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Green Globe Artichokes

Green Globe
Plant produces tender and flavorful green artichokes. Large and tasty heads of green buds have made Green Globe the most popular variety of artichoke.

Genovese Sweet Basil

Genovese Sweet Basil
lassic Italian basil. Perfect for making pesto with
Long Meadow Ranch Napa Valley Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Purple Dark Opal Basil

Purple Dark Opal Basil
Most likely the same basil Vilmorin referred to in 1885 as "Large Purple Sweet Basil." Beautiful lilac flowers with dark red stems. Excellent contrast with green basil, spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or for adding to basil vinegars. Extremely uniform, all purple Italian strain.

Golden Beet

Golden Beet
Introduced to gardeners before 1828. Dual purpose beet for roots and greens. Roots are globe-shaped and orange, turning golden yellow when cooked. Tender and mild even when large. Great for salads since the sliced roots do not bleed. Sweet, flavorful leaves.

Chioggia Beet

Chioggia Beet
An Italian favorite also known as the Bull's Eye Beet, Chioggia is sweet when cooked. Its rosy-pink skin hides white flesh with bright pink rings. Tops are medium height with green stems and red shading. Makes impressive garnish when grated.

Bulls Blood Beet

Bull's Blood Beet
Grown primarily for its tender and sweet, stunning dark red leaves. Also produces a tasty beet when harvested young.

Haricot Vert

Haricot Vert "Maxibel"
Long, pencil-thin stringless beans with exquisite, delicate flavor. For fresh eating, pick when pods are at peak color.


Cultivated for centuries, cardoon is a close relative of the Globe Artichoke with spinier leaves and a non-edible lavender flower head. The stalks and roots are tender and delicious when cooked. Used in stews and soups. A great cut and dried flower. Special request by Chef Barbara of Napa Valley Cooking School.

Rhubarb Chard

Rhubarb Chard
Abundant, deep-green leaves accented with brilliant red venation and stalks. Red color deepens with frost. An improved selection with wider petioles. Beautiful in bunches. Prefers cool weather.

Golden Chard

Golden Chard
Luminescent, bright golden leaf petioles are as striking in the garden as they are on your plate. One of the most heat-tolerant greens, chard is a summer staple for salads and braising, but also withstands light frosts. Semi-savoyed leaves range from light to dark green.

Sweet Marketmore Cucumbers

Sweet Marketmore
Remarkable Chinese variety produces quantities of long, curvaceous fruits. Spiny skin protects the delicious, non-bitter flesh. Always one of the favorites in our taste tests. Almost seedless, the fruits are burpless, crisp, and tender.

Listada De Gandia Egg Plant

Listada De Gandia
Beautiful striped Italian eggplant. Reliable, heavy yields of excellent quality 6-8" thin skinned fruits.

Udumalapet egg plant

Another beautiful and edible striped eggplant. Heavy yields of teardrop-shaped fruits are green with vibrant lavender stripes and striking green calyxes. Best eaten small, when fruits are about 3" long.

Imperial Black Beauty Egg Plant

Imperial Black Beauty
Introduced around 1910, this popular variety yields 5-7" fruits per plant. 1-3 pound purplish-black, glossy fruits have great flavor and hold up well after being picked. Rounded oval fruits are smooth to slightly pleated. Harvest fruit at their peak of size and color.

Red Ursa Kale

Red Ursa
This cross between Red Russian and True Siberian Kale is the most bolt resistant and heat tolerant of all the varieties of kale we have grown. Similar to Red Russian but the leaves are more rounded and curved at the ends.

Red Russian Kale

Red Russian
A favorite because of its excellent flavor and attractive green-red frilly leaves. Tender, sweet leaves are highly nutritious. Tasty steamed, stir-fried or in salads. Cold hardy, it can be picked continually until early winter.

Canoe  Mellon

Canoe Creek
Large, deeply ribbed, football-shaped fruits can top 20 pounds if kept well watered. Typical fruits range between 8-15 pounds. Great flavor, should be picked when they just begin to slip. Big melon.

Queen Anne

Queen Anne's
Beautiful, ornamental fruit are yellow with deep orange stripes, and only 2"-3" long! They are grown for their wonderful fragrance! Mild flavors.

Haogen melons

Translates in Hebrew as "the anchor." This melon is very popular and often associated with Israel, however it originated in Hungary. Round 2-4 pound fruit has yellow-orange rind and slight ribs that are green and very attractive. Superbly sweet, spicy green flesh.

Prescott Fond Blanc

Prescott Fond Blanc
Unique French melon documented before 1850. Fruits weigh 4-9 pounds and have beautifully warted skin and dense, sweet flesh. The fragrance when fully ripe is incredible. Will not slip when ripe, like all rock melons. Incredibly beautiful.

Tigger melons

The fruits are vibrant yellow with fire engine red zigzag stripes. The fragrance is powerful, similar to Queen Anne's, but Tigger weighs about 1 pound and the white flesh is semi-sweet. Originated in Armenia.

hearts of gold melons

Hearts Of Gold
Developed by Roland Morrill, introduced about 1895, and granted a trademark on December 15, 1914. In the 1930s, Hearts of Gold was the most popular variety grown for market in the entire Midwest. Fruits weigh between 2-3 pounds and have firm, juicy, highly flavored, aromatic, high quality flesh.

