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Despite the rough and rocky start with wet and cool conditions, 2011 turned out to be a pretty good growing year. A nice warm fall has morphed into a pleasantly warm winter so far. Some of my new favourites from 2011 are making their first appearance on my seed listing. I hope you'll give some of them a try. Growing new things makes us anticipate the arrival of spring even more. I can't wait! Like you, I have high hopes for 2012. We're gardeners...resiliant and optimistic! If you have any queries or concerns about your crops, please don't hesitate to call or email me. I don't have all the answers, but would sure love to try to help out if I can. Again this year I offering a very good selection of Seed Savers Exchange seed, as well as additional seed which is both from my own garden and from sources whose vision is consistent with mine. I do not offer any seed that is genetically modified or treated, and it is all grown in a sustainable manner. I am pleased to continue my support of Seed Savers Exchange. This non-profit organization “saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage”. This wonderful organization and its network of seed savers around the world have done more to preserve heirloom vegetables, flowers and herbs than any other group in the world. Many seed companies have some of the seed selection that they do simply because of the hard work of Seed Savers Exchange. Very few seed companies, big or small grow all their own seed. They buy from other sources in bulk, then repackage before selling. Some grow none of the seed they offer. Not good, not bad, but how it is! Both types of companies play a role. Some resellers are super wonderful sources of seed and I am happy to purchase their seed. I sell the Seed Savers Exchange seed as is, instead of repackaging it. In this way more money goes to SSE, and the colourful packages, variety and cultural information are second to none. In this way you clearly know the story of the seed. My seed selection again this year is basically a stroll through my garden, with a number of “new” old favourites being added this year. As a Market grower and farmer I have grown all these varieties, some for many years and have found them to be great in the kitchen and popular with my customers. I feel confident that you will enjoy them too. Please check the photo gallery on my website for pictures of some of these varieties from my garden. I have a limited quantity of all seed, so for updates on varieties I have sold out of, please check back to this listing prior to ordering. When it's gone, it's gone. It is best to order early in order to assure you get the seed you are most interested in. All seed will be mailed out within 2 days of receipt of your order. My seed can be ordered by mail , in which case you would have to write a cheque to accompany your order on my order form, online by using paypal, or by email, by using email debit. By all means as well, if you are local, you can pick up your order here at the farm. Please just call in advance.
I'm also at a number of events over the course of the season, please check my events listing on this website to see where I'll be. My blog (www.treeandtwigheirlooms.blogspot.com) has varietal information as well as growing information that I hope to be useful. Please check it out. If you find something you ordered from me last year is missing this year, please ask. I don't "drop" varieties, I simply am not offering them this year, likely in an effort to build up my seed stock. Is there something you like that I should carry? Let me know! Interested in growing seed for me? There is only so much seed I can save on my own property. I'd be delighted to have more seed growers come on board. Just contact me and we'll chat! Even one variety would help.
2012 Seed Listing ALL seed packets are $3.00, except tomatoes which are $1.50 for 15 seeds.
ARUGULA Packets contain a minimum of 500 seeds Culture: Arugula can be planted year round, but does best in cool conditions. Very susceptible to flea beetles who make a mess of it by chewing holes in it. Will easily overwinter with protection. Easy grower, plant in rows, a foot apart, or simply scatter seed, and cover very lightly with soil.
This is the most commonly known arugula, with a stronger “personality” than some of the newer types. Very peppery tasting, winter hardy and vigorous. A staple ingredient of mesclun mixes when small and when larger excellent for cooking in your favourite way. An excellent cold weather crop. 500 seeds minimum.
SylvettaA wild variety, which is smaller and slower to bolt than other arugula varieties, not quite as pungent, deeply serrated leaves. Overwinters beautifullly in the hoop house. 500 seeds.
BEANS – Bush (Snap) Phaseolus vulgaris
All packets contain a minimum of 50 seeds Culture: Full sun. Plant bean seeds into warm soil after all danger of frost has passed. In my Southern Ontario garden that is after May 24th , and successive plantings can be well into July. Plant seeds 2" apart and 1" deep. Rows should be minimum 24" apart. Harvest snap beans frequently for better yields. For dry beans, leave pods on the vine to dry, pick when the rattle inside the pods.
Alice Sunshine Snap:
20" large plants, very vigorous, produce scads of 5-7" long pods of green beans with very good flavour. Originally bred by bean genius, Robert Lobitz. 55 days.
I have offered this popular bean in the seed exchanges for years. Another old time bean introduced by Peter Henderson. It is a magnificent producer, and the black seed can be used also as a dried bean. 55 days.
Blue RibbonThis is a very nice wide-type bean, pick and use before it grows big. A lovely 6” green bean with distinct purple striping. Great beany taste and big producer. 60 days.
This is a truly wonderful Italian bush bean, one of my favourites. Striking in appearance, it is a slim green bean with purple markings and wonderful flavour. Hard to find elsewhere, and a market favourite! In 1897 Abel Steele of Ferguson, Ontario won a $25.00 prize for naming this new variety from Peter Henderson & Company, previously known as "Green Bush Bean #1." Heavy crops of excellent quality, brittle, stringless 6-7" pods. Productive bush plants grow 16" tall, 47-50 days.
Buerre de RocquenfortThis is a very lovely long slim yellow bean, of French heritage.This black seeded bean produces well, and tolerates the wet and cold better than some others. My favourite yellow bean, very classy taste. 55 days.
Another bean I love, as do my customers. This mildly flavoured juicy standout is pale yellow with purple striking when ready to pick. Even at a large size they are tender and delish! But sadly, when cooked the purple striping fades. 57 days. Empress Bean
Incredible flavor. Our very best snap bean for fresh eating, freezing or processing. A true work-horse. Heavy yields of large, straight, green, 5-6" stringless pods. Originally introduced by Gurney's as Experimental Bean 121 and then re- named Empress in 1979. Bush habit, 55 days.
Fin de Bagnol
Old gourmet variety of French string bean, delicious round slender pods. Best for eating when picked every 2 or 3 days while still very young and tender. Does well in cool soil. Very attractive as tiny gourmet green beans. Commands a high price at market. Bush habit, 49-57 days.
Reliable and dependable, Jade has long been a favourite of mine because of it’s wonderful long pods, great production and taste. Not an heirloom, but wonderful none the less. Seed into warm soil, doesn’t like it chilly. 60 days.
I obtained the original seed for this lovely slim,small and flat green bush bean from England. It Small black seeded variety is a good producer. Packet 50 seeds.
MollyA very worthwhile little filet bean-production is quite mad. I obtained the original seed from the UK, a must for me because of my daughter Mollie. This is a very small bush, I think it would do well in container planting, and it produces extremely well. My plants were loaded with pods. Small white seed. A great bean. 55-60 days.
A unique development for snap beans. The result of a life-long passion of bean breeding by the late Robert Lobitz (1941-2006). Stabilized cross between a purple snap bean and a pinto. Best described as dusty red-rose, pods are 4-5" long, well flavored and free of strings. Bush habit, 52-58 days.
