Root vegetables

Here we list anything that grows below the ground – beets, carrots, parsnip, turnip, radishes, etc..

Beets (Beta vulgaris) – 50 seeds per pkg. – $2.50

BT1. Detroit Dark Red – 60 days Producing consistent, dark red beets with good size and storage capability.  Flavor is robust and sweet.

BT2.  Cylinder – 65 day.  Long slender beets, good dark red color and flavor, stores very well.  Excellent variety of beets for pickles and fresh eating, as well as juicing.

BT4. Fuer Kugel – 60 days.  Smooth skin, dark purple roots, with lighter zoning.  Remain tender and sweet even as they reach a very large size.  Excellent keepers.  Switzerland type introduced in Europe many years ago.  Hard to come by.

BT5.  Turnip Beets – 65 days.  Grown for both the tops as greens and the roots which resemble a turnip.  Good flavor and keep a long time.  Rare.

BT6. Choiggia – 65 days.  An Italian beet known for the dark and light alternating rings which do not affect taste.  Very good variety for all uses.

BT7.  Shiraz – 60 days.  A very dark red wine colored beet, smaller in size than others, for use as beet greens or pickling.  Limited quantities.

BT8.   Golden Beets – 67 days.  Limited quantites.  Golden beets with a milder beet flavor.  Can get quite large.

BT10.  Red Ace – 65 days.  Good producers of dark blood red beets of medium size.  Good storage qualities and sweet if left deep into the fall.

Carrots (Daucus carrota var. sativa) 100 seeds per pkg. approx. – $2.50

C1. Sweet mix – 65-70 days.  These seeds provide a mixture of long, large, sweet and flavorful orange roots that always keep well into April for me.  Over-winter roots in the ground for seed the next year.

C3.  Vita Treat type – 70 days.   Very long deep orange carrots with higher vitamin content than regular type.  Good for storage, fresh eating and juicing.

C4.  Long John – 70 days. Great orange carrots for storage and hard soil types.  ADanvers type, producing 7-8 inch roots, or longer.  Good sweetness.

C5.  Scarlet Nantes– 70 days.   Good tapered orange roots, long 10” roots for compact soils.  Sweet and juicy.  Limited quantities.

C6.  Long Mix – 65-75 days.  Selection of the above varieties of long roots with color and taste in mind.  Mixed colors.

C8.  Baby – 55-60 days.  Small stubby roots, good for baby orange carrots, salad and fresh eating.  Will store well.  Chantenay type.

C9.  Red Core Chantenay – 60 days.    Shorter blunt orange roots (6″), useful in fresh eating and growing in clay soils.  Stores well.

C11.  Shorty Mix – Favorite mix of fingerling type early orange eating carrots.

C7. St. Valery – 70 days.  A well known Heirloom, similar to other Chantenay types, sweet and tapered.  Good grower in all soil types.  Orange.

C12.  Kuroda (Japanese) – 66-70 days.  Wide and long, these are sweet carrots used as fodder carrots in parts of the world, but they make a wonderful sweet orange storage carrot of great quality.  Worth a try.

C13.  Snow White – 70 days.  Long white roots with sweet mild flavor.  Great Eye appeal.

C14.  Blanche Collet de Verte – A long white carrot with great holding storage traits, keeping long into the winter and with good carrot taste.  You would not know that it is a white carrot!

C15. Heirloom Orange Mix – A mixture made of all the best storage and tasting orange carrots from heirloom varieties.  All sizes.

C19. Spectrum Blend – 67 days.  A new blend of multiple colors for flavor galore.  Grow them and find a surprise every time you dig them.

C26.  Bolero open – 68 days.  A favorite variety that is found as a hybrid carrot.  We have open pollinated this variety to offer it to Canadian customers.   Good orange storage carrot, long blunt tipped nantes type roots. As good or better than Scarlet Nantes.

C31.  Nantes ½ long – 65 days.  An heirloom orange carrot that is super sweet.  Guaranteed to please.

Onion (Allium cepa) 50 seeds – $2.50

ON10.  Chives –  50 days from seed.  Perennial after that. The common garden green onions, used fresh or dried.  Purple flowers produce next years seed stock.

ON12.  Welsh Perennial Bunching Onions – 55 days.  Once started these onions continue in the garden plot, producing like bunching onions and forever seeding for the next years growth.  Good sized onions, tall, thin, small white base.  Limited quantities.

ON13.  Evergreen Bunching Onions – 50 days.  Producing continuous bunching onions that grow in rows or clumps.  Overwinter readily on the prairies so you have them always.

ON16.  Yellow Globe – 120 days.  Long day type.  Start indoors as above.  Very large onions, with milder flavor and good keeping traits.  Yellow skin, white flesh.

ON17.  Yellow of Parma – 110 days.  Medium sized, yellow skinned, white flesh keeping onion, hard to find Italian type.  Round roots.  Good flavor.

Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) 50 seeds – $1.50 

RP2.  Arrow type – 110 days.   From commercial source.  Seeds produce fine shaped, long roots, smaller than Hollow Crown but store well and taste good.

RP4.  Harris Model  – 90 days. Good sized, homestead variety known for great sized white roots that like all parsnip can be left in the ground over winter.  Sweet and tasty in the spring.

 Radish (Raphanus sativus) 50 seeds per pkg. – $2.50

RT5. Cherry Belle – 26 days.  Limited offering. Typical red skinned white fleshed radish of good holding capacity and flavor.  Water in dry years to keep flavor of roots mild.

RT6.  Champion – 27 days.  Limited offering.  Similar coloring red/white to Cherry Belle.  Same shape and good taste.

RT10.  China Rose Winter –  40 days.  A white winter storage radish.  Grows to 6” long.  Sow in fall in coastal areas, or if you are on the prairies you can sew very early spring in a cool spot or late summer for late fall harvest.

RT12.  Sparkler White tip – 28 days. Red with white root ends.  Good bicolor, about 2” long.

RT15.  Pink Celebration – 30 days. Pink and round, fun to grow in the garden.

RT19.  French Breakfast. – 25 days. The classic breakfast radish of the French.  They are elongated, red with a white tip.  Crunchy and juicy.

RT20. Daikon – 67 days.  The original long white root that is used in salads, kimchi and other Asian dishes since time immemorial.  Used also as a deep tiller of soil and for rat tail use(the immature pods are eaten whole in salads).  Productive and great tasting.  Used in Restoration Agriculture fields to bring minerals from deep underground to top dwelling plants.  50 seeds, or bulk packs upon request.

BC4.  Laurentian Turnip/Rutabaga – 90 days.  A very good keeping root vegetable, used fresh or cooked and mashed as ‘turnip’ in Christmas dinner preparations.  A heritage favorite, this turnip is large, up to 12” across and dark purpley red on top and yellow beneath, yellow flesh.

BC8.  American Purple Top –  87 Days. Rutabagas similar to the winter keeping kind.  Good variety.

Asparagus – 25 seeds per pkg. – $2.50

A2.  Martha Washington – a heritage variety known for its hardiness in our area and production of tender, green shoots in the spring.  Grow from seed as above.  Expect harvest starting in the third season.

Potatoes for 2019

Due to poor season, no potatoes are available until 2020

6 thoughts on “Root vegetables

    1. Some are F1’s and in this case, I have collected seed openly from the hybrids, reseeded and saved seed from the true roots. You will have no trouble. I keep only the kinds you can collect seed from.

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