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New and Returning Products

Small Leeks
Menu Group: Food
Section: Vegetables
Category: Leek

Vendor: Rasmussen Farm

Wonderful in soup or sauteed, milder than onions.
All below are
SEEDLINGS FROM WHITEHILL FARM

Calendula, Maya Orange
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Flowers Edible
Category: Calendula

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Beautiful striking orange blossoms! Will hold well in a bouquet. Fresh petals are a colorful addition to salads, and dried petals are an old-fashioned substitute for saffron. Useful as a medicinal herb and in hand crafted skin care products.
Marigolds
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Flowers Edible
Category: Marigolds

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Marigolds have feathery, fragrant foliage. The blossoms are clear orange or yellow, and have single petals. The blossoms are beautiful floating above the foliage in a border - and wonderful snipped into salad.

Lemon Gem (pictured), Tangerine Gem
Nasturtiums
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Flowers Edible
Category: Nasturtiums

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Nasturtiums are very easy to grow, and prolific bloomers! The leaves and blossoms are tangy additions to salad. Even the seed pods are good to eat, either fresh or pickled into "poor man's capers"!

Jewel mix (pictured)

Tall mix: This variety will trail out 5 or more feet!
Basil, Sweet
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Herb Seedlings
Category: Basil

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

The classic Genovese basil, great to use fresh, dry, frozen, or infused in vinegar. Makes divine pesto!
Parsley
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Herb Seedlings
Category: Parsley

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Flat Italian (pictured): The classic Italian parsley. The fresh flavor is strong, but it retains the flavor when dried. Our choice for parsley pesto.

Forest Curled: The ubiquitous garnish... and frequently the garnish has more nutrition than the dinner (in restaurants...)!
4-pack Ventura Celery
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Celery

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

A 4-pack of beautiful green celery! Will grow to a big 4-5" thick head with crisp inner stalks and plenty of leaves to dry for winter soups!
Eggplants
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Eggplant

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Korean Long Hybrid: A new one for us this year. Extremely long and slender, and brilliant light purple. An Asian pepper "to the max"!

Nadia Hybrid: (70) Classic Italian shape with rich dark purple-black skin. Will set fruit even in cool weather. This may may be the substitute for Dusky.

Pingtung Long: (60) OP Tall and sturdy plants profit by staking. Beautiful 11" long lavender fruits are slender and tender. A chef pleaser.

Rosa Bianca (pictured): (88) OP One of the oldest favorites from Italy... beautiful 4 to 6" round purple and white striped fruits. In the 2000 raised bed gardens at Cascade Brook School, Rosa produced stunning fruits!
Leeks
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Leeks

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Bleu de Solaize late: Late leek that is perfect for storing in the ground through December ...an excellent keeper.

King Richard, "spring" leek (pictured): King Richard is a tall, early leek. Will hold for quite a while in the fall but needs to come in before really cold weather.
Hot Peppers
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Peppers - Hot

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Arledge: (75) One of my personal favorites... and difficult-to-find seed. In 2007, we isolated the variety and saved the seed ourselves. One of the original Tabasco-type peppers, bright red, slim cones with a great flavor and serious heat! Our own seed. Common Ground Fair blue ribbon winner for us year after year.

Habanero: (85) OP The hottest, comparable to Scotch Bonnet! Needs warm, protected spot and will produce lots of small lovely orange wrinkled lantern-shaped fruits. 1,000 times hotter than jalapeno!

Jimmy's Little White Hots: (80) OP Oh my VERY hot small round shaped fruits ripen from white through streaked yellow and finally red. Wicked hot at any stage! Attractive tall plants bear well. Common Ground Fair Blue Ribbon for us every year!

Long Red Narrow Cayenne: (72) OP Bountiful harvest of wrinkled pencil-slim 5" long and 1/2" thick fruits. Dark green, ripening to bright red. Flavor is red hot! Dries well and makes a great powder.

Matchbox (pictured): (75) OP Roberta Bailey, longtime seed saver and seed grower for FEDCO, has done the work to grow out, select, and stabilize Super Chili Hybrid (owned by Monsanto). She found some unlikely parentage (Hungarian Hot Wax and Hot Banana) but succeeded! A perfect substitute for Super Chili. Common Ground Fair blue ribbon winner for us year after year.

NuMex Big Jim: (75) OP Spectacular 7-9" long frying pepper ripens from green to red. Use for canning or freezing, roasting, or drying for chili powder. Medium heat.

Peruvian Purple Chili: (90) OP The whole plant is purple! Produces 1" stubby, hot, deep purple fruits that turn red when mature. Can be brought inside in the fall. Consistent Common Ground Fair Blue Ribbon winner for us! Wonderful additions to flower beds for edible landscaping.