Royalty Purple Pod
Bred at the University of New Hampshire by the late Professor Elwyn Meader. Introduced by The Billy Hepler Seed Company in 1957. Distinctive purple foliage and purple flowers. Stringless 5”tender round pods that cook to green. Germinates well even in cold wet soil. Bush habit. 55 days.
BEANS – Bush (Dry) Phaseolus vulgaris Canadian Wonder
I first obtained this Canadian heirloom from the Heritage Seed Library in England! It has been a wonderful producer of kidney type beans in my garden, ideal for those winter time soups and stews. 85 days.
I obtained the original seed for this outstanding bean many years ago at Heritage Farm, Iowa, when I attended the SSE annual campout. This gorgeous soeckled bean was offered up on the seed exchange table. It is a very beautiful productive and tasty bean. 95 days
Lina Sisco's Bird Egg
Brought by covered wagon in the 1880's to Missouri, by Lina's grandmother who was one of the 6 original members of SSE. Large tan bean, maroon markings. Excellent dried bean. 85 days. This is a very unusual dried bean in appearance. It is a kidney shaped bean, but is a very pretty lilac colour. A prolific producer of 6” oval pods, white flowers. Makes for some very tasty winter meals. 95 days.
Years ago I received a request for the above seed, Mrocumiere, from a very kind lady in Saskatchewan. I wish I still had your name. I sent her the seed, and in return she sent me the seed for this wonderful bean which had been in her family for many years. It is a kidney shaped bean, with pale brown , dark brown markings. Very good! 90 days.
BEANS – Pole Phaseolus vulgaris Lazy Housewife
One of the oldest documented beans, and thought to be the first stringless bean. Very good producer, fabulous flavour...and doesn’t the name alone make you want to try it? 75 days.
One of my favourite pole beans, and is it a climber-can grow up to 10 feet! Wonderful 8” long green beans with distinctive purple striping.60-90 days.
This is an heirloom from the southern US, said to be found originally in a wild turley's craw.Very attractive seed, brown with tan flecks and brown eye rings. 6" pods are good for eating fresh or dry. BEANS – Runner Phaseolus coccineus 25 seeds Scarlet Runner
This bean has been documented as early as 1750. Often grown as an ornamental for its’ beautiful scarlet flowers. Huge vines can grow up to 12’ and the tasty beans can be eaten as snap or as shell beans. 75 days for snap.
BEANS-Lima Phaseolus lunatus 25 seeds Christmas Lima
Pole variety.Stunning appearance-beautiful quarter size seeds are white, with maroon swirls. Wonderful flavour and can be used for shelling or dry. 75-100 days.
BEANS-Shelling (Bush) 50 seeds
Early producer of shelling beans, old pre-1800's bean. Produces cream coloured pods that are ready to pick for"shellies" when they are splashed with maroon. Cook immediately upon picking.60 days
BEANS-Soy Glycine max 50 seeds
Very good for short seasons, developed by the late Prof Meader at University of New Hampshire. 24" plants produce excellent quality soybeans for edamame or drying.75 days
YARD LONG- Phaseolus Vigna 50 seeds
Chinese Red NoodleLarge vines produce interesting yard longs, tender and crisp red/purple beans which are unique tasting, excellent in stir fries.Small red brown seeds. Fun to grow.
BEETS Culture-Plant as early as soil can be worked into a well composted, friable soil. I find that soaking the seeds overnight goes a long way to aiding the rate and speed of germination. As each "seed" is a number of seeds, thinning will be necessary. 1/2" deep, rows 1 foot minimum apart. All packets minimum 100 seeds. Albino
A sweet white treat, no purple staining. Very mild flavoured. Add white to your beet colour spectrum!
Early Tall Top Wonder An excellent beet for greens and for the roots. Very early-always the first out of the garden. Great taste-45 days. Bull's BloodMany people grow this beet for it's gorgeous red/purple leaves, which are just stunning small in salads. or very nice too when they are larger in a stir fry. The roots are good too, very sweet. 35 days for nice small leaves for salad, 55 days for the roots.
Chioggia Many people think of this Italian beet as "Candy Cane" beet because of it's pretty appearance, concentric rings of red and white. Very sweet and earthy tasting. 60 days
Collosal Red Mangel
Mangels are fun to grow. When I talk to people about them they think I am talking 'Mango". I wish, but not quite. These are in the same family as beets, often grown as fodder for livestock-my dad grew them on the family farm. But pulled small these delicious,long tapered sweet roots are wonderful-beautiful rings of colour as the Chioggia beets and a brilliant magenta colour on the outside. And grown large they are wonderful for your bunnies and chickens. Cooked up, my Joey gobbles them up! 60 days,for small or leave them in the ground for massive tankards..
I love this beet! Although many people think of this as a variety that is best for canning and pickling (which it is), it is an all round great eating beet with it’s sweet flavour. Grows long and cylindrical as the name suggests and is a deep ringless red.
Detroit Dark Red
An Ontario heirloom, selected by Mr Reeves in Port Hope. Very dark red, excellent for fresh eating or canning. 60-65 days- 200 seeds per pack.
Dual-purpose beet for roots and greens. Roots are orange, turning golden yellow when cooked. Tender and mild even when large. Great for salads since the roods do not bleed 55-60 days.
3 Root GrexThis is a very interesting interbreeding mix- the work of Alan Kapuler. The roots are very vigorous, and there are some that are long and tapered. There are three colours- a pinkish red, a bright gold snd a bright orange. These are wonderful beets to try. The tops are fantastic too. 60 days.
BRASSICAS - 50-100 seeds minimum Culture -Best started as transplants, and put out at 6 weeks. Seeds will germinate in 4-8 days. Transplant out into a rich soil, full sun and cooler temps. Broccoli Green Goliath Broccoli
I have tried many OP broccolis over the years and I always come back to this one. It isn’t an heirloom, but it is reliable with large heads and excellent side shoot production. Developed for home gardener, heads mature at different times. Keep the seed for this one circulating! Packet 50 seeds.
Produces a stunning apple-green whorled head with better taste and texture than most of the finest broccolis. Widely grown and prized in Italy. Grows exceptionally well in cool northern areas. 75-100 days from transplant.
Consider this a non-heading broccoli. Named after the Brazilian city where it was created, very loose heads and sweet and tender stalks and large leaves. Eat it all, love it! Packet 50 seeds.
Spigiarello (foglia riccia)
I can’t stop singing the praises of this fabulous green, popular in Southern Italy. Chefs I deal with ask for it now, a true broccoli flavoured green, with tiny, nearly insignificant heads. The more you pick it the more it grows. Beautiful frilly green slender leaves and fantastic after nipped with frost.
Brussel Sprouts- Long Island
Introduced in the 1890s. Once the most important commercial sprout variety in the US. Compact 24" plants yield 50-100 dark green 11⁄2" sprouts over an extended period. 80-115 days from transplant.
Cabbage-Early Jersey Wakefield
Good for small gardens, it is a small, juicy and sweet conical cabbage. Early, 63 days and dependable. A very old heirloom, introduced in the early 1800s. Try this often unappreciated veggie! Packet 50 seeds.
