Introduced by Dr. Hoffman of South Carolina around 1965.
Maroon colored beans.
Snap bean for home gardens, local market, shipping fresh and for freezing. 15-17" vines, bushy, sturdy, and strong roots. Pods round to heart-shaped, straight, 5-1/4", fleshy, low fiber, tender, stringless, and medium dark green. Excellent for cool soil emergence for early season or cool coastal climates. Though it has a concentrated early set, it does provide for longer than many bush snap beans. Good flavor and high yields. Widely adaptable. Resistant to common and NY15 bean mosaic and pod mottle viruses, and is tolerant to powdery mildew ***In our taste test people said provider was more firm, crisp, sweet and had a true "bean" flavor compared to other bush beans. People also said because provider was more firm they would use them in casseroles or boiled w/red potatoes.
A great canning variety as it holds its form and doesn't become mushy/soggy. The true "beany" flavor of this heirloom really shines when canned. No tin can taste here! It will remind you of picking summer beans while cuddled by the winter fireplace. Provider is Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. FL, KS, NY, OR, TX
Organic Bulls Blood Beet (30 days to leaf. 65 days to beet.)
Bulls Blood is an heirloom beet from 1840 primarily grown for its
tender, sweet, deep red-burgundy foliage, but the beets are tasty when
harvested at the 2- to 3-inch size.
Bulls Blood glossy magenta leaves can reach 16 inches high, but we pick them earlier for an excellent spinach substitute. No oxalic acid taste at all. Organic bulls blood is the beet for "beet greens". Bulls blood is often grown as an ornamental, and its dark leaves contrast nicely with other plantings, especially silver or yellow. We eat the smaller leaves in fresh salads and share the larger leaves with the chickens/rabbits!
Do not let people tell you this is not an edible beet! Organic Bulls Blood makes a nice pickling beet when picked early/small. We cut them up in small bits, add sweet onion, apple cider vinegar, a touch of honey and some water. Pop the whole mix in the fridge and add to salads or eat alone as a tangy treat! I'm guilty of eating them all before the salad is ready! My red fingers are the giveaway!
Organic Bulls Blood Beet is recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region . OR,
Organic All Seasons Cabbage Seeds (87 days)
(Was also known as "The Vandergaw" and "Novelty") All Seasons was first listed by J.J.H. Gregory & Son, of Marblehead, Mass in 1886. A few years later it makes an appearance in Burpee's 1890 Farm Annual as "Novelty" under the name "The Vandergaw". A good mid-season cabbage for those regions with a moderate to warm summer. All seasons cabbage is heat resistant and resistant to yellows. Was once widely planted in South Texas as an early type. Can also be used in the Northern states for a late variety. Plants are 12-14" high and 30-36" wide. All Seasons cabbage produces fine heads that are about 10-11" across and average about 11-14#s Widely used for sauerkraut, but excellent in other applications as well. 1890 Burpee Seed Catalog says about All Seasons Cabbage.... "As now improved this is a valuable market gardeners cabbage for a succession. The heads are very hard and solid, round, flattened on the top, of the very best quality, and ready to market very nearly as early as Early Summer Cabbage, while the heads are much larger in size. It is a very sure-heading variety, noted for its ability to stand the hot summer sun and dry weather. It is called "All Seasons" because it is as good for Autumn or winter as it is for early market."
Chantenay Red Cored Carrot (70 days)
A Golden orange carrot that is 5"-7" long and 2" in diameter.
Chantenay Red Cored is known for its ability to handle relatively
heavy soils and still produce. Resist splitting and forking.
Reliable. Chantenay Red Cored makes a good storage carrot.
1932 Dupoy & Ferguson Seed Company says ...
"The tops are shorter and the foliage finer cut than regular Chantenay. However the tops are not brittle and are strong enough to bunch easily. The roots are refined in appearance with small collars, are evenly stumped and have very small rat-tails. The surface of the root is smooth and free from large eyes and side rootlets. The exterior color is a rich orange, decidedly deeper than the ordinary run of Chantenay. The cores are small and nearly the same as the flesh. The roots grow about 5.5-6" long, are 2-2.5" in diameter at the shoulder, and are broad at the bottom, often being 1.25-1.5" just above the rat tail. It possesses all the advantages attributed to Nantes for slicing or for dicing in soups and salads. For market gardener and shipper."
