– Yellow French filet bean; heavy producer. 62 days.
– French filet green bean, also known as Haricot vert, with
long, skinny, string-free pods. Heavy producer. 61 days.
PURPLE DOVE – Half runner
(doesn't need support) with beautiful purple flowers and
tasty purple snap beans that turn green when cooked:
produces up until frost. 70 days.
– Steady yields of delicious extra long French green beans
can be harvested at any stage and are tender even when left
'a little too long' on the vine. Produces until the very end
of the season! 55 days.
RED NOODLE YARD LONG –
produce, but once underway it goes & goes if kept picked.
Loves heat and moisture. Its strong unique indescribable
flavor is brought out best by dry-frying in a hot pan with
peanut oil, garlic and tamari. Stringless and most tender
when young and thin. Must be trellised. 90 days.
Plant 12-18” apart after all danger of frost is past. Harvest main crown before flowers open. Some will produce side shoots for an additional harvest.
WALTHAM – Produces 4-8” blue-green heads
with good flavor.
Will produce some side-shoots on stocky 20” plants.
Available in limited quantities: Early Purple & Romanesco
SNOWBALL SELF BLANCHING – 55 days.
– Plant 12-18” apart. Plants are somewhat
frost tolerant. Harvest when heads are well
formed and hard, but don’t wait too long or they may
ISLAND IMPROVED – Old variety of Brussels sprouts that
produces 2' plants yielding 50-100 sprouts over an extended
period of time. Tastiest after frost.
Also available in
limited quantities: Falstaff (purple), Roodnerf
For some reason our Brussels Sprouts never
seem to "tighten up". I believe it is because we're
not giving them the attention they deserve. Some
useful information on how to grow these can be found at the
West Virginia Cooperative Extension. A PDF version is
available on this page if you prefer to download a copy.
Growing Brussels Sprouts
LATE FLAT DUTCH – Later producer of large, flattened heads. Great flavor, also good for sauerkraut.
ACRE – Produces solid, small to medium heads that are
TALL UTAH 52-70 R IMPROVED CELERY
CUCUMBERS – Plant 18-24” apart after the soil has warmed to 65° or
higher. Harvest often,
when they are 2-4” long, to keep the plants producing.
Mulching helps to control weeds with “bush” type
– Sweet, crispy & burpless!
HOMEMADE PICKLES - Solid crisp
interior and great flavor; best at 4-6". Can be grown on a
trellis. 60 days.
SPACEMASTER – Bushy 2 ½-3’ vines produce 6-8”
cucumbers that are crisp and juicy. Can be grown in
containers or even hanging baskets. 56 days.
Also available in limited quantities: Green
Fingers, Marketmore 76, Straight Eight
EGGPLANT – Plant 18-20” apart after all danger of
frost. Cut the fruit from the plant to avoid
damage. Pick often to encourage additional
– “Standard” heirloom eggplant dating back to 1910. Sets
it’s oval, deep purple fruit high off the ground.
PING TUNG LONG - Early prolific producer of
10-15" long, 1-2" wide tasty fruit.
Also available in limited quantities:
KALE – Dinosaur (Lacinato),
Rainbow (Lacinato), Red Russian,
LETTUCE – Mix (6 packs)-may
include Baby Oakleaf, Buttercrunch, Grandpa Admiral, Iceburg,
Merlot, Merveilles de Quatre Saisons, Red Sails, Red Velvet,
Mix (6 packs)-may include Cimmaron, Flashy Trout Back,
Freckles, Red, White
SPINACH – (6
packs)-Bloomsdale Long-Standing & Giant Noble
SWEET MESCLUN –
Mix (6 packs)-contains Beet Greens Bull's Blood, Lettuce
Black Seeded Simpson, Lettuce Red Salad Bowl, Mustard
Tendergreen & Spinach Bloomsdale Long-Standing
SWISS CHARD – Mix (6
packs)-may include Fordhook, Giant Lucullus, Peppermint,
Pink Passion, Rainbow
MELONS – Plant 1-3 plants in hills 24” apart. Consistent watering is required. Melons don’t like competition for nutrients. Mulching around the vine helps with moisture retention and weed control.
51 CANTALOUPE– Traditional orange-fleshed,
sweet early melon; 4-5lbs. 88 days.
SUGAR BABY WATERMELON – Small 8-10lb watermelons with sweet, deep red flesh.
Also available in limited quantities: Crimson
Sweet - red flesh, 20+lbs. 90 days.
Plant 12-18” apart in full sun.
Peppers love the heat, but are not drought tolerant. Mulch well and keep them watered evenly. Pick often when they reach the desired size so the plant will continue to produce.
JALAPENO – A heavy producer of dark green (red when fully ripe) peppers that are great when used raw or pickled. Scoville of 3,500-8,000.
Also available in
limited quantities: Ancho,
Datil, Jamaican Yellow, Long Thin Cayenne, Numex Big Jim, Pepperoncini,
Thai Hot, Tobago Seasoning
WONDER – A very popular green bell with smooth, 3-4
lobed fruit that have a great flavor and aroma. Will
turn red if left to mature fully.
CHOCOLATE BEAUTY – Produces good yields of very sweet,
large chocolate-red fruit with brick red flesh.
GOLDEN CALWONDER/GOLDEN WONDER – Similar to the California
Wonder in size and flavor, but turns yellow when ripe.
OF THE NORTH – Large bell peppers are sweet and
crisp: green fruit turn red when fully ripe. This is an
early variety that grows well in the North.
