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2017 NAS Heirloom Plant Sale

Saturday, May 13th LS Greenhouse 9-3 pm

We hand out numbers starting around 7:30 (maybe earlier). Most plants $ 1.75. Cash and checks only.

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We have been growing and selling Heirloom plants to raise funds to support student research in the sciences since 1997. Learn more about the plant sale.

Variety descriptions and the number of days from transplant to harvest are listed below. The number of plants available for sale are listed in parentheses and are estimates based on the number planted. We will have more accurate counts after we transplant in late April. Please You will need to Google the variety names to see what the plants will look like, as we do not have copyright access to photos of all of the varieties that we offer.

Note: We made some changes in the list today after we noticed some omitted varieties. Please review updated list below (12 May 2017)

This year we have:

Printable Lists

Bell Peppers

CA Wonder (36) Heirloom California Wonder peppers are thick-walled and blocky, about 4 inches tall and wide, with a crisp, mild flavor and terrific sweetness. One of the best tasting sweet bell peppers.They mature from green to red on the plant. If kept picked they will continue producing throughout the growing season. Big harvests on 30 inch high plants. 70 days
Chocolate Beauty (36) Deep chocolate color. Excellent sweet flavor when fully ripe, average flavor when green. 70-75 days from transplant.
Golden Cal Wonder (72) 78 days. Colorful golden bells that are very sweet and tasty. The productive plants produce early and are good for northern climates.
Gourmet (36) 85 days. Gourmet is one of the best orange peppers we've seen. This Swiss variety matures early enough to get good color before frost. It has heavy, thick walls, the traditional blocky shape, and the sweetest flavor you'll find in an orange pepper. Typically produces 6-12, 4-lobed fruit per plant. Bell-shaped fruit are 3 inches wide and 5 inches long.
King of the North (144) The best red bell pepper we know for northern gardeners where the seasons are cool and short. 70 days
Marta Polka Bell (36) Large, elongated bells ripen to golden yellow. Plants are very compact, but very productive nonetheless. Tolerates adverse growing conditions. Great choice for low-tunnel growing, early- and late-season, or container planting. Very popular Polish variety that should be a hit over here as well! 75 days
Purple Beauty (72) Absolutely stunning purple bell pepper. Large 4-lobed, thick-walled fruits borne on sturdy compact plants. Tender crisp texture, mild sweet flavor. 70-75 days from transplant.
WI Lakes (72) Developed in the 1960s at the UW Madison by Professor O. B. Combs. Great choice for an early maturing bell pepper. Reliable yields of thick-walled, 4-6 oz. fruits that ripen from green to red. 75-85 days from transplant.
Ruby King (72) A very early ripening red bell pepper variety. Organic Fruits ripen from dark green to bright red Fruits grow to 6 inches Sweet pepper This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States. 65-70 days.

Sweet Peppers

Cyklon (36) A red-hot Polish pepper used in the spice industry. Organic Fruits grow to 5 inches Thin flesh helps it dry quickly Hot pepper This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States. 80 days.
Doux D'Espagne (36) Spanish Mammoth: This variety was introduced before 1860. In the 1880's, this pepper was shipped to the large markets in Paris from warmer areas like Algeria and Valencia. In the 19th century the 6-7-inch long fruit were among the largest offered, and popular with cooks. It produces long, cone-shaped peppers that are perfect for frying and salads. They are sweet and flavorful, but hardly ever offered in America. A good-producing pepper that is reported to be disease resistant.
Golden Marconi (36) 80 days. A late Italian pepper with beautiful, big, yellow, 7-inch tapering fruit that are very sweet and great for frying or fresh. This wonderful heirloom is delicious and mild.
Healthy (36) Italian heirloom variety, excellent for frying, roasting, and fresh eating. Nine-inch long fruits ripen from green to shiny yellow. Sweet medium thick flesh and tender skin. 80 days from transplant.
Sheepnose Pimento (36) Highly productive plants are loaded with thick-walled cherry-type peppers. One of the best varieties for drying and grinding for paprika, or for fresh eating. Ripens from cream-white to orange to red. 70-80 days from transplant. Mildly peppery and very sweet.
Tequila Sunrise (36) A tomato shaped Ohio heirloom from the family of Nick Rini. Keeps for an extended period when refrigerated. 70-80 days from transplant.

Medium Hot Peppers

Aji Dulce (36) Has the same shape, size, color and aroma as Habanero, but is sweet, spicy, and delicious, with only a trace of heat. 111 days.
Alma Paprika (36) Highly productive plants are loaded with thick walled cherry-type peppers. One of the best varieties for drying and grinding for paprika, or for fresh eating. Ripens from cream-white to orange to red. 70-80 days from transplant.
Ancho Gigantea (72) The standard Mexican variety for sauces and stuffing, excellent for chiles rellenos. Green-black heart-shaped fruits measure 4" long. Referred to as poblanos when fresh and anchos when ripened to red and dried. Distinctive rich flavor. 90 days from transplant.
Beaver Dam (36) Hungarian heirloom brought to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in 1912. Fruits are mildly hot when seeded. 80 days from transplant.
Big Jim (36) The largest of New Mexican varieties, this pepper has pods up to 12 inches long that weigh as much as 4 ounces. Their size makes them a favorite for chiles rellenos. Medium hot pungency. As an advantage, plants are able to set fruit under hot, dry conditions. 80 days.
Fish (36) Nineteenth century African American heirloom first offered by William Woys Weaver Plants have beautiful variegated foliage; 3" long fruits are striped and colorful. Traditionally used in oyster and crab houses around Chesapeake Bay. 80 days from transplant
Pasillo Bajio (36) 78 days. Mild-sweet-hot, fruit is dark green, turning brown as it ripens. This pepper is used in Mexican "mole" sauces
Santa Fe Grande (36) Spicy, 4-inch peppers are a glowing gold in color and quite warm. Ornamental plants give heavy yields over the entire summer, making this variety choice for home or market gardens.t works well either cooked or fresh for salads, salsas, and other dishes based on chile peppers. Plants grow about 2 feet tall and are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus. Introduced in 1965. 75 days.
TAM Jalapeno (36) 70 days A very tasty mild Jalapeno type, with the same delicious flavor, developed at Texas A&M University (TAM). 75 days.
Trinidad Perfume (26) A sweet habanaro spice pepper with lots of sweet flavor and a trace of heat. 42 in. tall, bushy plants with light green foliage. 1 x 1½ in. bright yellow peppers. 105 days.

