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Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Vegetable Varieties Offered

At Wishful Acres Organic Farm, we try to grow a very diverse offering of fruits and vegetables. All types are heirloom (old fashioned), open-pollinated varieties; no hybrids or genetically modified varieties are grown by us.

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the vegetable varieties we will have available for purchase in 2010.

To buy our organic vegetables, ask to be added to my weekly Farm Fresh email list!  Simply drop me an email pennysemail@comcast.net or call 815-235-9525 and provide your email address.  I will be sending out an email each week detailing which fresh vegetables will be available for pickup (at my home in Freeport).

Green Beans 

Bountiful Stringless (green bean, traditional variety)













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Yellow Wax Beans (yellow colored green bean)














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Royal Burgandy Bean (turn green when cooked, beautiful dark purple color fresh)

















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Yard Long Red Noodle (Asian-variety green bean, grows to over 2 feet long but stays slender, red in color)
















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Romano Green Bean (Italian-variety, a flat-podded green bean that cooks very fast, our favorite here at the farm)




 














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Beets 


Early Wonder (traditional variety red beet)


















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Golden (orange beet, incredibly sweet, delicious.  My favorite.)

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Chioggia (Italian-variety, pink beet, cut open to reveal white flesh with pink rings like a bullseye, beautiful. Also sweet like the orange variety.  Delicious!)













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Broccoli 


Waltham (traditional variety)









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Romanesco (unique Italian variety, pale green, unique florets)











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Broccoli Raab (gourmet broccoli variety with tender shoots)












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Brussels Sprout

Long Island Improved (traditional variety)




 








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Cabbage

 
Early Jersey Wakefield (traditional green cabbage)















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Golden Acre (traditional green cabbage)

















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Mammoth Red Rock (red cabbage)




 










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Carrot

Nantes (traditional orange carrot)

















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Amarillo (yellow carrot)















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Cosmic Purple (purple carrot)
















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Lunar White (white carrot)
















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Cauliflower


Giant of Naples (traditional white cauliflower)










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Green Macerata (green cauliflower)












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Purple of Sicily (purple cauliflower)













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Corn
 
Broom Corn (Ornamental variety, grown for fall decorations)















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Oaxacan Green Dent (beautiful green-hued Indian corn for decoration or grinding into cornmeal)










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Burgandy (maroon colored Indian Corn with matching husk)










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Japonica Striped (ornamental stalks with beautiful colored striping, burgandy kernals on ears)














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Cucumbers

Diva (sweet, nearly seedless slicing cuke)












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Homemade Pickles (small cucumber, great for making pickles)












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Lemon (white/yellow cuke with unique flavor)













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Eggplant
Black Beauty (traditional dark purple variety)













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Rosa Bianca (beautiful, lavender color with white striping)













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Flowers

Sunflowers (many types)













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Strawflowers












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Zinnias













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Gourds
Mix of many varieties













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Greens


Tyfon / Holland Greens (our favorite, mild flavor, huge leaves. Delicious!)








also see "kale", "spinach", and "swiss chard"



Ground Cherry
Aunt Molly's (typical variety, old-fashioned flavor, great for preserves & pies)













Herbs

Basil (Italian Large Leaf green &Osmin Purple)










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Chives (regular & garlic)













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Cilantro (2 varieties)











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Dill














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Parsley (flat & curly)












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Sage










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Spearmint








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Kale
Red Russian











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Kohlrabi
White











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Purple













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Lettuce

Mesclun Mix












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Freckles Romaine lettuce



 










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Cimmaron Romaine Lettuce












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Melon

Jenny Lind (green interior, sweet)












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Petite Gris de Rennes (French melon, orange interior)








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Healy's Pride (orange flesh)













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Collective Farm Woman (green interior)













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Kiwano Horned (African melon, unique!)










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Onions
 
Walla Walla sweet onions












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Yellow onions (cooking onions)












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Red onions













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Peas

Sugar Snap Peas (delicious, crunchy edible pod! Or you can shell them and remove the peas if you prefer to just eat the peas inside)











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Peppers



Sweet Chocolate:
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.  Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium.




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King of the North:  (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.
Sizes available: Standard, Medium.


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Golden Calwonder:  (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! 



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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!


 










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Yellow Monster: (sweet)
An enormous, sweet, yellow pepper. Gigantic!!  Green, non bell pepper which ripens to yellow. 















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Hungarian Yellow Wax Banana (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. Great for grilling, stuffing, eating raw, making pickled banana peppers!








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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!).  Great raw in pico de gallo salsa, cooked in salsas, pickled, and more!
















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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.







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Potatoes

All-Blue (blue skin and blue flesh!, our favorite, great keeper. These awesome all-blue potatoes are great roasted, baked, grilled, sauteed, fried, mashed... you name it!  So unique.)









All-Red(red skin, pinkish flesh. Just as with the all-blue variety, these are an all-around useful potato! Use with the all-blue as well as a regular white potato to make a Red, White, and Blue potato salad for your grill-out!)












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Yukon Gold 
The standard for delicious potatoes! Yukon Gold is so buttery and delicious.













Pumpkin (see "winter squash" for varieties)


Radish


Cherry Belle (sweet, tiny red variety)












French Breakfast (pink with white tip, elongated)












Watermelon Radish (large, white skin, cut open to reveal pink/red inside, very mild)











Rutabaga

Laurentian (white)














American Purple Top (typical variety)














Spinach
Bloomsdale long standing













Summer Squash (you're in for a treat here!)

Patisson Golden Marbre Scallop (a beautiful, bright orange, patty-pan type scallop squash. I love patty pan squash - they can be cooked just like any other summer squash or zucchini, or hollowed out, stuffed, and baked (my favorite way)













Yellow Scallop (a bright yellow scallop patty pan, looks like a daisy flower, beautiful!  Delicious.)











