These are the heirloom transplants that we have for sale in April in the SF Bay Area. We are located in Castro Valley.
$3.00 per plant, 4 plants for $10.00. All plants grown in organic soil and will be hardened off, ready to be planted. We selected these varieties after trial in our SF Bay Area garden. Because of the sometimes overcast and cool summers. we tended to choose tomatoes with shorter maturities. However, we did include some longer varieties for their winning taste. Limited quantities, reserve yours today!
Most varieties are sold out except for a few cucumbers and all the peppers. The peppers are just about ready for pick up.
Cucumbers (mostly pickling):
Wisconsin SMR-58 – (55 Days) This is said to be the absolute best non-hybrid pickling cucumber. Perfect cucumber for those with short season or in northern climates. Disease Resistant: Scab and Cucumber Mosaic.
National Pickling – (52 Days) A highly developed pickling strain that bears heavy over a long season. Crispy, dark green, symmetrical, thin skinned, square ended and perfect for pickles. Disease Tolerance: Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Scab.
Boston Pickling – (57 Days) A very old (first documented in 1877) reliable pickling cucumber that was “improved” sometime in the 1950s giving it resistance to cucumber mosaic virus and cucumber scale. For medium sized pickles.
Russian Pickling – (50-55 Days) Originally from Perm, Russia. First offered in the 1991 SSE Yearbook by Daniel L. Flyger from South Dakota who said the seed was “brought to this area by German-Russian immigrants in the 1870s.” Early maturing smooth green pickling cucumber with a delicious sweet flavor and good crunch.
Telegraph Improved – (60 Days) A nice eating cucumber. Smooth, straight, dark-green fruit, to 18 long. Flesh is very crisp, tender and mild, superb flavor. Very few seeds, vigorous high yielding vines. An English eating cucumber. SOLD OUT
Purple Beauty – (75 Days) – This variety produces loads of beautiful bells on compact, bushy plants. Crisp texture and mild, sweet flavor makes this one popular with everyone.
King of the North – (70 Days from transplant) – The best red bell pepper we know for northern gardeners where the seasons are cool and short. Blocky, uniform fruits are excellent for stuffing or fresh eating. Great sweet flavor.
Jimmy Nardello – (80-90 Days from transplant) – Given to SSE by Jimmy Nardello whose mother brought the seeds to the U.S. when she immigrated with her husband Guiseppe from the Basilicata region of Italy in 1887. One of the very best for frying, delicious roasted apple flavor. Productive plants are loaded with glossy red 10″ long peppers.
Orange Bell – Super sweet, brilliant orange fruit are blocky with and good-sized thick flesh that is flavorful and among the best tasting of all peppers.
Sweet Chocolate Bell – (75 Days) – The flesh is cola-red color; very sweet and delicious. The medium-sized, semi-bell shaped fruit ripen very early, making this variety perfect for the north
Spaghetti Squash – (88 Days) Vegetable Spaghetti produces nice yields of cylindrical shaped squash. Vegetable Spaghetti Squash grow on vigorous spreading vines with fruits weighing up to 7 lbs. Tends to be susceptible to powdery mildew, so best grown in full sun. Squash keeps for months (we are still eating squash from last year’s harvest) and they are much bigger than the ones at the store! SOLD OUT
Early Sweet Sugar Pie Pumpkin (110 Days) The fine orange flesh of this favorite is the best for rich pumpkin pies. Easy to handle, at only 6-7 lb. each. (New for 2013, we’re not sure how these will do in the bay area climate) SOLD OUT
Boule d’Or – (Golden Perfection) Very sweet, pale green flesh is just marvelous. Yellow and loosely netted, a very beautiful melon. This was one of our top melons in Baker Seeds 2003 trials, truly incredible! It was listed in Vilmorin’s book The Vegetable Garden in 1885, but is very rare now. See how they did in our garden last year HERE. SOLD OUT
Collective Farm Woman – (83 Days) – This amazing melon hales from the Ukraine where fast ripening melons are very important in cool conditions. A Seed Savers Exchange member first offered this melon in 1993 after a trip to the Island of Krim in the Black Sea. Collective Farm Woman has a yellow-gold rind with extra sweet white flesh. Melons grow 7-10″ in size. Collective Farm Woman ripens early as you would expect from a cool weather melon. Harvest when skin turns orange-yellow. Stores well for several weeks after harvest. (New for 2013) SOLD OUT
