Royalty Purple Pod
Tender and flavorsome, these deep purple beans are early and high-yielding. Top quality, stringless purple snap beans follow majestic purple flowers. A good candidate for your early bean crop, as it performs well in cooler soils. Kids will have fun growing these colorful pods and will enjoy watching them turn green when cooked. Bred at the University of New Hampshire in 1957.
Bush Dry Shelling Soybean
A reliable soybean even in cooler climates, producing clusters of fuzzy pods each containing 2-3 beans. These richly flavorful beans have thin, black skins. The 24 inch tall plants are proven performers, with early, high yields.
Bush Dry-Shelling Bean
Speckled Cranberry beans arrived from England around 1825 and have firmly established themselves as the pinnacle of quality in a bush-type horticultural bean. 12–18 inch plants produce bountiful harvests of slender green beans that reach 7–9 inches long with a round cross section. Enjoy them shelled fresh, or allow them to come to full maturity for the hearty, robust flavor of a dry shelling bean.
Bush Dry-Shelling Bean
Missouri Bill came to us from the San Juan Islands off the Washington coast. Beautiful, cream colored seeds with crimson streaks are rich and hearty when baked or incorporated into a winter stew. Bushy, 24–32 inch tall plants are very productive and the rosy white flowers are quite attractive. Rare.
Bush Dry-Shelling Bean
This glossy, jet-black dried bean cooks up to make the most hearty, rich soup. For fresh, green beans, harvest early while the 5 inch long pods are still young, tender, and the seeds haven’t developed fully. Vigorous, 22–24 inch tall, self-supporting plants.
Extra-early maturing, these delicious edamame are especially suited for shorter season gardens. We found that most of the pods formed 2–3 seeds each, rewarding gardeners with the highest quality, sweet, smooth textured beans. Vigorous plants reach 16–17 inches with a strong, well-branched habit. Buff colored seeds.
Probably the largest and tastiest of the edible favas. Wonderful flavor as a green shelled bean, and can be used fresh or frozen in any number of dishes. Left to mature as a dry bean, they are savory in soups and stews. Expect to harvest incredibly huge pods that can exceed 9 inches long, with beans larger than a quarter. Bred at Aprovecho Research Center in Oregon by Ianto Evans.
Cobham Improved is an outstanding later maturing variety. Its roots grow to 8 inches and it is exceptionally high in sugars, which results in a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Many Americans serve parsnips glazed with brown sugar and fruit juice at Christmas. Selected for vigorous germination, resistance to canker, and smooth skins even in heavier soils.
Blue Lake Pole
This vigorous 7 foot tall variety made Oregon’s Willamette Valley famous in the ‘60s and ‘70s for canning beans. The smooth, 6–7 inch, dark green pods have a canning jar straight, round shape. Harvested at their peak, you’ll find them tender, meaty, and full of hearty, fresh bean flavor. White seeds.
Pole Romano Bean
The perfect Romano bean for fresh-from-the-garden harvesting over the long season. This flavorful pole bean yields big, flat sided pods that average 9 inches in length and remain stringless to the largest sizes. A great bean for quick and nutritious summer meals. Grows 6–8 feet tall. White seeds.
This is a good dual-purpose choice for those looking to grow high quality baby beets plus they retain eating quality at larger, more mature sizes. When fully developed, these heirloom beets are 6 inches across and have a fantastic rich, deep red coloration. Flesh has a nice, sweet flavor and roots will store well for a dependable winter food source.
The long, cylindrical shape of Formanova is ideal for slicing beet rings. At 6–8 inches in length, this beet is much better for this purpose than round table beets are. This heirloom is also known as Butter Slicer, named for its great texture and flavor. The fruit happily grows with the top of the root just out of the ground, which makes for easy harvesting. Beet tops also make for great table greens.
Lutz Green Leaf
This dual-purpose crop produces deliciously sweet, globe-shaped roots and robust, succulent leaves. Spanning up to 6 inches across, the roots maintain their superb, tender texture at all sizes. On the shelf, the beets develop an even sweeter flavor with time, and they boast some of the longest storage capacity among beets. The deep green foliage is thick and fleshy with equally green midribs.
An old favorite from Europe, Groninger will provide steady harvests of deep green, medium-sized sprouts through the autumn and into early winter when spring sown. Relatively compact plants reach 16–24 inches tall.
