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  • Kale Coalition

    Kale Coalition (Organic)

    $3.80$44.00
    Brassica oleracea.

    The Kale Coalition is 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, this 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 & 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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  • baltic red kale

    Kale, Baltic Red (Organic)

    $3.80$6.80
    Brassica oleracea. 65 days.

    An heirloom variety originating in the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). The whole plant is deep purple red. Sturdy 2′ tall plants have medium-sized finely curled leaves. Yields are good and the plant is very hardy. Mild flavor, leaves turn dark green when cooked. It’s really quite gorgeous and a great choice for an “edimental,” an edible ornamental. Probably one of the parents of Redbor. Given to the Seed Ambassadors Project by Søren Holt of Frøsamlerne, the Danish seed saving organization. Originally from Runåbergs Fröer, a small heirloom seed company in Sweden. Aka, Baltisk Rod Purpurkal.

    Seed produced by Organic Redneck in Leaburg, Oregon.

    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.


  • Bear Necessities Kale

    Kale, Bear Necessities (Organic)

    $3.80$22.00
    Brassica napus.

    A finely serrated frilly kale with a tender texture that makes it suitable for salad mix throughout its life. Great cold tolerant salad mix item that is mild, very sweet and adds a lot of volume. Larger leaves are also good for cooking/bunching. We’ve heard reports that super frilly leaves may be confusing to swede midge, a pest that’s becoming a serious problem for growers on the East Coast, which gives this variety a leg up on other kales. Leaves vary in color from green to purple but all plants in this Tim Peters-bred population have the super frilly, skeletal leaf type. Derived from Russian and Siberian kales (B. napus) crossed with mizuna (B. rapa).

    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.


  • dazzling blue kale
    NEW!

    Kale, Dazzling Blue Lacinato (Organic)

    $3.80$12.80
    Brassica oleracea.

    We’ve finally found a Lacinato/Dino/Italian type kale that’s special enough to add to our catalog. We present to you Dazzling Blue Lacinato,
    a kale that really lives up to its name. Captivating blue-green leaves on vibrantly purple stems with that classic Lacinato leaf shape and all of the flavor. More vigorous than any Lacinato we have grown and out- shined all other kales at the Taproot Growers dry-farmed kale trial. Also has a well-earned reputation for being more winter hardy than the standard strains of Lacinato. This variety was bred in and for organic conditions by Hank Keogh of Avoca Seed, who just happens to be married to our General Manager, Jo Erikson. Seed produced by Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon.

    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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  • gulag stars kale

    Kale, Gulag Stars (Organic)

    $3.80$22.00
    Brassica napus with Brassica rapa crosses.

    Incredible diversity unlike anything else. A mix of napus kales that have been crossed with B. rapa. Napus leaf types vary through the color spectrum from brilliant red to green to white Russian types; from super frilly to broad-leafed shapes; and skinny, short stems to broad, thick stems; and multiple combinations thereof. Occasional rapa leaf types vary from turnip-leaf to something that looks like a cross between pak choi and napa cabbage, though we have been selecting away from these rapa variations. Originally bud pollinated by Tim Peters in Oregon to bypass species incompatibility mechanisms. Interestingly, individual plants seem to self-pollinate well making selection of new varieties from the mix easier. We’re working to select new varieties of kale out of this crazy population and are currently collaborating with Lane Selman and chef Timothy Wastell of the Culinary Breeding Network. Keep an eye out in years to come for new delicious kale varieties that we’ll release as part of the Open Source Seed Initiative.

    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.


  • Madely Kale

    Kale, Madeley (Organic)

    $3.80$12.80
    Brassica oleracea.

    An extremely vigorous at leaf, heirloom green kale from England. Hardy, tender and sweet. This kale frequently outgrows every other kale we plant in the summer, and out-produces most other kales through the winter as well. Justin Huhn of Mano Farm in Ojai, California, writes, “Madeley really is the star, just producing a ridiculous amount of food. Madeley kale is the backbone of our CSA.” Related to Thousand Headed kale. Multiple growth tips produce plentiful sprouting kale raab in the spring to ll the hunger gap. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England.