1936 James Seed Company says...
"One of the best general purpose carrots. Roots are slightly tapering and abruptly stump rooted, 6 inches long and 2 1/4 inches through at the top. The core is deep orange, the same color as the flesh. Sow early in rows 18 inches apart, thin to 2 to 3 inches apart in the row, cultivate often and keep clean of all weeds. For late use, sow until the middle of June. Also known as Red Cored."
1937 MacFayden Seed Company says...
"Quite an improvement. Developed and first introduced by Ferry-Morse. A desirable Chantenay with good interior color; valuable for canners and market gardeners. In our experience Red Cored Chantenay is not as uniform as strains of the straight Chantenay variety."
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. FL, IL, OR, TX
Zea mays - Improved Golden Bantam Corn (75-82 days)
This is an improved selection from the original 8-row golden bantam corn.
It has all the wonderful characteristics of the original golden bantam
and then some!
Sweet golden yellow 7-8" ears. (Original 8-row has 5-7" ears) 10-14 rows. (Original has 8 rows) Improved to stay tender longer, have longer ears and more evenly spaced broad kernels. 2 corn ears per stalk. Grows 7-8 feet tall. Tolerant of tight spacing and dry conditions. Can be frozen right on the stalk or made into cream corn.
Organic Straight Eight Cucumber Seeds (63 days)
Straight Eight Cucumber was introduced by Ferry Morse in 1935
Straight 8's are extremely dependable at producing a crop. If you had
bad luck with other cucumbers last season, then this is the one to try
this year. Eight inches of perfect straight cucumber slicing
excellence! You'll be giving them away to the neighbors there are so
1937 MacFayden Seed Co. catalog says Straight Eight Cucumber seeds...
"A real forward step in Cucumbers. Received the Gold Medal Award in the All American Trials, 1935, and the Mark of Approval of the Manitoba Market Growers' Association on inspection of our Trial Grounds last season. Well grown, it ... ... 8 inches in length, just what the Market wants; is uniformly cylindrical and retains its dark green color, flesh is thick; seed cavity small; flavor excellent. It is early, following the early Pickling sorts in maturity. The most outstanding cucumber developed to date. Originator's stock."
1947 Pike Seed Co. catalog says about Straight Eight Cucumber seeds...
"8 inches in length and about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The long, dark green fruits are well rounded at the ends and show no objectionable striping at the tips. A heavy cropper."
1950 Lindenberg Seed Co. catalog says about Straight Eight Cucumber seeds ..
"A favorite for home or market, fruits are straight and about 8 inches long. Its even, deep color and symmetrical shape are outstanding characteristics."
1968 Buckerfield Seed Co. catalog. says about Straight Eight Cucumber seeds..
"We consider this one of the best varieties offered, having a good deep color and superior flavor. The fruit is about 8 inches in length and 2 to 2 1/4 inches in diameter."
Organic Gourmet Salad Blend
A blend of some of our most popular lettuce varieties sure to satisfy
the pickiest market grower.
This divine blend of flavor and color will make any salad bowl pop.
Very popular market seller blend that takes all the planning out of
what to grow to satisfy your customers.
Great for the home Gardener. Get several gourmet lettuces in one pack
for a 1/4 of the price of buying them separately.
Mix contains: Vivian (grn romaine), Silvia (red romaine), Red Salad Bowl (red leaf), Black Seeded Simpson, Summer Bibb
Organic Walla Walla Onion Seeds (175 days)
The story of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion is said to have begun over a
century ago on the Island of Corsica, off the west coast of Italy. It
was on this island that a French soldier, Peter Pieri, found a sweet
onion seed and brought it to the Walla Walla Valley. After many years
of selecting only the sweetest and largest onions, The Walla Walla
onion was born.
Walla Walla produces extra large white onions with light brown skin. These onions are famous for their sweet and very mild flavor. Walla Walla is very cold hardy, but does not store well. A Long day variety suitable for Northern regions, and especially the Pacific Northwest. Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region . OR
Capsicum annuum - Joe E. Parker Pepper Seeds (70 days to green)
A great Southwestern type Anaheim Chili pepper. Plants are medium tall. Very productive. Fruits are 8" long and 2" wide. The flesh is crisp, thick, mild heat and has an excellent flavor. Great for market or processing chilies. Quickly changes from green to red in about 88 days depending on weather.
