Sorrel is best known for its
tangy leafy greens, which are commonly used in soups and stews, in
salad, or as a braising green. This cold tolerant leafy green is
becoming increasingly popular as an over-wintered gourmet spring green.
Leaves are bright green and slender with long petioles. Full-size leaves
grow to 8” long. Plants can be harvested all season long but are best
sown in late summer for harvest in early spring when most tender and
mild. Grow as a baby leaf or for full size leaves. Direct sow as soon as
soil can be worked or start transplants in March. Sow seeds ¼” deep,
plant spacing is 8” in 12- 18” rows. Plant after danger of frost has
passed. Deadhead seed stalks to encourage more leaves. Perennial. 34M
HEIRLOOM Emerald green leaves against deeply golden stalks make a striking combination. Leaves are savoyed with moderately thick stems. This strain was rescued by the Abundant Life Seed Foundation and has been improved for color and vigor by seed producer and breeder Frank Morton.
HEIRLOOM HMS crew favorite! Vigorous plants produce 16-25 lb oblong fruit. Hard apple-green rinds are perfect for shipping and storage. Superb, sweet flavor with a fine-grained crisp texture. Ali Baba will win a spot in any melon lover’s heart! Unique skin and light on seeds.
HEIRLOOM Versatile, flavorful, juicy enough for slicing, but meaty enough for cooking down. It has few seeds (can make sauces and pastes bitter.) Heart-shaped, bright fruits are 8-12 oz. Ripens to a sweeter taste than other paste tomatoes. Indeterminate
Fusarium resistant basil for field or greenhouse. Aroma 2 is quickly becoming the standard basil for professional growers. An improved Genovese type with thick, dark green leaves. Leaves average 3” long. Plants are also resistant to bolting and will hold well in the field and after harvesting. Average height is 20-24” tall. Replaces Aroma 1. 18,500 seeds/oz
Vigorous sweet basil with a classic anise flavor and appearance of Italian basil. Aroma 1 has good resistance to Fusarium Wilt, a potentially significant disease challenge for commercial growers. Aroma 1 is a notably slower bolting variety of basil, a definite plus when cutting over a long period of production. Recommended for greenhouse or field production. Average height at maturity is 20-24”. Ocimum basilicum
HEIRLOOM Easy-to-grow patty-pan type, with pale green color that matures to a creamy white. Bushy plants provide excellent yields of saucer-shaped fruits with scalloped edges. Harvest when fruit is 2-3” for best quality. No formally noted virus resistance, but was clearly the only variety not even slightly affected by virus in our 2008 trials, surpassing leading hybrids with established resistances.
One of the only round, black cherries available with a characteristic dark purplish color. One inch fruits average 1-1 1/2 oz, and are great with the sweet, rich, full flavor common to all of the Russian black tomatoes. A striking addition to cherry tomato mixes. Very productive plants. Indeterminate
HEIRLOOM A rare Japanese specialty for the porch or the table. Small pumpkins have heavy ribs, a warty texture and average 3–5 lbs. The outer skin remains dark green or black until ripe and then become a muted chestnut color with a powdery appearance in storage. They are very attractive. Flesh is bright orange with a yellow inner rind and is dimpled from the exterior skin making an attractive slice when roasted. Texture is firm and flavor is nutty and fresh. Each plant produces 3-5 pumpkins. Stores very well. Will produce well in large containers.
Highly ornamental in the field and on the plate! Green foliage is highlighted by purple veins and beautiful purple flowers. Sturdy plants grow 30-36” tall. Produces 3-4” fruits similar in shape to a jalapeno, but black in color ripening to red. Mild heat. SHU - 1,200
Easy to grow and quick to mature! Grand Rapids type with light green color and tender leaves. Quickly produces a full-sized, bright green open head with slightly crinkled leaves. Withstands heat, drought, and light frost. A highly adaptable lettuce for plantings throughout the season. Popular baby leaf variety for a bright green contrast to mixes.
