Seed order

I tried to stick to heirloom varieties and hope to save some seed, some of these are rare/extinct

Items of interest noted.
MELON AML110 $3.00 1 – Ananas D’ Amerique A Chair Verte (Green Fleshed Pineapple)
This historic heirloom was grown by Thomas Jefferson in 1794. It was offered commercially in the USA in 1824, and it was illustrated in color in France in 1854 in the Vilmorin Album. This wonderful variety has become very rare. The fruit have netted skin and light green flesh that is firm, sweet and highly perfumed. Productive plants can be trained up a trellis.
MELON AML113 $2.00 1 – Banana
90 days. Banana-shaped fruit, smooth yellow skin and sweet, spicy salmon flesh. 16”-24″ long, 5-8 lbs. It was listed in 1885 by J. H. Gregory’s Catalogue, which said “When ripe it reminds one of a large, overgrown banana… It smells like one, having a remarkably powerful and delicious fragrance.” This is one of my all- time favorites, being very sweet and great for specialty markets.

MELON AML123 $3.00 1 – Kansas
A very rare heirloom from Kansas; the vines are vigorous and the yield is great, oval-shaped ridged and netted fruit, the flesh is orange and has exceptional flavor, very delicious! A very dependable variety, fruit weigh around 4 lbs. One of our most endangered varieties and also one of the best. Perfect for farmers’ markets.

MELON AML155 $3.00 1 – Million Dollar
In 1886, the steamship “Cambridge” was slowly traversing through the thick fog, traveling north to Bangor from Boston, along the rocky coasts of Maine, when it ran aground on Old Man Ledge and began to slowly sink in the cold Atlantic ocean. In the days that followed, many of the hardy souls took small boats out to collect the sinking cargo, which included this great melon that was so good that it has been grown in Maine for the last 124 years. Now it is almost extinct, and almost never offered commercially. The flesh is soft, creamy and so fragrant that ripe fruit can perfume the whole garden. A delicious-tasting melon that is medium sized, elongated and faintly netted.

GREEN BEAN BN108 $2.00 1 – McCaslan 42 Pole

GREEN BEANS BN111 $2.50 1 – Mayflower
This is the bean that is said to have come to America with the Pilgrims in 1620. This old cutshort green bean has great flavor and the red/white beans are quite tasty. A long-time staple in the Carolinas. [so it’s a green bean and then a soup bean – VC]

BROCCOLI BR105 $1.75 1 – Waltham 29

BEET BT102 $2.50 1 – Golden Beet
CELERY CE101 $2.00 1 – Tendercrisp

CORN CN105 $3.00 1 – Country Gentleman Sweet Corn
90 days. Introduced in 1890 by S.D. Woodruff & Sons. Sweet, delicious and milky; tender white kernels on 8″ ears. The ears have no rows, as this is a shoepeg type, and kernels are packed in a zigzag pattern. One of the best heirloom sweet corns.

CORN CN135 $4.00 1 – Rainbow Sweet Inca Corn
A beautiful multicolored corn that was developed by Dr. Alan Kapuler. This sweet corn is wonderful cooked fresh, when the colors are still very pale; delicious real corn flavor. Mature ears are great for grinding into flavorful flour, and are perfect for fall decorations. The kids will love this one.

CARROT CR101 $2.00 1 – St. Valery [yes, I got this because of it’s name]
70 days. The Vilmorins of France mentioned this variety in 1885 and said it had been grown a “long time” then. A large handsome variety with bright red-orange roots; smooth, 10″-12″ long & 2″-3″ in diameter. Sweet & tender. Rare. Our favorite!

CARROT CR102 $1.25 1 – Danvers 126 Half Long 70 days.

CUCUMBER CU109 $2.00 1 – Delikatesse (for pickling, comes from Germany)

EGGPLANT EG155 $2.00 1 – Blush
Pretty, banana-shaped fruit are creamy white with a lavender blush that graces each fruit. Stunning to look at and even better to eat; delicious, tender-fleshed fruit are ideal for frying and are easy to slice.

