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  • Amaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)

    Amaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)

    Amaranthus sp. Grain. 45 days leaf; 90 grain.

    Stocky plants grow 4-5′ tall for us, producing mostly light-gold heads packed with tiny blond seeds. Occasional bi-colored magenta plants are very beautiful and would be worth growing as an ornamental crop. Very early for a grain amaranth. Leaves can also be eaten raw when young or cooked like spinach when more mature. After plants are cut at the base for seed harvest, we have seen new leaves re-sprout, producing even more food! Overall a really great variety. We received it as a variable mix called Sunset Dwarf from Bountiful Gardens, grown at Golden Rule Garden. We re-selected heavily to eliminate any tall red plants and named it Sunset Goldilocks, since it has golden locks, and is not too tall and not too short. Enjoy!

  • 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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  • Hot Pepper, Adaptive Early Thai Grex (Organic)

    Hot Pepper, Adaptive Early Thai (Organic)

    Capsicum annuum. Very Hot. 90 days.

    Our first year working on a farm was in 2003, in Willow Creek, California. That year Andrew saved his first seeds, too: an heirloom tomato; lavender; and a Thai pepper. Now, 14 years later, the legacy of that first saved seed lives on in the Adaptive Early Thai pepper. We’ve been growing out this seed over the years, sometimes crossing in new Thai types, in an effort to create an earlier maturing Thai pepper. There is some variation in this population, but it centers very strongly on a Thai pepper theme: 2-3″ long, slender, pointy peppers that are hot and perfect in nam phrik, the hot pepper condiment found on every Thai table. In 2012, we grew our Adaptive Thai peppers next to a Thai pepper from a Thai commercial seed pack. The Thai commercial seed produced huge bushes blanketed with peppers, but not one of them ripened before frost. The Adaptive Thai pepper plants were a bit smaller in stature, fruits were a bit larger, and nearly every one of them ripened by frost. It is one of our biggest joys to adapt a previously difficult to grow variety to a new climate. Thank you all for supporting us in this effort!

  • Kale Coalition

    Kale Coalition (Organic)

    Brassica oleracea.

    A diverse genepool mix of 17 oleracea kales and their crosses. Nick Routledge trialed the 17 kales collected on our 2007 Seed Ambassadors trip and this is what happened the next spring. This grex contains a lot of very interesting diversity of kales not available in the US, not just curly green kales. The resulting mix contains the most incredibly vigorous kales we have ever seen. If you like a mix of diverse kales in your life, Kale Coalition is it.

    A combination of Hoj Amager Grunkohl (DK), Madeley (UK), Westphalian (UK), Westland Winter (UK), Westländer Winter (DE), Asparagus Kale (IR, UK), 1,000 Headed kale (DE), Roter Krauskohl (DE), Altmarker Braun (DE), Baltic Red (SE), Blonde Butter of Jalhay (BE), Butterkohl (DE), Nicki’s Cut’N’Come Again (IE), Shetland (UK), Hellerbutter Kohl (CH), Cavolo Nero di Toscana (IT), and Ostfriesische Palm (CH).

    Seed produced by Taproot Growers in Springfield, Oregon.

    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.

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  • north star polaris kale

    Kale, North Star Polaris (Organic)

    Brassica napus.

    The first release from our breeding work coming out of the Gulag Stars population. In keeping with the stars theme, we give you North Star Polaris. This participatory project is inspired by the Culinary Breeding Network (CBN) and we are happy to have Lane Selman and Chef Tim Wastell help with selections. After separating out 15 single plant lines of Gulag Stars we discovered this selection and were quickly impressed. Not the most frilly or the most colorful, we did however keep coming back to it with the thought, this kale is so perfect. Makes great bunches with a jagged silver-green Russian/Siberian style. Ribs and veins are white – resembling the popular White Russian. Vigorous with a sweet flavor, the young leaves are also great for salad mix. A true dual-purpose kale. Winter hardy with lots of sweet leaves to harvest all winter long in Oregon. An explosion of growth occurs in the spring after overwintering and prior to bolting, filling the hunger gap with tons of food. We are selecting this variety for uniformity, however it still shows a small amount of variation.

    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.