Hot Peppers

Aji Crystal (25) (Capsicum baccatum) Originally from Curico, Chile. Very heavy set of 3½" long fruits on large 3' plants. Waxy fruits ripen light green to yellow to reddish-orange. Excellent spicy citrus flavor is best when immature, great for salsa. 90 days from transplant.
Black Hungarian (36) Unique, black-colored fruit that are the shape of a Jalapeno. They are mildly hot and have a delicious flavor. The tall plants have beautiful purple flowers that make this variety very ornamental. Rare and colorful! 75 days.
Chocolate Habanero (36) (Capsicum chinense) So beautiful. The chocolate-brown, lantern shaped fruit are about 2 inches long, and so ornamental! But don't let the color fool you; these are not candy, but rather flaming-hot fruit that carry a massive 300,000 Scoville units of heat! 95-100 days
Early Jalapeno (36) Large sausage-shaped, blunt fruits mature early; dark green changing to red. Earlier, but lower yielding. 60 days from transplant
Fatali (36) from the Central African Republic. Habanero-type peppers with delicious citrus flavor and few seeds. Three inch long golden-orange fruits. 90 days from transplant. Sizzling hot!
Hot Paper Lantern (36) Not for the faint hearted! This fiery pepper is more productive than other Habanero peppers with fruits ripening up to 2 weeks earlier. Each fiery, 5-7cm long chilli transforms from mid green, through orange to a bright rosy red at maturity, with an atomic Scoville rating of 250,000. Perfect for hot sauces, salsas and soups with a kick! 80 days.
Joe's Round (36) Productive plants have clusters of ¾" round fruits that ripen from deep green to bright red. Great for pickling or for fresh salsa. Very Hot!
Lemon drop (36) Peruvian seasoning pepper. Bright yellow, conical, crinkly fruits are ½" wide by 2½" long, very few seeds, 15 or less per pepper. Intensely hot, citrus flavor. 90-100 days from transplant.
McMahon's Texas Bird (36) Organic Tiny red fruits resemble cranberries. Plants grow to 12 inches. Medium hot pepper his pepper was first introduced in 1813 by Bernard McMahon from seeds given to him by Thomas Jefferson. 90 days.
Peach Habanero (36) (Capsicum chinense) Typical bullet-shaped slightly wrinkled habanero type fruits, but with a difference: this variety ripens to a clear bright salmon color. Amazingly beautiful and richly flavored. 95-100 days from transplant.
Purple Jalapeno (36) 75 Days. A large Jalapeno pepper that turns deep purple before maturing to red. Full Jalapeno flavor and heat; great for salsa and other Mexican foods. Plants both productive and ornamental.
Tampequeno Serrano (36) 78 days from transplanting. There is a reason you see so many recipes for Mexican or hot food using Serrano Tampiqueño peppers; they have a distinctive hot flavor excellent for many dishes. Plants are big — 2' to 3' wide and tall and will be dripping with hot peppers.6,000-23,000 Scoville Heat Units (medium-hot to hot).
Thai Burapa Chili (36) Fiery little red, pointed peppers are popular in Thailand for flavoring many dishes. Loads of fruit are produced late on tall, bushy plants. The flesh is thin, making these great for drying for use in winter; an attractive variety that is perfect for Asian cooking. 90-100 days.
Thai Yellow Chili (12) The golden-yellow version of the Thai pepper. Fruit is also very hot and flavorful. Used less than the red chili, these are still seen in most every market in Thailand. Beautiful. Seed collected in Thailand. 90-100 days.

Extra Hot Peppers

Carolina Reaper (12) Believed to be the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina reaper is a serious scorcher! For those extreme pepper eaters, Carolina reaper is a must-- for those less adventurous, they make a great conversation piece in the garden. These devious little peppers are fiery red with a little scythe shaped tail at the base of each fruit, hence the name reaper.. 95-100 days.
Golden Ghost (8) 95 days. Bush type plant produces high yields of 2 ½” long yellow-orange habanero type peppers. Peppers turn from green to glossy dark yellow-orange when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers. Peppers have slightly less heat then a Bhut Jolokia, but are extremely hot.

Large Tomatoes (8 ounce or larger)