Introduced in 1888 by Peter Henderson. Smooth 6-7" heads are tightly formed, excellent quality. 60-85 days
Why don't more people grow collards? They do very well in our climate, overwinter very well with protection and are darn tasty sauteed with garlic. Good flavour, mild cabbage taste. Tolerate heat, poor soil. 60-80 days.
Kale-Beedy’s Camden Kale Another goodie I grew in my Organic Gardening test garden, original source the fabulous FEDCO Seeds in Maine. All other testers( and me!) felt it was a winner, with great production through the heat and cold, and a very fine flavour. Large blue green leaves. Described by its’ originator, Beedy Parker, as “frilly as a Spanish dancer’s dress...more tender than Siberian and lasts longer into the fall, very sweet and juicy” Kale-Lacinato
Italian heirloom that dates back to the eighteenth century. Blue-green strap-like leaves that are 3" wide by 10-18" long. Heavily savoyed texture, excellent delicious flavor that is enhanced by frost. Best eaten when small and tender, 62 days from transplant. (photo gallery) Packet 100 seeds. Yet another Frank Morton creation, crossing Lacinato and Redbor. Dinosaur kale, with purples, blues and reds, and frilly edges. Very cold resistant. A standout! Kohlrabi-Gigante This is a Czechoslovakian heirloom which can become gi-normous, up to 10 lbs!(The world record is 65lbs!) Even at that size though it retains its’ tender sweet flesh. Great winter keeper. Another under appreciated garden star. CARROTS 250 seeds Minimum Culture - Plant in full sun as soon as soil can be worked and keep soil moist until germination is apparent. In my clay, I dig a trench, fill it with compost and seed into the compost. The carrots produced are straighter and longer and thinning is not as necessary as the roots push each other out. Carrots grow better and taste better with consistent watering. And best yet if left in the garden to get a frost, which sweetens them. Atomic Red
Mild and sweet red roots grow 4-6” long. The colour on this one is exceptional-orange interior with an even lighter coloured core. Grow something different! Dragon Carrot The finest, most refined purple carrot available. Sure to be the best selling carrot at specialty and farmers' markets. The reddish-purple exterior provides an amazing contrast with the yellowish-orange interior when peeled or sliced. Sweet, almost spicy flavor. 90 days
Jaune du Doubs
I first got carrot seed for this one from Kokopelli in France. It is a very old French heirloom, yellow in colour with a wonderful sweet mild taste. Shoulders are green, stores well. I find it tastes a bit better when you cook it.
Highly sought after by gourmet restaurants and a great seller at markets. Early red orange carrots, 1-2 ' in diameter, uniform and very sweet. Does well in shallow or stony soil. Can also be grown in containers. 50-68 days. .
Cylindrical roots are 7" long by 1-1/2" wide. Bright reddish-orange flesh, fine grained, nearly coreless, great flavor, sweet and brittle. Good as baby carrots. Good for storage, freezing and for juice. Widely adapted, excellent choice for the home and market gardener. 65-70 days. Packet 250 seeds.
White Belgian (Blanche A Collet Vert)
This is a pretty terrific carrot. My understanding is that it was once grown for horse treats, but we can eat it too! In well worked soil it can grow very long, and the variety is characterized by attractive green shoulders. It is very "carroty" tasting- very good cooked. 90 days.
CUCUMBERS-25 seeds minimum Culture-Can be direct seeded into hills, enriched with compost, or started earlier indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Use agricultural fabric to protect them from the spotted and striped cucumber beetle. Water well, and pick consistently for best fruit production. A&C Pickling
Introduced to American gardeners by SSE in 1992. Originated in Russia where its short vines (up to 5' long) and ease of growing made it perfect for dacha or second-home gardens near Moscow. Produces bumper crops for fresh eating and pickling. 45-50 days.
Maine heirloom-Very good production of oval, creamy yellow fruits, crisp sweet flavour. Best eaten on the small side- 4" is optimum. Good for bread and butter pickles. 55-60 days. Introduced to American gardeners by SSE in 1992. Originated in Russia where its short vines (up to 5' long) and ease of growing made it perfect for dacha or second-home gardens near Moscow. Produces bumper crops for fresh eating and pickling. 45-50 days.
Introduced in 1924 by Joseph Harris Co of Coldwater , NY, who stated “ The remarkable thing about this new cucumber is it’s wonderful productiveness. For every pickle that is cut off two or three more are produced.” Very early pickling type, green 6” long, smooth and symmetrical. 50-60 days.
Japanese in origin, listed by Thorburn in 1892. A distinct climbing sort with strong grasping tendrils, ideal for growing on a trellis or fence, but can also be grown on the ground. Tender, crisp and slightly tart fruit, up to 9” long. Slicer, pickler. 58-65 days.
Oh, this is a good one. Prolific producer of lemon yellow round cukes, that are so sweet that you can eat them as apples. Introduced in 1894.
When I first grew this one I was a bit surprised-it looks like an antique on the vine. Crackled brown skin when ripe, 4-5”, with a sweet refreshing taste. Gorgeous and a must-have!
EGGPLANTS- 25 seeds minimum Culture Start 8-10 weeks before last frost., and set out into well composted warm soil. Full sun. Susceptible to flea beetles and Colorado potato beetles, be vigilant. Squish bright orange eggs of potato beetles that are laid on the underside of the leaves. Bianca Sfumata di Rosa
The most frustrating thing about this variety is getting the name on the plant tag! Otherwise it is wonderful. A large white round rippled fruit with purple shading, it is beautiful to look at and eat. Mild flavoured, creamy texture. An Italian classic. 90 days
A lovely white ( what would you expect), tear drop shaped mild flavoured fruit. This is a good producer, doesn’t need to be peeled when small. 70 days
Pandora Striped Rose Ping Tung Long Slim Jim
A gorgeous purple striped eggplant that is productive, great tasting and thin skinned. 6-8” long. 80 days. I really appreciate eggplants in the garden for their beauty. This one is no exception. Smallish, thin lilachued fruit are so pretty and productive. A mild flavour , one I would always want to grow- a garden favourite! From Taiwan-70 days. This is a super duper little eggplant. 3-5 inch long slim pale purple fruit grow prolifically on a nice little plant that is very appropriate for containers. This is one of my favourites-60-70 days.
Thai Long green
Thai Yellow Egg
One of many wonderful eggplants from Thailand. The slim pale green fruit can grow up to 12”, although mine have been typically around 8”. Nice flavour, good production. 75 days
This is a neat one, and is as the name describes.... yellow and egg shaped. Good flavour, try something different! 70 days.
Amish Cockscomb (Celosia cristata)
This is an exceptional flower. I do consider myself first and foremost a vegetable grower...but this is now a necessity for me in the garden. A very old flower, brought to Europe in the 1570's. It is absolutely stunning, really a standout. The fuzzy reddish flower heads resemble the comb of a rooster, although they have the interesting texture of what appears to be a brain. Easy to grow annual, 250 seeds.
Black Velvet Nasturtium (Tropaeolum minus)
Intense velvety-black flower, another completely unique color within this genus. Dwarf 10-12" plants are ideal for containers. For a great contrast, try adding blossoms to your fresh spring salads. Hardy annual Packet 25 seeds.
