCO – 80 days, Heirloom, Open -Pollinated
Tastes like sweet cauliflower, but the heads are green and pointy – look architectural!. Harvest heads when buds are tight. Delicious raw or lightly steamed. Plant 1-2′ apart in rich soil, full sun.
VITAVERDE F1 hybrid – NEW – 71-76 days, F1 hybrid
A cross between broccoli and cauliflower, producing big, heavy (1-2 lb.), vibrant green heads of firm, high-quality, segmented curds. The large, upright plants grow fast and mature early. Can be grown for traditional harvest in fall, but is also suitable for spring planting and summer production in areas with moderate heat. Served raw, Vitaverde is dense, crunchy and mild, not grainy. Steamed, it is smooth, firm and mild-flavored, but both sweet and savory. An exciting accent on the plate and the palate.
BIANCO del VENETO – NEW – 90-95 days from transplant, Heirloom OP
White Celeriac of Venice is grown for its delicious, 3-4” diameter root, which has a smooth, creamy texture and tastes like celery. A wonderful ingredient in winter soups and stews, mashed with (or instead of) potatoes, roasted, or in salads. The tops look like celery, and the leaves can be used to flavor broths, soups and juices. Space the plants 6-8” apart and grow as you would celery, in fertile garden soil with consistent watering and full sun. Will store easily and for a long time, just like carrots.
CELERY: Ventura – 80 days, OP, Much easier to grow than most celery. Ventura develops beautiful thick crisp stalks with rich flavor even in less-than-ideal conditions, and resists disease. Celery likes rich soil high in organic matter, and young plants must receive adequate moisture to make steady growth. Grow in full sun. Will withstand light frost in the fall. An essential ingredient in soups, stews, casseroles, salads and appetizers.
ARMENIAN – 65 days, heirloom. 12-18″ crisp, juicy, sweet, burpless, tolerates dry, hot
ASHLEY – NEW – 65 days, OP
BUSH CHAMPION – Open pollinated. Tasty, crisp, bright green 11″ slicing cukes on very compact prolific plant, even in pots
DIVA – 58 days, hybrid. Sweet, crisp, seedless, no peeling, disease resistant
HOMEMADE PICKLES – 55 days, open pollinated. Perfect for 1″-5″ pickles, solid, crisp, also great fresh
NATIONAL PICKLING – NEW – 52 days, OP, heirloom
PARADE – NEW – 50-60 days, heirloom, OP
Russian heirloom that tolerates weather extremes, sets heavy yields of uniform 5’x2″ fruits maturing in a short period of time, making them good for processing. Also good fresh – sweet and crunchy.
SHINTOKIWA – 62 days, Open-pollinated
This productive smooth-skinned long slender cucumber combines looks, health and flavor. Said to be superior to the Suhyo cultivars, with better uniformity, and more resistance to Botrytis Wilt. The fruits, averaging 9–10″ and growing up to an edible size of 12” in good fertility, are sweet, crisp and juicy without bitterness, and are also recommended for fermented pickles.
SILVER SLICER – Open pollinated, 54 days. A great slicer with excellent flavor and lovely creamy white, thin, smooth skin. Fruits are 2” wide, 5-6” long, similar to Boothby Blonde with a longer, narrower shape and better flavor. Bred by Cornell University for resistance to powdery mildew. Superb juicy, sweet and mild flavor and good crunch.
TELEGRAPH IMPROVED – NEW – 60 days, OP
TRUE LEMON – 58-70 days, heirloom, OP
Short and plump, resembles a lemon in shape and size, sometimes has a faint lemon flavor. Resistant to rust and drought, extremely productive. Used fresh or for pickling, very easy to digest. Pick while still small and white – yellow ones are over-the-hill.
BLACK BEAUTY – heirloom, Open-pollinated
PING TUNG LONG hybrid
ROSA BIANCA – heirloom Open-Pollinated
ROSITA – Open Pollinated
LONG PURPLE Asian type – 75 days, Open-Pollinated
Good yields of tasty 12″ long by 2 ½” wide dark purple eggplants. A large Asian-type from India, very flavorful and tender.
SHOOTING STARS – NEW – 57-60 days from transplant, F1 hybrid, Italian type
Small (3-4” long) vivid purple pear-shaped eggplants with delicate white stripes and mild, tender white flesh are typically borne in beautiful clusters. The highly ornamental plants grow to 30” tall and should be staked. Harvest young fruit for best flavor. Grow in a large container or in the ground, in a warm, sunny location.
AMARANTH: Elephant Head, Hopi Red Dye
COLLARDS: Champion, Georgia Green, Green Glaze, Variegated
KALE: Darkibor, Dazzling Blue, Dwarf Blue Curled, Premier, Red Russian, Red Winter, Russian Frills, Scarlet, Tuscan (syn. Lacinato, Dinosaur, Nero di Toscana), White Russian, Winterbor,
BALTISK PURPLE KALE – 64 days, heirloom, open-pollinated
An incomparable ornamental edible, this stunningly beautiful heirloom variety originated in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). The whole plant is deep purple-red, especially after frost, and the frilly leaves are super curly. Sturdy 2′ tall plants have highly nutritious, medium-sized foliage and are very cold-hardy. The mild-flavored leaves turn dark green when cooked.
