Beet, Touchstone Gold (Organic)
Beta vulgaris. Round Golden. 55 days.
Touchstone Gold beets are vibrant orange on the outside with a golden yellow interior and green leaves. Color holds well through cooking and doesn’t bleed or stain as with traditional red varieties. Flavor is delightfully sweet and not overly earthy. Touchstone Gold is an improved variety of gold beet developed by Alf Christianson Seed Company, selected for higher germination and uniformity. We grew this variety years ago for our winter CSA and farmers market booth. They make a wonderful tricolor beet bunch when combined with Chioggia and red beets. When we were offered seed for this variety by our friends at Deep Harvest Farm we just couldn’t pass it up.
Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Direct sow March through early August in rows that are 1’ apart. Thin to 3” spacing once they’re 3” tall. Don’t forget to eat the greens! For us, beets can grow through the winter without protection, but must be sown by August for this purpose.
Collect seeds from 20+ plants in second year once seeds have dried down, usually by September. Cut seed heads, place on tarps, dry a few more days, then dance on the dry plants to free seed. Collect seeds from pile, winnow to clean. Isolate from other beets and chard by 1 mile.