Gibsonii (Castor Bean) Riicinus communis
So many people have asked for this over the years
Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory
One of the original Bavarian varieties that started SSE.Given to Kent and Diane (Ott) Whealy in 1972, by Diane’s Grandfather, Baptist John Ott, who lived on a 40 acre farm near St Lucas, Iowa. Beautiful deep purple flower with red star in it’s throat. A reliable self seeder, will climb up to 15 ft with support.
Hot Biscuits (Amaranth)
(Amaranthus cruentus) Impressive upright ginger-coloured spikes, excellent as a cut flowers, unusual. Try mixing with Japonica Striped corn for a show-stopping display. Tender annual, 4' tall. 500 seeds. Packet 25 seeds.
This is such a happy looking flower, I have grown it for years. Pinwheel striped orange and maroon flowers on tall plants, some slight variations. Can handle poor conditions and blooms over a long period. Let it cheer up your garden! Packet 25 seeds.
Kiss- Me- Over -The -Garden- Gate
A hard to find heirloom, makes a lovely dried bouquet, but also very attractive fresh. Attractive dark pink pendulous caktins, which sway appealingly in the summer breeze. Direct seed, doesn't transplant well, 6-9 feet . May take up to 2 months to germinate, start seeds in early spring. 100 seeds.
Milkmaid Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
This is the closet to white of any nasturtium available to gardeners, unique within the genus. Many years of selection have gone into producing this variety which is pale-cream to yellowish-while. A great conversation piece in any garden. Plants climb 6' or more with proper support. Hardy annual. Packet 25 seeds.
This classic variety has graced outbuildings on Iowa farmsteads for over a century. Years ago, refined ladies just looked for the hollyhocks and didn’t have to ask where the outhouse was. Single blooms of white, light pink, pinkish- red, magenta, and burgundy. Blooms the second year in the North or first year in more moderate long-seasoned climates. Self-seeding biennial, 6-9' tall
Red Marietta Marigold
Long blooming beautiful 2" blooms with that classic marigold smell.Perfect for borders or scattered throughout the garden-so pretty with the veggies too. 250 seeds.
Summer Snowflake Marigold
I am very attached to marigolds.. they are simple, happy flowers with many forms and colours. I was blown away when I saw a picture of this one on someone's blog, and after receiving no response to my repeated questions about the seed source, I spent some time finding out for myself. This is a creation of the great Alan Kapuler, a stunning single frilly petaled beauty- I have never seen anything like it. 25 seeds.
Sunrise Serenade- Ipomoea purpurea
Very unusual ruby-red double flowers, strong climber. Unlike any other morning glory, unique within the genus.Half hardy annual. 25 seeds
GOURDS Culture-Grow as squash . Full sun and warm soil. I direct seed mine into hills that are 5ft or so apart. Hills are compost enriched and water well and consistently. Gourd Mixture
Beautifully diverse ornamental gourd mixture with equal portions of Cou-Tors Hative, Orange Warted, Ten Commandments, Nest Egg, Flat Striped, Striped Pear, Orange Ball, Spinning Gourd, and Warted Mixture. Beautiful fall decorations; great moneymaker for roadside stands. 90-100 days.
HERBS BASILS- (Ocimum basilicum) 250 seeds Culture-Can be direct seeded, but I prefer to start mine indoors 6 weeks before last frost and set out into warm soil, which is compost enriched. Genovese Basil The classic large-leaved Italian sweet basil prized for it's spicy flavour and wonderful aroma. Fragrant plants grow 18-24" This is the variety of choice for pesto, a best seller. Make successive sowing for continuous summer supplies. Annual.
Also known as Large leaved italian- a classic heirloom basil. Large crumpled lettuce-like leaves that are 3-4" long. Sturdy large 24" plants. Excellent for pesto.
Purple Dark Opal
Beautiful lilac flowers,dark red stems. A beautiful contrast with any green basil, and beautiful in salads or infused in vinegars. Very uniform , an all Italian strain.
CILANTRO 250 seeds minimum
No Mexican meal is complete without fresh cilantro. The fresh leaves are called Cilantro and the seeds are used as a spice called Coriander. Successive sowings ensure a continuous supply all spring, summer and fall. Nice, slow bolting strain. 50-55 days to first leaf harvest, 90-120 days for seed.
DILL-Grandma Einck's Dill (Anethum graveolens) 250 seeds minimum
Iowa heirloom grown near Festina, Iowa since 1920 by Katherine Einck's family (Diane Whealy's grandmother). Large fragrant heads. Abundant long-lasting foliage, great for canning or fresh use. Permanently maintained at Heritage Farm. Germination is erratic, so please be patient. Self-seeding annual. Certified Organic.
FENNEL, Smokey or Bronze 100 seeds minimum
Attractive plants grow 3-4' tall, lacy foliage with a bronze cast. Plant resembles dill in appearance. Does not form an edible bulb like Florence Fennel, instead use it as a garnish or added to salads. Tender perennial grown as an annual.
PARSLEY 250 seeds minimum Giant from Italy
Sizeable bushy plants produce a wonderful large leaved parsley with strong flavour, prized by cooks. Biennial in zones 6-9, but typically grown as an annual.
Closely curled dark green leaves. very high in vitamins and minerals and a great snack when you are working hard in the garden.Fast growing strain,,and it holds for a long time at the harvesting stage, even in warm weather.. Biennial in zones 6-9, but typically grown as an annual.
STEVIA 50 seeds minimum
Nature’s sweet secret. Used in Japan since the 1970s when the safety of artificial sweeteners came into question. Stevia extracts are 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, calorie-free, and all natural. The FDA has approved its use as a dietary supplement. Sub-tropical plant grown as an annual. Should be protected when temperatures fall below 50°F.
LEEK 100 seeds minimum Culture - can be direct seeded, but for largest size and earliest leeks, start indoors 10 weeks before setting out. They like a nice rich soil, compost well. Will very easily overwinter. Blue Solaise
Beautiful 19th century French heirloom with truly blue-colored leaves that turn violet after a cold spell. Very large15-20" stalks are sweet and flavorful. Extremely hardy, good for short-season areas and winter harvest. 100-120 days from transplant.
LETTUCE 250 seeds minimum Culture-By choosing the right kind of seed, we can eat lettuce year round. Can be direct seeded, for a cut lettuce when 3-4" big, or set out as transplants when 3-4 weeks old. Lots of water will ensure your lettuces make it through the heat of the summer, and remain tender. Amish Deer Tongue
Amish variety valued for its ruggedness and heavy production. Thick compact plant great for a cut-and come-again lettuce. Sharply triangular green leaves with straight edges. Unique growth habit. Thin midrib, good texture. Pleasant, sharp flavor. Looseleaf, 45-55 days.
Awarded the bronze medal at the 1947 All American Selections. Introduced as Bronze Beauty by Germania Seed & Plant Co. Hailed as "the finest, most colorful and most delicious leaf letter for the home garden". Our favorite oakleaf- type lettuce, slow to bolt. Looseleaf, 40-50 days. This is my favourite lettuce.
