Plant Sale

We’re doing plant starts again this year – peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. We will also be doing artichoke plants again and hopefully be including herbs. Last year we sold out within 3 weeks so I wanted to give you all a chance to pre-order them so you can get the varieties you want. We will also be increasing our production along with adding more varieties. If you want specific varieties please let me know (contact us below) and I will make sure I have plants set aside for you. They are $3.50 each or 3 for $10. They will be available for planting around mid March. We will also hopefully be selling them again at Moschetti’s as well as a possible second location (stay tuned).

Last year we attended a tomato tasting and then held our own tomato tasting event. Our primary focus was finding tomatoes that were not only productive but also had exceptional flavor. Some of the varieties we grew last year didn’t make the cut but we found many more to take their place.

The varieties are:

Eggplant Varieties

Diamond-Eggplant

Diamond – A good, productive Japanese style eggplant. Very good sliced, marinated and grilled.

 

 

Pepper Varieties-Hot

 

anaheim peppers copyAnaheim (Nu Mex Joe E. Parker) – These are the perfect roasting peppers. The thick skin easily blisters and can be peeled away after roasting. They are mild to medium heat. Not quite as productive as the smaller hot peppers, but they do give a good harvest when picked continuously.

 

 

cayenne peppers copyCayenne Slim – Very productive plant of HOT peppers. Walls are thin so they dry quickly. We dried the peppers (they readily dry on the plant) and then ground them into red pepper flakes. We now call them Satan Flakes because of their excessive heat.

 

 

Jalapeno

Craig’s Grande Jalapeno – Sometimes you just want a middle-of-the-road hot pepper. We generally haven’t had much luck getting jalapenos hot enough for our taste, but this year we’re going to give this variety a try and see if we can see some success. No other pepper seems to work as well as the trusty jalapeno for escabeche.

 

habanero peppers copyMustard Habanero – I got several emails this past year from people that were very happy with these plants. If you want your peppers to be spicy make sure to grow them next to a habanero plant. This was a trick I learned from a friend and was surprised to find out that it works! These are productive plants with EXTRA HOT peppers.

 

 

serrano peppers copySerrano Tampequino – Another very productive pepper with thick walls that are perfect for making hot sauce. The original variety used to make Sriracha Hot Sauce. Also very hot, but not as hot as the Cayenne Slim.

 

 

Pepper Varieties-Sweet

California WonderCalifornia Wonder – The standard green and red bell pepper for California. Good production with thick walled fruits.

 

 

 

 

Pepper-Etiuda-PP192-webEtuida Bell – When I read that this was considered one of the best tasting peppers out there, I had to try it. It is a productive producer of very large, thick skinned fruit.

 

 

Pepper-Horizon-Bell-Pepper-PP187-webHorizon Bell – This is a pepper to replace the Orange Bell as it is more productive while not sacrificing flavor.

 

 

nardello-aJimmy Nardello – We got a LOT of requests to grow this pepper. It looks like it will be hot but ends up being incredibly sweet and flavorful. It’s an Italian frying pepper that is productive and has earned itself a place on Slow Food’s “Ark of Taste.”

 

 

purple beautyPurple Beauty – We grew this on a whim last year and were surprised at how well it sells. It produces a multitude of medium sized, thin walled purple fruit that are easy to find in among the foliage.

 

 

quadrato-d-asti-giallo-pepperQuadrato Asti Giallo – This has been our most productive bell pepper giving us good sized, thick walled fruit all through summer. This is an Italian pepper that is green slowly ripening to yellow.

 

 

Tomatoes

 

Aussie – This large red tomato is a replacement for Brandywine, which is popular, but just can’t win the taste tests like Aussie can. Aussie offers a very well balanced old-fashioned tomato flavor in a large, 1lb package on large vigorous plants.

 

 

Cherokee Green

Cherokee Green – A green beefsteak that has a bold, bright flavor with acid. My husband says it’s “zingy.” Best flavor of the green tomatoes. Very productive plant. Just keep an eye on it so you don’t wait too long to pick the fruits which will have a yellow hue with ripe.

 

Dixie Golden Giant – A whopper of a tomato coming in at almost 2lbs, this lemon yellow tomato has an incredible mild and sweet, fruity flavor. Shows some disease resistance and like most Amish varieties is very productive.

 

green zebraGreen Zebra – Small 2-1/2″-3″  salad tomato that is green with darker green stripes. Fruit is sweet and “zingy.” Very productive plant if you can find all the fruit! The light green will have a yellow hue when ripe. Makes a really good green pesto bruschetta.

