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Friday, January 1, 2010

2011 Vegetable Plants for sale

The following Certified Naturally Grown vegetable plants will be available for purchase in early to mid-May. Gardeners are advised to wait until approximate May 15 to transplant into the garden to avoid possible frost damage.  Sorry, plants are only available locally, no shipping available.

To pre-order beginning May 1, email or call Penny at 815-990-2380.  I will be delivering the plants through the end of May & early June.  The plants will also be available for purchase at the Freeport Farmers Market.

Price per plant (tomato, eggplant, pepper): Small pot / plant $1.50,  Large pot / plant $2.50.  Bulk discount: 25 cents off per plant when ordering 10 or more plants.


Black Beauty:
This is the typical variety of eggplant most commonly seen. It features a firm skin, dark purple to black in color, and tender, sweet flesh.  Delicious roasted, grilled, and sauteed!  Used in many Italian dishes.  My favorite way to cook eggplant is coated with olive oil, sprinkled with garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper, and lightly grilled.


Pepper Plants

Sweet Chocolate Pepper:
Our hands-down favorite pepper here at the farm.  This is the sweetest pepper you'll ever taste. Dark brown skin, rust-colored flesh. Delicious!  Great served as a sweet chiles rellenos, sauteed with onions, stuffed, raw, it's a very versatile pepper!  I also enjoy chopping and freezing them to use all winter.  Non-bell shape.

Red Bell Pepper:  (sweet)
These are so productive on our farm!  Green bell pepper which ripens to a vibrant, sweet red with rich flavor.  Grows large, very crunchy & sweet. Just what you would expect from a great tasting bell pepper. I will have plenty of these plants available for sale.


Yellow Bell Pepper:  (sweet)
The most productive, largest bell peppers we grow on the farm!  This variety is a green bell pepper which ripens to a bright yellow.  Excellent flavor, sweet, crisp, very large.  You won't be disappointed in these. Great raw, sauteed, stuffed, roasted, grilled, you name it!  I will have plenty of these plants available for sale.


Orange Bell Pepper:  (sweet)
This is a sweet green bell pepper which ripens to orange.  Unusual, striking. Sweet, crunchy, great color. Beautiful in salads, when the great color stands out.  Also great cooked as any sweet pepper.  Delicious!  Limited supply of these plants, order early!

New sweet peppers this year: 

Purple Bell Pepper
Absolutely stunning purple bell pepper. Large 4-lobed, thick-walled fruits borne on sturdy compact plants. Tender crisp texture, mild sweet flavor. Holds in the purple stage for some time before ripening to a radiant purple-red. 70-75 days from transplant. 



Hungarian Yellow Wax (Hot)
Spicy, fairly hot banana shaped fruits, 6" long and 1-1/2" across - perfect for pickling. Matures from light yellow to bright red. Best hot pepper for cooler climates. Ever-bearing plants are 16 to 24" tall, strong, upright. 

Early Jalapeno (Hot)
The standard hot pepper!  Used in so many Mexican dishes, including Salsa Verde (view the recipe section of this blog for my recipe!).  We had basketful upon basketful of this heirloom variety of hot pepper at the farm last year.  Very productive!


Orange Habanero  (Very hot)
Some like it hot!  Incredible warmth and rich, smoky-citrus taste of these lantern-shaped 2" fruit. Very ornamental, as well as perfect for spicing up a pot of chili or making killer hot sauce. A heavy producer, so you will have plenty to share! 


New hot peppers this year: 


Anaheim Chile
Anaheim Chilies are prolific bearers, of long thin fruits about 6" long.   Mildly hot, people use them in roasting, stuffing, stews, sauces or raw.  Organic plants grow 20-30" and bear late in the season.


Big Jim Chile
New kind of chili called Big Jim, featuring giant, nearly foot-long peppers that you and your family can feast on to your heart's content without ever leaving your mouth on fire and your throat begging for ice water.  Peppers can grow to nearly a foot long.



Ancho Poblano 

One of the most popular chiles in Mexico. Mildly hot 4-6 in. fruits are widely used for making chile rellenos and mole. Dark green skin turns red when ripe. Known as Poblano when fresh. Ancho when dried. Bushy, extremely productive plants.


Yellow Habanero 
The lovely lemon-colored member of the habanero family, this ornamental variety is so colorful when the plants are loaded down with so much yellow! A great-eating variety that carries plenty of heat and flavor for most any dish and makes a lovely lemon-colored hot sauce. This Caribbean favorite is very hot, so use a little caution as you enjoy with your friends. 


Chocolate Habanero  
So beautiful. The chocolate-brown, lantern shaped fruit are about 2 inches long, and so ornamental! But don’t let the color fool you; these are not candy, but rather flaming-hot fruit that carry a massive 300,000 Scoville units of heat! Hot pepper enthusiasts love the heat and flavor that these chocolate fruit are packed with, but be careful and use in moderation.


Bulgarian Carrot Hot Pepper
75 days from setting out transplants.
This heirloom variety is compact enough to grow in containers, reaching just 18 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide. The long, tapering fruits measure about 3 to 4 inches, arising in big clusters close to the stem. You simply won't believe the production capability of this modest little plant, or its speed -- in just a little over two months from the time you set the seedlings into the soil or container, you'll be picking, chopping, pickling, and reaching for tall glasses of cold water fast!


Heirloom Varieties:

A favorite of many!  Very thick flesh, very few seeds. Small, oval-shaped.  Great for making sauce, soups, and salsa.  Also great in salads, roasted, and grilled with a dash of olive oil and seasonings! There will be plenty of these plants for sale.


