New Varieties for 2015

Hi everyone!

It will take me a while to get a new catalogue online, but I wanted to update you on the new varieties available this year.

Beans:  Heritage Bean Mix – a blend of 5 different beans of all kinds, shapes and habits, makes a splendid bean mix, all are abundant producers of green beans for fresh eating (there is one yellow) and can be left for seed for soup mix.  Pink, black, white, beige and orange seed for a fun variety of heritage producers.Heritage mix

Purple rain – produces fat green round beans for fresh eating or if left a delightfully vibrant purple bean with a white eye.  Named in honor of Prince.  These seeds are one of the ones in Richters seed Zoo selection from Africa.  Limited quantities – $4 per package

Purple rain

Black Garbanzo – Like the name says these Chickpeas are black and do produce quite a few seeds in the row.  Make a truly unique Hummus!  Limited Quantities – $4 per package of 25

Fortin Family Heirloom – A yellow bean from Quebec, long in the heritage of the region. Good producer, bush plants.

Fortin

Stringless Green Pod – An heirloom from 1898, bred by Calvin Keeney (Father of the Stringless Bean) for Burpee, this bean is an excellent producer of long green round pods for fresh eating that remain tender on the vine longer than other varieties.  Did well this year in our drought.

Stringless Green Pod

Tanya’s Pink Pod – Long, flattish beans that start green but have a defined pink vibrance as well and produce tan seeds with a darker eye.  Bush type.  Good producer.  Limited offering – 10 seeds for $3

Tanyas Pink Pod

Corn offerings;

Luther Hill – white kernels on 4-6″ pods, grew well in the drought.  Produces a sweet corn that is very flavorful, like old varieties used to be.  Not a supersweet kind.

Black Aztec – 80 days.  Ears start out white and turn various colors finally ending black.  Eaten as a sweet corn when white, or for soups, stews and flour when black.  We found it delightfully sweet and tasty.  Good producer.

Indian Blue Sweet – 80 days.  Grew well this year and produced good sized ears of sweet corn.  IT changes color like the black Aztec, ending up black and full. Sweet at the milk stage.  Sweet when dry.

Dakota Black popcorn – Limited Quantities.  Produced in the toughest drought conditions of many years.  Kernels dry to a dark red, almost black.  Short enough season even for us.

Ashworth – 70 days.  Selected from a breeder in Ontario to be the one thought best tasting by the rodents over winter.  I found the same thing when I was trying to dry it in our facility.  Sweet tasting and yellow full kernels.  Heads good sized.

Pennsylvania Dutch Butter Flavored Popcorn – 115 days.  I was delighted with this popcorn as it is excellent flavored and an excellent producer of huge cobs of popcorn, white and pearl shape.  Great fun.

Eggplants:

Yah, finally an eggplant or two that will produce in Alberta’s short season:  Here were the winners for this year.

Reintroducing Apple green – about 69 days.  Produces one or two light lime green round eggplants of good size.  20 seeds per pkg.

White Egg – about the size of apple green, light white skin and round.  69 days.

Kashmiri Brinjal – A squat purple eggplant, medium sized, great flavor and good producer, about 69 days.

Little finger – Long purple fingerling eggplants, massive producer and good for short seasons at 74 days.

Fast Round – really live up to their name.  Wonderfully purple and round, many on a plant.  70 days.

Morden Midget – miniature versions of the purple store eggplants we all know so well.  Good producer, 76 days.

More to come…

New for 2014 Not in Catalogue

Hi everyone;

Well, I inevitably leave out a few things in the catalogue listing every year, so here is a supplemental list.

Carrots:

  1. Brilliance – a coreless variety that just happens to be high in beta-carotene content, making these very deep orange, as well as healthy! Nantes type.
  2. St. Valery – Old french heirloom praised for its superb quality, fine flavor and high yields. Large scarlet roots that can reach more than 25 cm long. Shape is straight and uniform. Diameter at the base: 5 to 7 cm. Thick flesh, fine grained. Rich, sweet flavor. For fresh use or conservation. Contains the highest percentage of the amino acid arginine. 70-80 days. From France, 19th century.
  3. Snow White – Pretty white roots with green shoulders. Compared to other whites…very mild and sweet. Nice raw or cooked. Very worth trying. 75-80 days.
  4. Kuroda – oriental variety. Giant tapered roots, about 7” long & 2 – 3” wide. Disease and heat resistant. Roots mature to 500g (1lb) or larger, without losing sweetness and flavor. Should be seeded thinly right from the start. Does exceptionally well in all soils. 70 days.
  5. Belgium White – Records indicate this one has been in existence since mid 1800’s. It has very long roots (often over 1 ft !) which push themselves out of the ground several inches and thus form green shoulders. Roots are not as sweet (great for diabetic diets) or as much flavor as the orange roots, but produce very well. Stores well. 85 days.
  6. Sweet mix is back.  A good mix of long sweet types, all orange.

Lentils – Green – traditional use in Asian and Indian dishes, soups and stews.  Great addition of fibre to the diet.  Can also be sprouted.  Grows well on the prairies.  75 days.

Alfalfa – Non-GMO is becoming more endangered.  Grow one of these plants in a perennial place and harvest the abundance of seeds for sprouting or just to become a source for non-GM seed.  All colors and a sweet fragrance in summer that hummingbirds and bees love.  Makes a nice summer bouquet also.  Great nitrogen fixer, but beware, it will be there for years.

Swiss Chard – Rainbow mix – all colors of chard. Limited quantities.

Kale – I have Russian Red, Green Curled and Dinosaur in limited quantities.

Jerusalem Artichoke tubers are available in the spring.  Email for varieties.

If I come across more, I will let you all know,

Thanks, Denise