 

 

Henderson’s Winsall – The original Winsall variety obtained from the USDA Seed Bank. A pink beefsteak heirloom that is nearly seedless. It is a late variety but the superb flavor is worth the wait.

 

HillbillyHillbilly – Big yellow orange beefsteak with red streaks. Husband describes it as “rich, meaty, tomato-y goodness.” The favorite tomato around here. Few seeds and very fleshy.

 

 


Mr. Stripey – For whatever reason, many striped tomatoes tend not to have as much flavor as their solid colored compadres. I surmise that it is due to the coloring of the striped tomato being the primary focus, rather than the flavor. Mr. Stripey, fortunately, is not one of them. These are smaller salad size tomatoes with a rich, tangy flavor.

 

Rosso SicilianRosso Sicilian –  This is an Italian heirloom with small to medium sized ribbed fruits that are firm and meaty and perfect for making sauce and paste. Bruises easily. Rated as one of the better tasting tomatoes we grew last year.

 

 

 

Super Sioux – A variety of Sioux that takes heat and drought better. While Sioux is better for fresh eating, Super Sioux is better suited for canning.

 

 

Tangerine – This is our replacement for Kellogg’s Breakfast. A productive yellow-orange beefsteak with improved flavor that is meaty, sweet and rich.

 

 

Thessaloniki – A red Greek tomato that resists cracking and sun scald. Fantastic old fashioned acid tomato flavor. I have farmer friends that say they only will start selling the fruit from this variety after they physically can no longer eat them.

 

 

WPeachWapsipinicon Peach – A small yellow tomato with an unusually fuzzy skin. Productive plant of very, very sweet, mild fruit with a hint of peach. Husband says “sweetest tomato I’ve ever eaten.”

Sorry, we are no longer taking pre-orders for this season. Feel free to visit The Hub in Vallejo at 350 Georgia St in downtown on Saturday mornings from 10am -2pm to purchase plants. Thanks!

 

Tomatoes (not available at this time)

Cherry Tomatoes

 NameDescription
black-cherryBlack Cherry*SOLD OUT* Rich, sweet and complex, this true black tomato is productive and irresistible.
green-grapeGreen GrapeSmall, compact plants with easy to harvest fruit that full of sweet, tart, juicy flavor. Prolific producer.
isis candyIsis CandyOrange cherry tomato with red starburst. Very productive of small sweet, fruity tomatoes that you can just pop in your mouth. In our opinion it has better flavor that Sungolds.
snow-white-cherrySnow WhiteSweet ivory colored cherries that are hard to resist just popping into your mouth while picking them. They are the sweetest cherry tomatoes we've tried while still maintaining a complex flavor profile. Truly a favorite here.
WPeachWapsipinicon PeachA small yellow tomato with an unusually fuzzy skin. Productive plant of very, very sweet, mild fruit with a hint of peach. Husband says “sweetest tomato I’ve ever eaten.”

Paste Tomatoes

 NameDescription
amish-pasteAmish PasteOf the many paste tomatoes we tasted, this one was far and away, the best tasting. I look forward to trying the concentrated flavor of these when canning. Nice sized red Roma type tomatoes that are good for both canning and fresh eating (something you can’t say about most paste tomatoes). Fresh they are very sweet with acid right up front.
Rosso SicilianRosso SicilianThis is an Italian heirloom with small to medium sized ribbed fruits that are firm and meaty and perfect for making sauce and paste. Bruises easily. Rated as one of the better tasting tomatoes we grew last year.
san-marzanoSan MarzanoOne of the more popular paste and canning tomatoes, we decided to finally offer it again after so many people requested it.

