- IMPERIAL STAR
Other Vegetable Starts
- JERSEY KNIGHT – Bundled roots. All-male hybrid with bigger spears. Does not make seed, so doesn’t become weedy. Best selection for dense clay soils. Very productive and disease-resistant. Zone 2.
- PURPLE PASSION – Bundled roots. Beautiful deep burgundy-colored spears with high sugar content, tender, less stringy, great raw in salads. Zone 2
BROCCOLI and other broccoli-like vegetables
And Other broccoli-like vegetables:
- AMADEUS HYBRID
- ASPABROC – 50-60 days, OP. A gourmet variety with exceptional flavor and texture, from top to bottom, Aspabroc is the original Broccolini, developed more than 20 years ago, a cross of Italian Sprouting broccoli and Chinese Kale (Gai Lan), a leafy, thick-stemmed type with fabulous flavor. The asparagus look and texture of its slender, succulent stems, and peppery-sweet bite of its broccoli flavor inspired the name. Very high-yielding; the key to harvesting Aspabroc is to cut the tiny central head as soon as it’s formed, to promote great side-shoot production for many weeks to come. Asprabroc will thrive in spring or fall, but isn’t as frost-tolerant as heading broccoli. Protect with Row Cover cloth in freezing temperatures. Plants reach 20-24” and should be spaced about 8-10” apart. Great in containers too!
- FIESTA HYBRID – 86 days, hybrid. Compact plants, tight domed heads, big side-shoots, stands hot, cold.
- NUTRIBUD – 58 days, open pollinated. Nutritious, large heads, many side-shoots, delicious mild flavor, very early.
- SPIGARIELLO DI LISCIA (Leaf Broccoli) – 65 days, open pollinated, heirloom. Instead of heads this Italian heirloom produces sweet, broccoli-flavored leaves and tops over a long season. The more you cut, the more you get! Pick as needed for soups, stews, pasta, ravioli-stuffing, stir-fries and salads. A gourmet treat used in the traditional Italian soup ‘Minestra’, hence the name.
- SPEEDIA BRUSSEL SPROUTS – matures ~78 days from transplant, Hybrid
Finally! A Brussel Sprouts variety we feel confident about growing for you. This superior variety has vigorous, extra sturdy stalks 30-36” tall that won’t tip over or tilt, and Speedia’s early-maturing, large to very-large sprouts are bountiful and tasty. Perhaps best of all, its more open foliage helps keep the end-of-summer aphid population low. Grow in very fertile soil, 1 plant per square yard. Lop tops off plants in early Sept. to direct the plant’s energy into sprout development. Plants are very cold-hardy and sprout flavor sweetens after frost.
- FINALE BULBING FENNE – 75-80 days, Open-pollinated
Vigorous plants produce bolt-resistant, huge (4”!) juicy bulbs with a slightly flattened shape. Finale stores well, keeping good quality and maintaining a crisp, juicy texture and gentle anise flavor.
- DePURPLE CAULIFLOWER – matures ~68 days from transplant, Hybrid
Stunning lavender-pink florets atop creamy stems keep their color when cooked and impart glamour and nutty sweet flavor to a sauté, stir-fry, fritter, soup – you name it! The distinctive color comes from anthocyanins, the immune-boosting antioxidants found in red wine. Uniform 7″ domed heads on vigorous plants are wrapped tight in big leaves for good protection. Matures early – partner it with Graffiti to extend your season of purple cauliflower enjoyment.
- EARLY SNOWBALL’ – 55 days, heirloom, OP. Heads are about 5-6” across (3-5 lb.) and quite erect; smooth tops are pure white and mature uniformly. Plants are medium sized with good foliage cover, and foliage is tasty, too. Cauliflower is a heavy feeder, so transplant into rich, well composted soil and side dress w/ organic fertilizer when buds begin to form.
