Vegetables

Vegetables

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!
TERMS:
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.

                                                                    

2017 VEGETABLE STARTS

TOMATOES:
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!

“ANASAZI” –
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. If you grow this one, please let us know what you think and how it performs in your garden!

ANNA RUSSIAN – Heirloom, indeterminate, 65-70 days
Reportedly brought to Oregon by a Russian immigrant generations ago. The beautiful pinkish-red 5-17 oz. fruits are heart-shaped, early, and juicy, with outstanding flavor.  Vines have  wispy/droopy foliage, (some tomato plants are just like that), but are tough and productive. Great for slicing and canning.

AUNT RUBY’S GERMAN GREEN – Heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
Ranked in the top 10 for flavor by aficionados, the large 12-16 oz ‘beefsteak’ fruits are ripe when they blush lightly yellow with amber-pink tint at the blossom end.  The green flesh is faintly marbled with pink. The delicious and unique flavor is sweet and tangy, rich and spicy.

AURORA – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 65 days
Bountiful, round, scarlet 2-3 oz fruits with outstanding five-star flavor.  One of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites for fresh eating. Bred in Russia for short-season gardens. An Aurora planted early in one of our Solar Caps in 2012 bore at least 140 delicious, ripe, 2″ fruits in Eve’s garden!

AZOYCHKA – Heirloom, semi-determinate, 70 days
Named after a Russian woman, this tomato was found at the Bird Market in Moscow. The regular-leaf plants produce an abundant crop of smooth, glowing yellow-orange, round, slightly flattened, 6 oz or larger fruit. Flavor has been described as robust, complex, luscious, sweet, citrusy with good sugar to acid balance and is delicious fresh, cooked or canned. Rare seeds; dependably productive and delicious, plants do well in both warm and cooler regions, producing well into the season.

BEAM’S YELLOW PEAR – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 71 days
Yellow pears have been around since the 1700’s and this one is a favorite! Large bushy plants will even work in a patio or container garden and give you continuous quantities of uniform 1 oz, 1 1/2″ fruit until frost with zesty sweet flavor, ideal for salads and snacking. These are just like the little yellow pear tomatoes that your grandmother grew! Expect large yields and good production even under cooler conditions.

BIG BEEF – Indeterminate, 70 days
This is a de-hybridized version of an American favorite.  These large, juicy, fruits combine old-fashioned beefsteak flavor with heavy yields. 1-pound, round to globe-shaped. Flavor is full and hearty with lots of sweet juice balanced with wonderful acidity. These giants slice up perfectly for big sandwiches. Fruit stays large even at the end of a long harvest season.

BISON –

BLACK ETHIOPIAN – Heirloom, indeterminate, 80 days
Top-ranked by local chef Bradford Heap in the 2011 Taste of Tomato. This vigorous plant with exceptional production over a long season has fruit with splendid, rich fruity flavor, slightly more acidic than sweet. The beautiful, very dark mahogany 5 oz oblong fruits are great for sauce or stuffing, but are “single-chambered”, with a medium-thick outer wall and mass of gel in the center so they’re not so good for slicing.  Best used within a couple of days of harvest.

BLACK FROM TULA – Russian Heirloom, indeterminate, 70-80 days
This was the happiest, healthiest, most prolific and most delicious full-sized tomato in our 2010 trials. 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 and one of Eve and Mikl’s top favorites. Very heat-tolerant (produced in the heat of 2012 when many others did not).This is 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

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 SEA MAN – Heirloom, determinate, 75 days
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
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!

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.

BURBANK – Heirloom, determinate, 70 days
Plant produces heavy crops of 3-4 inch, red, round slicing tomatoes. Plant does well in dry regions and does not require trellising. Very good, well rounded and complex tomato flavors with a good amount of acidity. Tested very high in amino acids and is a popular canning tomato.  Developed by Luther Burbank in 1915 in the USA.

CARMELLO – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 75 days
Large crops of 5-7 oz fruits, juicy, outstanding flavor, healthy vines. This is a stabilized open-pollinated selection from the hugely popular hybrid.

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.

