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  • Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth

    Amaranth, Love Lies Bleeding (Organic)

    Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.

    Very unique, beautiful flower and grain. Grown in the US as a popular ornamental. Very nice as a long lasting cut flower. Long streaming magenta seed heads yield tiny tan seeds that have a slight pink hue. Great crop for summer heat, tolerates neglect very well. Occasionally self seeds and can come back as a volunteer, however it is not weedy like pigweed. This species of amaranth is thought to originate in South America and was used by some indigenous cultures as a grain staple food.

  • Chard, Joy Larkcom's Midnight

    Chard, Joy’s Midnight (Organic)

    Beta vulgaris. 30 days baby, 60 full.

    Most plants have leaves that are incredibly deep dark burgundy, we have been selecting for dark leaves with almost luminescent yellow-orange midribs. Classic chard flavor, good tolerance to cold and wet conditions. In its 5th generation, there is some wonderful variability that could be selected through. Dark color and flavor intensify as plants mature; baby leaves are milder to both the eye and the tongue. Initially selected by Joy Larkcom from Bull’s Blood beet for having larger chard-type leaves (possibly crossed with a perpetual spinach type). Given to us in Ireland by Joy Larkcom on our 2007 Seed Ambassadors trip. Aka, Joy Larkcom’s Midnight

  • Grumolo Rosso Chicory

    Chicory, Grumolo Rosso (Organic)

    Cichorium intybus. 60 days.

    Red Grumolo type chicory, cold hardy and beautiful. Forms a beautiful rosette in winter through spring that is so pretty it could be used as a boutonniere. Also great harvested young for salad mix and as cut-and-come-again loose leaves. Shari Sirkin of Dancing Root Farm in Troutdale, Oregon, tells us it has relentless regrowth when harvested for loose leaf production. She loves it! Slightly bitter tasting, but the bitterness of the species is greatly reduced by frosts, soaking in cold water, a quick blanching or with light cooking. Great cooked in risotto. It is one of our most cold hardy winter greens.

  • Borca Sugar Loaf Chicory

    Chicory, Sugarloaf Borca (Organic)

    Cichorium intybus. 80 days.

    Tall, green romaine-like “loafs” are sweet and crunchy. Usually hardy here in the Pacific Northwest all winter long, although temperatures below 20ºF may damage heads. It turned out to be a staple for our winter CSA at Open Oak Farm. The Borca selection has had much better consistency and hardiness for us in our trials than other strains of sugarloaf on the market. Every year we look forward to winter sugarloaf salads. We also love to cook it in soups, risotto, polenta or wheat berry salad. Sugarloaf is not an endive but a true chicory and is also known as Pan di Zucchero in Italy, and Zukerhut in Germany.

    Seed produced by Pitchfork & Crow in Lebanon, Oregon.

  • Greek Cress

    Cress, Greek (Organic)

    Lepidium sativum. 20 days.

    Garden cress is also known as pepper grass. A delightfully pungent addition to salads, Greek Cress is a type of garden cress that is easy to grow and thrives in cool weather. Best when young, its delicate, frilly leaves contribute a hot mustardy flavor and it’s a great green to use for cut-and-come-again salads. May also be used as a garnish, on sandwiches, or in stir-fry. Best when sown in spring and fall. Sow in successions for best results. Attractive to flea beetles in summer—may be good as a catch crop. A Seed Ambassadors Project variety found at a seed swap in Stroud, England.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

  • Cucumber, Mideast Peace

    Cucumber, Mideast Peace (Organic)

    Cucumis sativus. Slicing. 50-60 days.

    Middle Eastern/Mediterranean type cucumber – bright green skin, smooth, mild flavor – with amazing sweet flavor, texture, productivity and appearance. Nobody needs to grow the American type of cucumber – dark-green, bumpy, prone to bitterness – when there are delicious gems like this. Thin, light-green skin is remarkably tender yet durable. The 6-7″ fruits can be harvested small for pickling or sized up for salad and slicing. Early production and prolific even in cool weather. One interesting trait of Middle Eastern types is that they keep very well and taste great even when the skin gets a little wrinkled. A selection developed by Dr. Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds in Corvallis, Oregon.

  • Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix

    Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix (Organic)

    Zea mays. Dent. 90-100 days.

    Our main crop field corn that we grow for cornmeal, flour and for making masa. This is the best corn we offer for nixtamalization and making your own hominy or pozole. After grinding, we sometimes sift out the coarse polenta from the flour and we have two different staple foods from a single crop. Selected for large, thick, early ears that range in color from yellow to orange to red. We especially love the ears that are dark orange with yellow caps because it gives the illusion of a burning flame. All single colored ears, which is useful for zeroing in on the particular flavor of each color. High yielding when given good fertility. A semi-flinty dent type selected from a freely crossed population of Wapsie Valley Dent, Vermont Flint, Garland Flint, Italian Polenta and several unnamed dent varieties from a University of Wisconsin breeding project for nutrition. This is a diverse population, still purposefully variable. We are excited to improve it continuously through selection.

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  • Flint Corn, Abenaki

    Flint Corn, Abenaki (Organic)

    Zea mays. Flint. 80-90 days.

    The good yield and reliability of this dry corn make it an excellent variety for market farm production. Best for polenta, grits and wet batter cornbread. 8-10 rows of kernels on single color cobs that are yellow, red or orange. Very ornamental and tolerant of difficult growing conditions. We have selected it for orange, larger ears. Native to the Northeastern US and named after the Abenaki tribe. Highly recommended by Carol Deppe in The Resilient Gardener. She used it as one of the parents of her Cascade Ruby-Gold Flint Corn.

    Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.

  • pepper hot Chinese dragon tongue

    Hot Pepper, Chinese Dragon Tongue (Organic)

    Capsicum annuum. Hot. 80 days.

    Long, red cayenne-type hot pepper that accordions near the stem for a cool wrinkled appearance. Peppers are good for ornamental use in ristras or on wreaths, becoming even more wrinkled as they dry. Flavor is also good; heat is slightly less than standard cayennes. Tall and productive pale green plants benefit from tomato cages or a small trellis. Light-green, unripe peppers make great pickles, tasting like an extra spicy pepperoncini. As the name suggests, fruit ripen to bright red. Originating in China. Variety given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Ulla Grall, proprietor of Bio-Saatgut seed company in Germany.

  • Leek, Verdonnet

    Leek, Verdonnet (Organic)

    Allium ampeloprasum.

    Our best leek if you want beautiful tall white stalks from the fall through winter. Of the Swiss giant type, Verdonnet is a landrace variety that has been improved by a Swiss farmer/breeder. Swiss giants are typically great summer leeks, but these large, bright-green tasty leeks stand all winter and into the spring. A very tall shafted leek good for hilling or trenching to blanch the stalk. A variety given to us by the Irish Seed Savers Association.

  • Brown Goldring Lettuce

    Lettuce, Brown Goldring (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Bronze. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    Similar to Bunyards Matchless with more compact and open growth, slightly frilled leaf margins and dark green, crunchy leaves with bronze tips. Excellent sweet flavor. Very cold hardy, needing little protection to overwinter. Grows fairly well in the summer as well. A British heirloom originally by the name of “Goldring’s Bath Cos.” Won an award of merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1923. The Henry Doubleday Research Association found it to have three times the Vitamin C as summer lettuces. We sourced this variety from the Heritage Seed Library in England.

  • Garnet Red Oak Lettuce

    Lettuce, Garnet Red Oak (Organic)

    Lactuca sativa. Red Oak Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full.

    A classic red oak leaf with good deep red color and a unique, slightly upturned leaf architecture. Good color in low light conditions and fairly disease resistant. Great in most weather conditions. We have had small plants of this variety survive overwinter outside with no protection. A popular Northwest variety that has been floating around here for a long time, although it is strangely difficult to find sometimes.

  • Arancino Cantaloupe Melon

    Melon, Arancino (Organic)

    Cucumis melo. 80 days.

    A highly fragrant and sweet delicious Italian cantaloupe variety originally from Sicily. Fruit grow to about 6-8″ across, weighing 2-4 lbs. Beautifully netted, slightly ridged, with bright orange flesh. Relatively firm texture, ease of identifying ripeness, great color and size make this melon very well suited to market farm production. Arancino means orange in Italian. Definitely on our list of excellent melons! Try making prosciutto e melone by wrapping chunks of Arancino with thinly sliced Italian ham. Yum!