This spring-planted Brussels Sprout will be ready to harvest after fall’s first cold snaps. Tall, medium green plants produce tender buttons averaging 1-1 ½ inches across. The long spires reach up to 32 inches tall and gradually fill with sprouts that can be harvested starting at the bottom of the spike. Picking the lowest sprouts first will encourage the newer buds to swell and offer 2-3 harvests over the winter.
This high-yielding, deep burgundy-red storage cabbage demonstrates very good standing ability. Rodynda's 6–8 inch, oval shaped heads are tight and solid with a short internal core and have a pleasant texture with great flavor. Excellent shelf life allows for prolonged enjoyment of your bountiful harvest. Bred at Dottenfelderhof Farm in Germany by Dietrich Bauer.
This excellent white cabbage has heavy, medium-sized heads with a small inner stalk. Can support a lot of moisture without bursting, and displays a high quality taste that's well-suited to raw food consumption. It’s also an excellent storage cabbage that can last several months in the root cellar, or the like. Developed by plant breeder Dietrich Bauer of Dottenfelderhof Farm, Germany.
This succulent carrot tops the competition for both a fresh eating and juicing carrot. The 6–8 inch long roots have smooth skin, deep orange color, and an aromatic flavor; it's even offered as a single-varietal juice in specialty markets. Very productive, it’s ready for harvest from mid-summer through fall when sown in late spring. Carefully bred from the heirloom Rothild by Dietrich Bauer at Dottenfelderhof Farm, Germany.
This Swiss Nantes selection is one of the best. Medium-long, 7–8 inch roots are uniform, small-cored, and deeply colored, with a bite that is sweet and crunchy. Can be grown as both a spring and fall harvest variety. They are tasty, nutritious and hold their color when cooked. Try the greens of small carrots steamed.
This Danvers type carrot is a nutritional powerhouse! Tests show Purple Dragon to be high in anthocyanins and other antioxidants. The eye-catching skin is deep purple, with the interior ranging from yellow-orange to pumpkin-orange. Maintains its spicy flavor whether eaten raw or cooked. Great steamed or juiced.
Roem Van Zwijndrecht
Although relatively unknown in America, this unusual vegetable is a staple in many European kitchens. Under its warty exterior lies a heart of solid, non-starchy, ivory flesh. Use the hefty, 6–8 inch roots in stews, baked, or mashed. Sprinkle cut pieces with lemon juice to prevent browning. This celeriac develops slowly and requires ample organic matter, moisture, and nutrition in the soil, but it is well worth the wait and effort.
Heirloom Popcorn/Ornamental Corn
This stunning heirloom popcorn produces a treasure trove of colorful corn that glows with the splendor of stained glass. Glass Gem’s jewel-tone kernels range from pale white, gold, pinks, reds, purples, greens, blues and oranges. Magnificent plants tower 6–7 feet and taller, often producing 3 or 4 ears each ranging from 3–8 inches long. Glass Gem grinds into tasty cornmeal or pops into white popcorn for snacking.
Heirloom Sweet Corn
Hooker's Sweet Indian
A remarkable multi-purpose heirloom, Hooker’s Sweet Indian yields 5–7 inch long ears of white corn that’s delicious fresh, or allow the ears to fully develop and dry to a brilliant blue-black. Gorgeous for fall decorations, the dried kernels grind in to delectable, sweet cornmeal for baking, polenta, or tortillas. Smaller statured plants reach 4–4 ½ feet tall.
Expect 7–8 ½ inch yellow ears brimming with 14–18 rows of some of the sweetest kernels available in an open pollinated corn. Ears hold on the plant 4–5 days longer than most hybrids and maintain their quality much longer than standard sweet corn after picking. Most of the 5–6 foot tall, deep green plants will bear 2 ears. A slightly longer-season selection.
This pickling cucumber earns a portion of its impressive name from its grape-like production. At gherkin size, the fruit have bumpy skin and a sweet, crisp, fresh, flavor that’s never bitter. Keep picking and the high-yielding plants will continue to set fruit for the long season.
Looking for the perfect cucumber to make the most refreshing, completely bitter-free cucumber salads? Look no further than Tanja. Big, beautiful, dark green burpless fruits grow up to 13 inches long, and produce an abundance of high quality, clean flavored cucumbers all summer long.
Developed at Cornell University, Marketmore 97 is a great slicing cucumber and is one of the most disease-resistant varieties we offer. Bitter-free and burpless to boot! With vines up to 6 feet long, this northern cultivar bears loads of 9–11 inch, straight, white spined cukes. A first-rate addition to anyone’s garden.