DR. WYCHE’S YELLOW – Heirloom, indeterminate, 80 days
One of the great heirloom tomatoes featured in Dr. Carolyn Male’s book 100 Heirloom Tomatoes. The yellow fruits are large (up to 1 lb) slightly flattened globes with very rich flavored flesh, meaty and blemish-free. When completely ripe, they are golden-orange.

DWARF ARCTIC ROSE – Open pollinated, determinate, 60 days
Very early dwarf heirloom cross between dwarf ‘Budai Torpe’ and fabulous ‘Black from Tula’ with smooth 3-4 oz round fruits that ripen pink with a red interior. Flavor is reportedly well balanced and delicious. Tree-type plant has a stout central stem to 3’ tall and dark green, rugose leaves.

FARGO –

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.

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 beautiful1-lb 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.

GRAPE (red cherry)

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 Tomato Tasting. Named after Dr. Amy Goldman & Dr. Carolyn Male, both writers of great tomato books.  Resists Early Blight.

GREEN GRAPE – Open pollinated, determinate, 60-65 days
An old-fashioned tomato originally developed in 1986 by Tom Wagner of Tater Mater Seed Co. by crossing heirlooms Yellow Pear and Evergreen. The distinctive 1 ½” juicy, golden-green fruits are borne in clusters of 4-12 that resemble large muscat grapes and are translucent pale, lime-green inside. The high-yielding plant makes a compact bush – great for raised beds and small gardens. Green Grape tomato has become popular in restaurants and markets because of its excellent, crisp, fresh flavor and unique attractiveness. Great for snacking!

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.

HILLBILLY – Heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
This plant produces juicy and sweet tomatoes have yellow skin with red on the blossom end and grow up to 1#. The beautiful bicolor ‘beefsteak’ flesh is lovely. Reddish-yellow with streaks of orange and great for slicing. Heavy producer. A favorite at our tomato tastings. A lovely, colorful addition to a plate of sliced tomatoes

HOMESTEAD – Heirloom, determinate, 80 days
Developed by the University of Florida especially for hot climates and known for its reliability to set fruit at high temperatures. Produces firm, meaty tomatoes. Large vines help shade fruit to protect from sunburn, and will need to be staked or caged.

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, TMWV and other diseases, 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.

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.

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.

MARTINO’S ROMA – Heirloom, determinate, 75 days
High yields of 2 oz red paste tomatoes are borne in clusters from mid-season to frost. Richly flavored, meaty fruit makes superb sauces. The compact plant makes a 30”mound with rugose, dark green foliage, and the fruits are blessedly immune to blossom end rot! Perfect for container gardening!

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.

MOUNTAIN MAGIC –

NORTHERN DELIGHT –

NORTHERN LIGHTS –

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
Gazillions of sweet 1″ nutritious red fruit on rampant vines.

PINK BERKELEY TIE-DYE (Beefsteak) –

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.

PUNTA BANDA – Heirloom, semi-determinate, 68 days
Originally collected on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California, this large cherry tomato produces hundreds of meaty red fruits with well-balanced sweet-tart flavors in spite of heat, full exposure, water stress and poor soil. Very high in lycopene. Great for snacking and salad, and excels at paste-making. Vigorous, bushy semi-determinate plants will continue fruiting until frost. Produces well in higher altitudes, warmer regions to desert regions. A staff favorite at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, AZ.

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 –

ROYAL CHICO – Determinate, 80 days
Very productive Roma type; vigorous plant yields bright red, pear-shaped fruit that are uniform and perfect for paste or canning. Very resistant to disease. This variety is becoming rare.

RUTGERS DETERMINATE – Open pollinated, determinate, 75 days
The justly famous Rutgers tomato was developed in 1934 by this university for the Campbell’s Soup Co. No longer grown commercially it’s still one of the most popular New Jersey garden tomatoes. However, the original seed line was long lost so all seeds sold today are derivative selections, possibly different cultivars (explaining the existence of both determinate and indeterminate varieties)! Our selection should give you the original Rutgers qualities of 6-8 oz, uniform, smooth, bright red, handsome flattened globe-shaped fruit with sparking red internal color ripening from the center outward, yielding hearty and pleasing tomato flavor and meaty texture; good for slicing or canning. Compact, bushy plants have vigorous healthy foliage to ripen more fruit and reduce sun scald and produce fruit free from cracking.