The butterhead companion to the Forellenschluss romaine. “Bunte” means “colorful” in German. Sweet apple-green leaves splashed with maroon, forms a loose 8-10" head. Butterhead, 40-55 days.
Red Salad Bowl
Ha! Older than me! Introduced to gardeners in 1955, this is a lovely lettuce to include in you salad mixes.Decorative upright plants, beautiful deep lobed bronze-red leaves are crisp and delicious. i've grown it for years and years and it always is exceptional, slow to bolt. Looseleaf. 55 days.
SSE Lettuce Mixture
Due to numerous requests over the years from SSE customers, they have put together a mixture of cutting lettuces containing equal amounts of the following eight varieties: Amish Deer Tongue, Australian Yellowleaf, Bronze Arrowhead, Forellenschuss, Lollo Rossa, Pablo, Red Velvet and Reine des Glaces. Packet 250 seeds. This is a very popular mix.
Red-tinged leaves form loose heads that can measure up to 12" across. Cutting the head in half exposes solid green interior leaves and an almost white center. Excellent mild flavor, one of SSE'sr most popular lettuces. Butterhead, 55 days. Gorgeous.
MELON 25 seeds minimum Direct seed into composted hills, or start indoors 4 weeks before the last frost. Ensure adequate spacing as vines will travel. Plants do not like to be disturbed, so biodegradable pots are best. Keep well watered for best results.
Extra early variety. Vines seldom over 3' long. Round 3-4" fruits, thick golden flesh. Edible to the rind, high sugar content. Resistant to fusarium wilt. Introduced by Univ. of MN in 1948. 60-75 days. Packet 25 seeds
A gorgeous Armenian heirloom-vibrant yellow fruits with zigzag dark orange stripes. A beautiful ornamental, mildly sweet white flesh. Highly ornamental. 85 days.
Miscellaneous Seeds Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) 50 seeds
Ground cherries were recorded as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania. This outstanding Polish variety is prized for its clean flavor. Fruits are 1/2 to 3/4" in diameter and are encased in a papery husk that turns brown when the fruits ripen. Stores 3-4 weeks in the husk. Extremely productive plants have a sprawling habit and grow 18" tall and 24" wide. Excellent citrus flavor, can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream or in fresh fruit salads. Starts fruiting by the end of July and continues until frost and a little beyond, extremely productive. 70 days
Cape Gooseberry (Physalis Peruviana) 50 seeds
I got my original seed for this from Kokopelli in France. Larger than ground cherries (physalis pruinosa ) this husk fruit has a totally different flavour. Tart and tropical tasting, I love this one. Bright orange fruit. Tall plants produce late in the season.100 days.
Garden Huckleberry 50 seeds
(solanum melanocerasum) Native to western Africa. Sprawling 3-4 ft branched plants produce hundreds of round 1/2-3/4 " shiny berries in clusters. Best when picked after berries turn from glossy to dull black. Tasteless when raw and unsweetened, but makes delicious mock blueberry pies and preserves. Use about 1 lb of berries to 1/2 cup sugar for best flavour. Good for freezing and canning. It is a common misunderstanding that Garden Huckleberries are poisonous. Garden Huckleberries are not poisonous!
Jelly Melon-aka Kiwano Melon. 25 seeds
A very unusual fruit, grows on a rambling vine, initially green and oblong with very sharp horns if you will. When ripe it turns a brilliant orange and it will ripen very slowly when picked green. Flesh is a brilliant chartreuse green, of jelly consistency. Taste is initially of mild cuke, then tropical fruit-like banana?
Morelle de Balbis-25 seeds
Terribly unusual, or is it terrifically unusual! A terrifically spiny plant, dangerously thorny, which produces brilliant red, very seedy, good tasting fruit. A thorned husk pulls completely back when the fruit is ready. Taste? Perhaps a cross between a gooseberry and cherry? You be the judge. Annual plant, but does with stand some freezing weather.
Salinas Valley Tomatillo (Physalis Ixocarpa) 50 seeds
I collected seed for this large fruited green variety from a farmers market in California-I have been selecting for larger fruit, but there may be some variation. Very useful in Mexican cuisine and so simple to grow. 90 days packet
Solanum Atropurpureum 50 seeds This plant is not edible. A very, very different plant, black purple stems with hugh thorns on the stems and
leaves. Produces small bunches of berries that turn a golden colour in the fall. Makes quite a statement in the garden. 120 days. .
Wild Tomatillo (physalis philadelphica)
I originally obtained this seed from France. It is a much smaller version of the tomatillo and a terrifically prolific producer. Used in the same way as tomatillos and said to have a finer flavour. You be the judge! 90 days,
OKRA 50 seeds Burgundy
This is a fun to grow and eat plant that requires a long warm season- entirely possible for us here in Southern Ontario. Likes to germinate in warm soil, but can be started earlier indoors and carefully transplanted out. Tall plants, with lovely creamy yellow hibiscus like flowers. Red pods should be picked small. 50-60 days
ONIONS 100 seeds Start indoors early, and plant out as soon as ground can be worked. I start min in February, and as they grow, give them a little haircut so growth is redirected to the root. Onions require rich soil and plentiful watering. Keep well weeded. Ailsa Craig
Named after Ailsa, a small round island off the coast of England that is solid rock. Introduced in 1887 by David Murray, gardener for the Marquis of Ailsa. Ailsa Craig is globe-shaped and solid. Large straw colored onions with small necks average 2 pounds. Best for fresh use, not extended storage. Long-day type. 100 days from transplant.
Long Red Florence
Hard to find Italian heirloom. Nice long bottle shaped bulbs. Excellent mild flavor. Very nice for using fresh. Can be sown in spring and fall in milder climates. 100-120 days from transplant. (photo gallery) Packet 100 seeds.
Borettana Yellow (aka Cipollini)
Italian heirloom traditionally pickled. If harvested when small (2" diameter and 3/4 " thick) it is ideal for kabobs. Grows to 3-4 " diameter and skin will turn yellowish -bronze colour. Firm, sweet flesh. Best used fresh during the summer. 60 days from transplant. Packet 100 seeds.
First listed in 1834 by Hovey and Co. Developed by growers in Wetherfield, Connecticut. Large flattened globe, deep purplish skin, fairly firm pink-tinged white flesh with red concentric circles, fine flavour. 100 days from transplant. Packet 100 seeds.
PEAS -100 seeds Culture- Plant out as early as possible. My mom always aimed for Easter... regardless of how early it fell. Soaking overnight before planting out improves germination. Plant in rows 24" apart, and space seeds 2" in the rows, at a depth of 1/2". Shelling Amish Snap
Superb snap pea that was being grown in the Amish community long before present pea types. Vines grow 5'-6' tall and are producers of 2" pods. Yields over a 6-week period if kept picked. Delicate and sweet even when the seeds develop. 60 days.
A very reliable variety for the home garden-medium sized vines grow up to 26" tall. 5" pods produce 8-10 peas per pod. a well known English heirloom variety. 62 days
Sutton's Harbinger Tom Thumb
Introduced by Sutton's Seeds in England in 1898,and won the Award of Merit from the RHS in 1903. Very early and heavy croping-vines are 24-36 inches tall. 52-60 days.