Purple Cayenne: (80) OP Green, ripening through a deep purple, finally red, and very hot! The plant is beautiful as well, with striking lavender flowers. Fruits STAY PURPLE when canned!

Thai Hot: (75) OP Extremely hot and originally from Thailand. There are two types of peppers currently called "Thai". This is the classic type that produces very small conical fruits on small compact plants. Tasty and ornamental!
Sweet Peppers
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Peppers - Sweet

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

California Wonder: (75) OP Long a favorite of home gardeners. Produces chubby 4-lobed crisp, sweet bells. A good midseason basic green pepper.

Carmen Hybrid (pictured): (75) 2006 All-America Selections Winner. Beautiful bright red fruits are 6" long and 2 to 2 1/2" wide at the shoulders. Italian "bull horn" type.

King Crimson sweet bell: (60 green- 70 red) Finally another sweet pepper that really ripens red! Thick walled, 4-lobed and blocky fruits, are crisp and tasty. Uniform enough to be a good market variety. Developed by HighMowing Seed Co. in partnership with Cornell University.

Midnight Dreams: (75) Blocky four-lobed bells are the most amazing ebony-black we have ever seen! Black fruits are actually green on the inside. Produced abundantly on compact plants that are very sturdy. A new favorite!

New Ace Hybrid: (55) Great for northern areas. Sets fruit even in poor conditions. Fruits are green and eventually mature to red.

Sweet Chocolate: (58) OP Medium-sized fruit that matures to a dark maroon-brown. Sweet and tasty!
Ground Cherries a.k.a. "Husk" Cherries
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Tomatillos

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Goldie Ground Cherries. Tiny 1/2 to 1" relatives of tomatoes and tomatillos are golden yellow and fully enclosed in a paper skin or husk. They fall on the ground when they are ripe - hence their name! Intensely sweet, with a musky aftertaste. Old cookery books provide jam and pie recipes for this heirloom fruit.
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Black From Tula: (80-I) OP Good yields of brownish-red slightly flattened globes weighing up to 14 ounces. Rich full flavor, great for slicing and canning. Indeterminate, 75-85 days from transplant. The interior is neon red and green!

Brandywine: (80-I) OP Large pink-red fruits. Vigorous Amish heirloom variety with potato-like leaves, grown since 1885. This is the legendary benchmark tomato against which all other beefsteaks are measured... if you like soft and juicy fruits! Your preferences might be different, and you might find other favorites like Hillbilly, Cherokee Purple, or Mortgage Lifter.

Brandywine - OTV Strain: (78-I) OP Dr. Carolyn Male, tomato specialist, researcher, and editor of Off the Vine, has obtained seed from an old strain of Brandywine that she believes to be the sweetest and creamiest of all. The fruits are a rich red with an orange undertone. Fruits are 12-16 oz. Very productive and more heat tolerant than other strains.

Cherokee Purple: (80-I) OP Cherokee Indian origin, introduced in Tennessee. Bears 10-12 oz dusky rose/purple fruits that are delicate and a true taste treat. Vines should not be pruned as the delicate fruits sunburn easily

Delicious: (77-I) OP An early standard setter, Delicious was selected from Red Ponderosa and introduced by Burpee. Deep red, meaty fruits can easily average 1 1/2 to 2#. Old-fashioned flavor.

Goldie: (90-I) OP Deep orange beefsteak fruits with red streaking on the bottom averaging 16-20 oz. From the 1870s. Goldie can be cosmetically variable, but its sweet flavor and firm juicy texture make this a tomato even doubters will love!

Mortgage Lifter: (90-I) OP "Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter" is legendary. Apparently Charlie was a real guy AND when he found a sport in his tomato patch, saved seeds, and then sold seedlings ...he really did pay off his mortgage!

Oaxacan Jewel (pictured): (80-I) Strikingly beautiful bi-color fruits vary from 6-16 oz. Golden yellow fruits are liberally streaked with orange and red. Excellent fruity flavor.
Cherry Tomatoes
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Tomatoes - Cherry

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Amy's Apricot Cherry Tomato (pictured): 75 days Delicious fruit ...MOSTLY a warm apricot color! Vigorous and productive plants! But… a challenging variety to offer. Plants vary a lot, even after years of vigorous selection by the Southern Exposure Seed folks. It tends strongly toward the intensely fruity, sweet, luscious orange spheres we originally described. Many plants bear red fruits, and a wide range of orange types is present as well, in clusters of 2-12 and sizes of ½ - 1½ in.

Amy's Sugar Gem: (mid-I) OP What a find! I admit it, I grew it at first reluctantly, because of the name... but it's a keeper! Large for a cherry, 1" to 1 ½", the bright red fruits have great flavor. And I found that they dry as well as, or better than, Principe Borghese.