ORANGE SUN – Super sweet bells that start green
and turn orange when ripe.
PURPLE BEAUTY – These compact
plants produce beautiful dark purple, blocky fruits with
thick, crisp, sweet flesh.
Also available in limited quantities: Jimmy Nardello, Marconi
Sweet Banana, Sweet Pimiento
PUMPKINS – Plant 2-3’ apart
after frost danger. Pumpkins
are heavy feeders so enrich the soil with lots of organic
Insect control is crucial to getting a good crop. Long
term storage is possible – pick, “cure” and store the same
as winter squash.
FIELD – Produces 15-25lb orange fruits that are good
for carving or eating. One of the oldest varieties in North
America, predating European settlement.
NEW ENGLAND PIE
– Excellent for pies! 6-7lbs.
Also available in limited quantities:
Atlantic Giant, Casper, Galeaux d'Eysines
– Plant one plant per hill and pick often. Squash
is best when picked 5-6” long, while they are still tender
and the seeds are small.
ZUCCHINI – An heirloom zucchini that produces huge
yields of dark green, almost black, squash. Pick small and
cook the same as summer squash, or pick large, remove the
seeds, then stuff & bake.
PROLIFIC STRAIGHTNECK – Bush type plants
produce large yields of tender fleshed, yellow fruit.
Great steamed, grilled or sautéed with a little butter.
– Plant 18-24” apart and mulch to keep them weed free and to
retain moisture. Stake
or cage early, preferably at the time of planting to avoid
root damage. Keep
evenly watered to help prevent the tomatoes from cracking.
– Hybrid-Very sweet, glossy red grape shaped tomatoes last
on the vine longer than most. Crack resistant.
RIESENTRAUBE – German heirloom grown as early as
1856 in the US by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Heavy yields of 1"
red cherry tomatoes in clusters of 20-40. Name translates to
"giant bunch of grapes".
SUGAR LUMP (aka Gardener's Delight)– German
heirloom that is a heavy producer of 3/4-1" tomatoes in
clusters of 6-12.
– Hybrid-Orange cherry tomato with a nicely sweet taste.
SUPER SWEET 100
- Hybrid-Very high in sugar and vitamin C; 1" red cherries
are produced in abundance all season.
AMISH PASTE – Large, 6-8oz fruits are good for
sauce, ketchup, canning and slicing.
OPALKA – A large, meaty, dry tomato that is
excellent for making sauce or paste. This heirloom has a
distinct point on the bottom of the fruit. These are what we
grow for making our own sauce.
MARZANO – An excellent Italian paste tomato with a
meaty texture and mild flavor. Fruits are longer and larger
than the Roma. Good in sauce, soups or even raw in salads.
this image to compare sauce tomatoes.
– Large, somewhat flat red fruits can grow to 1lb in size. A
good flavored tomato that is popular with home growers,
especially for sandwiches.
KELLOGG'S BREAKFAST –
A strange name for this large, orange beefsteak type. This
heirloom is named for Darrell Kellogg, a railroad supervisor
PINK BRANDYWINE– Widely grown for it's extremely delicious flavor & very
large fruits (1-2lbs), this late-bearing heirloom dates back
to the 1880s.
YELLOW BRANDYWINE – Huge 1-1½lb fruits with an excellent
flavor. Like the beefsteak, these are somewhat
irregular and flat tomatoes.
varieties are available in limited quantities:
African Queen, Aunt Gertie's Gold, Aunt
Ginny's Purple, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Believe It or Not, Bicolor
Mortgage Lifter, Black Cherry, Black Krim,
Blondkopfchen, Burpee's Big Boy,
Burpee's Globe, Casady's Folly, Chile Verde, Chocolate Cherry,
Plum, Crimson Sprinter,
Elfin, Flamme, Giant Belgium Pink, Gold Medal, Gold Rush
Currant, Goldman's Italian American, Great White, Green
Doctors, Green Giant, Honey Bunch
Red Grape, Honeydrop, Hugh's, Hungarian Heart, Japanese
Ladybug Hybrid, Mama Leone, Manitoba, Marglobe, Marvel
Striped, Matt's Wild Cherry, McClintock's Big Pink,
Mexico Midget, Mountain Magic Hybrid, Mullen's Mortgage
Lifter, Old Ivory Egg, Orange Banana, Orange Russian 117, Peacevine
Cherry, Peach Blow Sutton,
Pink Princess Gene Pool,
Plan 9 from Outer Space,
Giant, Pruden's Purple, Radiator Charlie's Mortgage
Lifter, Red Brandywine, Red Rose, Russian Black, Russian
Rose, Santa Clara Canner, Sara's Galapagos, Speckled Roman,
Spoon, Stump of the World (Big Ben), Sudduth's Brandywine,
Super Italian Paste, Vilms, Wapsipinicon Peach (Yellow
Peach), White Beauty, Wild Sweetie, Yellow Mortgage Lifter,
WINTER SQUASH – “Winters” come
in many sizes and shapes. Plant
one per hill and pick before a heavy frost. Cut
the stems at 1” or further from the fruit. Let
the skin “cure” in the sun for several hours after picking. Turn
to expose the entire squash to the sun before storing in a
cool, dry place.
BUTTERCUP – Great flavored fruits that average
4-5lbs with thick flesh and deep green skin.
– Plants produce an abundance of cylindrical yellow 8-12"
squash that can be stored for a few months in a cool, dry
BUTTERNUT – Classic butternut squash producing 7-9”