Mortgage Lifter.   (juicy slicing tomato)
HUGE, Gigantic tomatoes!  The standard in big heirloom varieties - it's legendary.  Named after Radiator Charlie, a man who bred this variety and paid off his mortgage during the Great Depression by selling the seeds. Pink skinned, extra-large slicing tomato, very juicy.

Black Krim.  (juicy slicing tomato) .
A very unique tomato!  Fruits are a dark, deep red (almost a shiny black) with heavy green shoulders. Interior is a deep, reddish-green color. Sweet and tasty. Matures extremely early.


Kellogg's Breakfast  (slicing tomato).
Our 2010 favorite.  Very sweet, meaty, few seeds!  Lovely, pale-orange fruits are solid and meaty throughout, packed with mild, superb-tasting flesh. A long-season producer of large, beefsteak-type fruits, up to 16 oz., with solid centers that have just a few seeds at the edges. Our favorite here at the farm last year! 


Pink Brandywine  (juicy slicing tomato)
This pink-skinned tomato sets the standard for all other tomato varieties!  Commonly recognized as the best-tasting tomato variety available, this Amish heirloom variety dates back to at least 1885.  Huge, beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each. 


Red Striped Stuffer  (hollow, stuffing tomato)
Don't be fooled - it's not a bell pepper!  I first grew stuffer tomatoes on the farm last year, and they quickly became a favorite.  Browse the recipes section of my blog to see some of the unique ways we cooked these (make an easy lasagna!)
They are very meaty - very little juice and practically no seeds.  The interior is hollow, just as a bell pepper.  Great tomato taste.  Amaze your friends, or just cook some darn good stuffed tomatoes!

Yellow Stuffer  (hollow, stuffing tomato)
This is the variety that became legendary when I grew it at the farm last year. It's now one of my favorites!  These tomatoes produced and produced all summer long, even through the cold, rainy conditions and the blight didn't faze them.
They are very meaty - very little juice and practically no seeds.  The interior is hollow, just as a bell pepper.  Great tomato taste.  Amaze your friends, or just cook some darn good stuffed tomatoes!

New heirloom tomato varieties this year:

Yellow Brandywine
Large yellow fruit of exceptional quality, creamy texture, and delicious flavor. Fruit size is from 12 to 24 ozs., and tall vines have healthy, potato-leaved foliage. An extremely rich-tasting tomato, this one is also beautiful due to its smooth, not rough, shape. Indeterminate. 90 days.


Cherry and Pear Tomato plants:

Chocolate Cherry
70 days. As irresistible as a chocolate covered cherry, but without all of the guilt. These cherries have both skin and flesh shaded an attractive combination of port wine and chestnut with a comparably delicious and multifaceted flavor. The super productive, indeterminate plants produce trusses of 1 inch round fruit nonstop. We've found them enjoyable harvested fully mature, or even picked several days before they're fully ripe, then allowed to finish indoors.


Orange Cherry
Very sweet, bright orange cherry tomatoes taste not just sugary but also fruity and delicious. Vigorous growers, these tall plants bear long clusters of fruit. Try these for a real taste treat, you won't believe you're eating tomatoes! Indeterminate. 57 days.


Red Grape
Fruits are firm, meaty, and free of cracking, with good chewy texture, sweet taste, and few seeds. Long clusters of 20 or more fruits on tall plants. In our trials, Red Grape's fruits avg. 15 gm.  


Red Pear
Indeterminate - 78 days - Delightful clusters packed with small pear-shaped tomatoes. Sweet fruits are perfectly sized to pop in your mouth or use whole in salads. Vigorous vines bear prolifically until frost.


Yellow Pear
 Enormous number of yellow bite-sized fruits.
This extremely old variety makes a vigorous plant, which bears enormous numbers of bright yellow, bite-sized fruit. The flavor is deliciously tangy. Perfect for summer party hors d'oeuvres.



Tomatillo.  (non-tomato)
Unusual 2" fruits are harvested green - the husks are removed before cooking. A staple ingredient in Mexican Salsa Verde (view the recipes section of my blog for my recipe!). Tart, yellow-green fruits can also be used to add a distinctive taste to salads.  A favorite at the farm for making Salsa Verde.

Ground Cherry. (heritage fruit)
Not really a tomato, but a relative.  Huge yield of tart-sweet berries. This is the common type, used by the Pilgrims; excellent for pies, jams, and preserves of all kinds, also delicious fresh. The fruit grows inside a paper like husk, (the same as Tomatillos.) Grow it the same as you would tomatoes.

Hybrid Tomato plants (for those looking for tons of red tomatoes on hardy plants with traditional flavor)

Early Girl
Comes in first as an early slicing tomato and a favorite early variety. Dependable large harvests of flavorful, solid 4 to 6 oz. fruit. Disease resistance is good, contributing to its excellent performance in almost any climate. A proven variety for delicious, early tomatoes. Indeterminate. 52 days.


Better Boy
Huge, delicious, red fruits many 1 lb. each. Good leaf coverage. Excellent disease resistance. Indeterminate 


70 Days - A 1984 All-America Selection Winner! Exceptionally flavorful, firm 7 to 8 oz. fruit on strong vines with good cover and outstanding disease resistance. Highly productive and widely adaptable for for bush, cage or short stake growing. 

Salad Plants - small pot only (new this year!): there will be several plants in each pot


Vining Veggie Plants - large pot only (sold in peat pots to minimize root disturbance when planting)


Butternut Squash
White Pumpkin
Mini Pumpkin