Guide to our vegetable starts. We source all of our organic seed from Johnny’s Seeds and Fedco Seeds.
Organic hybrid for spring and summer plantings. Belstar has proven to be widely adapted, and has performed particularly well in Florida in the winter. Heads are medium green and well-domed with a medium-sized bead. Strong, stress-tolerant plants with good side-shoot production. For summer and fall harvest.
Brussels Sprout, Dagan
Dependable midseason variety. Perfect for selling “on the stalk” sprouts. Smooth, attractive, and holds very well in the field compared to others in this planting slot. Tall plants. Medium-large sprouts
Chard, Red Rhubarb:
Open-pollinated. Deep crimson stalks, dark green leaves. Very hardy. Beautiful for edible landscapes. Heirloom from Europe goes back to 1857
Cabbage, Golden acre green:
Delicate but crunchy texture, sweet and spicy flavor that developed buttery undertones after cooking. Short stems with sparse wrapper leaves and medium-sized core keep plants compact.
Cucumber, Max Pack Pickler:
Broadest disease resistance package.
Huge yields of very uniform and attractive 4 1/2″ picklers borne on vigorous vines. Resists bitterness under stress. Small seed cavity, (a nice feature for a pickling cucumber)
Cucumber, Olympian Slicer:
Olympian’s beautiful, dark green, straight, 8–9″ fruit are crisp with fresh flavor. Very uniform and productive over a long season, with exceptionally high proportions of marketable fruit. A winning combination of flavor, yield, and appearance.
Eggplant, Orient Express:
The most dependable eggplant.
High-yielding plants produce armloads of attractive, slender, and glossy fruits 8-10″ long by 1 1/2-2 1/2″ diameter. Ready up to 2 weeks before other early varieties and sets fruit in cool weather and under heat stress. Tender, delicately flavored, and quick cooking.
Deep-pink Italian type.
Semi-cylindrical fruits are mid-sized (7-8″ long by 3-4″ diameter), mild, and nonbitter. Plants are strong and high yielding.
Kale, Red Russian:
Smooth green, purple-veined leaves for baby leaf and bunching.
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.
Standard green curly. The plants are tall, growing up to 2–3′, with excellent yield and good cold hardiness. The ruffled blue-green leaves have an attractive curl. Vigorous plants will continue growing to produce leaves for successive harvests as the lower leaves are harvested.
Lettuce, Pablo Batavian:
(68 days) Pablo bears a superficial resemblance to a red iceberg, but is a batavian, not a crisphead. Its larger plants form loose heads of beautiful upright rosettes surrounded by wide wavy-edged flat leaves. Bronze coloration on the outside leaves contrasts strongly with the green interiors lending a striking metallic sheen. Very sweet and mild with some bitterness in the ribs, slow-growing and extremely heat resistant.
Lettuce, Coastal Star:
The large, heavy heads are dark green. Heat tolerant. Suitable for marketing as full heads or romaine hearts. Good, sweet flavor.
Melon, Sarah’s choice
A very flavorful cantaloupe. Sarah’s Choice’s sweet and juicy flesh has consistently been a winner. Its flavor, combined with its attractive oval fruits and ideal 3-lb. size, make it the best variety for retail sales. Intermediate resistance to fusarium wilt races 0-2 and powdery mildew.
Squash, Golden Glory:
Spineless yellow zucchini with excellent yields.
Open habit and few spines make it easy to harvest blemish-free fruit. Excellent disease resistance keeps the plant productive over a long season. Bright yellow fruits with solid green stems. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus.
Zucchini, Spineless perfection:
High yielding, medium-green type.
Attractive, straight fruits are borne on a spineless, open plant which makes harvesting easy. Multiple disease resistances keep the plants bearing over an extended period. Intermediate resistance to powdery mildew, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus.
Tomato, Wisconsin 55:
classic, flavorful slicer.
Produces 6–8 oz. slicers that are great for fresh eating and popular for canning, particularly for stewed tomatoes.
Compact Ind. Perfect red 7-8 oz globes. Top greenhouse tomato. Outstanding flavor. Smooth firm fruits never scar or crack. Prolific, early.
Intense fruity flavor.
Exceptionally sweet, bright tangerine-orange cherry tomatoes leave everyone begging for more. Vigorous plants start yielding early and bear right through the season.
Tomato, Supersweet 100
The classic sweet, red cherry tomato.
Tomato, San Marzano
High-quality strain of this classic heirloom paste tomato.
Tomato, Big Beef:
Bred for earliness, disease resistance, and flavor.
This mid-size slicer has high resistance to late blight and intermediate resistance to early blight combined with great flavor. The 6-8 oz., globe-shaped fruit are smooth and medium-firm with good texture. Deep red internal and external color. High-yielding, medium-sized plants are widely adaptable. Defiant was traditionally bred to inherit the Ph-2 and Ph-3 major genes for late blight (Phytophthora) resistance. High resistance to Fusarium wilt races 1, 2, late blight, and Verticillium wilt; and intermediate resistance to early blight. Determinate.
Tomato, Pink Brandywine Slicing:
(82 days) Open-pollinated. Indeterminate. with potato-leaf foliage. Pink Brandywine is the heirloom that launched a movement, leading many gardeners to be flavor-positive preservation-aware seed-savers
Tomato, Jaune de Flammé Small-Fruited:
(75 days) Open-pollinated. Indeterminate. This beloved flame-colored French heirloom is a significant improvement on old Ida Gold. In 2013 it was quick enough to be the only tomato to produce before the late blight epidemic struck one Brattleboro Farmers’ Market grower. She is also well pleased with their productivity, flavor and disease resistance and has been selling them by name for the past five years.
Tomato, Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye Slicing:
(68 days) Open-pollinated. Compact Indeterminate. Here is a tomato variety with a name and appearance we ex-hippies can love. Tie-Dye is not only the best of all the “Boar Series” tomatoes released by talented breeder Bradley Gates of Wild Boar Farms in Napa, CA, but it is also by far the best of all the new tomatoes. Tie-Dye has real flavor and also amazing early productivity, size and disease tolerance..
Peppers may be red, yellow or orange. These beautiful, mini-sized peppers are remarkably sweet and flavorful. They are delicious sautéed, as an addition to salads and, of course, perfect for a healthy snack. All three varieties have tall strong plants that yield well for snack-type peppers
Pepper, Takii’s New Ace Sweet Bell:
(60 days) F-1 hybrid. A cinch to grow in the North.. Resists blossom drop even in adverse weather so that almost every flower produces. Fruits thin-walled, not blocky, turn red early, good for the home garden.
Pepper, Long Red Narrow Cayenne Hot:
(75 days) Open-pollinated. Often curled and twisted, the wrinkled peppers grow 5–6″ long, ½” across, and taper to a point. Dark green color changes to bright red. Prolific and hot.