May 23, 2013

Heirloom Seeds

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 a delicious summer!

What varieties are you most excited to grow this summer?

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  1. I can't wait to hear how those squash do. I'm excited to see how our boston pickling cucumbers do! I think this might be the weekend we finally get to turn the beds and make ready!!!!

  2. Fantastic! I can't to see how it all comes out!