I 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