Abe Lincoln (36) Released by H.W. Buckbees in 1923, this meaty variety has incredible thick flesh with a tiny seed core and great old-fashioned tomato flavor. Vines are indeterminate with medium to large red fruit.80 days.
Anna's Russian (36) 70 days. blemish free, large, and very tasty, pink oxheart tomatoes.These tomatoes are just gorgeous, and will make you feel like a pro. Fruits are up to a pound each and are crack resistant.
Amana Orange (36) 75-80 days. Big, 1-lb., glowing orange beefsteaks have an intense full flavor that most tomatoes don't match!
Aunt Ruby's Green (36) Family heirloom from Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee. Introduced to SSE in 1993 by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin. Large beefsteak fruits weigh one pound or more. Sweet juicy flesh with a hint of spiciness. Ready to harvest when soft to the touch and yellow-green in color. Indeterminate, 80-95 days.
Black Krim (36) Beefsteak fruits are a unique combination of violetbrown and purple-red—they turn almost black with sufficient sunlight and heat. Excellent full flavor. Indeterminate, 70-90 days from transplant.
Burbank Slicing (36) 75 days. Developed by Luther Burbank around 1915. Determinate and fairly early, Burbank Slicing is a heavy yielder of majestic 3-4 inch fruit. The fruit has a very deep red color and a traditional bold tomato flavor. This was the only variety that Mr. Burbank raised for canning. Disease resistant.
Cherokee Purple (36) Russian heirloom imported by SSE and offered to members in 1996. Described by one SSE member as “the ugliest, most delicious tomato I’ve ever grown.” Good yields of brownish-red slightly flattened globes weighing up to 14 ounces. Rich full flavor, great for slicing and canning. Indeterminate, 75-85 days from transplant.
Brandywine, Pink (36) Not the original, but the most commonly available of the brandywines. Large potato leaf vines produce large pink beefsteak fruits up to 2 pounds. Incredibly rich, delightfully intense tomato flavor. Indeterminate, 90-95 days from transplant.
Brandywine, Red (36) The original Brandywine introduced by Johnson and Stokes in 1889 from seeds they received from a customer in Ohio. Named after Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Large vines produce deep red 8-12 ounce fruits. Excellent flavor. Very productive. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.
Carbon (36) 90 days. Winner of the 2005 "Heirloom Garden Show" best tasting tomato award. These have won taste awards coast to coast in the last few years, so we were proud to locate a small supply of seed. The fruit are smooth, large, and beautiful, being one of the darkest and prettiest of the purple types we have seen. They seem to have an extra dose of the complex flavor that makes dark tomatoes famous.
Carolina Gold OP (36) This is an open pollinated variety developed from the hybrid of the same name. Extra-large, smooth fruit brings sunny glow to salads and dishes. Firm, meaty flesh; sweet mild flavor! Determinate plant.
Cuoro de Toro (36) 89 days. good yields of large 2 lb pinkish-red Oxheart type tomatoes. Very meaty. Excellent for making paste, sauce, puree, and canning.
Giant Belgium (36) 85 days. Lycopersicon esculentum. Plant produces good yields of huge 2 lb to 5 lb dark pink beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes are very sweet, are meaty, and turn dark pink when mature. A low acidity tomato that is excellent for salads, sandwiches, and canning. So huge you only need one slice per sandwich. A heirloom variety from Ohio, USA.
Hillbilly (36) 85 days. Plant produces good yields of large 2 lb orange-yellow beefsteak tomatoes with red and pink streaks. Very flavorful. Excellent for salads and sandwiches. A heirloom from West Virginia, USA
Kellogs Breakfast (36) A very productive orange beefsteak heirloom tomato. Organic Orange fruits grow to 1-2 pounds Rich flavor with good acid to sugar balance Fruit ripens throughout the season. 85 days.
Martian Giant (36) 95 days. This delectable beefsteak isn't from Mars, but it is out of this world! Hefty, firm, red fruit reach nearly 3 inches across and 2 1/2 inches tall. Their meaty interiors have a tantalizing sweet/acid flavor for the ultimate BLT or burger. Semi-determinate plants stay fairly compact with good leaf cover to protect the fruit from sunscald. Martian's a heavy producer even in cooler/wetter seasons.
Mortgage lifter (72) Anoother famous Heirloom, said to have paid off the mortgage on the farm. Exceptionally meaty and typically crack-free. Great old-fashioned tomato flavor. Indeterminate, 80-90 days from transplant.
Old German (36) 85 days. Perfect for making white tomato sauces. Routinely weighing in at over a pound and a half, delicious and beautiful with succulent, meaty fruit and golden streaked, reddish skin. Indeterminate.
Paul Robeson (36) 90 days. This famous tomato has almost a cult following among seed collectors and tomato connoisseurs. They simply cannot get enough of this variety's amazing flavor that is so distinctive, sweet and smokey. 7-10 oz. fruit are a black-brick color. Named in honor of the famous opera singer and peace activist.
Wisconsin 55 (72) Superb tomato developed at the University of Wisconsin. Large deep red fruits resist shoulder cracks and blossom end rot, ripen evenly and have strong skin and solid flesh. Vigorous plants are tolerant to defoliation diseases, Early Blight and Leaf Spot. For top performance fertilize regularly. Semi-determinate plants. 80 days.

Medium Tomatoes (5-7 ounces)

John Baer (Bonne Best) (36) This historic tomato variety dates back to 1914. Organic Red, round fruits with good flavor Very productive Fruit ripens throughout the season.
Longkeeper (36) Long-Keeper is a must for winter storage. Staying fresh for 6-12 weeks or more, it provides fruits for fresh use during the fall and into the winter. The skin of these fruits is a golden orange-red when ripe. Use blemished or cracked fruits right away. Store fruits at 65-68 F, making sure that none touch each other. 80 days.
Moonglow (36) Uniform bright orange globes with solid flesh, few seeds, and mild sweetness. Excellent keeper. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.
Nyagous (36) A prolific, rare, Russian tomato variety. Beautiful, smooth, round, "black" tomatoes that are dark mohagany with dark grey-green shoulders. Nyagous is a wonderfully firm and blemish-free, 6 oz. tomato with lots of sweet, complex fruit flavors and a clean acidic finish. Up to 6 fruits to a cluster. 76 days.
Rose de Bernee (36) 70-80 days. Beautiful, nicely-shaped 4-to 8-oz fruit are a rose-pink color and have an excellent sweet flavor that has made it a hit with many growers. The vines set good yields of this lovely variety from Historic Switzerland.
Striped Stuffer (36) 85 days. Fruits are shaped like bell peppers and completely hollow - as easy to stuff as your favorite bell! 5 to 7 oz. red fruits have conspicuous golden- orange stripes, and classic tomato taste.

Early Tomatoes (mature in less than 65 days, all are red, most are small)

Bush Beefsteak (72) 62 days. A wonderful, compact and prolific, short bushy plant that grows to 3 feet, yields huge amounts of very early producing 8 oz. beefsteak tomatoes in clusters. A very popular variety for shorter growing regions. 55-70 days.
Clear Pink Early (36)
his compact plant becomes loaded with long trusses of perfectly round, smooth beautiful clear pink tomatoes. The flavor is very good, sweet yet tangy, making this a wonderful addition to an early harvest. Heirloom variety of Russian origin. Determinate. 58 days.
Glacier (36) 55 days. Semi-determinate. Loads of round, 2-3-inch, red to slightly orange fruit are produced on compact, potato-leafed plants to 3 feet tall. Use in salads or in colorful tomato salads! Excellent flavor for an early-season type. Reliable in cooler-season climates, setting fruit all summer long.
Moskvich (36) 60 days. Semi-determinate. 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.
Silvery fir Tree (36) Traditional Russian variety with distinctive carrotlike silvery-gray foliage on compact 24" plants. Heavy crops of round, slightly flattened 3-3½" red fruits.58 days
Taxi (36) Meaty, 4-6 oz., baseball-sized, lemon-yellow tomatoes. Smooth, blemish-free globes with a small stem scar. Attractive, sweet-flavored, and easy to grow. Concentrated early set. Compact, dark green vine. Widely adapted. Determinate. 64 days.