Benning's Green Tint (white patty pan, mild and delicious)













Caserta (Rare, striped zucchini)













Yellow Crookneck (typical variety summer squash)













Vegetable Marrow (light green zucchini-type, delicious and; mild. One of my favorites.)













Golden Zucchini (a bright yellow zucchini, mild, delicious, our favorite)













Swiss Chard
Bright Lights (multicolored stalks, beautiful)













Tomatillo
Green (typical variety, our favorite for salsa verde)













Tomatoes (My Specialty!!! Every color you can imagine.)




Roma.  
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!


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Isis Candy  (cherry tomato)

Unique cherry tomato!  This cherry tomato is colored with mottled orange and red skin.  Like the name implies, these are as sweet as candy. 




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Rainbow Cherry  (cherry tomato)
  All fruits are bite-size, 1-1/2" across or less, and come in a full range of golds, oranges, creamy whites, yellows, pinks, greens, purples and reds - even bicolors!













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Tigerella (large cherry tomato)
These tomatoes are larger than a typical cherry tomato, but still small!  They feature a unique striped skin of orange and red. 







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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.)

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Delicious.   (juicy slicing tomato)
Just what you would expect when someone says "tomato".  Red, large, juicy slicing tomato.  Just as the name describes: delicious!  One of the few red tomatoes I am offering this year. There will be plenty of these plants for sale.
Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large. 





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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.  Limited number available, order early.  Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large. 


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Mortgage Lifter.   (juicy slicing tomato)
Gigantic tomatoes!  The standard in 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. There will be plenty of these plants for sale.
Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large. 

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Moonglow.  (meaty slicing tomato)
My favorite tomato, hands down.  This bright orange tomato is so bright it's almost neon.  But the best part is the flavor.  It's very low acid, sweet but not overly so.  I ate this tomato every way - sliced raw with salt & pepper, raw on sandwiches & salads, cooked, and it was included in my canned tomatoes - stewed and tomato soup. Because it's low acid, if canning combine it with higher-acid tomatoes or use some lemon juice in each jar.  Limited number available, order early!  Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large. Large sold out. A few medium & standard still available.




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.  44444
Sizes available: Standard, Medium.  


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Kellogg's Breakfast  (slicing tomato).
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. Very desirable!  Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium. 

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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.  Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large. 


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Cherokee Purple
This old heirloom variety is said to have been saved through generations of Cherokee Indians.  A dark purple color, some of these were almost brown when grown at the farm last year - beautiful!  This variety grows large, juicy tomatoes with old-time tomato flavor. Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium. 


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Sub Arctic Plenty or World's Earliest Tomato (small slicing tomato)
Are you the gardener who wants the first tomatoes on the block?  Then this one is for you!  Incredibly fast to mature, you may have ripe tomatoes in only 50 days after transplanting!  These tomatoes are red and small.  Limited number available, order early!
 Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large.  

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Black Sea Man  (slicing tomato)
One of my favorite tomatoes grown on the farm - it's so unique!  The exterior is dark, black skin with green shoulders (green top).  But, slice inside and you've got a beautiful, rare flesh - white with a pink center!  These have a typical old-fashioned tomato taste, similar to a red slicing tomato.  Grow a really cool variety without sacrificing taste.  Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium. 

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SOLD OUT  Cour di Bue.  (slicing tomato)
This Oxheart type Italian heirloom has been a favorite in Italy for many years. Beautiful 12 oz. fruit have a delicious sweet taste, similar to the shape of a heart, great for fresh eating or cooking. Large vigorous vines. Hard to find. Limited number of these plants available, order early!   SOLD OUT


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Green Zebra  (slicing tomato)
The standard green heirloom tomato!  These green tomato feature a beautiful bold green color striped with lime green.  Small, round fruit taste like a typical delicious tomato! The uniqueness is in the color - green when ripe! Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large.  



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Stupice  (early slicing tomato)
Another variety for the gardener who wants their tomatoes early - the sooner the better!  This Czechoslovakian variety produces well in the early spring - the cooler temperatures don't faze it! You may have ripe tomatoes as soon as 55 days after transplanting!  Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium, Large.  (Large & standard sizes sold out)


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White Wonder (slicing tomato)
A mild and sweet-flavored tomato, with high sugar content and white coloring inside and out when ripe. Nice for slicing, canning and juicing! Adds a striking contrast to a salad plate alongside red, pink and yellow types. Produces average yields of small to medium-sized fruits on bushy plants.  Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium.


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Red Striped Stuffer  (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!
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! Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium.




Yellow Stuffer  (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! Limited number available, order early!
Sizes available: Standard, Medium.

Turnip

Golden Globe (yellow, sweet)

Purple Top (typical variety)


Watermelon
Cream of Saskatchewan (white flesh)

Sugar Baby (small, red flesh watermelon)

Tendersweet Orange (orange flesh)

Tom Watson (red flesh)


Winter Squash
Jarradale (blue, pumpkin-looking, great taste!)

Delicata (white with green stripes, oblong, small, reported to be among the best tasting)

Sweet Dumpling (similar to Delicata except round)

Waltham Butternut (most popular butternut, incredibly sweet)

Long Island Cheese (yellow, pumpkin-look)

Cream of the Crop (white, acorn type, delicious)

Red Eye (bright red, round pumpkin-look)

Queensland Blue (blue, oblong, large)

Marina di Chioggia (blue, warted)

Rouge vif d'etampes (red, Cinderalla pumpkin)

Galeux de Eysines (light orange, warted, round)

Lumina (white pumpkin)









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