SAN MARZANO – Open pollinated, indeterminate, 80 days
Classic Italian paste tomato favored by chefs for its firm pulp, low seed count and easily removed skin making it a favorite for paste, puree and canning. Sauce will have rich tomato flavor when cooked down. Produces heavy yield of medium 4 oz fruit which resist cracking and hold well on the vine and in storage.

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.

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!

TOMMIE TOE/STEAKHOUSE

VALENCIA – Rare heirloom, indeterminate 76 days
Sunny orange, smooth, round 8-10 oz mid-season heirloom from Maine, grows well in northern and cooler climates.  Fruit possesses refreshing, full, complex flavor with great balance of sweet and acid, and smooth, meaty texture with few seeds. Described as ‘rich, buttery, fruity, pineapple-like, sweet, like a ripe ground-cherry’.  This threatened variety is on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, and is grown by many market farmers in our region.

YUKON QUEST – Open pollinated, determinate, 75 days
Early to mid-season dwarf variety bred from our favorite, ‘Black from Tula’. Tree-type with rugose regular foliage on a stout, central stem to 3’ tall. 3-6 oz, smooth round fruits ripen pink, with well-balanced flavor.

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PEPPERS – SWEET:

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.

BIG RED – Open pollinated, 75 days
A newer open-pollinated bell pepper that vies with the hybrids for highest yields. Provides an abundance of  4”, 4-lobed, thick-walled, very sweet and crisp red peppers for salads, stuffing, etc.

CALIFORNIA WONDER – 65 – 70 days, open pollinated
Big sweet blocky bells, no sunscald, ripens red, tolerates cool temps.

CARMEN – 75 days, hybrid
Heavy yields of dark red, wide-shouldered, horn-shaped sweet Italian peppers for roasting, frying, or eating fresh.  28 x 16” compact plants are great for containers, too.

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!

CORNO DI TORO YELLOW – Heirloom, 72 days
Shaped like a bull’s horn, these 6”-8” peppers turn from green to vivid bright red, and are exceptionally sweet and tasty. Saute or use fresh.

CUBANELLE – Heirloom, 65 days
A classic frying pepper that defines many Mediterranean dishes. The elongated, flattened fruit starts out yellowish-green and changes to red. Thin-walled, productive and very early.

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.

PIQUILLO (Little Beak) – 85 days, Sweet, Heirloom. Move text to next line

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 GIALLO – 80 days, open pollinated

Fruits are HUGE with very thick brilliant golden yellow flesh and have delicious, sweet rich flavor. Excellent for stuffing, frying or salads. One of the largest yellow bells, beautiful and blocky.

SWEET PIMIENTO – 80 days Open Pollinated

Early and prolific even in bad pepper years – well-grown plants should produce 15 to 20 peppers per plant. Sweet, juicy red peppers have rich, fruity flavor – great for eating fresh or roasted, classic for canning.

SWEET RED CHERRY PEPPER – 75 – 80 days, heirloom

Small, ever-bearing plant to 20” tall produces high yields of thick-fleshed 1 to 2” round, flattened fruits, turning from green to deep red when mature. The very sweet fruits are ideal for salads, pickling, canning or stuffing.  Good in containers or garden.

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.

BIG JIM – 85 days, open pollinated
A very popular chile. Medium-hot large 8” fruits are excellent roasted and stuffed for chile rellenos.

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.

CHIMAYO – 90 days, open pollinated
This wonderful ristra chile pepper named for the famed hill-town outside of Santa Fe NM turns from green to red when mature. Heavy yields of 4″ long hot peppers are also good used fresh green or red for stews and sauces.

EARLY JALAPENO – 75 days, open pollinated

3″x1″ fruits, very hot, early, use green or red in salsa, etc.

HABANERO (aka SCOTCH BONNET) – 90 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!