  • Mustard, Oak Fire

    Mustard, Oak Fire (Organic)

    Brassica juncea. 20 days baby, 40 days full.

    A mix of gorgeous mustard greens perfect for salad mix. To quote the Urban Dictionary, “a transcendent beauty that forever consumes the hearts and minds of any who gaze at its stunning perfection.” Yes, that is a little hyperbolic for describing a mustard, but the excellent flavor, oak-shaped red and purple leaves with good moderate heat are hard to beat. Great for salad or bunching greens. Oak Fire has been our go-to spicy green for all salad mixes. Bred in Oregon by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research for more cold hardiness and disease resistance than other red mustards. We have seen young plants go through 10°F with no snow cover or row cover.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

  • Oats, Föckinghauser

    Oats, Föckinghauser (Organic)

    Avena sativa.

    A white oat with hulls bred from the old variety “Alfred” by Wolfgang Kreimer of Mühlenbachhof, Germany. Early maturing, fairly short and lodge resistant. Used as an animal feed and for hay, or as a winter-kill cover crop in cold climates. Said to grow well as a mixture with spring barley and fed in combination for sheep, goats, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, and rabbits. We collected it in 2007 when visiting Ulla Grall and her seed company Bio-Saatgut in Germany.

  • Kew Blue Pole Snap Bean

    Pole Snap Bean, Kew Blue (Organic)

    Phaseolus vulgaris. Flat Purple Pods. 55-60 days.

    Deep purple pods, stems and leaves. Semi-flat beans with excellent raw flavor. Thrives in cool wet weather and germinates well in the cold spring ground. Pods set early and continuously up the vines. Seeds dry down quick before the rains come. One of our highest yielding pole beans in 2011 and 2012, it is now a staple here on our farm. Originally from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, we received this variety in 2007 from the Heritage Seed Library, when we visited them in England.

  • Elka White Seeded Poppy

    Poppy, Elka White (Organic)

    Papaver somniferum.

    White breadseed type. Easy to grow, pale pink-white flowers with purple smudges. Produces mass quantities of sweet, nutty flavored white seeds that make an excellent paste/meal when ground into nut butter. Giant seed pods (1.5″ x 2″) are sealed and do not self seed. Originally from Chrenovec-Brusno, Slovakia.

    Young, fall sown plants will often overwinter in our Willamette Valley climate, but are most commonly planted in early spring. Best direct sown into good garden soil. Drought tolerant.

  • Orchidea Chicory

    Radicchio, Orchidea (Organic)

    Cichorium intybus. 65 days.

    An unstoppable winter green. Semi-open rosette shaped heads with some variation in red and green variegation, speckling and tones. Good planted any time summer through fall. More resistant than other radicchio to winter predation from rodents. Pick as heads or as cut-and-come-again salad leaf. Very winter hardy and sweeter after frost. Good bittersweet taste. Bitterness disappears when leaves are steeped in ice water for a few minutes. Mentioned by Joy Larkcom in her seminal book Salads the Year Round (1980). Heritage type originating in Italy, given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Ingrid Matthes of the German Seed Savers (VEN).

  • Rutabaga, Nadmorska

    Rutabaga, Nadmorska (Organic)

    Brassica napus.

    Large, green-topped variety with golden flesh. Uniform, large, round, vigorous and early maturing with very little neck. It has a slightly more mustardy flavor than the purple top rutabagas, which we like quite a bit. Definitely a winter garden staple for us. We discovered this variety in a garden store in Lithuania during our 2006 Seed Ambassadors Project trip.

    Seed produced by Alan Adesse in Junction City, Oregon.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.

  • Tomato, Darby Red & Yellow

    Tomato, Darby Red & Yellow (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Red with Yellow Stripes. 60 days. Indet.

    Fairly early medium-sized, red fruit with yellow tiger stripes. Excellent flavor, vigorous growth and high yields. One of the best of the striped tomatoes, it won our tomato tasting in 2008. Brings perfectly beautiful striped colors to the tomato table at farmers market and is a colorful addition when selling mixed tomato quarts. Developed in the 1960s by Dr. Lewis Darby of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in Littlehampton, England. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Lila Towle, fellow Seed Ambassador and member of Frøsamlerne, the Danish seed saving group.