    Seed produced by Taproot Growers in Springfield, Oregon.

    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.


  • north star polaris kale
    NEW!

    Kale, North Star Polaris (Organic)

    $3.80$6.80
    Brassica napus with Brassica rapa crosses.

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


  • kale pentland brig

    Kale, Pentland Brig (Organic)

    $3.80$6.80
    Brassica oleracea.

    One of the most vigorous oleracea kales. Lightly curled green leaves are tender and delicious on 2′ tall plants. Excellent kale raab in the spring. Some perennial regeneration. Developed in England from a cross between a curly Scotch kale and Thousand Headed kale. Rarely offered in the US but a standby variety in Europe. We sourced this variety from Chase Organics in England.

    Seed produced by Pitchfork & Crow in Lebanon, Oregon.

    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.


  • Russian Frills Kale

    Kale, Russian Frills (Organic)

    $3.80$36.00
    Brassica napus.

    An extremely frilly red Russian type. Appears to have frills on frills upon frills. Seems to be more resistant to aphids and heat than other kales. Good for making high volume bunches easily. Also great for salad mix before the frills start truly frilling.  A reintroduction of a nearly extinct Oregon variety bred by Tim Peters in Douglas County, Oregon. Commercially lost in the US, but we found it in Belgium with Seedsman Peter Bauwens.

    Seed produced by Uprising Organics in Acme, Washington.

    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.


  • Kale, Russian Hunger Gap (Organic)

    Kale, Russian Hunger Gap (Organic)

    $3.80$22.00
    Brassica napus.

    Red Russian type with broader leaves, lighter red coloring and more jagged leaf edge. Very hardy and extremely rare. The most vigorous of 6 napus kales we grew in 2010. Looked very healthy all winter. As the name suggests, bolting in the spring is many weeks later than other kales filling the hunger gap of May with excellent kale raab. This kale is praised by Carol Deppe in her book, The Resilient Gardener. We found this variety tucked away in the seed vault at the Heritage Seed Library in England. They generously shared a little seed with us— Thanks HSL!

    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.


  • Kale, Sutherland

    Kale, Sutherland

    5 out of 5
    $3.80$12.80
    Brassica oleracea.

    Unique at-leaved green kale from Sutherland, in northern Scotland. A true heirloom Scotch kale that is nearly extinct. Many growth tips with medium-sized tender, sweet leaves on 3′ tall plants. Very hardy and resists the worst maritime winter weather, from freezing sleet and cold, to 70 mph winds. Makes the sweetest kale raab in the spring through the hunger gap, even sweeter than collard raab, and with many growth tips you get lots of raab. We sourced this from Real Seeds in Wales, who got it from Elizabeth Woolcombe, who was 93 in 2007. She got it from Angus Simmonds, who researched kales in the 1950s for Edinburgh University. Seed produced by Abel Kloster and Tao Orion in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

    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.


  • Kale, True Siberian

    Kale, True Siberian (Organic)

    $3.80$22.00
    Brassica napus.

    A Siberian type that was recommended to us by Dr. Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds as a highly productive, hardy kale. A variety that is becoming harder and harder to find. Resembles other Siberian kale types and you can see its relationship with red Russian kale, which is the same species. We think it is the best Siberian kale because it tolerates our Northwest winter weather better than other strains and the plants are big vigorous monsters. Plant size is important when it comes to kale since dwarf types don’t produce nearly as much food. Produces tons of tasty kale raab in the spring. Tolerated water logged soil better than many others in our kale trials.

    Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.

    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.


  • Western Front Kale

    Kale, Western Front (Organic)

    $3.80$22.00
    Brassica napus.

    A selection made by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research in Oregon for the most cold hardy kale available. Selected from the 10% of survivors of hard freezes that killed all others including Scotch, Russian and Siberian kales. It has some variation, a few white stemmed plants and some broadleaf types, but mostly with a classic red Russian theme. Noted to have a higher rate of perennial regrowth. Perfect for the winter rotation as it grows actively through the winter unlike many other kales.

    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.