MULATTO ‘Isleño’ – 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.

NU MEX JOE E. PARKER – 75 days, open pollinated
An 8”-long, thick-walled, mildly hot (500 – 2500 Scoville Heat Units) Anaheim type pepper excellent for stuffing or roasting.  Turns red when mature and is used in New Mexico for dried pepper wreaths and ristras. A unique feature of this pepper is its incredible continuing production after the initial harvest.

PASILLA BAJIO – 78 days, open pollinated

Easy, prolific 4-8″ long dark brown, smoky, fruity, a ‘secret’ ingredient in award-winning chili.

PURPLE CAYENNE – 70 days, open pollinated

Masses of beautiful purple narrow 3″ hot peppers, ripen to glowing deep red.  Use fresh or dry when fully ripe. 2′ plant is very pretty, with stems and leaves infused with purple.  Makes a striking patio container plant.

SERRANO ‘Hidalgo’ & ‘Tampequino’ – 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.

                                                                                                                                  

ASPARAGUS – Sold out!

JERSEY KNIGHT – 1 gallon pots. 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 – Roots, 5 per bundle. Beautiful deep burgundy-colored spears with high sugar content, tender, less stringy, great raw in salads.

 

                                                                                                                                   

 

BROCCOLI – Almost sold out!

ARCADIA – 94 days hybrid.
Rugged plants stand up to heat, cold, mildew; refined heads in summer hold well

ASPARABROC

ATLANTIC

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 CICCO – 48 days, open pollinated, Italian heirloom.
Mild, compact, productive w/side shoots, very early

FIESTA – 86 days, hybrid
Compact plants, tight domed heads, big side-shoots, stands hot, cold

LIMBA – Open pollinated, 70 days
New high-performance, heat-tolerant broccoli makes 8″ blue-green heads w/ medium beads, good flavor, decent producer of side-shoots.

PURPLE PEACOCK

NUTRIBUD – 58 days, open pollinated
Nutritious, large heads, many side-shoots, delicious mild flavor

ROMANESCO

SPIGARIELLO (leaf broccoli)

                                                                                                                                   

CABBAGE

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.

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.

 

                                                                                                                                   

 

CAULIFLOWER

 

EARLY SNOWBALL

 

GRAFFITI PURPLE – 80 days, hybrid.
Delicious, gorgeous heads are brilliant purple raw & cooked, self-blanching, high in antioxidants
 

PRECOCE DE JESI
 

ROMANESCO – 80 days.
A cross between broccoli and cauliflower.  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.. Available for early summer planting/late fall harvest.

 

SNOWBOWL

VIOLET OF SICILY

 

                                                                                       

 

CELERIAC

 

‘BRILLIANT’:

Open pollinated, 110 days. Celeriac is a type of celery grown for its baseball sized, nutty-flavored roots. This European strain is an excellent early-maturing variety. Selected from trials for its uniform, nearly fiberless white, 3-5 inch diameter roots and good productivity. Stores well. Peel, cut into bite-sized pieces, and sauté. Delicious!

 

                                                                                                                                   

 

CUCUMBERS

 

ARMENIAN – 65 days, heirloom

12-18″ crisp, juicy, sweet, burpless, tolerates dry, hot

 

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

MARKETMOORE 76 – Open pollinated

Highly reliable, long-bearing, very sweet fresh slicing cuke, a home-garden favorite

SHINTOKIWA

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.

                                                                                       

EGGPLANT

BLACK BEAUTY – heirloom, 80 days

Large, firm, oval, glossy, deep purple fruits with excellent flavor & quality are borne on attractive, vigorous, compact 21” to 30” plants. Adapts well to a variety of conditions. Fruits are broad and sometimes beautifully ‘fluted’.

DIAMOND – 78 days, open pollinated

Slender dark 12oz, mild fruits, prolific, cold-adapted, Ukraine

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.

PROSPEROSA – Open pollinated, 65 days

Large round deep violet, prolific, delicious Italian heirloom;

PINGTUNG LONG – Asian hybrid, 58 days

Long, slender light purple 11″ fruits, vigorous, sweet flavor

ROSA BIANCA – 88 days Italian heirloom

Fruit 2-4 lbs, white streaked w/ lavender, mild, creamy.