  • Tomato, Galina's Cherry

    Tomato, Galina’s Cherry (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Yellow. 60 days. Indet. Potato leaf.

    Bright-yellow cherry with unique, perfectly balanced sweet and tart flavor that we never get tired of. Yields early and heavily all season long. Does well in cool weather conditions and in the heat. Keeps very well off the vine. When picked ripe, this tomato kept for 2 months piled in a tray in our living room and still tasted good (don’t ask, we don’t know why). It is a better keeper than Longkeeper! Andrew’s favorite cherry by far. Introduced to the US from Siberia by Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust in 1991. We sourced it in Wales when visiting Ben Gabel and Kate McEvoy of Real Seeds in 2007, who highly recommend it. Aka, Galina.

  • Gregory's Altai Tomato

    Tomato, Gregory’s Altai (Orgainc)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 70 days. Indet.

    8-16 oz fruit ripens much earlier than most large pink tomatoes. Medium-large sized, pink beefsteaks with long, eyelash-like calyx. Produces high quantities of slightly flattened globes with excellent flavor. Definitely one of our favorite slicing tomatoes. Originating near the Altai Mountains in Novosibirsk, Siberia near the Russia-China border.

  • Tomato, Iraqi Heart

    Tomato, Iraqi Heart (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Pink. 80 days. Indet.

    Pink fruit are shaped like an oxheart or Amish paste. Very meaty with a rich flavor. Great for cooking and slicing. Yields heavy fairly late in the season and likes the heat. Possibly brought to England by a military officer after World War II. Received as Irakische Herzformige from Gerhard Bohl, a seed collector in Germany.

  • Tomato, Orange You Glad...?

    Tomato, Orange You Glad (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 65 days. Det.

    For your gardening fun here is a new “child” we have released into the world. Orange You Glad we dehybridized Orange Blossom so you can save seed from it too? In 2012 we named New Mama Super Sweet Corn for all the new mamas in our world. In 2013 we continued the thought with, “Orange You Glad it’s easier to raise tomatoes than children?” Okay, enough jokes. We planted the hybrid Orange Blossom every year on our farm as a market standby and are not sure it even is a hybrid actually. But we have adapted it further to our Oregon growing conditions and now we love it even more. Medium sized orange globes yield heavily and early on determinate bushes. Sometimes plant breeding is easy, give it a try!

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  • Tomato, Pusztakolosz

    Tomato, Pusztakolosz (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 80-85 days. Indet.

    Large 5-6″ wide, 16-24 oz beefsteak fruit. Plants are very vigorous in the heat and have very leafy, thick growth. Originally from Cluj, a city in Transylvania. Many Hungarians live in Romania and the name Kolosz is the Hungarian name for Cluj. Puszta means prairie. Good thing Andrew looked that up because Sarah thought the name just meant “Pretty Colossal.” We saw this type grown by subsistence farmers in Transylvania. Many old timers told us they wish they still grew it because modern hybrids have taken their place in markets, and they don’t taste good. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Gerhard Bohl, a seed collector in Germany.

  • Tomato, Sasha's Altai

    Tomato, Sasha’s Altai (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 75 days. Indet.

    Another great tomato from Siberia. Perfect main season red for fresh eating. We are starting to specialize in Russian and Siberian tomatoes for a good reason—they’re awesome. Sasha’s Altai comes with a very special seed-explorer-romantic story. It was originally brought to the US from Irkutsk by seedsman Bill McDorman as part of one of the first and most important introductions of tomato diversity from the former Soviet Union. He received it from a very generous gardener named Sasha, who said it was the best tomato in Siberia. Sasha walked 35 kilometers (21.75 miles) each way to his home in the mountains and back just to give the seed to Bill. Famous now for its flavor, it was chosen by Organic Garden Magazine as one of the 10 best early tomatoes in the world.

  • Tomato, Serrewonder

    Tomato, Serrewonder (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 60 days. Indet.