Paste Tomatoes (meaty flesh, with few seeds, usually more acidic)

Amish paste (36) Bright red 8-12 ounce fruits vary in shape from oxheart to rounded plum. 85 days from transplant
Grandma Mary's Paste (36) This familiar heirloom variety has large, pointed red paste tomatoes that are meaty and flavorful, just right for cooking into sauce or chopping up for fresh use. Expect abundant harvests, as these plants are prolific. Indeterminate. 70 days.
Heinz 1439 VFA (36) Plant produces good yields of 6 oz red tomatoes. TFor making ketchup, puree, and sauces. Crack resistant. Determinate. VFA resistance. 70 days from transplant.
Hog Heart (36)

 2 1/2 to 3-inch long red fruit, shape varies from a banana shape to a heart-shape. Excellent sweet flavors with moderately juicy flesh. A top paste tomato for sauces. 86 days

Jersey Giant (36) An excellent and famed paste tomato. Sprawling, indeterminate, regular leaf plants produce copious amounts of 4"- 6", bright red, pointed tomatoes that are meaty with few seeds and lots of great sweet flavor. Looks similar to the Jersey Devil. A very good sauce tomato. 85 days
Martino's Roma (72) Italian heirloom with pretty rugose (puckered) foliage. Very heavy set of mild 2-3 ounce fruits perfectly suited for making sauce, salsa, and paste.75 days from transplant
Rio Grande (36) Large plant produces high yields of large size red tomatoes. Great for salads and sandwiches, or making sauces and puree. determinate. 75 days
Roman Candle (36) It's rare to find a pure-yellow, banana-shaped tomato, and even more difficult to find one with superior flavor. Roman Candle satisfies on both counts. Paste-type fruits, 4 to 6" long, are very meaty and flavorful with brilliant yellow skin and white flesh. An excellent choice for salsas and sauces. 80 days.
San Marzano Nano (36) AKA as San Marzano Bush, early and produces all its fruit over a 1 to 2 week period on average. Especially favored by those looking to can all their tomatoes at once or for market growers looking for a short easy picking period. 75 days.
Saucey(36) 85 days. Plant produces heavy yields of red plum shaped tomatoes. This variety has the real tomato favor that makes excellent sauces and salsas. The tomatoes can be easily shaken from the plants when mature.
Sheboygan (36) Grown since the early 1900s by Lithuanian immigrants in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Pink pastetype 4-6 ounce fruits. great for canning. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.
Speckled Roman (36) Gorgeous 5" long fruits with jagged orange and yellow stripes. Meaty flesh with few seeds. Great tomato taste, ideal for processing and fresh eating. Very productive. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.

Small Tomatoes (1-4 ounce tomatoes)

Minibel (36) 65 days. Determinate. Bite-sized fruits are sweet and flavorsome. Tiny ornamental plants reach only to about a foot in height and require no support. Covered in tasty little tomatoes. Excellent choice for containers, pots or hanging baskets; pretty enough for the patio or deck. So cute!
Red Robin (36) 55 days. Space is not an issue for this little dynamo of a plant. At home in even the tightest containers (as small as 8 inches), the most minimally sized garden can produce a delicious crop of fresh cherry tomatoes. The juicy, tasty, 1-1 1/2 inch round, red fruit are set in clusters by the fistful. Super compact, potato-leaf, determinate plants top out at only 8-12 inches tall and begin producing their first harvests before nearly every other tomato variety.
Also available as a plant.
Wapsipinican Peach (36) 80 days tomato heavy producer of 1 1/2 to 2-inch, delicate, fuzzy-like-a-peach, pale-yellow juicy, tomatoes with wonderful, slightly-spicy, very fruity-sweet flavors. Harvest is good all the way to frost.

Cherry Tomatoes (1-3 ounce tomatoes in clusters)

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Amish Salad (36) Small, pink, 2 oz. oval cherries seem to last forever on the vine without rotting or losing flavor. Flesh is very firm, mild and sweet, perfect for sauces, salads and for drying. Up to 6 blemish-free fruits per cluster, with many clusters on large plants that have heavy, regular-leaf foliage cover not typical of cherry varieties. Well-suited to both fresh market and home garden.
Black Plum (36) 70 days. Indeterminate plants covered in dainty little plum-shaped fruits, 2” long by 1” wide. Mahogany-skinned berries show some green-shoulders, and have the complex flavor gardeners expect in a black/purple type. Makes a wonderful salsa or spaghetti sauce, yet juicy enough for fresh use.
Blush (36) 60-70 days. Stunning “Blushed” in red and gold combine with a translucent quality to give these elongated cherries serious visual appeal! The fruits, similar in size and shape to large olives, score high in taste tests.
Chocolate Cherry (36)

Chocolate Cherry is so much more than a pretty face! These 1-inch beauties boast the most flavorful tomato tang in the family. They have a fresh-grown flavor and texture no store-bought variety can equal, from their rich fragrance to that great bite as they are popped whole into your mouth or scattered on salads. Truly a gourmet variety, they keep coming all summer! 70 days.