Winterbor Kale: 60 days, hybrid
One of the most winter-hardy kales, with finely curled, thick, blue-green leaves. Very vigorous, up to 2’ tall, with abundant fancy ruffled leaves great for salads, sauté, etc. lends itself to successive cuttings. Really sweet and juicy after a light frosts! Tolerates frost and snow. For fall crop.
LETTUCE: Butter, Oakleaf, Romaine, Leaf, Heirlooms, Reds, Greens, Purples, Speckled …… all slow-bolting and delicious!
LEEKS: Bleu de Solaize, King Richard, American Flag
SORREL: French, Blood-Veined
SPINACH: Avon, Oceanside, Monstreux de Viroflay, and…
Caucasian Mountain Spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides): Perennial Vine hardy in Zone 3-6. Though small and slow-growing in its first year, this edible wild plant will need trellising for its many well-branched stems. Like our familiar spinach, it’s a member of the Amaranth family. Originating in the Caucasus, it is a very hardy perennial, growing 6–9′ long for 2–3 months in the very early spring when few other edible greens have surfaced. It’s also tasty: both early shoots and subsequent leaves make a delicious and tender spinach-like vegetable without any bitterness. It’s also beautiful, and was introduced into Sweden around 1870 as an attractive vine to screen houses with its heart-shaped leaves. Emerging shoots are green and red. And, finally, though it is best grown in sun to maximize its productivity, it will also do well in its native habitat, the understory of temperate forests. Leaves and shoots are eaten raw or cooked. Flavor is said to be similar to nettles. A cultivated sensation in Scandinavia where, in the short northern growing season, the Spinach Vine will put on nine to twelve feet of bushy growth.
Spinach ‘Merlo Nero’ – 40-45 days, Open -pollinated
The name means ‘Black Bird’ in Italian. Productive, early spinach with tender, rounded, dark green savoyed leaves on big plants. Excellent taste. Like all spinach it does well only in cool weather, so plant in fall or as early as possible in fall. Winter-hardy. Rare in the US.
OCEANSIDE hybrid Spinach – 45 days mature, 25–30 to baby leaf, Hybrid
Like the amazing smooth surfing waves in Oceanside, California, the leaves of this spinach just keep on coming. Highly productive plants yield upright, thick but tender, very dark green smooth round/oval leaves. At full maturity, even large broad leaves still give excellent silky texture and mild sweet flavor. An excellent replacement for the no longer available ‘Tyee’, with great bolt-tolerance. Highly resistant to Downy Mildew.
SWISS CHARD: Bright Lights, Fordhook Giant, Gator, Perpetual Spinach, Rainbow, Red Rhubarb Chard, Seafoam
OTHER GREENS: Arugula, Broccoli Raab, Spinach, Red Shiso, Tatsoi, Pak Choi, Radicchio, Spinach, Senposai, Mustard, etc.
Astro Arugula: Open-pollinated, approx. 7-10 days microgreens, 30-50 days to maturity
Traditional arugula for spring & fall with good heat & cold tolerance. Slightly lobed, medium green leaves have a nutty, peppery flavor that adds a wonderful accent to a salad or sandwich. Flavor intensifies in warm weather. Decorative white flowers are edible. Good for microgreens and baby leaf, and performs well as a cut-and-come-again crop.
Endive ‘Romanesco da Taglio’ – 40-45 days, Open-pollinated
A cut & come again endive from Rome. Thin serrated dark green leaves with classic endive taste and texture. . Plant grows in a small upright bunch which is easy to harvest. Can be harvested at 3-4” high. Easy to grow and good resistance to bolting. Best for spring and fall but will work at any time throughout the growing season. Eat fresh in salads, or cooked.
MINER’S LETTUCE (Montia/Claytonia perfoliata) – 42 days, wild plant, Pacific coast native
The cutest plant in the garden! This sweet and mild-flavored, cool-weather annual green is packed with vitamin C and minerals: the common name refers to the California Gold Rush miners who ate it to help prevent scurvy. Most frequently eaten raw but can also be lightly cooked. The succulent heart-shaped leaves provide a substantial addition to salads and sandwiches. The most cold tolerant of the greens, tolerating moderate frosts. The small plants prefer to grow fall through spring, and/or in part-shade, and will regrow after multiple ‘cut & come again’ harvests. Allow some to flower and go to seed to insure a crop next year.
COLLECTIVE FARM WOMAN– 83 days, heirloom, extra sweet, 10″ round, white flesh
DIPLOMAT Galia-type, 76 days, hybrid
Fruits weighing 5 lbs or more are early, fragrant and the green flesh is sweet and delicious all the way to the rind. Unlike other Galias, it is easy to grow and easy to tell ripeness: it blushes yellow and slips off the vine.