Charantais melon

Considered by many to be the most divine and flavorful melons in the world. Smooth round melons mature to a creamy grayish-yellow with green stripes. Sweet, juicy, salmon flesh. Typically the size of a grapefruit and weighs about 2 pounds, perfect for two people. Ripe melons have a heavy fragrance.

Mustard habanero pepper

Mustard Habanero
This unique colored habanero showed up as an off-type in a garden in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Productive 32" plants, not for the timid! 95-100 days from transplant.
Heat Scale: Sweet ..0-1-2-3-4-5.. Hot.

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Orange Bell
This is the best tasting orange bell we have grown. Blocky 4 by 3½" fruits are 3-4 lobed, extremely thick-fleshed with excellent sweet flavor, and heavy yields. Almost entirely four-lobed fruits. Original seed source was SSE member Alex Heklar in 1989.
Heat Scale: Sweet...0-1-2-3-4-5...Hot.

Beaver Dam Peppers

Beaver Dam
Hungarian heirloom brought to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in 1929 by the Joe Hussli family. Florence Hussli recommends adding sliced raw rings to a cheese and bologna sandwich or using for stuffed peppers. Crunchy fruits are mildly hot when seeded. Excellent flavor, ripens from lime-green to red. Great for making fresh batches of salsa.
Heat Scale: Sweet...0-1-2-3-4-5...Hot.

Garden Sunshine Peppers

Garden Sunshine
Extremely productive sweet pepper. Fruits hold for weeks on the short 12-16" plants while they are creamy-yellow, before turning to orange and then red. Great extended harvest period. Best used when either yellow or orange.
Heat Scale: Sweet...0-1-2-3-4-5...Hot.

Cal Wonder Sweet Bell Pepper

Cal Wonder Sweet Bell
The archetypical bell pepper, tender, sweet and juicy, without a trace of pungency. Smooth and glossy, dark green, it ripens to a bright crimson. Large, blocky, 3-4 lobed fruit has thick (up to 3/8 inch) walls. Introduced in 1928. Vigorous, upright plant provides good cover.

Alma Paprika Pepper

Alma Paprika
The best for drying and grinding for paprika, or for fresh eating. Extremely productive plants are loaded with round, very thick walled peppers. Slightly warm and very sweet. The beautiful fruits ripen from cream-white to orange to red. Heat Scale: Sweet... 0-1-2-3-4-5...Hot.

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Considered one of the finest cultivars from Canada. Developed on Prince Edward Island. Firm white skin and flesh. Baked, scalloped or mashed with gravy it's a gem.

Viking Purple Potato

Viking Purple
Another unique variety, has all the characteristics of its parent Viking Red, but it has a true purple skin with bright pink-red splashes...candy-stripe look. The flesh is perhaps its most remarkable attribute as it has snow white uniform flesh with a very smooth texture. Drought resistant and a high yielder.

Yellow Finn Potato

Yellow Finn
In Finnish "Niku Lapua". This is the classic European yellow-fleshed gourmet potato. Yello Finn's buttery sweet flavor distinguishes it from any other potato. Very popular. Flat, round, sometimes pear-shaped tubers. Moist, mashable texture and an excellent keeper. One of our favorites.

Desiree Potato

The most popular "red" potato in Europe. Round to oblong tubers, satin-like pinkish/red skin and gourmet quality creamy-yellow flesh. Prolific yields of excellent all-around cooking potatoes. Very resistant to common diseases. An easy and very reliable gourmet potato to grow.

Purple Peruvian Potato

Purple Peruvian
Purple through and through, medium to large tubers with many eyes. A true Peruvian variety that produces well in this northern hemisphere. A great conversation piece and a sure fired restaurant potato. Mealiest of the fingerlings, delicious when fried.

Austrian Crescent Potato

Austrian Crescent
Yellowish-tan smooth skin and light yellow flesh. Prolific yields of fingerlings to 10" weighing 3-7 ounces. Aside from excellent salad qualities, they are delicious simply boiled or steamed. Very popular.

French Fingerling Potatos

French Fingerling
A gourmet quality fingerling with satin purple-pink skin and yellow flesh with an interior ring of pink when cut across. Produces good-quality, medium sized tubers which are a great addition to any plate. It is said that this fingerling arrived in this country in a horse's feedbag.

Caribe Potato

An increasingly popular bluish-purple skinned potato with snow-white flesh that boils, steams and makes the lightest and fluffiest mashed potatoes one can only imagine. Excellent as a new potato.


Introduced in 1925, this classic, savoy-leafed spinach has tasty, thick, dark- green leaves. Grows well in spring or fall and can overwinter if protected with mulch. Dependable and cold hardy. Harvest leaves or the whole plant before it goes to seed.

