This year my friend Mark at Nunaka Valley Farm offered to let me in on his gardening group's seed order. The company they order from is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, a family owned company focused on providing heirloom and non-GMO seeds. As a bonus, the shipping is just $3 no matter how many seeds you order. Every Alaskan appreciates a deal on shipping.
I told myself I was only going to order a few items. But the moment I sat down with a cup of tea and the beautifully organized Baker Creek catalog I knew I was in trouble. A few hours and $30 later I'd decided on my selections for the year. Mark's wife placed the group's order and soon our seeds were in hand. For the most part I satisfied my two main goals:
- Purchase seeds that can be direct sown and will mature fairly quickly, and
- Select vegetable varieties that I'm less likely to find for sale at local Alaska farmer's markets.
There are a few varieties I'm particularly excited to grow. Bennings Green Tint scallop summer squash remind me of the "pattypan" squash my parents grew when I was a child; lemon cucumbers, which I've seen featured in so many cooking magazines; Rocky Top salad mix, which is Baker Creek's top selling lettuce mix; and gourmet green and purple Dragon Tongue beans. It's going to be are delicious summer!
What varieties are you most excited to grow this summer?
|Mild and delicious Chioggia beet. photo: www.rareseeds.com|
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