Available Varieties and Culture:
Belstar Organic Broccoli: Does not do well in hot weather. Best success is with spring and fall crops. Broccoli prefers a well drained, fertile soil high in organic matter with a pH of 6.0-7.5. A consistent supply of moisture throughout the growing season is important; irrigate regularly for best results. Transplant outdoors 10–18″ apart in
rows 18–36″ apart. Broccoli prefers cooler growing temperatures, between 55–75°F (13–24°C), optimum being 60–70°F (16–21°C), but will produce good crops under warmer, summer conditions.
Tiara Cabbage: Like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and related brassicas, cabbages are heavy feeders. They require fertile soils in a pH range of 6.5-7.5, supplied with consistent irrigation throughout the growing period. Transplant outdoors, 4-6 weeks after sowing, 12-18″ apart in rows 18-36″ apart. Cabbage prefers cooler growing temperatures, between 55-75°F (13-24°C), optimum being 60-70°F (16-21°C), but will produce good crops under warmer, summer conditions.
Bright Lights Swiss Chard: Taste is milder than traditional chards. Cool and mild weather is preferred, though chard has some heat tolerance. Seedlings will tolerate light frosts, and mature plants are hardy to moderate frosts. It may overwinter in mild areas.
Tiger Collards: Collards prefer a fertile, well-drained soil high in organic matter with a pH range of 6.0–7.5. Consistent moisture will produce the best quality leaves. Transplant out every 12-18″, in rows 18–36″ apart.
Cool Customer Organic Pickling: A rugged organic pickler with beautiful fruits, more crunch, and great taste 4-5” long.
Diva Seedless: Bitter free. Especially flavorful when harvested small.
Suyo Long Organic: Bitter Free. Sweet flavored, ribbed fruit up to 15″ long.
Olympian: Best tasting slicer. 8-9” long.
Galine Italian Eggplant: High-yielding Black Bell type. Very glossy, uniform, black to purple fruits are 6-7″ long by 3-4″ in diameter. Eggplants require fertile, well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.2-6.8. transplant 18″ apart in rows 30-36″ apart, or 2 rows on plastic mulch , 18-24″ between plants. It is important to be mindful of over-fertility. Too much nitrogen often results in large, bushy plants that produce only one small set of fruit.
Kale: Kale prefers a fertile, well-drained soil high in organic matter with a pH range of 6.0–7.5. Consistent moisture will produce the best quality leaves. Transplant every 12–18″, ½” deep, in rows 18–36″ apart.
Lacinato Dinosaur Organic (Peace Tree): Traditional Italian kale with deep blue-grey, long and narrow foliage. Slightly moist soil. Sun to partial shade.
Black Magic: Toscano kale with long, narrow leaves for attractive and tall, straight bunches. Dark blue-green leaves with beautiful savoy.
Red Russian Organic: Smooth green, purple-veined leaves.
Winterbor: Standard green curly kale growing up to 2-3′.
Lettuce: Lettuce is hardy and can be planted as early as the soil can be worked. It is a cool weather crop and grows best at temperatures of 60–65°F (15.5–18.3°C). Careful variety selection is important for hot weather plantings. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh lettuce. Harden seedlings by reducing water and temperature for 2–3 days before planting outdoors. Properly hardened transplants can survive temperatures as low as 20°F (-6°C). Transplant iceberg and romaine lettuce 10–12″ apart, in rows 18″ apart. Other types 8–10″ apart in rows 12–18″ apart for full size heads or 6″ apart for mini heads.
Salanova Green Butter Organic (Peace Tree): Excellent crisp and buttery taste. Average to slightly moist soil. Sun. pH 5.7-6.2.
Salanova Red Incised Organic (Peace Tree): Sweet flavor. Average to slightly moist soil. Sun. pH 5.7-6.2.
Coastal Star Romaine Organic (Peace Tree): Heat tolerant. The large heavy heads are dark green. Suitable as full heads or romaine hearts. Good, sweet flavor.
Win-Win Choi: This white-stem, vase-shaped pac choi is bulky and uniform 10-12″ tall. Sow from early spring through midsummer. Transplant in 2″ wide bands in rows 18″ apart. Clip 4-5 week-old leaves.
Peppers: Peppers thrive in well-drained, fertile soils with a pH of 6.5. Abundant phosphorus and calcium is needed for the best results. Transplant out after frost when the soil is warm (at least 60 degrees overnight) and weather is settled. Ideal seedlings have buds, but no open flowers. Set plants 12-18″ apart in rows 24-36″ apart, or 2 rows on poly/paper mulch, 18″ between plants. Water-in transplants using a high phosphorus solution.
Nassau Cubanelle Pepper: Cylindrical fruits with lobed ends avg. 7-8″ x 2 1/2″ and are excellent for frying. Usually used when unripe and light green, but can also be used red.