- SONG TJS-65 CAULIFLOWER – matures ~42 days from transplant, Hybrid
This exceptionally sweet and extra-early cauliflower is sweeter and more tender than standard, white-stemmed varieties, with longer stems that are exceptional for dipping. Kitchen prep work is quick, as a few knife strokes will cut most of the florets from the heads. Typically harvested after florets have elongated and curds have started to separate, though harvesting at the same stage as standard types is acceptable. Song TJS-65 performs better in hot weather and below-average fertility than standard types in our trials. Also known as sweet-stem or loose-curd cauliflower.
- MONARCH CELERIAC – 100 days, Open-pollinated
Celeriac is the same species as celery, but it was bred for its knobby swollen root. Both share the same rich flavor, though celery root has more complexity and sweetness. Celeriac has the bonus of being quite hardy and less picky when it comes to climate. A winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, ‘Monarch’ is known for its uniform roots, excellent flavor, ease of cultivation and resistance to pests. The roots store well in the cellar. It’s best to harvest before the ground freezes. We like to harvest the tops for soup stock, and to use the roots in a range of dishes, from soups and stews, to salads and even breads. The roots roast well, fry well, and mash well, adding a wonderful flavor to mashed potatoes.
- ARMENIAN – 65 days, heirloom. 12-18″ crisp, juicy, sweet, burpless, tolerates dry, hot
- BUSH CHAMPION – Open pollinated. Tasty, crisp, bright green 11″ slicing cukes on very compact prolific plant, even in pots
- COOL CUSTOMER
- DIVA MARKETMORE 76.70 days, Open pollinated. Highly reliable, long-bearing, very sweet fresh slicing cuke, a home-garden favorite.
- NATIONAL PICKLING
- SILVER SLICER – Open pollinated, 54 days. A great slicer with excellent flavor and lovely creamy white, thin, smooth skin. Fruits are 2” wide, 5-6” long, similar to Boothby Blonde with a longer, narrower shape and better flavor. Bred by Cornell University for resistance to powdery mildew. Superb juicy, sweet and mild flavor and good crunch.
- TASTY JADE HYBRID
- BEATRICE: 62 days, F-1 Hybrid. This splendid, early-maturing eggplant offers high yields of plump, bright violet, Italian-type fruits similar in shape, delicious flavor and texture to Rosa Bianca, differing in earlier maturity, darker fruit color, and just slightly smaller (4-6″ long by 4-5″ diameter).
- GALINE – 72 days, F-1 Hybrid. Early, dependable Italian-style eggplant, mild, creamy-fleshed fruits averaging 1 lb., with glossy black skin.
- NAGASAKI LONG – 75 days, Heirloom. An heirloom eggplant from Nagasaki, Japan valued for its extra-long fruit with purple-black skin and exceptionally velvety, slightly nutty-tasting, never-bitter flesh, mild and sweet enough to eat raw. The plants are very heat-tolerant and productive.
- ORIENT EXPRESS – 58 days, F-1 Hybrid. A very dependable, very early, and very adaptable eggplant, with tender, mild-flavored, never bitter, quick-cooking flesh. High-yielding plants produce armloads of attractive, slender, and glossy fruits 8-10″ long by 1½ to 2 ½” diameter. Ready up to 2 weeks before other early varieties and sets fruit in cool weather and under heat stress. Does well in containers.
- PINGTUNG LONG. 58 days, F-1 hybrid. A prolific Long Chinese eggplant named for a town in Taiwan that produces 11″ long glossy purple fruit with sweet, bitter-free flesh. Starts producing early for a good overall yield and can bear as many as 20 fruits each. The erect plants are stress-tolerant, very sturdy, vigorous and resistant to bacterial wilt, and. Great for cooks who prefer to work with uniform slices. Its light purple color is especially attractive if harvested before full maturity. As it approaches its full 11″, its skin darkens but retains a pleasing sheen.