PEAS GP104 $2.25 1 – Lincoln
GARDEN FRUIT GR102 $2.25 1 – Chichiquelite Huckleberry
GREEN MANURE GS105 $4.50 1 – Hairy Vetch [you till this under right as it flowers as a nitrogen fixer and for organic matter. ]
HERB HB175 $2.75 1 – Stevia [a fabulous no-calorie sweetner with no impact on blood sugar–Japanese and Brazilians have used it for centuries, but of course our FDA has pandered to the sugar and chemical industries (big, long, scandalous story) and keeps it labeled as a “dietary supplement” so it won’t compete directly with neurotoxins (asparatame) carcinogens (saccharine) and digestive irritants (sucralose). Get some at Trader Joes if you live in such a lucky place.]

HOT PEPPER HPP103 $5.00 1 – Anaheim – 1 oz. [ I accidentally bought a ton of these seeds, I think we’ll start them all and have Ben sell the small plants this summer instead of a lemonade stand (along with all our extra melon plants and acorn squash, which I also overordered accidentally]

MELON ML102 $2.75 1 – Prescott Fond Blanc
70 days. The most unique and beautiful French melon we sell! The fruit is 4-9 lbs., very flattened and ribbed, with warts and bumps. Melons have grey/green skin turning straw color; flesh is salmon-orange. Once one of the best known melons, it was mentioned in the 1860’s, but it likely is much older. The flavor is very rich if picked at perfection and the fragrance is heavenly. This is a favorite melon of mine, almost unheard of in this country.

ASIAN MELON OML107 $3.50 1 – Tigger

The most amazing melon we have grown. The fruit are vibrant yellow with brilliant fire-red, zigzag stripes, (a few fruit may be solid yellow), simply beautiful! They are also the most fragrant melons we have tried, with a rich, sweet intoxicating aroma that will fill a room. The white flesh gets sweeter in dry climates. Small in size the fruits weigh up to 1 lb. – perfect for a single serving. The vigorous plants yield heavily, even in dry conditions. This heirloom came from an Armenian market located in a mountain valley. It was the most popular melon at our Garden Show last August and makes a unique specialty market variety. Pkt. (25 seeds).

ONION ON113 $2.50 1 – Gold Princess

SWEET PEPPER PP143 $2.50 1 – Jimmy Nardello Italian

This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello, at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the USA. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son Jimmy. This long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily and has such a rich flavor that this variety has been placed in “The Ark of Taste” by the Slow Food organization. Ripens a deep red, is very prolific, and does well in most areas.

LETTUCE BLEND SB103 $3.00 1 – Rocky Top Lettuce Salad

SUGAR PEA SN106 $2.50 1 – Sugar Snap

SPINACH SP101 $1.50 1 – Bloomsdale Long Standing

WINTER SQUASH SQ113 $2.00 1 – Sweet Meat [my friend tells me this big grey monstrosity is the sweetest squash and is better for pumpkin pies than pumpkin]

WINTER SQUASH SQ136 $7.50 1 – Table Gold Acorn – 1/4 lb. [accidentally bought WAY too much–that roadside plant stand is now a must, as orders can’t be changed.]
SUMMER SQUASH SSQ107 $2.00 1 – White Scallop

50 days. A very ancient native American heirloom squash, grown by the Northern Indians for hundreds of years, this type was depicted by Europeans back to 1591, and one of the best tasting and yielding varieties still around today! Great fried and baked. Flat fruit with scalloped edges, beautiful!

SUMMER SQUASH SSQ110 $2.00 1 – Striata d’Italia [a yummy basic zucchini-striped, we did this last year]
TOMATO TM126 $2.00 1 – Amish Paste [a fabulous roma type, for canning]
TOMATO TM132 $2.00 1 – Riesentraube [cherry–supposed to have amazing flavor]
TOMATO TM181 $2.00 1 – Bonny Best [for canning and slicing]
Next step is mapping it all out! I’m excited for my Sophomore year of gardening–sure hope I am up to the physical work of it by the time I need to be.
Even if you’re just doing pots this year, check out http://rareseeds.com/seeds/ for some fun experiments–you may save an endangered species while you’re at it.
This was definitely a task that cheered me up, although with naps and kids, etc. it took me most of the day.
3 replies
  1. Jen says:

    Thanks for sharing your list, Val! I have to order soon too. I’m such a novice though, I am going to have to ask for a lot of advice. But I’ll wait….
    Glad you are able to stay in bed and rest.

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  2. Michele says:

    Cool about the seeds. I hope you are feeling well. Hey – I am in love with the Alison Krauss Yo-Yo Ma collaboration. Her voice is so beautiful, perfect for that song. Happy Birthday my friend.

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