Each year I like to try new varieties of the crop menagerie at the farm, and this year is no exception. It is so hard to resist buying one of everything in the seed catalogs when it is stark, naked, winter, but better judgement must take over because there are only so many garden beds to be filled (although there are quite a few). New varieties that will hopefully find their way into the members' boxes this year include:
- Cauliflower, variety 'Amazing' from Johnny's Selected Seeds
- Several new varieties of beans, including 'Christmas' heirloom seed passed along from a couple who have been long-time members of the farm; 'Dragon Langerie' from Pinetree; 'Provider', from Johnny's; 'Royal Burgundy' from Pinetree
- 'Red Ace' Beets from Johnny's
- 'Nelson' Carrots from Johnny's
- Eggplant, varieties 'Fairy Tale', 'Orient Express' from Johnny's
- Melons 'Tasty Bites' and 'Sun Jewel' from Johnny's
- Snow peas, 'Oregon Giant' from Johnny's
- Peppers 'Lipstick', 'Sahuaro', 'Aconcagua', 'Marconi Red' from Pinetree and Johnny's
- Squash 'Ambassador', 'Metro Butternut', 'Kabocha', 'Horn of Plenty', 'Cashflow'
- Tomatoes 'Yellow Pear mini', 'Matt's Wild Cherry', 'New Girl', 'Black Cherry'
Last year I attempted to grow Artichokes but our winter was just too cold and wet; it was one of those experiments anyway.
The tried and true varieties are the staples of the gardens on the farm but it's always fun to try new things each year.