HEIRLOOM Believed to have originated in southern Mexico and Central America over 7,000 years ago, Black Turtle beans are one of the tastiest beans we know. They have a deep, rich flavor that works superbly in soups, frijoles, refritos, chili, and as refried beans. High yielding and easy-to-grow bush variety. Bush habit.
HEIRLOOM A long loved old-time favorite and one of the more outstanding open-pollinated varieties available. Leaves are savoyed, long and narrow with a glossy, dark green color. Developed by Dan Landreth in the late 1880s. Has excellent heirloom flavor and tender leaves.
HEIRLOOM – High yielding, deep purple snap bean. Vigorous, climbing plants have violet flowers and beautiful dark green leaf color with a purple underglow. Not the earliest variety, but among the highest yielding of two years of trials. Plants are well adapted, producing sweet, tender beans in hot, dry and cool conditions. This French heirloom dates back to the 18th century.
Heat and drought tolerant cover crop used for building biomass, smothering weeds and penetrating compact soils. It is a cross between forage-type Sorghums and Sudangrass. It can grow from 5 to 12’ tall, with stalks up to 1/2” thick. Dry matter production of 4,000-5,000lbs/acre make it an excellent soil builder. Adaptable to much of the U.S. provided the soil temperature reaches 65°F at least two months before the first frost. Seeding rate: 35 lb/acre if drilled, 40 to 50 lb/acre if broadcast. Seeding depth should be 0.5-1.5 inches; plant shallow in heavier soils, sow more deeply in sandy soils.
HEIRLOOM Maintained for five generations by the Boothby family of Livermore, Maine. Unique cukes are stubby, plump, and oval with a yellow-creamy skin and small black spines. We love its sweet, delicate flavor and oddly endearing appearance. Recently recognized by the Slow Food Ark of Taste as a historic variety in need of preservation. Works well in containers.
The most widely grown Organic Non-GMO dill for fresh eating, flowers and seed heads. Bouquet is an early maturing variety, producing seed heads well ahead of others and right in time for summer pickles. Flowering umbels average 6” wide. Average height is 30”. 15M seeds/oz
HEIRLOOM Big and beautiful! This classic variety was one of the first to bring recognition to the heirloom label. Known for its perfect balance of sugars and flavor. Dark pinkish-red flesh is smooth and juicy, so make sure to have a napkin handy! Fruits are very large, weighing 1 lb or more. Pick just before ripe to avoid cracking. Potato-leaf variety. Indeterminate
Sunset tones of golden-yellow, burnt-orange and fiery-red petals are set in multitudes on bushy plants. Double flowers are 2.5” wide with a very full look; excellent for an eye catching border, in pots or bouquets. Plants reach 3-4’ tall. Cosmos require little fertility or care, making them great for beginner gardeners.
Winter hardy plants for early salad greens or the herb garden. Chervil has flat, light green, lacy leaves, with a flavor somewhere between parsley and anise. The plant strongly resembles parsley and is often referred to as gourmet parsley. It is considered one of the classic French herbes fines. A European standard and very winter hardy. Direct seed in early spring for summer crop or fall for spring crop. Sow seeds ½-1” deep. Grow as baby leaf or full size using 6 seeds/ft in rows 12-18” apart. Hardy annual. 13M seeds/oz
Warm season crop excellent for smothering weeds and soil building. Planting several successions in a season can be effective for eradicating persistent annual weeds which are out-competed by buckwheat’s quick growth. Loosens clay, increases phosphorus and holds fertility for the next crop. Plant after danger of frost has passed. Seeding rate: 35-135 lbs/ acre, 2-3 lbs/1,000 sq ft.
HEIRLOOM Grown primarily for striking dark red-purple leaves that provide incredible contrast in salad mixes. Eliot Coleman’s choice for a red leaf in winter salad mixes. Roots are also tasty and tender when harvested early as baby beets. Tolerant to heat and cold. Color intensifies as plants mature.