  • Lettuce, Red Evolution (Organic)

    Lettuce, Red Evolution (Organic)

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

    We ventured into our first attempt at lettuce breeding with this gem of an ultra red leaf. A little opportunistic to start, we discovered a few off types in one lot of Revolution lettuce. Over a few years we have stabilized this off type, now liking it more than its parent. Taller and less frilly than Revolution, Red Evolution has the same deep red color. Its dark red anthocyanin based pigment and its ancestry give it a great level of disease resistance. Shows great field resistance to downy mildew. We love it for salad mix because its color offers rich contrast to the other greens in a mix. For best flavor grow in cool weather and harvest young.

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  • Melon, Farthest North Galia (Organic)

    Melon, Farthest North Galia (Organic)

    Cucumis melo. 65 days.

    Our selection from the Farthest North Mix that has been in the making since we crossed Galia F1 into the mix over 7 years ago. Still a genepool mix that has been selected for small, round, green-fleshed melons. Our goal is to breed a small fruited super early, super sweet galia/passport type melon sometimes referred to as tropical melons. The color and size are mostly stable so far, however the rind style and flavor profile is still variable. Some taste a lot like the galia-type and some still have a charentais-like flavor, which is also good. A modern landrace that can still be selected by all you seed savers to create many new varieties. Here’s to open source genetics!

  • Luck Dragon Pak Choi

    Pak Choi, Luck Dragon (Organic)

    Brassica rapa. 35-40 days.

    Sweet and crunchy green-stemmed baby pak choi. Impressively vigorous in cool weather and it really shines in our greenhouse during fall. Pak choi is a very good choice as a greenhouse/hoophouse crop in the spring and fall. Produces a lot of food fast per square foot. Leaves are erect and a glossy green color. The leaf petioles are crunchy yet pliable and resist cracking. Slow to bolt from summer-fall sowings. Luck Dragon is currently an F3, which refers to the third generation after the original hybrid. We are still in the process of dehybridization, so there is still a little variability in the population but every plant makes a nice baby pak choi. This is proof that you can successfully save seed on some hybrids, stealing them back from corporations. We will continue to select it for general reliability and taste. In the meantime, it is off to an excellent start.

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

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  • Pie Pumpkin Party

    Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin Party (Organic)

    Cucurbita pepo. 80-90 days.

    We searched high and low for open pollinated pie pumpkins and were amazed at how few varieties we could get our hands on. After months of scouring the internet and the Seed Savers Exchange, we wound up with 11 varieties, including several heirlooms that came with no description or info beyond the name. We grew them all together, letting them cross freely, and this is the result. We’re hoping to develop a new variety or two out of this mix, but in the meantime are happy to offer the Pie Pumpkin Party. Typical pie pumpkin color and shape, fruit vary in size from 2-7 lbs. Some have slight netting on the skin like Winter Luxury. Each variety passed a taste test before contributing seeds to the mix. There were some definite flavor and texture variations, but all make good pies; Early Sweet Sugar Pie even won the annual Caughlin Pumpkin Pie Contest. Parents include Big Red California Sugar, Hondo Small Sugar Pumpkin, New England Sugar Pie, Paarman Sugar Pumpkin, Winter Luxury, Early Sweet Sugar Pie, and more, along with Cinnamon Girl PMR F1. This is a collaborative breeding project with Keegan Caughlin of Taproot Growers and we’re excited to see where it goes!

    Seed produced by Taproot Growers in Springfield, Oregon.

  • Sunflower, The Serah & Sarah Mix

    Sunflower, The Serah & Sarah Mix

    Helianthus annus.

    A sunflower party, this collection is an evolving mixture of sunflower colors and growth habits that we have been curating since 2005. Selected over the years from various crosses and volunteers. Many are classic yellows as well as unique reds and a few lemon yellow types. But the real gems in the mix are long petaled bi-color yellow and red types that stop us in our tracks when we find them. All are good cut flowers. This mix is our choice for naturalizing as they are particularly good at volunteering year after year.

    Seed produced by Serah Mead and Gabe Woytek at Oregon Country Farm in Brownsville, Oregon.



  • Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)

    Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)

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    Zea mays. Super Sweet. 80-90 days.

    One of the first open pollinated super sweet (Sh2) corns! Medium sized ears have yellow, truly super sweet kernels, and hold their flavor once picked. Still a little variable in maturity and color, with some pale yellow kernels, but we think this may be necessary to maintain vigor as corn does poorly with inbreeding. Selected from crosses made between a Tim Peters’ super sweet called White Sugar and an early release, yellow super sweet from Friedemann Ebner of Sativa Rheinau in Switzerland. Because I borrowed so much from Tim and Friedemann, who themselves borrowed so much from the corn breeders before them, I almost called this one “Borrowed Tune.” That name didn’t quite ring right, and with so many of our friends being new mamas right now I couldn’t resist. Instead, this Sh2’s for the mamas! Please tell us what you think.