This group of peas, Tom Thumb, refers to extreme dwarf plant habits, of which many strains of Tom Thumb peas have existed in the past. We think this pea from the 1800s still has great value today for gardeners as the most dwarf plant for pot culture. Perfect for indoor or outdoor table centerpieces, great for your guests to snack on! Plants are able to withstand hard frosts, reportedly down to 20 degrees F. Good for cold-frame production, or pant them along the edges of pots or containers. great tasting little piece of the past that's still available today! 50 to 55 days. Packet 50 seeds.
Pea-Snow Oregon Giant
Pick it when thin and eat it all. Fabulous in stir fries, and freezes well. Vines grow up to 5 ft tall, so will require some support. 75 days
Radish (250 seeds per pack) A spring staple. Plant seeds 2" apart in close rows for maximum production, 1/4" deep . Spring radishes appreciate cool weather, good watering so they grow quickly and don't become hot. Cherry Belle
AAS winner in 1949, and still a winner. I have always found this one a delightful refreshing bite, reliable round red globe. 25 days. Packet 250 seeds. Gorgeous 6” long heirloom is a delightful scarlet colour. A rare heirloom that was introduced prior to the 1900’s, it is tender, sweet and mild. Lovely! 30 days.
Oblong and blunt, rose-scarlet with a white tip. White crisp flesh is mildly pungent with top quality flavor.. Sow in spring or fall, and pick when small. A garden standard since the 1880s’. 30 days.
Something a bit different- a pale yellow sweet spring radish, named for the greek god of the sun. 30-35 days
Philadelphia White Box
Historic radish from the 1890s’, listed by the D. Landreth Seed Company (the oldest seedhouse in the U.S., established in 1784), in 1938 as a good variety for open cultivation or forcing in boxes. Nice and mild, sow in early spring or early fall. 30 days. Packet- 250 seeds.
Unique deep purple round roots.. Firm white flesh, sweet and mild all season, hardy and adaptable, never pithy. Exceptional variety for the novelty market and also for the home gardener. 25-30 days.
When people try this they often know the taste, but appearance confuses them. A true radish taste in the actual immature seed pod. Roots of this plant are inedible, you want the beautiful green or purple seed pod. A standout! 50 days. Grow all season.
A sweet mild flavoured 4-6” root, can pack heat when larger. 30 days.
PEPPERS 25 seeds Culture- Start indoors 8 weeks before setting out in warm soil. You can't rush peppers by trying to get them out too early, they simply won't cooperate. peppers enjoy a nice well composted soil..I had a large shovelful to each planting hole. Keep consistently watered. HOT of varying degrees Beaver Dam
A Hungarian heirloom brought to Beaver dam Wisconsin in 1912 by the Hussli family. Fruits are mildly hot when seeded.80 days from transplant.
A good degree of heat in this bright orange , very pretty tapered fruit. Lots of fruit on small 18” plants, and good for salsa and roasting. 75 days. Fish
One very cool pepper all the way around-but hot! 19th century African American heirloom first offered by William Woys Weaver (W-3), in the 1995 SSE yearbook. Beautiful plant- variegated leaves,, 3" long fruit is striped and colourful. Medium hot- 80 days. 50 seeds
This was my favourite hot pepper in 2011 for so many reasons. It was an unpredictable growing year, but this very hot pepper produced early and produced lots. CIt was grown by the Pennsylvania Dutch and the name translated means 'chicken heart". Traditionally used for pickling and infusing vinegar. Huge production of smallish 1-2" long fruits. 80 days from transplant.
My friend Tressa brought the seeds for this fiery hot pepper back from Florence Italy for mehence the name. Bushes can grow to 3' tall, and mine tolerated some pretty cool weather and still produced very well. Short, bright red 2-3" tapered fruit is borne upright on plants. Nice flavour. 80 days.
SWEET Mini BellsChocolate Red Yellow
These cute little bell peppers are fun to grow. The plants, like the peppers are short, and would do well in a pot. Sweet little 2" peppers are good for eating fresh, stuffing, pickling or canning and always receive another look when sold together at the farmer's market. 90 days from transplant, 50 seeds per pack.
Stunning colour, large 4 lobed thick walled fruit on a short plant. Sweet and tender crisp, and it holds well in the purple stage before turning a stunning red-purple. Early-70-75 days from transplant. 50 seeds.
Super sweet and thick walled, these are so good just to eat right from the garden as you would an apple. Very thick walled and meaty and good for canning.An Ohio heirloom-keeps well.70-80 days.
A little chocolate in the garden! Nice sweet and early, it does well in our Southern Ontario gardens. Bred by Dr Meader at the U of New Hampshire in 1965. Ripens from green to brown to brick red. Delicious-60-85 days.
A highly ornamental plant, with brilliant orange 5" long carrot shaped fruit. A show stopper in the flower garden too- but be practical-eat the peppers! 60-78 days. 50 seeds.
My favourite pepper for frying, this Italian heirloom is fantastic. Long slim and thin walled red pepper is super sweet to just eat right off the plant too. Good production- a great pepper! 75 days.
King of the North
This has been the best bell-type green to red pepper in my garden for years. Large size, and built for the north, tolerating less than ideal weather and pumping out lots of fine tasting fruit. 80 days.
This is a pretty incredible Italian pepper. Very long..mine have grown up to 9 inches, it is thin walled and very sweet. Tapered fruit. Excellent for fresh eating, frying or freezing. 80 days.
SPINACH- 250 seeds Culture-Direct seed in the garden as early as possible. Appreciates cool weather and rich soil. Will overwinter with some protection, so you can be the first on your block to have fresh spring spinach! America
Long standing compact Bloomsdale type, 8 “ tall plants, thick green savoyed leaves, slow growing, slow bolting, heat and drought resistant. Fine quality, suited for spring sowing in long day areas. Fresh use, or can and freeze. AAS in 1952.43-55 days.
This is the standard for spinaches in my garden, and is overwintering beautifully in my cool hoop house as I write this. Later than I should be writing this, I may add, because of the continual
harvest! Not complaining. This was introduced by the D. Landreth Seed Co in 1826, and is vigorous, with dark green savoyed leaves. Quick growing, high yields, and good for all seasons. 39-60 days.
New Zealand Spinach(Tetragonia expansa)
Not a true spinach, but similar in flavor and usage. Large strong spreading plants branch freely. Small brittle fleshy green leaves, great for fresh summer greens. Thrives in hot weather, will not bolt or get bitter like true spinach. Best when 4" tips are picked all summer and fall. New Zealand native brought to Europe by Captain Cook in the 1770s. Good source of vitamin C. Seeds are slow to germinate, so be patient. 430 seeds per ounce. 50-70 days Packet 50 seeds.
Red Malabar Spinach(Basella rubra)
Heat-loving perennial from India. Red leaf veins and stems, free branching climber, cut sprouts to eat as greens, re- grows rapidly. 50-70 days. Packet 100 seeds.