SHOOTING STARS: 60 days, OP. Small oval 3-4” deep purple fruits with white ‘shooting star’ streaks, tender white non-bitter flesh. Ripens very early on compact plant to 2 ½ ft., good in pots!

SLIM JIM Asian-type – 60 days, open pollinated
An exceptional ornamental edible, with striking, very dark purple foliage and iridescent violet flowers leading to early, high yields of mild, non-bitter, beautiful long and slim purple eggplants which can be harvested as baby eggplants, or allowed to mature to 5” long. It’s a knockout planted near contrasting plants such as lime-green Seafoam Swiss Chard, and/or flowers like Zinnia, Marigold, or Dahlia in hot colors – orange, gold, scarlet, fuschia. Slim Jim grows to about 36” tall and can be grown in a large pot.

                                                                                                                                   

GREENS

AMARANTH: Elephant Head, Hopi Red Dye

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.

COLLARDS: Champion, Georgia Green, Green Glaze, Variegated

KALE: Darkibor, Dazzling Blue, Dwarf Blue Curled, Premier, Rainbow Lacinato, Red Russian, Red Winter, Russian Frills, Scarlet, Tuscan (syn. Lacinato, Dinosaur, Nero di Toscana), White Russian, Winterbor,

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: Anuenue batavian, Blushed Butter Oaks, Buttercrunch, Forellenschluss romaine, Jericho romaine, Little Gem romaine, Matina butter, Merlot leaf, Midnight Ruffles leaf, New Red Fire leaf, Petite Rouge, Rouge d’Hiver romaine, Salad Bowl Blend leaf, Slobolt, Speckled Amish butter, Yugoslavian Red butter, Tom Thumb butter, Winter Density romaine,

LEEKS: Bleu de Solaize, King Richard

SORREL: French, Blood-Veined

SPINACH: Lavewa, Monstreux de Viroflay, Space, Tyee, and…

NEW! 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.

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.

                                                                                       

MELONS:

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

                                                                                       

ONIONS:

AILSA CRAIG – plants in pots

COPRA – plants, 104 days, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle –  Sold out!

REDWING – (red, storage) plants, 115 days, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle – Sold out!

RED MARBLE CIPPOLINI – plants in pots

WALLA WALLA – plants, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle – Sold out!

                                                                                       

POTATOES:

GERMAN BUTTERBALL (‘seed’ potato) – (heirloom yellow)

KENNEBEC

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

                                                                                       

PUMPKINS:

CINDERELLA (Rouge Vif  d’Etampes)

LADY GODIVA -110 day, open pollinated, grown for its nutritious 20% protein, shell-less seeds.

NEW ENGLAND PIE– 102 day heirloom, 4-6 lb string-less, classic rich pie pumpkins, prolific

WINTER LUXERY

                                                                                                                                          

RHUBARB:

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.

SUGERLOAF – Plants. Heirloom. From a self-maintaining colony in a secret location on Sugarloaf Mt. in Boulder.

VICTORIA – Plants. Heirloom. 10 to 12″ greenish-red stalks have more winey flavor than Glaskins Perpetual. Delicious for pies and cobblers. Early-maturing.


SUMMER SQUASH

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.

COSTATA ROMANESCA – 55 days, heirloom, ranked best-tasting zucchini, vigorous, large

EIGHT BALL

GENTRY – 43 days, hybrid, mild, sweet yellow crookneck, early, big yields even under stress

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.

SUMMER SUNBURST SCALLOP

TATUME

TROMBONCINO – 60 days, heirloom climbing ‘zucchini’, mild, sweet, crisp, firm – never mushy

TRUE GOLD – Open pollinated, zucchini with beautiful, golden-yellow skin and smooth, mildly sweet flavor. Bred locally by Abbondanza Farms.

                                                                                       

WATERMELON

BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN

CREAM OF SASKATCHEWAN

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.

                                                                               

WINTER SQUASH:

 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!

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