Blacktail Watermelon – (70 Days) – One of the earliest watermelons we know of, superb for the north, but it also grows well in heat and drought. The flesh is red and deliciously sweet. Fruit have a dark rind and weigh 8-12 lbs. each. Small watermelon which has worked for us. SOLD OUT
San Marzano Redorta – (78 Days) – Named for a mountain, Pizzo Redorta in Bergamo, Italy. This is Gary Ibsen’s preferred Italian paste tomato. A much larger tomato (8 oz., 4-inch) with much better taste than its cousin, San Marzano. Extremely prolific. See our review HERE. SOLD OUT
Goldman’s Italian American – (92 Days) – Goldmans’ Italian American keeps up a steady production of large, red, pear shaped, paste tomatoes with exceptional flavor and few seeds. Nearly one pound per fruit! Makes one of the creamiest tomato sauces you’ll ever cook. “Excellent, sweet and luscious.” This was very prolific when we grew it two years ago. SOLD OUT
Italian Heirloom – (75 Days) – Everything you would expect from a tomato revered by the Italians for it’s BIG TASTE. This was one of the favorites of the 2008 Carmel TomatoFest tomato tasting. A good choice for cooking, eating fresh or canning. A Gary Ibsen favorite. (NEW for 2013) SOLD OUT
Scotland Yellow – (74 Days) – Scotland Yellow tomato is very early and extremely productive. This tomato produces 2-3 oz round golden yellow fruits with good sweet and tangy flavor. Scotland yellow tomato remains fairly firm when fully ripe and keeps remarkably well. A great salad slicer tomato. Good acid. SOLD OUT
Moonglow – (85 Days) – A brilliant, warm-orange slicer with great flavor. A real winner and one of the best, round, gold tomatoes. Moon Glow is considered, by many tomato lovers, the tomato with the best texture and flavor of any yellow-gold tomato. We are trying this again. SOLD OUT
Beauty King – (75-90 Days) – From Wild Boar Farms Indet. regular leaf. 12-20 oz. fruit. Good to very good production. Large stunning red yellow bi-color, yellow with flashy red stripes(not blotches). Interior is yellow with bright red streaks, very meaty. Very good sweet tomato flavor. Cross between a Big Rainbow and Green Zebra. See our Review HERE. SOLD OUT
Brandywine Sudduth – From the Ark of Taste: The Sudduth Strain Brandywine tomato is one of the best tasting heirloom tomatoes available to gardeners today. It has an incredibly rich, delightfully intense tomato flavor. When ripening on the vine its flesh bulges out of its skin. The tomatoes are large, pink, beefsteak fruits weighing up to 2 pounds. SOLD OUT
Pineapple – (75-95 Days) – Very large, up to 2 lbs. each. The yellow fruit has red marbling through the flesh and is one of the most beautiful tomatoes we sell. The flavor is very sweet and fruity; good yields! SOLD OUT
Carbon – (90 Days) – Winner of the 2005 “Heirloom Garden Show” best tasting tomato award. These have won taste awards
coast to coast in the last few years. The fruit are smooth, large, and beautiful, being one of the darkest and prettiest of the purple types. They seem to have an extra dose of the complex flavor that makes dark tomatoes famous. Almost a hint of smokiness. SOLD OUT
Holland – (80 Days) – compact, semi-determinate, regular-leaf plants that are prolific in producing large yields of perfectly-formed, 10 oz., 2 1/2-inch, round, blemish-free, red tomatoes that have awesome, sweet-tart, complex tomato flavors. (New for 2013) SOLD OUT
Santiago (68 Days) – The tomato plants proved to be very large (one trial found them growing to 20′) Santiago was among the first to bear fruit and one of the last of the season to be harvested. Plant produces a prolific amount of 8-10 oz., flattened, and lightly fluted, red beefsteak tomatoes that have a good tart and very pronounced sweet flavors. A very good canning tomato, and wonderful snacking fresh off the vine. (New for 2013) SOLD OUT
Black Cherry – (64 Days) – Yields abundant crops in huge clusters of 1″, round, deep purple, mahogany-brown cherry tomatoes. Fruits are irresistibly delicious with sweet, rich, complex, full tomato flavors that burst in your mouth, characteristic of the best flavorful black tomatoes. Beautiful to mix with other colored cherry tomatoes. Unique tomato variety. Disease resistant. We love these in our bay area garden! SOLD OUT
Isis Candy – (67 Days) – This tomato produces a delightful, 1-inch round, yellow with red tinge and marbling. Gold flesh. Typically a ‘cat’s eye’ star of yellow on one end of fruit. The delicious sweet taste is rich and fruity. This has been a favorite “candy” treat with kids at my tomato tastings. Prolific and delicious in our bay area garden! SOLD OUT