Strawberry Spinach (Chenopodium capitatum)
Also referred to as Strawberry Blite, grown in Europe for centuries. Very showy compact 16-18" plants are grown for their nutritious triangular toothed leaves and tender shots, used in salads or steamed. Shiny red mulberry-like fruits are edible, can be added to salads or used for dying. Hard to find. Self-seeding annual. Packet 250 seeds.
SQUASH – All packets 25 seeds Culture-Direct seed into warm soil, mounded into hills with a generous layer of compost worked in. Or can be seeded indoors 4 weeks before setting out, but is best seeded in biodegradable pots as it doesn't appreciate having roots disturbed during transplanting. Water well and protect from attackers such as cucumber beetles, squash bugs and squash vine borers- agriculture fabric is excellent for protecting young, vulnerable plants. Summer Black Beauty Zucchini (C Pepo)
The standard summer squash. Compact spiny everbearing bush with dark greenish-black skinned fruits. Long cylindrical fruits are best eaten when 6-8” long. Excellent variety for freezing. AAS in 1957. 44-64 days.
Golden Zucchini (c pepo)
Developed by breeders at W Atlee Burpee from genetic material supplied by Ovid Shifriss at Rutgers, introduced to gardeners in 1973. Glossy golden-yellow cylindrical fruits onn productive, compact bush plants. a great addition to any farm market stand or to the home garden. 50-55 days.
Bennings Green Tint (C.Pepo) Bowl shaped bush scallop with good yield of greenish-cream fruits. Good-eating qualities when young, rock-hard ornamental when fully mature. 55-70 days. Summer CrookneckSummer Crookneck (C.Pepo)
Domesticated by the North American natives before the arrival of the Pilgrims. Bushy plants produce loads of pretty bright yellow warty fruit that is best eaten young..although when older, they make very pretty fall decoartions.55-60 days,
Squash Winter Amish Pie (cucurbita maxima)
One of the very best processing pumpkins-is pie in your future? Pale orange flesh measures up to 5" thick and the fruits can grow up to 60-80 pounds. 90-110 days.
Chersonskaya (cucurbita maxima)
Ukrainian heirloom, grey green rind with shallow furrows and dense orange flesh that is excellent for baking. In 2010 taste test, SSE staffers rated it as the sweetest squash they had ever tasted. 90-100 days.
PA Dutch Crookneck (cucurbita moschata)
Potimarron (Cucurbita maxima)
Beautiful and enormous, each squash can weigh 10-20 pounds-that's a lot of eating! Sweet dark orange flesh is easy to work with, and is excellent in pies or soups. Stores well. 100-110 days.
A small winter squash from France, inversely pear-shaped, with a flavor like chestnuts. The name is derived from the French: potiron (pumpkin) and marron (chestnut). Superb table quality in a small (3-4 pounds) manageable size. 85-95 days.
Also called Uchiki Kuri. This is a very delightful Japanese variety. 3-4 lb bright red-orange variety, with a sweet dry flesh.90 days.
Rouge Vif d'Etampes (cucurbita maxima)
The Cinderella pumpkin-a beautiful French heirloom , introduced to the US by Burpee in1883. Very flattened red-orange fruit with wide ribs, and can weigh up to 20 pounds. Highly decorative, but not a good eater. 95 days.
A rare squash, also known as Pikes Peak, it has bluish green and very hard skin, with sweet orange flesh. Very tasty and another good keeper.120 days
Thelma Saunders Sweet Potato (cucurbita pepo)
This has always been one of my favourite squashes, sweet little cream coloured acorn squash, with huge production and a lovely chestnut flavour. 85-90 days
Sunflowers 50 seeds Culture -direct seed when soil is warm. Sunflowers grow easily and are quite carefree. Mixture-Special forms
A complete mixture of species and forms. If you can only plant one packet of sunflower seeds, this would be the one! Extended bloom period provides a nice supply of flowers for cutting from July until frost. For longer-lasting bouquets, be sure to pick heads that are just about to open. Plants average 4-6' tall. Annual, starts blooming at 60 days.
One of the tallest-growing, biggest-headed, and largest-seeded varieties available to gardeners. This is the one for impressing your neighbors and winning awards at county fairs. Grow your own backyard giant this year—plants can grow 12' tall with large yellow heads reaching 18-24" across! Edible seeds. Annual, 75 days.
Swiss Chard 100 seeds
Culture- A fabulous year round alternative to spinach, it just keeps growing and growing. Seed as early as soil can be worked. For large size leaves, plant seed 5-6" apart, for salad leaves, 2" apart. Rows 24" apart. Enjoys compost feeding and regular watering. 5 Colour Silverbeet
Thompson & Morgan offered Rainbow Chard from 1970 through 1989 and then dropped the variety after the number of colors began to decrease. Fortunately Digger's Garden Club in Australia still maintains a nice selection. Re- selected strain, seed crops of all the different colors grown in isolation to maintain a proper balance of colors. 50-60 days Certified Organic.
Deep crimson stalks and leaf veins contrast sharply with dark green, heavily crumpled leaves. First introduced to U.S. gardeners in 1857. 50-60 days
Tomatoes – Heirlooms Just a smattering of the varieties I grow-hundreds (and hundreds) more available at the farm as seedlings. 15 seeds- $1.50 Culture-Start 6-8 weeks earlier, indoors. Set out into warm, well fed soil. I put a huge shovelful of compost into each planting hole, then set the plants in deep. Water in well to establish. For best taste, water very sparingly, if at all after the plants are established. Indeterminates: AAA Sweet Solano-Pretty little 2" round tomato, yellow orange striping on pink when ripe. 80
days Brad Gates creation. Anna's Multi-flora-One of the most impressive and productive tomatoes of 2011. Pretty 2" fruit with pointed end, red. Huge production, true tomato flavour. Aunt Ruby's Yellow Cherry- Huge quantities of bright yellow sweet little fruits. Lovely sweet taste 75 days Black Ethiopian- Mid sized, black fruit, classic black flavour. This is one of my most reliable black tomatoes- good production. Blonde Boar -Thanks again, Brad Gates. Mid sized fruit, yellow with green striping. Very nice flavour, good production. 85 days. Chateau Rose-Perfect pink small globes-blemish free with sweet mild flavour. Clear Pink- Gorgeous and tasty mid-sized round pink. Perfect fruit. 80 days. Coeur de Boeuf de Nice-Huge production of reddish fruit-mid to large flattened fruit, wonderful taste.85 days Goji Faranji-Quirky little loonie sized fruit, with intriguing extrusions on the bottom. Flat and red, with lots of rippling for fun. A great little tomato. Egg Yolk Cherry-Smallish cherry-very good flavour. Supposedly the colour of an egg yolk, but if my egg yolks were this colour, I'd be worried. Mine were greenish yellow, but very good tasting. A new favourite. 75 days Yellow Ping Pong- Bright yellow cherries, a tad larger than some cherries. Lots of fruit, sweet flavour. Dr Carolyns Pink-The pink version of a wonderful variety. Pale pink cherries, very sweet. Jaune Coeur de Pigeon-Small oval bright yellow fruit. Very mild and sweet flavoured. Magnum Beefsteak-Lots of very large flattened red beefsteak fruit. This is a great variety. Togorific-I love this one, so cute. Flattened little ripply circles of red juiciness. This is a very funky tomato. Fablonelstyni- Bright yellow miniature flattened beefsteak shaped tomatoes-great variability from fruit to fruit. T4-Cool Tom Wagner tomato. Perfect medium size globes are red with gold stripin. A very tasty and attractive tomato. Pixie Striped-Determinate. Very compact plant with rugosa foliage. 2 " fruits are lobed and hollow- red with gold striping. Good for stuffing. Indeterminate Mary Robinson-Nice large bi-colour, sweet and fruity. Late-90 days Ella's Pink Plum-Small pink plum tomato, nice dry flesh and small seed cavity, good for drying, paste. Dolore's Romanian-Given to me by a friend whose neighbour from Romania has grown them for years. Reddish medium sized fruit, juicy and sweet. Canadian Heart- I got so many tomatoes from these plants- large , but not heart shaped. Red, meaty and very good flavour
Purple Dog Creek- A nice mid sized flattened pinkish fruit. Sweet and mild. Osu BlueYes, it is blue, not pretend blue like some other blue tomatoes. I was astounded when I saw the colour on this one. 2" round red tomato which shows it's blue colour early-even as a green unripe tomato. Tastes okay, but looks amazing. Indeterminate, reg leaf. 75 days
Plum BlackBlack Cherry Black Krim
A really lovely and very dark small plum tomato. Extremely handsome, very good black tomato taste and excellent production. Indeterminate-reg leaf. 80 days
A really pretty purplish black salad tomato, much sought after. Nice sweet flavour and stunning when paired with cherry tomatoes of different colours. Lovely. 75 days. Ind. Another sell-out, especially last year which I hear was the year of the black tomato. This, though, seems to be the one that people ask for by name...because of it’s beautiful complex flavour. Deep purple on the outside with a deep reddish black flesh flesh. Some cat-facing .12-18 oz. 80 days. Ind.