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  • Sweet Pepper, Gypsy Queens (Organic)

    Sweet Pepper, Gypsy Queens (Organic)

    Capsicum annum. 70 days.

    Wonderful, early sweet red pepper that is our latest effort at dehybridizing “a popular hybrid.” Elongated, tapered bell-shape similar to Hungarian sweet peppers. Starts out as a lime green color. Fruit have good flavor when green or ripe. Now in its F5 and surprisingly uniform, we have narrowed it down to two fruit types, a blunt tip and a pointy tip. Both taste excellent and are very productive. We hope to continue to improve the selection in future years, although it is pretty far along in the process already. Gypsy Queens has repeatedly performed well in on-farm variety trials in the Pacific Northwest. A superb short season market pepper that is a delight to grow.

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  • Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace

    Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace (Organic)

    Physalis philadelphica. 70 days.

    This is our effort to breed a medium-sized purple tomatillo that stores for a very long time off the vine. Shades range from a slight purple blush on green, to deep purple all through the fruit. Purple tomatillos have a more complex flavor than green ones. They are reputed to keep well already and we are trying to improve on this. A landrace is a variety that has been purposely maintained as a diverse gene pool to help it be more adaptive to harsh conditions. We like this old form of plant breeding, so we are using it to create a modern landrace.

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  • 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, Perfect Rogue

    Tomato, Perfect Rogue (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. 70-75 days. Indet. Potato Leaf.

    5 oz perfect red globes with great flavor. Bred from a commercial standard, early red slicing hybrid tomato and it is now one of our market standard OPs. Dehybridization is fun, if you haven’t tried it, you should. We have had a lot of good feedback about this variety from local gardeners who have tried it after receiving it from us at seed swaps. Now commercially available in its fully refined form. If you are looking for a replacement for the Simenis/Monsanto hybrid Early Girl F1, try this one.

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  • Santiam Sunrise Tomato

    Tomato, Santiam Sunrise (Organic)

    Solanum lycopersicum. Orange. 70 days. Indet.

    This is our attempt at a Sungold F1 replacement. I say ‘attempt’ because many gardeners and plant breeders over the years have tried to create a sweet, fruity, orange cherry tomato. Flavor is comparable to Sungold but not quite as fruity, with a similar sweetness. Not tart like other attempts. Andrew likes it better than the old hybrid because it lacks the overwhelming taste that can get tiresome. He can eat Santiam Sunrise all day long. Tall indeterminate vines are productive and less prone to splitting than Sungold yet still tender skinned. A continuing selection from crosses with Russian cherry tomato material. Nearly stable, but occasional red-fruited plants still occur. We love it so far so let us know what you think!

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  • Turnip, Aprovecho Hardy

    Turnip, Aprovecho Hardy (Organic)

    Brassica rapa.

    This is our attempt at a hardy and delicious turnip bred specifically for Oregon winters. Salvaged from the less than 5% of the surviving turnips from a population of Dr. Alan Kapuler’s Six Root Grex Turnip. The rest of the population died after a hard 8°F frost at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The diversity of root types has been reduced but the result is strong hardy turnips with a much higher percentage of quality round roots. The colors vary from white to purple-topped or green-topped roots. Our favorites in the population are the bright white ones with combined purple and green colors.

    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.

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  • Winter Squash, Butternut Early Remix (Organic)

    Winter Squash, Butternut Early Remix (Organic)

    Cucurbita moschata. 90 days.

    As market growers, we knew that winter squash storability and flavor improve with ripeness, so we were always on the lookout for an early butternut variety that matured well here in Oregon. Some hybrids come close, but most OPs require a longer growing season than we can provide. In 2005, we started growing every early butternut variety we could find, including Nutterbutter, Hunter F1, Butterbush, Early Butternut F1, Butterfly F1, and more. We allowed them to cross freely and have been selecting for early ripening and 2-4 lb fruit with a classic butternut shape, although there is the occasional 6+ lb fruit depending on growing conditions. Because there were so many parents in this genepool, expect some variation, all within a classic butternut theme. Why should every butternut be identical anyway?

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