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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 21, 2008

UW-Green Bay heirloom vegetable plant sale is May 17

GREEN BAY-More than 4,000 tomatoes, 1,000 peppers, and lesser supplies of other plants will be available on Saturday, May 17 at the annual University of Wisconsin-Green Bay heirloom vegetable plant sale at the Laboratory Sciences Building greenhouse on the south side of the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Greenhouse doors open at 9 a.m. To avoid overcrowding in the greenhouse, numbers for entry will be given out starting at 8 a.m.

Sale coordinator Vicki Medland says the 2008 array of tomatoes includes several early maturing varieties, a good selection of cherry tomatoes, an ample variety of traditional red and pink tomatoes, as well as black, green, yellow, and orange varieties. The early maturing tomatoes include Fourth of July, a hybrid highly regarded in master gardener circles; Sub-Arctic Spring, developed for U.S. military personnel serving in Greenland; Oregon Spring; and others. One of the orange tomatoes, Persimmon, won Brown County Extension-sponsored taste tests in 2007.

Peppers available include bell varieties developed for northern gardens and hot peppers in various degrees of "heat."

Five different eggplants will be offered including purple, green and variegated forms of the long Asian-type eggplants and two small round varieties one purple and one red.

The 2008 sale also will include a few heirloom flowers.

Medland says the complete list of plants will be available for viewing online by May 1 at The big tomato image on the home page will lead to plant sale information.

The annual sale sponsored by the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit began in 1994 with 300 seedlings. Students benefit from the proceeds that are used to bring in scientists and other speakers that students otherwise would not be able to meet, and to support student travel to conferences where they can present results of their research and meet scientists in their fields.

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