Purple de Milpa Tomatillo - Produces beautiful, bright green and dark purple fruits. Harvest when the paper covering around the fruit turns color (yellow or brown). Makes fantastic salsa! Smaller than many other tomatillos, but very easy to grow. They grow wild in Mexican cornfields and tend to self-seed here in New England. Transplant after danger of frost has passed, 3 feet apart. 70-90 days from transplant.
Sprawling, plants produce loads of small, bright red cherry tomatoes with a terrific, sweet taste. Resistant to late and early blight, this variety grows wild in Mexico. Transplant after danger of frost has passed, 3 feet apart. 60 days from transplant. Indeterminate.
Lives up to its name with a lemony, sweet taste that is very refreshing. Early and late blight resistant. Transplant after danger of frost has passed, 3 feet apart. 80-90 days from transplant. Indeterminate.
Beautiful plants with red stems and big, butterfly-friendly flowers that turn into burgundy pods. Best if picked when they are 4” long, but they will stay tender longer than other okra varieties. Pods turn green when cooked. Sow after frost has passed several seeds per foot. Thin to 1 plant per 12-18". 55-60 days.
Vigorous, productive shelling pea. You need a trellis for this historic variety that dates to the mid-1800’s. Its vines will grow up to 10 feet, growing up and over your trellis and producing plenty of peas! Plant early in spring after the ground thaws. Sow seeds 1 inch deep, every 1.5 inches in rows 2.5 feet apart. 60-70 days.
Tulsi makes a wonderful, aromatic tea. Best flavor if leaves are picked before the plant flowers, but you can keep picking the leaves until frost. The light purple flowers are quite beautiful and very attractive to pollinators. Unlike other varieties of Tulsi which require a longer growing season, this variety (Kapoor) grows especially well in temperate climates like New England. 60 days.
A very prolific cucumber that makes terrific dill pickles that stay crisp and look quite beautiful and unique in the jar. Extremely rare. Creamy yellow fruits are blocky, about 3” long. Also great for slicing. Produces heavily throughout the season. 60 days.
A superb red tomato, with a rich tomato taste. Great for fresh eating, but also great for canning and cooking. Open a jar of Italian Heirloom sauce to get a wonderful burst of summer flavor in the dead of winter. 70-80 days.
An African American heirloom that was popular in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1900’s, used especially for seafood recipes. This is a stunning plant, with variegated green and white leaves and peppers that are striped in a rainbow of colors. The compact stature lends well to container planting. Medium hot. 80 days from transplanting.
Patty pan summer squash that is sea foam green when young (the edible stage) and white with green stripes when mature. They are delicious when picked young, but you may want to let at least a few fruits mature, as they make great fall decorations. Keep the plants picked clean for best yields. 60 - 70 days.
Flavorful dry beans from South America make their own delicious broth when cooked. Young beans can also be eaten green. Prolific grower, bush habit. 80-90 days. Plant after danger of frost has passed, 1 inch deep (thinning to 1 plant every 4 inches) in rows 18 inches apart.
Tasty snow peas, plants are small and do not need a trellis, but grow well. This is an old, traditional type of edible podded pea. Pick them when they're small (a couple inches long). The pods should be completely flat, before the peas have had a chance to develop inside. Plant 1 seed every 1.5 inches, ½ inch deep in rows 22 inches apart.
Produces loads of small dry beans that make a thick, flavorful black bean soup. A favorite in Latin American cuisine. The water used for boiling is traditionally repurposed as a stock for Sopa Negra, but can also be used as a natural, pale purple fabric dye. Bush habit. 55 days. Plant after danger of frost has passed, 1 inch deep (thinning to 1 plant every 4 inches) in rows 18 inches apart.
Tasty, high quality, heirloom popcorn with ivory white kernels. Has a buttery, somewhat nutty flavor. 115 days. Plant 1 inch deep, every 4 - 6 inches, thinning to 1 plant every 10-12 inches, in rows 30 inches apart.
Delicious yellow sweet corn with “corny” flavor not found in modern hybrid super sweet varieties. 75 days. Plant 1 inch deep, every 4 - 6 inches, thinning to 1 plant every 10-12 inches, in rows 30 inches apart.
A tender, tasty early white sweet corn. Developed by New Jersey horticulturist, Luther Hill in 1902, the small 4’ stalks are ideal for backyard gardens. Two 4 -6 inch ears on each stalk. Grows well in New England. 70 days. Plant 1 inch deep, every 4 - 6 inches, thinning to 1 plant every 10-12 inches, in rows 30 inches apart.