Slicing Tomatoes

 NameDescription
black-krimBlack KrimOne of our most popular varieties. A purple-black beefsteak with a subacid, mild flavor. Fruits get darker when exposed to sunlight. Productive.
green zebraGreen Zebra*SOLD OUT* Small 2-1/2″-3″ salad tomato that is green with darker green stripes. Fruit is sweet and “zingy.” Very productive plant if you can find all the fruit! The light green will have a yellow hue when ripe. Makes a really good green pesto bruschetta. Good for pots.
Minolta DSC JubileeProductive tomato with golden large, round fruit. Delicious flavored tomato that gets 8-12 oz.
mr-stripeyMr. Stripey (Tigerella)For whatever reason, many striped tomatoes tend not to have as much flavor as their solid colored compadres. I surmise that it is due to the coloring of the striped tomato being the primary focus, rather than the flavor. Mr. Stripey, fortunately, is not one of them. These are smaller salad size tomatoes with a sweet and tart flavor.
rose-de-berneRose De BerneA Swiss heirloom with dark pink fruit that tends to be blemish-free. Flavor is strikingly sweet with a bit of zing.
siouxSioux*TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT* We grew this small rather unassuming red tomato two years ago only because we got a packet of free seeds. At our tomato tasting we were surprised that it outperformed all of the other tomatoes and was hands down the favorite out of 16 varieties. Sweet, tangy, rich and complex, you won’t regret making space for this variety.
stupice-homeStupiceOne of our more popular varieties. This very early tomato blew me away this year with it’s productiveness. Small tomatoes, but not quite cherry size are born as early as late June and continues through until the frost. Sweet and flavorful. Good for pots.
thessalonikiThessalonikiA red Greek tomato that resists cracking and sun scald. Fantastic old fashioned but sweet, subacid tomato flavor. I have farmer friends that say they only will start selling the fruit from this variety after they physically can no longer eat them.
valenciaValenciaMeaty, fruit is both tangy and sweet. Ripens earlier than most orange tomatoes.

Beefsteak Tomatoes

 NameDescription
tomato-amana-orange-1_1Amana OrangeGiant beefsteak tomatoes that can reach 2lbs or more. This is the orange version of Brandywine and is flavorful and meaty with low acid.
ananas-noirAnanas NoirIf you can’t make up your mind about what color tomatoes to grow, this might be the one for you. Green, red, orange, yellow and purple all rolled into one tasty beefsteak-type tomato. A very tasty, sweet tomato with low acid.
tomato-anna-russianAnna RussianOne of two oxheart type tomatoes that we are offering this year. Getting up to a pound these tomatoes start early and have sweet, juicy flesh.
aunt-rubysAunt Ruby's German GreenA popular green heirloom tomato that is acidic with a meaty, old fashioned flavor. It is better tasting than most red tomatoes. How could we not give this one a try?
brandywine_sudduth_s_strain_0Brandywine (Sudduth’s Strain) The beefsteak that all beefsteak tomatoes should be judged by. Big, red fruits commonly over a pound but can reach two pounds are rich and intense.
dr-wychesDr. Wyche's YellowBig, beautiful yellow beefsteak with green shoulders. Productive plant of 1lb fruits or larger. Subacid with a lovely citrusy, sweet flavor.
hendersons winsallHenderson's WinsallThe original Winsall variety obtained from the USDA Seed Bank. A pink beefsteak heirloom that is nearly seedless. It is a late variety but the superb flavor is worth the wait.
HillbillyHillbilly Big yellow orange beefsteak with red streaks. Husband describes it as “rich, meaty, tomato-y goodness.” The favorite tomato around here. Few seeds and very fleshy.
kellogg's breakfastKellogg's BreakfastBig orange beefsteak tomato. Similar in flavor to Dr. Wyche’s Yellow but with a bit more sweetness.
orange-russianOrange RussianThe first available colored oxheart type tomato. They have a fruity, sweet flavor growing to about half a pound. They have few seeds.
pork-chop-tomatoPork ChopYellow with green stripes that darken to golden when ripe, fruits are between 1/2 and 3/4 lbs. Low acid with a nice sweetness. Bred locally by Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farms. One of the better tasting striped varieties.
5491SoldackiVery tasty variety with 1lb dark pink fruit. Intense flavor yet sweet on vigorous, tall plants.

Disease Resistant Tomatoes

 NameDescription
carmelloCarmello VFNT HybridThis red French variety is thought to be one of the most productive varieties available, this tomatoes pumps out juicy fruits that have exceptional balanced flavor. Subacid and mildly sweet they are what a good tomato should taste like. Shows disease resistance to Verticillium wilt, Fusarium Wilt 1, Gray Leaf Spot, Nematodes, and Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Good for pots.
Charger tomato Charger*SOLD OUT* A determinate tomato well adapted to different weather conditions. Flavorful and prolific, this compact plant will do well in containers. Shows disease resistance to 3 types of Fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt, Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus and Gray Leaf Spot.
red-roseRed RoseA cross between Brandywine and Rutgers, this is a disease and crack resistant tomato with dark pink fruit. Has good flavor that is is acidic and sweet.
rutgers-tomatoRutgersLast year a customer couldn't praise this variety enough and he convinced us to carry it this year. It's an old fashioned classic tomato with the flavor to match that is production and disease resistant.

We also have the following Herbs:

Rosemary
Thyme
Greek Oregano
Chives
Tarragon
Sage

 

 

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