Cerise (36) plants that yield huge amounts of tiny, 1/2-inch, golden-orange cherry tomatoes with a subtle striping borne in large clusters. A tomato with big, wonderful, well-balanced, sweet taste, bursting with a fruity sweetness similar to the very popular Sungold cherry tomato, but lower in acid. Great as a beautiful salad tomato or perfect for snacking. 75 days.
Coyote (36) 55 days. (Indeterminate) [Grows wild in Veracruz, Mexico.] ½-in. pale yellow fruits on vigorous plants. Very sweet with unusual flavor overtones. A favorite in our 2015 tomato tastings
Crazy Cherry (36) Pale yellow cherries are delicious, and grow on some of the largest clusters known! Sweet fruits are oval, each with a tiny “beak” at the blossom end. Flavor is good, the fruits keep well, and the sight of the 40- to 60-fruit trusses on the large plants is positively mind-boggling. A stunning new Wild Boar Farms release.
Dancing with Smurfs (12) Stunning purple/blue tomatoes that turn purple/black/red when completely ripe. Small blue cherry tomato borne in clusters of 6-8. Very heavy producer.True tomato flavor.78-85 days.
Galina (36) This yellow-orange heirloom cherry tomato from Siberia is one of the earliest around, but it also produces its 1" fruit throughout the summer into fall. Not as sweet as modern "Sun Gold" hybrids, this old heirloom has a great tomato flavor and beautiful color. The potato-leaved, indeterminate plants are healthy and productive, and perform equally well in cold areas as hot. Also known as 'Galina's Yellow.' Grown ecologically in New Jersey by the Experimental Farm Network. 75 days.
Goldrush Currant (36) An different species than other tomatoes. This Solanum pimpinellifolium variety produces literally thousands of flavorful, pea-sized golden fruit for month after month, that do not drop. Loved by children and adults alike. 76 days.
Green Tiger (36) Elongated green-when-ripe cherry. Darker green striping creates a distinctive appearance. Green Tiger has the greenish-yellow flesh color and bold, sweet and acidic flavor typical of green-when-ripe varieties.
Green Vernissage (24) This little striped jewel is loaded with sublime sweetness & taste. A perfect addition to salads, salsas and even desserts! The small fruit have lovely light green flesh. Plants are quite productive over a long season. 75 days.
Matt's Wild (20)

The wild tomato with great flavor. These small, 5 gm., cherry tomatoes are deep red, have a tender, smooth texture, and sweet, full flavor. High sugar content. Though the flavor is superior, it doesn't yield as well as modern varieties, and the fruits are soft. Fantastic in salsa and for fresh eating. Some resistance to early blight and late blight. Indeterminate.

Mexico Midget (72) Hundreds of dark red cherry tomatoes on each plant. Huge tomato flavor for such small fruits. Great for salads or selling in pints. Plants produce throughout the entire growing season. Indeterminate, 60-70 days.
Sunrise Bumble Bee (72) Sunrise Bumble Bee is a gorgeous combinations of yellows and reds, inside and out. Excellent sweet and tangy flavor. Great in mixes with the other Artisan varieties. 20-25 gm. fruits. Indeterminate.
Sweet Apertif (22) Deliciously sweet. Perfect for salads. Bite-sized tomatoes, deliciously sweet, are produced on vigorous plants. Fruits are good size for eating out of hand, or for salads. 65-70 days from transplant.
Tommy Toe (36) 75 days. (Also known as Steakhouse) Vigorous plants produce hundreds of small, 1-inch cherries, unfazed by heat and humidity. The flavor is very good, not exactly sweet but with an old-fashioned, full, complex flavor. Originated in the Ozarks around 1900, but also exceedingly popular in Australia—two ostensibly English-speaking regions where puns, apparently, are popular as well.

Herbs

Basil, Deep Purple (72) 75 days. This new powerfully pigmented basil has glossy leaves and holds its vivid, purple color throughout the crop and season. Pretty enough to plant in an ornamental setting, the plants top themselves in summer with bee-attracting, lilac blooms. Growing uniformly to 12-18 inches, Deep Purple looks outstanding in a mixed container or herb garden.
Basil, Eleonora (144) Intermediate resistance to downy mildew. Slightly cupped to flat, 3" leaves with a somewhat spicier flavor than traditional pesto types. The leaf shape and more open habit make this variety less susceptible to basil downy mildew pressure than typical pesto types.
Basil, Lemon (36) Attractive, spreading silver-green plant with lemony aroma and flavor is great for potpourris, tea, chicken, fish, vegetables and herb vinegars. This native of northwestern India should be started indoors early or outside after danger of frost.
Basil, Lime (72) Zesty lime flavor and aroma. Delicious in salads, salsa, and fish and chicken dishes. Compact, mounding plants average 20" in height. More heat tolerant than sweet basil.
Basil, Nufar (108) A traditional Genovese-type basil, it will provide you with months of large, flavorful leaves for cooking. This variety boasts large flavorful leaves and is a fusarium wilt resistant variety of Sweet Basil!
Basil, Siam Queen (72) A well branched, erect, sweet Thai basil, Siam Queen reaches 30-40" in height. Sweet and spicy fresh leaves exude an anise overtone, while the dried leaves have a licorice basil aroma. The 3 to 4" leaves are much larger than standard basil. The compact inflorescences on top of the bright green plant make it ideal for ornamental gardens and patio container.
Borage (36) Beautiful blue star-shaped flowers hang in clusters. The leaves are covered with stiff white hairs that give the plant a wooly appearance. Bees love the abundant bright flowers, which are great for floating in cool drinks at summer parties. Plants grow 2-3' tall and self-sow readily. Annual.
Chamomile (72) Beautiful small flowers, makes a relaxing tea with a sweet fruity fragrance, and reputed medicinal value. Attractive plants Customer Reviews Related Items
Cilantro, Dwarf Lemon (36) A subtle citrus flavor adds a welcome twist to this ancient herb. We love to use the bright lemony leaves in Asian inspired cuisine, but there is no limit to the culinary potential. Compact plants are just as easy to grow as traditional coriander, this variety will perform well in the garden or as a pot herb.
Cilantro, Slo-bolt (36) No Mexican meal is complete without this multi-purpose herb. The fresh leaves are called cilantro, and the seeds are used as a spice called coriander. We like to make successive sowings to ensure a continuous supply. Slow bolting strain. 50-55 days to first leaf harvest, 90-120 days for seed. Annual, 1-2' tall.
Dill, Bouquet (72) Early to flower with large seed heads. Excellent in pickles and used to flavor many other foods. Easy to grow.
Epazote (36)

Used in traditional Mexican cooking. Pungent flavor with refreshing minty overtones. Use in chili sauces and bean dishes. Plant every 2-3 weeks from spring through early summer to ensure a steady harvest. Please note that Epazote self-seeds readily. Reseeds heavily, cut off flower parts of the plant before seeds form.

