One of our shop goals is to provide you with garden plants that are locally and responsibly grown. Equally important, is a selection that is varied and unique. To achieve those objectives we have invited growers you know from past seasons including Swainway Urban Farm, Natives In Harmony and Claralouise Urban Farm. We are also adding several new growers who are offering sometimes exclusive yet always unique varieties.
Alison from Claralouise Urban Homestead has been with us for several seasons. She specializes in growing unique edible varieties and she is up to the challenge again this year! She spent some of her down season time working with the vegetable breeding project started by Washington state vegetable breeder Tom Wagner. Through this research and work she has come up with 6 varieties of potato plants grown from seeds that will be ready and in the shop next week. Currently, she has beautiful lettuces, asian greens, kale, and collards. She continues to bring in new varieties throughout the season so check in often to see what she comes up with next!
Our new and new-to-us growers are folks who have years of growing experience and are now ready to share with the community. If you follow our blog posts, you have already met up with Kate Hodges of Foraged & Sown and Aliena Sword of Perfect Circle Homestead. Kate is offering sustainably grown berry bushes and strawberry plants. Aliena will be sharing her sustainably grown tomatoes, peppers and flowers.
Sarah from The Appropriate Farm describes herself as “Hippie housewife with six kids, a bunch of goats and a painted pony on a sustainable micro-farm in the suburbs of Columbus Ohio”. Among other offerings, we are excited to share her “Glaskin’s Perpetual” rhubarb. It is an heirloom variety that should produce lightly the first year followed by heavy yields thereafter.
Jorgensen Farms has been growing organically since 2002 in Westerville. Farmer Val has interesting varieties of organic tomatoes and peppers to share. Yellow Perfection is a tomato variety we are anxious to try. It is described as a rare English heirloom, producing yellow fruit perfect for adding a splash of color and sweet flavor to salads and also works well in sauces and kabobs.
All of these growers continue to bring in new and interesting varieties. Please do stop by to let us know if we have hit and hopefully exceeded our goal of bringing you the most locally grown and varied offering of vegetable, herb and flowers seedlings. Remember, these growers live and work in your city. Your support of their efforts keeps money in your neighborhood and offers your garden a link to the hands that help you grow your family’s food. Happy growing!