5-7 oz near- perfect globes of dark skinned beauties. Flavour is outstanding with that black tomato smokey ,rich taste. 75 days. Ind.
Sudduth strain- Considered by many to be the best of the Brandywine strains, this large pink fruit has marvelous flavour. Fruit is irregularly shaped and leaves are potato-leaf. A Tennessee heirloom grown by many generations of the Sudduth Family, 95 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
This could be my favourite dark cherry. Brown skinned and super sweet, it is delightful when served with different coloured cherries. Good producer, a large and vigorous plant. 75 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
I really do love this tomato, I think it is gorgeous and has fantastic flavour. Fruit is 12 oz, with a deep purple red colour and green shoulders. 80 days. Ind. (photo gallery) Packet 25 seeds.
A very good Italian heirloom, red ribbed fruit which is superb for sauces. Large fruit is sweet and rich flavoured, plants are very productive. 80 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
Costoluto Genovese Potato leaf
A really popular tomato, I consistently sell out of these transplants every spring. A classic tomato flavour from this gorgeous ribbed medium size fruit. Good production. Packet 25 seeds. 80 days. Ind.
Fargo Yellow Pear
About twice the size of regular pear tomatoes, and a really nice tomato flavour, this heirloom was introduced in 1934, by A.F. Yaegar. Lots of tomatoes that are crack free. 80 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
Franchi Red Pear
A really nice large red shaped pear, with robust rich tomato flavour. Good for fresh eating or sauce. If you are looking for a really good red, this could be your tomato. 85 days. Ind Packet 25 seeds
I always sing the praises of this tomato- I love it! Elongated, with a pointed end, I have had these grow up to 6 “ consistently and they can be several inches in diameter at the top. Wonderful flavour, fabulous for paste and cooking, but certainly good enough to eat fresh. Plant is wispy leafed and sad looking, but production is good. 85 days. Ind. (photo gallery) Packet 25 seeds.
2 oz yellow fruit, skin similar to peach fuzz, it is a sweet and mild flavoured fruit that holds well after it is picked. Pale yellow skin that has a pink blush when ripe. 70 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
Tom Wagner’s 1985 creation, this is a visually stunning tomato, with a snappy taste! Green, with dark green stripes that turn yellow when ripe. 4-5 oz. 77 days. Ind.
I always make a point of getting this one in the hoophouse as early as I can as it rewards me with super early orange small fruit. Early ,and a reliable producer even under poor conditions, it’s all good with this one. 59 days Det. Packet 25 seeds.
A French heirloom, lots of big red fruits, slightly ribbed. Flavour is complex, very good, and fruit is not prone to cracking. Early-70 days. Semi-det. Packet 25 seeds.
How about orange spaghetti sauce? Possible with this orange paste, which is roma shaped with a pointed end, and a nice bright orange colour. I really like this one, both for taste and appearance. Fun to grow and different! 85 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
People frequently ask for this tomato- another best seller. Red heart shaped fruit can be quite large, on a spindly looking plant, that kicks the fruit out consistently. Great flavour. 84 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
Another great Italian heirloom. A nice large (10 oz) red slicer, great taste. 75 days. Tall plant, Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
I always sell out of the plants for this one, people really want it once they have tried it! Typical of many bicolours it is large and has that wonderful sweet fruity taste. Absolutely stunning when sliced through and plated, with red emanating throughout the yellow fruit. 85 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
Potato leaf plant that fruits early considering size, which is 1 lb or so. Pink irregular fruit with taste that rivals Brandywine(some think). Productive and shows some measure of disease resistance. 70 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
Another tomato I always sell out of. A great red cherry, with a pointed end. It is a German heirloom whose name means “bunch of grapes”, and the tomatoes do grow in large clusters. Tasty. 80 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
I have grown hundreds of spectacular varieties of tomatoes and this nice unassuming little red is my favourite. So early, so sweet and nice flavoured, this little Czechoslovakian heirloom is great. Always the first to produce and always the last. This is a tomato you really should have if you don’t already. Potato leaf. 50-55 days. Ind. Packet 25 seeds.
WATERMELON -25 seeds Culture- same as melons Moon and Stars (Van Doren)
Created a sensation when Seed Savers Exchange disseminated this legendary long-lost variety. Kent Whealy searched for years before rediscovering it on Merle Van Doren’s farm near Macon, Missouri. The 15" dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon.” Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds. 88–90 days.
Oh So Sweet
A super sweet watermelon originally from Texas, it definitely lives up to it's name. Productive vines bear many medium round striped fruit with a high sugar content. 90 days.
An extraordinary orange fleshed watermelon originally offered by the Willhite sSeed Co in Texas in the 1980's. The flesh is crisp, sugary and delicious.Large oblong fruits are up to 25 lbs. Reliable producer. 90-100 days.
The standard and first of it’s kind- icebox watermelon. Deep green rind and brilliant red flesh. 8-10 lb fruit. My favourite watermelon, and does well in our climate. An early producer, 80 days. Packet 25 seeds.
Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm 2012 Calendar $10.00 ($5 postage if mailed out)
Showcasing heirloom vegetables from the farm and farm friends.
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