- PROSPEROSA: 65 days, OP. This Tuscan heirloom bears gorgeous, deep purple fruit with a pleated top that shows just a touch of cream color peeking out from the black calyx. The baseball-sized (4–5”) round fruits are meaty, mild flavored and delicious, with a wonderful texture. The tall plants are vigorous and beautiful.
- ROSA BIANCA – 80-85 days, Heirloom OP. A lovely Sicilian variety with rosy-pink fruit streaked with white and violet. Plump, rounded 5-6” fruits have mild, creamy flavor, no bitterness and few seeds. Perfect for slicing, baking, roasting. Good yields.
- ROSITA EGGPLANT – 84 days, Open-pollinated
This heirloom eggplant is very productive, tasty and free of bitterness. Sturdy plants to 4’ tall bear beautiful, pear-shaped, pink-lavender fruits with white shoulders, 6-8″ long and 4-6″ wide with tender, sweet white flesh. Heirloom Rosita, brought to the States from Puerto Rico in 1979 and has gained a steady following.
- WILD ARUGULA
- BULL’S BLOOD BEET GREENS
- MACHE (FALL ONLY)
- MINER’S LETTUCE (FALL ONLY)
- MUSTARD ‘LADY MURASAKI’
- PAC CHOI
- PERENNIAL SPINACH (HABLITZIA)
LETTUCE, BUTTERHEAD / BIB:
- MARVEL OF FOUR SEASONS
- SPECKLED AMISH
- TOM THUMB
- GREEN SALAD BOWL
- LOLLA ROSSA
- RED SAILS
- RED SALAD BOWL
- STARFIGHTER MTO
- ROUGE D’HIVER
- LITTLE GEM
- BLUE SOLAISE
- KING RICHARD
- HEARTS OF GOLD
- MINNESOTA MIDGET
- NOIRE DE CARMES
- PATTERSON – (Yellow, storage) plants, 104 days, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
- REDWING – (red, storage) plants, 115 days, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
- WALLA WALLA – (yellow, sweet) plants, ~30 per half-bundle or ~60 per bundle
- SPECIALTY VARIETIES – in pots (Ailsa Craig, Red Marble, Cippolini, and more)
- HARVEST MOON: Organic (Purple Skin, Yellow Flesh) Description Coming.
- MOUNTAIN ROSE Organic Red inside and out! Bred in & for Colorado. Excellent as potato chips, French fries, oven fries, and also great for baking, mashing, and Fourth of July potato salads. High in antioxidants! Early to Mid-season
- NORLAND DARK RED
- PURPLE MAJESTY Organic Uniform, high-yield, deep purple skin and flesh, very high in anthocyanins (high-potency antioxidant) Bred in & for Colorado
- RED THUMB (fingerling) Description coming
- YELLOW FINN
- WINTER LUXURY
- CREME BRULEE HYBRID
- ED’S RED
- GIANT NOBEL
- LONG-STANDING BLOOMSDALE
- SAVOYED HYBRID
- WINTER BLOOMSDALE (FALL ONLY)
- BLACK BEAUTY ZUCCHINI
- COSTATA ROMANESCA ZUCCHINI – 55 days, heirloom, ranked best-tasting zucchini, vigorous, large
- RAVEN HYBRID ZUCCHINI
- RHEINAU GOLD ZUCCHINI
- STRIATA D’ITALIA ZUCCHINI
- TONDA NIZZA
- YELLOW BUSH SCALLOP
- YELLOW CROOKNECK
- BRIGHT LIGHTS
- FORDHOOK GIANT
- PERPETUAL SPINACH
- RED RHUBARB
- AUNT MOLLY’S GROUND CHERRY- 65 days. Polish heirloom variety has unusually fine flavor, very sweet with a nice hint of tartness. 1/2”- 3/4” fruit is enclosed in a papery husk which drops to the ground when fully ripe. High pectin content makes this one choice for pies and preserves.
- BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN
- EARLY MOONBEAM
- GOLDEN MIDGET
- SWEET DAKOTA ROSE
- ACORN – HONEY BEAR HYB, THELMA SANDERS – heirloom, Very productive, beautiful small creamy-white acorn-type with great flavor. From Seed-Saver’s Exchange.
- BUTTERCUP – UNCLE DAVID’S DAKOTA DESSERT – 95 day OP, Buttercup type, selected over 40 years by Pennsylvania family for color, taste, sweetness, vigor, thick flesh, small seed cavity, high productivity and cold-hardiness. Gets raves!
- BUTTERNUT – BUTTERBABY HYB
- DELICATA – HONEY BOAT – 90 days, Open Pollinated, (C. pepo).One of the sweetest squash varieties in existence. Oblong, 1 to 1.5 lb. fruits have Delicata’s green stripes, but with copper-tan skin instead of yellow. The golden-orange flesh has exceptional sweet, nutty flavor and smooth texture, produces early and holds its sweetness in winter storage. Ideal 2-person side dish. Needs no embellishment, but can be stuffed. Enjoyed even by some who profess to hate winter squash. High in calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamins A and C. Developed by Dr. James Baggett, Oregon State U, vegetable breeder par excellence.
- HUBBARD – GOLDEN HUBBARD
- KABOCHA – RED KURI
- KABOCHA – SUNSHINE HYBRID
- SWEET DUMPLING
Cabbage is a low calorie food, an excellent source of vitamin C, and contains significant amounts of glutamine, an amino acid with anti-inflammatory properties. Cabbage is an annual cool-season crop, hardy to frost and light freezes. Plant in rows 2 1/2 feet apart, with 12-16 inches between plants.
- ALL SEASONS – 65 to 90 days, Heirloom, Open-pollinated. Also known as ‘Vandergaw’, this 1886 American heirloom cabbage is very reliable, heat resistant, fine-flavored and produces light green, symmetrical, hard heads 10-12” in diameter, weighing ~12lb., round but flattened on top. A superior all-purpose variety useful for early, intermediate and late season harvests. Great for salads, sauerkraut. Also resistant to ‘yellows’.
- BLUES CHINESE CABBAGE
- RED ACRE – Open pollinated. Solid, round red-purple heads weighing 2-4 lbs. Compact, sure-heading, stores well. Good size for raised beds, small gardens.
All about Basil
Basil is one of the great culinary pleasures of summer, and it’s definitely NOT TOO LATE to plant Basil and enjoy a good crop! Basil plants are beautiful, grow equally well in the ground or in pots, thrive in hot weather, provide a continuous, bounteous crop, and Basil’s many different flavors are essential to a variety of distinctive cuisines. It can be used fresh, dried, or frozen in oil or as pesto. Though basil leaves lose most of the aromatic oils when dried, we have still found that basil dried from your garden is so much more flavorful than commercial dried basil.
ALL of our Basil plants are organically grown! [Read More]
OTHER VEGGIE STARTS – 2022 Newsletter
Yellow Finn, Purple Majesty, Harvest Moon, and Norland Dark Red.
Patterson Red, Redwing, Walla Walla, Ailsa Craig, Red Long of Tropea, Red Geneva, Gladstone, Borrettano, Dakota Tears, Bianco di Maggio.
ALSO, Leeks and Shallots.
JERSEY KNIGHT (roots, 5 per bundle)
All male hybrid with big spears. Does not make seed, so doesn’t become weedy. Best selection for dense clay soils. Very productive and disease resistant. Hardy to Zone 2.
PURPLE PASSION (roots, 5 per bundle)
Beautiful deep burgundy-colored spears with high sugar content, delicious, tender, less fibrous, great in raw salads.
EGGPLANT OFFERINGS – 2022 Newsletter
72 days, F-1 hybrid
Early, dependable Italian-style eggplant, mild, creamy-fleshed fruits averaging 1 lb., with glossy black skin.