DOVE – NEW Ananas-type, 70 days, hybrid
HALONA – Canteloupe-type, 74 days, hybrid
MINNESOTA MIDGET – Canteloupe, 60-70 days, Open-Pollinated
AILSA CRAIG – plants in pots
COPRA –(Yellow, storage) plants, 104 days, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
REDWING – (red, storage) plants, 115 days, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
WALLA WALLA – (yellow, sweet) plants, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
SPECIALTY VARIETIES – in pots (Red Marble, Cippolini, and more)
GERMAN BUTTERBALL (‘seed’ potato) – (heirloom yellow)
German Butterball offers everything you could want in a potato: heirloom quality, deep golden flesh, and a delightfully mild flavor. Versatile for every kind of preparation. Best if harvested when small to medium sized. Superior storage. Approximately 110 days to maturity.
Kennebec is an excellent, widely adapted, medium to late, all-purpose, white potato, bred by the USDA in 1941. This fast-growing variety has high yields of round to oblong tubers with shallow eyes, buff skin and white flesh that maintain good quality in storage. Plants do best when planted at 8-10” spacing to avoid overly-large tubers. The ivory flesh is firm and starchy with minimal water content and offers a rich, earthy and nutty flavor. Excels as a frying potato (fries, hash browns, chips, etc.) and is well suited for baking, mashing or roasting. Kennebec potatoes keep their shape when cooked, perfect for potato salads, curries, soups, stews. Resistant to Potato Virus A and Potato Virus Y; moderate resistance to Potato Virus S, Potato Virus X, blackleg, and foliage late blight.
MOUNTAIN ROSE (‘seed’ potato)
Red inside and out! Bred in & for Colorado. Excellent as potato chips, French fries, oven fries, and also great for baking, mashing, and Fourth of July potato salads. High in antioxidants! Early to Mid-season.
PURPLE MAJESTY (‘seed’ potato)
Uniform, high-yield, deep purple skin and flesh, very high in anthocyanins (high-potency antioxidant) Bred in & for Colorado
RED THUMB Fingerling Potato – NEW! Early (65+ days)
One of the best tasting of the fingerlings, with unique ruby red skin and marbled deep pink and cream flesh that is waxy, firm, and has a buttery taste. A favorite with chefs for their flavor and beauty, their red coloring holds well when cooked. Excellent for potato salad, soups, mashing, and for grilling or roasting. Red Thumb is easy to grow and produces high yields of medium-sized, well-clustered, finger-shaped potatoes. The tubers are long-keeping and the vines are very vigorous. Be careful not to overcrowd this variety. Harvest in late summer at 2-3” long. They can be grown in grow-bags or large containers.
CINDERELLA (Rouge Vif d’Etampes)
NEW ENGLAND PIE– 102 day heirloom, 4-6 lb string-less, classic rich pie pumpkins, prolific
GLASKINS PERPETUAL– Plants. Heirloom. Slender, bright red stems, fine flavor, never bitter. Reputed to have the lowest concentration of oxalic acid. Produces at an early age, long-lived, hardy.
VICTORIA – Plants. Heirloom. 10 to 12″ greenish-red stalks have more winey flavor than Glaskins Perpetual. Delicious for pies and cobblers. Early-maturing.
BENNING’S GREEN TINT PATTY PAN – 55 days, 1914 open pollinated, pale green ‘scallopini’ with great taste and texture, most tender at 2 – 3″ diameter.
BLACK ZUCCHINI – 50 days, OP, heirloom
COSTATA ROMANESCA – 55 days, heirloom, ranked best-tasting zucchini, vigorous, large
GOLDEN ZUCCHINI – 50-55 days, OP
GREEN TIGER – hyb, Compact
RAVEN – 48 days, hybrid zucchini, smooth, dark, tasty, high in antioxidant lutein, early high yield
RONDE DE NICE – 50 days, heirloom, delicious, spherical, light green fruits to harvest young, or stuff at 4″ diameter. Plants are compact, vigorous, high-yielding.
STRIPED ITALIAN – NEW – OP, heirloom
TROMBONCINO – 60 days, heirloom climbing ‘zucchini’, mild, sweet, crisp, firm – never mushy
GOLD FLOWER – NEW – hyb., 75 days, yellow-fleshed
SUGAR BABY – 75-80 days, open pollinated, dependable, productive ‘ice-box’ type, 6 to 10″ round, sweet, red-fleshed melons on compact vines that resist drought and disease.
SWEET DAKOTA ROSE – 60 days, heirloom, very sweet red flesh, 10-20lb, tolerates cool temperatures.
VERONA – NEW – 85 days, OP
SUNSHINE – 95day, hyb. Kabocha-type, sublime eating quality, productive, brilliant scarlet skin, orange flesh; productive. Eve’s favorite
TETSUKABUTO – 91 day hyb. Productive Kabocha-type, round ~8″ dark green with exceptionally sweet, dry, thick, smooth, nutty, yellow flesh. Requires a pollinator (buttercup, butternut or hubbard). Eve’s other favorite.
UNCLE DAVE’S DAKOTA DESSERT – 95 day OP, Buttercup type, selected over 40 years by Pennsylvania family for color, taste, sweetness, vigor, thick flesh, small seed cavity, high productivity and cold-hardiness. Gets raves!