Sequoia Strawberry

Spring bearer. Earliest California variety and the sweetest. Exceptional taste, productivity & pest resistance, the most popular variety with home gardeners.

Fern Strawberry Photo not available

Everbearer. Small to medium-sized, wedge-shaped, very sweet berries. Good for freezing and fresh. Late season harvest. Good for home gardens as has fruit in different stages of development. Heavy yields.

Seascape Strawberry

Day neutral ever bearer. High quality, very sweet berries, producing round and even shaped fruit. Fruits well in spring and is one of the most reliable producers in the fall.

Mavel Striped Potato

Marvel Striped
10-16 oz. fruits. Another great tomato from the Zapotec people. Sweet and juicy with few seeds. Indeterminate

Caro Rich Tomato

Caro Rich
4-6 oz. fruit. Orange 3 in. fruits are the highest in vitamin A of any we produce. A low-acid variety with delicious, sweet flavor. Indeterminate vines need no trellising and produce well in cooler climates.

Tiger Tom Tomato

Tiger Tom
Beautiful striped cherry from the Ben Quisenberry collection. Heavy yields of round 2-3" fruits with distinctive jagged golden stripes and delightful tart flavor.

Arkansas Traveler Tomato

Arkansas Traveler
5-7 oz. fruits. Incredibly delicious, this classic pink heirloom has traveled widely because of its solid dependability and distinct flavor. Tolerates high heat and humidity and is resistant to cracking and disease. 5-6 ft. vines.

Pink Brandywine Tomato

Pink Brandywine
Brandywine first appeared in the 1889 catalog of Johnson & Stokes of Philadelphia and by 1902 was also offered by four additional seed companies, but soon disappeared from all commercial catalogs. The seed of this strain was obtained by tomato collector Ben Quisenberry of Big Tomato Gardens in 1980 from Dorris Sudduth Hill whose family grew them for 80 years. Large pink beefsteak fruits to 2 pounds. Incredibly rich, delightfully intense tomato flavor.

Oaxacan Pink Tomato

Oaxacan Pink
These flattened pink fruits were selected in 1986 from a single fruit from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Black From Tula Tomato

Black From Tula
Russian heirloom described by an SSE member as "the ugliest, most delicious tomato I've ever grown." Rich full flavor, great for slicing. Good yields, 3-4", slightly flattened on 3-4' plants.

Black Krim Tomato

Black Krim
Russian tomato named for the Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea. Slightly flattened 4-5" globes with dark greenish-black shoulders, can turn almost black with enough heat and sun. Excellent full flavor.

Hillbilly Potato Leaf

Hillbilly Potato Leaf
Absolutely gorgeous slicing tomato. Sweet juicy 4-6" flattened fruits about 1 pound each. Beautiful yellow fruits are streaked with red on the blossom end. Heavy producer. Introduced to SSE in 1994 by SSE member Jerry Lee Bosner of Ohio.

Green Zebra Tomato

Green Zebra
Green 1½ - 2½" fruits with various shades of yellow to yellowish-green stripes, sweet zingy flavor. Very productive plants, sure to be a best seller at farmers markets' and valuable in the restaurant trade. Introduced in 1985 by Tom Wagner of Tater Mater Seeds.

Green Grape Tomato

Green Grape
A new favorite! Unique grape-like yellowish-green cherry tomatoes on extremely productive, bushy plants. Hard to stop eating, addictive, spicy, full-flavored, sweet 1" fruits.

Jaune Flamme Tomato

Jaune Flamme
Beautiful apricot-shaped heirloom from France. Great for drying, retains deep orange color. Excellent bitey flavor. Very productive, fruits borne in clusters and weigh 2-3 ounces, about the size of a large apricot.

Kellog Breakfast Tomato

Kelloggs Breakfast
Obtained from Darrell Kellogg of Redford, Michigan. Large beefsteak-type fruits are 1-2 pounds, juicy and meaty and truly orange in color. Delicious rich flavor, and a good producer at Heritage Farm.

Nyagous Tomato

Great black tomato that is blemish-free! Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent full flavor, one of our all-time favorites. Great for markets. Introduced through SSE by Glenn Drowns in 1997.

Red Zebra
Gorgeous 2½" fruits are fire-engine red overlaid with golden yellow stripes. Top quality, extremely uniform strain, very productive. Great sweet flavor. Sure to be a best seller at farmers'markets.

Black Zebra
1.5" round fruit with brown skin and black stripes was created by Copia garden curator, Jeff Dawson. Rich tomato flavor with hints of smoke and sweetness. One of our favorites for looks and taste. Late season

Created by Jeff Dawson to honor the garden where he is curator at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts.

Melitopolski Watermelon

Round 10-12" fruits with sweet red flesh and alternating light and dark green stripes. Early ripening variety from Volga River region of Russia, an area that has long been famous for melons. Piled high by Moscow street vendors each summer. Reddish brown seeds.

Moon and Stars yellow watermelon

Moon & Stars Yellow
Foliage and fruits are spotted with yellow, just like original Moon and Stars, but have yellow flesh and white seeds. Fruits are 18-24" long and weigh 20-25 pounds.