Fennel, Florence (36) he bulbous stem can be steamed, grilled or served raw; it's like celery with a delicate anise aroma. Chopped and sauteed, it's great with shrimp. Likes full sun and mild to cool weather. Stockier than other fennels.
Stevia (72) A hard-to-find herb that is grown for the famous Stevia leaves which, when dried, are used to sweeten drinks and desserts. Much sweeter than sugar; stevia powder is reported to be 300 times sweeter!

Flowers

Bachelor Buttons, black (36) Lovely, nearly black flowers are perfect for the old-fashioned cottage garden; this rare heirloom was listed in Buist's 1942 catalog.
Bachelor Buttons, blue (36) Colorful blue, double flowers on tall 3-foot plants bloom all season. Very easy to grow. It is a self-seeding annual, so you will not have to replant. Bachelor's Buttons were brought to America in the 17th century.
Balsam Camelia (36) Pre-1870 heirloom. Beautiful rose-shaped blooms in many colors: pink, lavender, red, rose, white and more. Short bushy plants have large bright green leaves. Very easy to grow. A must for fans of Victorian gardens.
Bunny tails (72) Great ornamental grass for children and adults alike. It is hard to resist touching the fluffy flower head, as soft as a bunny’s tail! Easy to grow, very drought tolerant once established. Dwarf habit. Annual, 6-12" tall.
Cosmos, Diablo (36) Beautiful bright orange flowers, adds a unique color to a flower bed.  It isn't as tall as many cosmos, and fits nicely into a lot of locations.  Cosmos are easy to grow annuals, that really just need to be left alone. 
Cosmos, Sea Shells mix (36) Flowers 3" across, petals lightly rolled like seashells in creamy and pastel white, pink, rose and carmine. Bright, colorful daisy-like blooms on tall stems with ferny leaves. GARDEN HINTS: Tolerates poor soil, heat and drought. Sow directly in the garden, where you want them to grow after last spring frost. Grows best in full sun.
Cosmos, Sensation (36) Large plants make a bold, beautiful statement in your flower garden. Full Description Large, single flowers with yellow center bloom from midsummer on. Easy to grow. Graceful for backgrounds, borders and bouquets, with seed heads that attract birds. Tolerates poor soil and hot, humid conditions.
Firmament (36) Masses of small star-shaped powdery-blue blossoms contrast nicely with deep grey-green foliage. A good cut flower and an eye-catching addition to borders. Very attractive to bees.Introduced by the German company Ernst Benary. AAS winner in 1939. Hardy annual, 14-16" tall.
Globe Amaranth (36) (Gomphrena globosa) Native to Brazil this relative of other amaranths thrives almost anywhere. Balanced mixture of 5-7 colors attracts a multitude of butterflies. Very easy to grow from seed, exceptionally productive. Excellent cut flower, both fresh and dried. Not typically used as a food. Half-hardy annual, 24-30" tall.
Indiangrass (36) NATIVE The silky-soft, golden bronze seedheads of Indiangrass lend beauty and drama to the autumn landscape. Reaching five to seven feet tall, it makes a strong late season statement. The second most important tallgrass next to Big Bluestem, Indiangrass grows rapidly and often matures in the second year after seeding. Sorghastrum nutans grows in all well-drained soils.
Marigold, Brocade (72) A stately marigold that brings a welcome charm to the garden. Brocade Mix produces an abundance of 2 inch blooms that perch atop 10-12 inch tall plants. Blossoms display regal colors of gold to mahogany.
Marigold, Dyer's (36) The 36 to 48 inch tall plants make excellent background accents because they are covered with large ruffled flowers (some are single) that set the garden ablaze with fiery yellow color. Used in Mexico as a dye plant (from the petals), the flowers are also a key element as decorations for the Mexican Day of the Dead and make long-lasting cut flowers for arrangements. Best of all, this marigold is generally free of the pests and diseases that plague hybrid marigolds sold in garden centers.
Marigold, Lemon Star (36) Unique, bicolor Gem-type marigold. Hundreds of petite flowers cover neat, low mounds of lacy foliage with a citrusy scent. ¾-1¼" flowers are lemon yellow with a maroon star-shaped pattern in the center. Long-blooming for beds, borders and containers. Ht. 12-18"
Marigold, Queen Sphia (36) Double, deep orange-to-russet flowers reach 2.5” in diameter. They have a tidy, geometric look because the petals occur in neat concentric rings. Each petal lays nearly flat, without crowding its neighbors, showing to advantage the intricate edging, penciled in pure gold. Foot-high plants are great for bedding, edging the border, or in window boxes or pots.
Millet, Limelight (36) Excellent cut flower. The vibrant lime color is enough to make this variety a keeper but it is also fantastically uniform in height, bloom size and bloom time. The stand is lush and self supporting, remaining upright. Ht. 36-60".
Yellow Coneflower (36) NATIVE! he cone-like green centers eventually change to a dark purple or brown. Many insects are attracted to this plant such as butterflies and bees. It grows and transplants very easily, is drought-tolerant, and makes an excellent cut flower. Yellow Coneflower grows best in full sun to partial shade, and medium to dry-medium soil conditions. It blooms approximately from July to September.
Red Milkweed (36) (Asclepias incarnata) NATIVE! Preferred food source of Monarch caterpillars. Often found growing near Joe-Pye Weed. Bright pink and red vanilla-scented flowers appear in June and July. Grows 5' tall on moist soils with good drainage. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4.
Star of Veld (36) An heirloom and native of South Africa, the 2-1/2" daisy like flower is on fire with brilliant color. Fernlike silvery foliage and long-lasting flowers. Easy to grow in the garden or containers. Drought tolerant. Grows 16"
Sunflower, Autumn Beauty (36) A striking mix of sunflowers in warm shades of orange, yellow, bronze and red. Multi-branched plants provide dramatic contrast as a tall border in flower and vegetable gardens. Blooms are strong-stemmed and 4-6" across, an excellent choice for cutflowers. Provide full sun and well-drained soils.
Sunflower, Evening Sun (36) This beautiful variety has medium-large blooms in shades of burgundy, rust, bronze, bright yellow and crimson, with many being bicolored. The 7' plants produce many flowers over a long season. Gorgeous!
Sunflower, Teddy Bear (36) Beautiful double 4-6" golden-yellow blooms are great for cut flowers. Makes an excellent border in front of larger sunflowers. A favorite with children. Dwarf plants grow only 18-24" tall. Annual, 75 days.
Sunflower, Valentine(36) Beautiful soft primrose-yellow petals with rounded tips, dark brown central disk. Plants grow 5' tall; many side branches produce 5-6" flowers. Cut flowers can last 7-10 days. For longer lasting bouquets of flowers, be sure to pick heads that are just about to open. Annual, 70 days.
Tithonia, Aztec Sun (36) (Tithonia rotundifolia) (aka Mexican Sunflower) Fiery yellow 2-3" flowers attract lots of butterflies all summer long until frost. A favorite because of its extended bloom period. Nice for fresh arrangements. Branching plants grow 4-6' tall. Annual, 60 days.
Zinnia, Envy (36) Exciting chartreuse-green blooms. They are very unique and the beautiful flowers are 3 inches across.
Zinnia Red Cap (36) Zinnia 'Red Cap' has small, pom-pom style flowers bloom in a stunning shade of fire-engine red. The bushy plants produce loads of blooms from mid summer to frost. This rare dwarf zinnia comes from Russia.
Zinnia, Gift (36) A gift to Seed Savers Exchange from breeders at the Moscow branch of the Vavilov InstituteUpright 3' plants, 3-4" flowers (both singles and doubles) are brilliant red with an occasional orange blossom. Annual.