    Produces medium-sized red globes held in large clusters. Rich, excellent flavor, keeps well on and off the vine. Meaty enough for cooking and tender enough for fresh eating. Another one of our favorites., this type of smaller salad tomato is still the favorite type of tomato in Northern Europe. Serrewonder is a Belgian heirloom from at least 1925. Listed in the 1929 Hollandse Zaadhandel catalog of Mechelen, Belgium. Possibly named after the Serre River, a tributary of the Oise River in France. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by Belle Epoque, a seed company in Belgium. Aka, Miracle of Serre.

  • Tomato, Siberian Giant Pink

    Tomato, Siberian Giant Pink (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 80 days. Indet.

    Known in Russian as Sibirskiy Velikan Rozovyi. Truly giant pink beefsteaks form on tall floppy vines. Deliciously juicy and meaty. Usually Siberian tomatoes are on the early side but this special tomato is an exception. We thought it would be too late for us here in the Northwest but it was just fine. Like many main season tomatoes the yield is huge but more concentrated in the late season. It fills the role that Brandywine often would, but we like it better in every way. Sourced originally from Tatiana Kouchnareva, the creator of the wonderful fact-filled website, Tatiana’s TOMATObase. Tatiana originally received this variety from Tamara Yaschenko, a tomato collector from Siberia.

  • Tomato, Siberian Orange

    Tomato, Siberian Orange (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Orange. 80 days. Indet.

    Plump pear-shaped paste tomatoes are amazing cooked and also delicious for fresh eating. A brilliant orange sherbet color, incredibly sweet and fruity for a paste. Makes candy sweet orange tomato sauce and would probably make a phenomenal ketchup. Tall wispy vines produce fruit with very few seeds. We have planted it in the greenhouse for a bountiful harvest, but it does fine outside when given high fertility. We received it as Sibirische Orange which means Siberian Orange in a strange half transliterated way. Sorry for the slight renaming, we know there are a few people out there who will not approve. Given to us by Gerhard Bohl in Germany and one of his favorites of the over 3,000 tomatoes he grows. (And you thought we grew a lot of tomatoes!?)

  • maris widgeon wheat

    Wheat, Maris Widgeon (Organic)

    Triticum aestivum.

    Moderately tall, winter type bread wheat that has a semi-hard golden orange grain. Even though it lacks the high protein of modern reds it is a great variety for making bread. Very productive for us and tall enough to organically choke out the weeds. Awnless heads bend over and shed rain well. 3-4′ tall for us with low soil N. Can grow to 5′ in rich garden soil. Very good grain yield. Sarah has been baking 100% whole grain bread from Maris Widgeon weekly for several years now and finds its flavor and texture exceptional when compared to hard red varieties. For the past 30 years it was used in England for traditional roof thatching, as it was the only legally available non-dwarf variety in the European Common Catalogue. Developed in 1964 by the Plant Breeding Institute of Cambridge, England.

    Seed produced by Lonesome Whistle Farm in Junction City, Oregon.

  • Discus Buttercup Winter Squash

    Winter Squash, Discus Buttercup (Organic)

    Cucurbita maxima. 90 days.

    Early, compact, and vigorous bush-type winter squash that produces a dense and sweet-fleshed fruit with undertones of honey and freshly baked bread. Perfect for folks with limited space, such as in a community garden or urban lot, that want to grow winter squash but don’t want to grow exclusively winter squash. Works well in companion planting situations: it plays nicely with others. Dark green skin turns a bit orange as it after-ripens. Small seed cavity. Bred by Dr. Neil Holland at North Dakota State University.

  • Winter Squash, Little Gem Red Kuri

    Winter Squash, Little Gem Red Kuri (Organic)

    Cucurbita maxima. 80 days.

    Cute, small Red Kuri type fruit are a good size for the kitchen and for market. Plants produce numerous fruit that weigh 3-7 lbs each. Stores well and has dense, finely-textured flesh. This variety is even good raw, sliced in salads or diced as a snack. It is crunchy and sweet like a carrot, but not as watery, and the nuttiness is almost addictive – much like eating carrots and chestnuts. We love its sweet flavor diced and sauteed with some garlic and soy sauce. Good uniformity and bright color. This variety does well even in challenging conditions. We think Little Gem is the perfect size for a kuri squash and its high yield makes it a great choice for market farms.