Emerald Giant Pepper Seeds (77 days)
Emerald Giant was developed in 1963. This huge pepper was selected for heavy yields and large robust plant structures to support lots of peppers. Fruits are emerald green, thick walled, very sweet 4 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide. Classic four lobes perfect for stuffing. Very vigorous with plants reaching 3' tall. Will bear all season. Excellent for those in the South. Tobacco Mosaic Disease resistance. If you like California Wonder you have to try Emerald Giant.
Raphanus sativus - Organic Sparkler White Top Radish Seed (23 days)
Very quick to produce, spicy when small (about lg marble size) and
become more mild when larger. Attractive red radish that looks like
it has been dipped in white. Fast, tasty and attractive what a great
combination for market sales! Very popular here at SSC among the
employees and our Farmers Market for flavor/crisp flesh.
1942 Burpee Seed Catalog says about sparkler white top radish seeds....
"Choice early variety that is a superior strain of the old scarlet turnip white tip. Small round roots, 1 1/4" in diameter, with bright scarlet top, a clear white base, and small, slender tap-root. The juicy flesh is pure white and of an agreeable snappy flavor. Our stock of this popular variety is perfectly uniform and remarkably fine. A very attractive radish for bunching or market; an excellent forcer."
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region . FL
Cucurbita pepo - Organic Dark Green Zucchini (45-65 days)
An early vigorous bush zucchini with straight, smooth, dark-green
mottled fruits. Tastiest at 6-8" with pale greenish-white, firm
flesh. Great for market growers and easy to grow. Very prolific with
heavy yields. You will be giving it away to everyone you know. We
do, then we make zucchini bread...YUM.
Zucchinis contain useful amounts of folate (24 mcg/100 g), potassium (280 mg/100 g) and vitamin A (384 IU [115 mcg]/100 g). Zucchinis are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Dark green zucchini also have some beta carotene and all types provide small quantities of minerals. Skin colours range from almost black, dark green, pale green, pale green with grey, and yellow. The darker the squash, the more the nutrients.
With their high water content (more than 95 percent), zucchini squashes are very low in calories. There are only 13 calories in a half-cup of raw zucchini, with a slight increase to 18 calories in the same quantity cooked. Definitely wash your zucchini but don't peel because most of the nutrients are in the skin.
Lycopersicon esculentum - Organic Cherokee Purple (80 days)
Indeterminate. Regular leaf foliage.
Organic Cherokee Purple was gifted to heirloom tomato enthusiast Craig
LeHoullier by J. D. Green of Tennessee. Mr. Green stated that he
received them from a neighbor who said the tomato variety was 100
years old and was according to the neighbor grown by the Cherokee
Indians. Listed in the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) Yearbook 1991
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension
Offices as a variety that performs well for their region . TX, FL
Cherokee Purple even has a Wikipedia page!
"Cherokee Purple tomatoes are beefsteak in style, with green "shoulders" across the top. They are also notable for having a dense, juicy texture, with small seed locules irregularly scattered throughout the flesh. The comparatively dark interior color is enhanced by the tendency of the seeds to be surrounded by green gel."
Mother Earth News says about Cherokee Purple Tomatoes...
"So-called black tomatoes are really purplish, and their complex, smoky flavor often is associated with these dark fruit pigments. Although it’s a modest producer under the best conditions, ‘Cherokee Purple’ (80 days) is quickly forgiven by thousands of gardeners who are addicted to its fruity, yet rich, tomato flavor."
Listed on Slow Foods Ark of Taste The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.."
Pisum sativum - Organic Laxton's Progress #9 Pea
Was also known as "Progress no. 9, Greater Progress and Blue Bantam". Laxton's Progress #9 is the leading large podded home garden pea. Earlier, taller, hardier and larger than laxtons' progress. Vigorous dark-green 15-20 inch plants. 4-5" X .9 inch with 6 to 9 large wrinkled dark-green seeds. Fine flavor and quality. Consistent heavy crops. Fusarium Wilt resistant. Farm favorite!