Cucumbers

A&C Pickling Cucumber (72) high yields of 8" to 10" long dark green cucumbers. They hold their dark color for a long time. A heirloom variety introduced in 1928 by Abbott & Cobb of Philadelphia. Excellent pickling variety. 55 days.
Armenian Cucumber (36) Heavily ribbed, light green cukes with mild, sweet taste. The fruit grows very long and is best eaten when 24" long and less than 2½" across.70 days.
Marketmore (72) This rightly popular variety is a consistent producer of delicious, mildly sweet cucumbers with dark green, protective skin. The plants are highly disease-resistant and produce over a long season in hot or cool weather. A selection from Marketmore 76.
Mexican Sour Gherkin (36) (Melothria scabra) 75 days. Incredible, small cucumber-like fruit are shaped like baby watermelons. They are good added to salads or can be pickled. They have a cucumber-like taste with a touch of lemon. The ornamental vines have tiny leaves and flowers and are perfect for the cottage garden. Very unique and fun for kids. Huge yields.
Parisian Pickling (36) The old French gherkin or cornichon pickler. Listed in America in 1892 by Gregory. Great for making tiny sweet pickles. Rare.

Eggplants

Black Beauty (72)

74 days Large bell-shaped fruits range from 1-3 lbs and have a slight signature ribbing. Medium to thick skin is deep purple, and glossy when mature.

Pandora Striped Rose (36) teardrop-shaped fruit are a lovely lilac-rose color with thin white stripes. Strong, thornless plants give heavy yields; tender and delicious. 80 days.
Ping Tung Long (36) Beautiful heirloom from Pingtung, Taiwan. Slender fruits up to 12" long with shiny dark lavender skin. Hardy, vigorous, disease resistant plants. 65-75 days from transplant.

Melons and Squash

Australian Butter Squash (36) (C. maxima) 90-100 days A large, gorgeous peach-colored squash from 'down under' that has extra-thick, orange flesh that's of excellent quality; perfect for pies and baking. The 15-lb. fruit keep for a long period. Very rare Australian heirloom. So beautiful and attractive.
Cream Saskatchawan Watermelon (36) 80 days. A beautiful little melon with sweet, tasty, cream-colored flesh! An excellent variety for the north. Fruits around 8-10 lbs each with a striped, green rind. A favorite of those who grow it! An old heirloom.
Gete Oksomin Squash (12) Big Old Squash, have been grown by Native people in North America for hundreds of years, and likely came from the Guatemala area, possibly over 1000 years ago. The magnificent fruits ran about 2-3 feet long and weigh to 18 pounds. The color is a rich, bright orange, with lighter range striping running the length of the banana-shaped fruits. The surface was mildly bumpy; the overall appearance was amazingly beautiful. Gete-okosimin also proves to be delicious--sweet, with hints of melon, and possessed of a wonderful We thank Roger Smith for bringing this squash to our attention.
Minnesota Midget Cantelope (36) This ever-so-sweet melon arrives early, making it a good choice for northern gardens with short seasons. Bred at the University of Minnesota in the 1940s, the small 4" melon's thick, meaty, golden yellow flesh boasts excellent flavor and a high sugar content. Perfect for smaller gardens, the compact vines grow to only 3' and produce prolifically.
Moon & Stars Watermelon (36) A spectacular watermelon, with fine flavor, introduced by the Henderson seed company in 1926. The skin is deep green, speckled with hundreds of golden yellow stars and a few half-dollar sized moons. Even the foliage has yellow "stars". The fruit is red. Melons are medium sized 25 lb. and slightly oblong. 100 days.
Ronde de Nice Squash (36) An heirloom French “summer pumpkin” or round summer squash from Provence, traditionally eaten when very small and tender. Can be grown as a “fall pumpkin” but the rind is not intensely orange. Beautiful large leaves mottled with silver. 50-55 days.
Summer Crookneck Squash (36) 50 days. An old favorite heirloom, this is one of the oldest types of squash dating back to pre-Columbus times and has been popular ever since. Easy to grow and good tasting.