Baron Ancho: Highly adaptable, large fruited Ancho pepper. The fruits are very large, avg. 5″ x 3″, and are typically two-lobed which makes them easy to stuff and cook.
Jalafuego Jalapeno: Vigorous plants consistently produce very high yields of 3 1/2 to 4″ fruits that are resistant to cracking.
Lunchbox Organic: Delicious sautéed, as an addition to salads and, of course, perfect for a healthy snack.
Squash: Fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8–6.8 is best. Transplant after frost danger when weather is warm and settled, about 18″ apart for bush and small-fruited varieties, and 24–36″ apart for large-fruited varieties. Take care not to disturb roots! Plastic mulch and fabric row covers (AG-19 grade) will help plant establishment and exclude insect pests during the seedling stage. Row covers should be removed when plants begin to flower. Poor fruit development may indicate insufficient pollination. For highest quality fruit, succession plantings every 2-3 weeks may be needed. Wider spacing may allow for easier harvesting.
Honey Bear Acorn: Small to medium-sized acorn fruits with deliciously starchy and sweet flavor.
Delicata JS Organic: Very sweet, excellent for stuffing and baking, even right at maturity.
Flaminio Striped: Large, attractive male and female blossoms are ideal for edible flowers. Fruit best when picked at 6-8″ long.
Slick Pik Yellow: The very attractive fruits have good flavor, and are a bit longer than typical, yellow straight necks.
Dunja Organic Zucchini: A high yielder of dark-green, straight zucchinis.
Tomato: Plants like their soil slightly acidic, pH 6.0 – 7.0. Ideal soil Ph. 6.5 – 6.8. Tomatoes love heat and you can warm the soil by covering the planting area with black plastic a couple of weeks before you intend to plant. Transplant after frost danger when weather is warm (night time temperature of at least 55 degrees) and settled, about 18″ apart for bush and small-fruited varieties, and 24–36″ apart for large-fruited varieties. To develop roots all along their stems, plant deeper than they come in the pot, all the way up to the top few leaves. To help prevent fungal diseases, when about 3 feet tall, remove the oldest leaves from the bottom 1′ of stem. Remove suckers that develop in the joint of two branches. They won’t bear fruit and will take energy away from the rest of the plant. Although you can thin out a few leaves to allow the sun to reach the ripening fruit, remember that it’s leaves are photosynthesizing and creating the sugars that give flavor to your tomatoes. Fewer leaves will mean fewer sweet tomatoes. Indeterminate tomatoes like to grow tall before they start setting fruits, so your tomato plants may not flower for their first month or two.
Juliet: Indeterminate. Juliet is one of the most disease resistant. Deep red, shiny fruits avg. 2–2 1/4″ x 1 3/8–1 1/2″, weighing 1 1/2–2 oz. Typically 12–18 fruits per cluster. Delicious, rich tomato flavor for salads, great salsa, and fresh pasta sauce. Good crack resistance, vine storage, and shelf life.
Glacier Organic: Determinate. Sweetness combines with moderate acidity to create a wonderfully complex flavor. Smooth internal texture characteristic of the finer heirlooms. Very nice eating tomato. Varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support; fruit ripens within a concentrated time period.
Cherokee Purple Heirloom: Determinate. Famously rich flavor and texture make this a colorful favorite among heirloom enthusiasts. Medium-large, flattened globe, 8–12 oz. fruits. Color is dusky pink with dark shoulders.
Big Beef: Indeterminate. Large beefsteak, avg. 10-12 oz.
Sun Gold: Indeterminate. Exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes leave everyone begging for more. Vigorous plants start yielding early and bear right through the season. Tend to split when overripe.
Supersweet 100: Indeterminate. Reliable cherry tomato with prolific yields of great tasting, 15-20 gm. fruits produced in large clusters.
Green Zebra Organic: Indeterminate. Delicious, tangy salad tomato, ripe just as the green fruit develops a yellow blush, accentuating the darker green stripes. The 3–4 oz. fruits are the ideal
size for slicing into wedges for salads.
Amish Paste Organic: Indeterminate. A long-time favorite heirloom plum. Large for a sauce tomato, Amish Paste’s slightly irregular plum-to strawberry shaped fruits avg. 8-12 oz. with excellent flavor. These meaty tomatoes are good in salads and great for processing. A Slow Food USA Ark of Taste variety.
Cherokee Green Organic: Indeterminate. Lots of bold, acidic, complex flavor.
Valencia Organic: Indeterminate. Sunny orange fruits with full tomato flavor. Round, smooth fruits average 8-10 oz. Their meaty interiors have few seeds. This midseason tomato is among the best for flavor and texture.