Green Grape: (70-D) OP One of our favorites. Large cherries, about 1 1/2 bites, are a bright green with dusty yellow shoulders and positively explode with flavor. Bred the old-fashioned way by Tom Wagner, who also developed Green Zebra. Common Ground Fair Blue Ribbon winner for us in 2006!

Isis Candy: (67-I) OP One of the most beautiful cherries going. 1" fruits are a golden yellow with red marbling... and translucent skin showing the fruit structure! Rich fruity flavor.

Italian Ice Cherry: Sugary sweet and bursting with juicy flavor, Italian Ice is a summer picnic treat. Clusters of 1-1 1/2" snack-sized fruits ripen from green to ivory white, becoming uniquely sweet and mild-tasting. Chill a bowlful for a satisfying portable snack when the sultry days of summer call for a cooling, melt-in-your-mouth taste sensation.
Container Tomato: Andrina "Micro" tomato plants!
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

(the earliest-I) OP The tiniest plants we have ever grown! 8-10"plants will bear 2-4 flushes of tasty red cherries. Truly a tabletop plant.
Italian Tomatoes
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Tomatoes - Italian

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Dix Doights de Napoli, "Ten Fingers of Naples": (75-I) OP This bright red paste tomato has great taste and bears over a long season The fruits come in clusters, hence the "fingers"! Great producer! Definitely has San Marzano heritage.

Rosso Siciliano (pictured): This is simply a beautiful tomato! Glowing red, flattened and fluted fruits can be 2 ½ to 4 inches in diameter. Beautiful sliced for salads and dries very well.

San Marzano: (80-I) OP Sets the standard for sauce tomatoes! "Rectangular" elongated pear shape, red, meaty, and averaging 3 1/2". From the San Marzano region in Italy, where the San Marzano tomato is a treasure... a lifestyle... and heritage! Common Ground Fair Blue Ribbon winner for us in 2006 and 2009!
Paste Tomaties
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Tomatoes - Paste

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Grandma Mary's (pictured): (68-I) OP Large meaty 6-10 oz paste tomato. Sets even in cool weather. Seed grown sustainably in Maine. One of our main crops for sauce and catsup every year.

Heinz 2653: (68-D) OP Amazingly early red plum type that often ripens all its 2 1/2 to 3 oz. fruit all at once, and well before frost. Compact plants bear rich red firm fruits.

Salvaterra's: This one is new to us. SO ...from the Seed Savers Exchange catalog: the great meaty texture is paired with tangy, sweet flavor that make it an ideal sauce tomato. Fruits measure 2½-3¾". Grown by Charles Salvaterra since the early 1980s, this heirloom tomato has been shared within the Hazleton, Pennsylvania community since the 1950s. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.

Yellow Bell: (60-I) OP Beautiful lemon-yellow roma-shaped tomato is a family heirloom from TN. Mild and sweet fruits are 1 1/2" by 3", with firm flesh. Great for fresh eating, salsas, canning, and golden catsup!
Slicing Tomatoes
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Category: Tomatoes - Slicing

Vendor: Whitehill Farm

Black Krim: (80-I) OP This is a medium-sized slicer, with dark maroon to black flesh and distinctive green-black shoulders! Originally from Krymsk, on the Black Sea. Seed was originally smuggled to the USA before the breakup of the Soviet Union, the first of the tasty black tomatoes.

Black Prince (pictured): (70-I) OP An old-fashioned slicer saved in Irkutsk, Siberia. Garnet red outside and red to chestnut brown on the inside. Oval fruits sometimes crack in rings on the top, but they are so tender and sweet that it doesn't matter a bit. One of our favorite salad tomatoes.

Bloody Butcher: (55-I) OP Very early and high-yielding tomato. Bright red inside and out, these 4 oz fruits are great for fresh eating and canning. Potato-leaved plants. Common Ground Fair Blue Ribbon for us in 2008!

Box Car Willie: (80-I) OP Abundant crop of medium to large-size globes. Named after the country singer, Box Car Willie, who regrettably passed away in 1999. He sang railroad songs... this might be the hobo fave tomato!

Cluster Goliath: Gotta try something new every year ...so here goes the description from the Burpee catalog! (65-I) Bright red, flavorful, 4 to 5 oz. fruits present themselves for select picking or cluster harvest, holding their fine form and flavor up to 2 weeks.

Earl of Edgecombe (golden): (73-I) OP This tomato came from New Zealand with the sheep farmer who went to England to claim his title as the 7th Earl of Edgecombe! Round fruits are firm, smooth, and defect free, with a well-balanced sweet/tart flavor. One of our favorites. Frequently a Common Ground Fair Blue Ribbon for us ...AND they are a favorite for salads!

Valencia Slicer: (76-I) Round, smooth fruits average 8-10 oz. Their meaty interiors have few seeds. This midseason tomato is among the best for flavor and texture. Our own selection of a Maine family heirloom with a Spanish accent.