Amaranths (Amaranthus)

Coral Fountain (36) Unique coral-pink tassels. Coral Fountain is a great complement to Emerald Tassels and Love-Lies-Bleeding. All have similar plant habits, days to maturity, and great presence in arrangements.
Dreadlocks (36) A fountain of eye-catching magenta-burgundy blooms! Here's a different amaranth—curious flower-heads in a weeping habit, with “tassels” sometimes reaching down to the ground. Plants seldom exceed 3 feet in height. A form of Love-Lies-Bleeding, so the seeds and young leaves are edible. Combine with Spider Flower or flowering tobacco for some serious drama!
Juana's Orange (36) A lovely orange variety from Guatemala; primarily used for grain which is rich in vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin E and iron; this variety has been revived in the Mayan communities of Baja Verapaz after almost being lost during the civil war; named after Juana,(pictured) the woman whose family revived and saved seeds of this delicious variety.Orange-flowering amaranth, grown primarily for grain in its native land, the region around Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. The name commemorates Juana, the Mayan farmer whose efforts conserved the seed of this priceless local variety.
Poinsetta (36) Amaranthus tricolor AKA known as Tandaljo or Tandalja bhaji in India, callaloo in the Caribbean and Joseph's coat in the US and Europe. Mix of different colors: green with creamy top leaves, rose-red to chocolate brown, and brilliant red-orange to yellow. Superb in the border, where it reaches about 2 feet in height. The leaves may be eaten as a salad vegetable as well as the stems. In Africa, it is usually cooked as a leafy vegetable. It is usually steamed as a side dish in both China and Japan.
Pygmy (36) Amazing dwarf amaranth variety offers all the style and brilliant color of ornamental amaranth, but at a reasonable size! Cute little plants reach only to about 3 feet in height, making them perfect for smaller gardens or containers. The rich crimson blooms offer an unexpected pop of color. The flowers dry nicely and of course the green-to-burgundy leaves and shiny black seeds are edible and delicious!

 

Other Vegetables and Fruits

Arugula, Italian Dandelion (36) Not a true dandelion, but with leaves that are similar in appearance, Italian dandelions are much earlier, upright growing, larger, and a deeper green. With a number of varieties originating in Italy, the leaves and flower stalks are used in salads, soups, or as a sautéed side dish.
Broccoli, Early Purple Sprouting (36) An English heirloom variety, bred for overwintering. Produces lots of purple broccoli sprouts in the spring. Grows slowly through the winter; very frost hardy. A great variety that is very hard to find in this country; delicious!
Broccoli, Romanesco (36) 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.
Cauliflower, Snowball (36) Introduced to American gardeners in 1878 by Peter Henderson & Company. Smooth 6-7" heads of tightly formed white curds are solid, crisp, and tender, excellent quality. Can be over-wintered for early crops in warmer regions. 60-85 days from transplant.
Chard, Flamingo (36) 60 days. Neon, hot pink chard is so pretty and is perfect picked small for salads or larger for braising.
Chard, Oriole (36) Beautiful golden stems that become more orange in color as they approach mature bunching size. Lustrous, deep green leaf with moderate savoy.
Chinese Cabbage, Michihli (36) Michihili produces a cylindrical, leafy head of 16 inch long and 6 inch across. Light green leaves are very tender and delicious, excellent for stir-fry and pickling. The plant grows best in mild climates but does well in all climates if planted in EARLY spring or LATE summer and matures 70 days after sowing.
Dutch Cabbage (36) 100 days. The standard, giant flat cabbage that is good for storage. 10 to 15-lb heads are of high quality; delicious flavor. This heirloom was introduced by European settlers in the 1860’s.
Ground Cherry, Aunt Molly's (36) 65 days. Polish heirloom variety has unusually fine flavor—very sweet with a nice hint of tartness. 1/2”-3/4” fruits are enclosed in a papery husk, drop to the ground when fully ripe. High pectin content makes this one choice for pies and preserves.
Kale, Red Russian (36) Stems are purple; leaves are flat, toothed, and dark green with purple veins. The plants mature medium-tall and leaves are tender compared to other kales. For salads and light cooking.
Kale, Siberian Dwarf (36) This tasty Russian variety produces leaves that are only slightly frilled and of top quality. 16-inch plants are very hardy and productive.
Kohlrabi, Purple Vienna (36) Delicious cabbage-flavored bulbs that grow above ground. Purple skin and sweet, white flesh; good cooked or raw. Kohlrabi makes a real staple crop, with high yields; cold hardy. A pre-1860 heirloom.
Kohlrabi, White Vienna (36) Pre-1860 variety. Pale green above ground globes with crisp white flesh. Sweet and mild with a flavor reminiscent of turnips. Best harvested at 2 ½" diameter. Excellent raw or steamed. 50-65 days.
Lettuce, mixed (72) A colorful mix of leafy heirloom varieties.
Lettuce, Seafresh (36) Light green curly leaf lettuce. Perfect for cold-frames, greenhouse growing or in the garden.
Malabar Spinach (36) 70 days. This beautiful plant is not a true spinach but a different species (basella rubra). This heat-loving Asian vine has lovely red stems and delicious, succulent leaves that are great in salads and stir-fries. A delicious green that can be grown as an annual in many areas or as a perennial in sub-tropical areas.
Radicchio (36) These are used like lettuce to make beautiful, tasty salads, and are good cooked. beautiful heads of delicious red leaves, eaten fresh most of the time. The color varied from green with red stripes to totally red.
Tomatillo, Tiny frm Coban (36) Here’s another variety collected by Jere Gettle on his 2005 trip to Central America and preserved in our seed bank until grown out in 2013! This is a true tomatillo, having the typical husk, but the fruit is smaller, about the diameter of a dime. Fruits ripen to green or purple and are possessed of an unusual savory taste—somewhat different from other tomatillos.
Tomatillo, Purple (36) 70 days. This unusual deep purple tomatillo makes an ideal salsa with its sweet tart flavor. The plant has striking purple veins in the leaves.