I am now selling our seed packets at the Goshen Farmers Market. I am there on Saturday mornings from 8 – 1. All the seeds listed on this website are available, plus I will also have a few rare varieties pulled from my seed dungeon; Tepary beans, Nescafe’ Okra, Country Gentleman Sweetcorn and Perennial Sorghum.
In addition to seed packets, I am planning to sell dry beans, grain flour an corn meal for people to purchase and make a meal with. My hope is that persons interested in local staple crop production will get a chance to eat some of the varieties I have grown here in Bristol. They are the same quality grains and beans that I sell as seed stock. The only difference is that the seed stock represents the “sweet spot” of the harvest. An example of this would be the Painted Mountain Corn. For seed, I select the most perfectly formed ears from a balance of diverse color representatives, and then, only extract the kernels from the center portion of the ear. These have the highest germination rates. This helps to ensure the passing on of the best genetics for this open-pollinated flour corn. What is left (1/2 of each cob) is perfect for human consumption. I hope these offerings will help to excite people about what can be grown in the local gardens and farms here in Northern Indiana.
I plan to have 1/2 lb. packages of Pinto beans, Black Turtle beans, and mixed soup/chili beans. I will also have Painted Mountain cornmeal and a variety of freshly milled flours including Dale Sorghum, White Milo, Hard Red Wheat and Cereal Rye. I also hope to offer whole soybeans; Shinonome, Black Jet and Agate. These varieties make excellent soymilk as well as tofu, in addition they can simply be cooked for soups, stews and baked beans. Don’t expect bulk pricing. All these crops were planted by hand, using a hoe and my fingers. Cultivated by hand. Harvested by hand using a scythe or sickle, and threshed, sorted and packaged in like manner. This is a labor of love and not intended to challenge the industrial agricultural “monster” which feeds 99.9% of our local “staple-crop” food supplies. (I have no exact data to back up the figure of 99.9%, it is just an educated guess)