Ready to take Seed Orders

IMG_3756I have finished adding the bulk of the new crop offerings to my website.  Most of the main “staple-crop” seed varieties from last season are again available after a sucessful, yet challenging  year of  planting and harvesting. If you check out the listings and find a product out of stock, it likely means that I am still conducting germination tests on that variety. Check back, as I should have these tests completed by the first week of December and all varieties ready for ordering.  I have added 35 new crops, including a few more heirloom beans, some new grains like amaranth, hulless oats, quinoa, ect. I am also offering 2 new tomato varieties, Italian Heirloom and Jaune Flamme. I am now offering what I believe are 5 of the best varieties to grown here in Northern Indiana. They have proven themselves in tough drought years and even tougher cool and wet years. I have also added some common garden vegetables like Marketmore Cucumbers, Zapallo Summer Squashand Early Jalapeno, to name just a few.

What you won’t find in the seed listing is an ever increasing number of heirloom varieties to choose from. While I believe all heirloom, open-pollinated varieties are worthy of maintaining, not all will work well in every geographic location and climate. My goal is to offer a broad but reasonable selection of productive , delicious crops, that are highly adaptable to extreme weather events, and happy growing here in the North (specifically Northern Indiana). While I gladly accept orders from anywhere in the U.S, the longterm plan is the consistent availability of locally grown, regionalized seed for basic staple foods in our community. I believe this is going to become an increasingly important necessity in the near future, and one that I am pleased to play a small role in.

I am now able to begin taking orders online, and will start shipping the week after Thanksgiving. I will also be offering seed locally at the Goshen Farmers Market and the Purple Porch, in SouthBend, later this winter. A few more varieties will be added in the coming weeks, once all germination tests are completed. These late additions will consist primarily of some “limited quanity” packets of seed from the soybean and barley trials I conducted this last summer. I have a lot of new ideas to share from this years sucesses and failures. I will be putting this information into future blog post’s over the long winter months ahead. I will also be revising my plant list for the upcoming spring plant sales. As always, I look forward to hearing from customers, other growers and anyone concerned about sustainably grown, open-pollinated seeds, plants and food.

– John Sherck

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8 Responses to Ready to take Seed Orders

  1. rick ritter says:

    i assume that you sell on site if one visits your place ?

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Rick,
      I do sell off the farm. In the spring (May 1st) I have a roadside stand where I sell heirloom plants as well as my seed. If you want seed earlier just give me a call or email me. I am home most of the time and would be happy to fix you up with whatever you need. I will also be at the Goshen Farmers Market with seed, sometime after Christmas.

  2. Pamela Weishaupt says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful work you all do!

  3. Annette Webb says:

    I just read your article in Edible in Michana. My husband and I have been customers to your amazing greenhouse for the last few years. We are huge fan’s of your seeds and plants. I was just wondering if you are offering any kind of Workshop. I would be really interested in learning how to plant, grow & harvest quinoa area.
    Thank you.

    • John Sherck says:

      Hello Annette,
      I would love to do workshops, I just have not figured out the “when” and “how” yet. The best time would be during the growing season. So far it seems all I do is scramble from one job to the next from May till October. A workshop in the winter would be all “theory” and not ” hands on”. Until I figure out a workshop game plan, feel free to call me with any questions or stop by the farm in the spring. I always make time to show what I am doing and answer questions as best as I can. I am planning a post this winter detailing my experiences growing both quinoa and amaranth.

  4. Rachel says:

    Would the Yam grow in zone 9 in south Louisiana?

    • John Sherck says:

      I can not say for sure. These are from a cold climate. There are yams better suited to your region. I can’t tell you
      the names of varieties but I think a google search would help you to find them and sources. Check out ECHO in Florida.
      Someone there may be able to answer your question.

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