A well-balanced blend of sunny lemon, brilliant orange and vibrant red blooms shower mounding plants. Emerald-green, disk-shaped foliage provides a lovely canvas for the delicately scented flowers. Blossoms and leaves are edible and have a tangy, peppery flavor that adds color and pizzazz to summer salads.
Vigorous growing variety with broad, round, smooth leaves and thick broad petioles. Does well in colder conditions and is highly suited to spring sowing.
Rossa Di Verona
The ideal sized chicory, Rossa di Verona produces 2–3 inch diameter globe-shaped heads in bright crimson. Shred into fine strands to add a kick of contrasting color and sharp flavor to raw salads or cook lightly to mellow the bitter aspect and allow some sweetness to shine through. A superb selection for overwintering, sow seed directly into the garden in July allowing 3 inches between plants.
Long, dark green, broad arrow-shaped leaves form a loose, open bunch. This salad green has a delicious and distinctive peppery flavor that is not bitter. Allows for cut-and-come-again harvests. Frost-hardy and easy to grow, it can be sown from early spring through late fall. Grows 12–18 inches tall before bolting.
Mesclun Salad Blend
Yearning for color and spice? This super mesclun blend makes a great green salad with just the right amount of brawn and zip. Includes Forellenschluss lettuce, Arugula, Tah Tsai mustard, and Red Ursa kale. This package plants a 2’ x 4’ area.
The light blue, star-like flowers can be frozen in ice for summer drinks, and the flowers and cucumber-flavored leaves are tasty in salads.
The 2–3 foot tall plants stay attractive and green long into the fall and readily self-sow for the next season. A favorite of the bees!
Red Russian is considered to be highly nutritious with powerful antioxidant properties. It’s also prized for its ability to be eaten as a baby leaf or if left to fully mature, it maintains its amazing sweet flavor. Purple stems support green leaves that are flat and toothed with purple veins. Best enjoyed when leaves are fresh, bright, and firm. Delicious sautéed in a little olive oil and garlic for a quick and tasty dish.
Crisp and mildly sweet, these pale green bulbs are ready to harvest at 3 inches across, but will retain their snappy texture if allowed to develop further. Try Delicacy White in mixed vegetable juice to add powerful antioxidants, B-vitamins and an abundance of minerals.
A rich green butterhead type that forms an amazingly heavy, upright, open, 10 inch diameter head. The leaves are crisp, juicy, and sweet. Victoria also has a long harvest period and the ability to produce in hot weather without bolting or succumbing to bottom rot.
Merveille Des Quatre Saisons
A beloved and widely-grown butterhead. Beautiful bronze-red outer leaves encase a tightly packed, light green head measuring 12–16 inches across. The thin-leaved head has a rich, divine flavor. Merveille Des Quatre Saisons translates to ‘wonder of four seasons,’ and this lettuce certainly accommodates a wide range of sowing dates.
A colorful alternative to the rather ordinary green iceberg types. This attractive red, almost chocolate-colored iceberg borrows the eye-catching qualities of a red looseleaf to form a spectacular lettuce. The medium-sized heads are fairly tight and hold a long time before going to seed. Nice mild flavor.
Heirloom Loose-Leaf Lettuce
Green Deer Tongue
This 1840 heirloom is also known as Matchless. Sweet succulent, juicy, and just plain great tasting. Triangular, round tipped leaves form a 7–8 inch pinwheel-shaped plant. Heat resistant and slow to bolt.
This unique and colorful blend of lettuces will give you a great variety of flavor and textures to keep your salad bowl trendy and tasty. Includes romaine, loose-leaf, and butterhead varieties with a mix of vibrant colors.
Another favorite red from our extensive lettuce seed collection. This vivid red lettuce grows to 12 inches across and 7 inches tall. In addition to its glowing color, it has an unmatched ability to hold fully mature in the garden for an amazing length of time. Sunset patiently waits, ready to jump in the salad bowl when called upon.
Once you grow this variety, you’ll know why many people regard it as a truly magnificent lettuce. Tall, upright, and sturdy 18 inch bright green plants are huge, providing more sustenance per plant than any other variety we know of. Even at its most mature size, this lettuce is sweet and crisp when others have become bitter in summer’s heat. Sow spring to fall, and space them farther apart than you normally do.
This miniature romaine is truly a garden jewel. At 4–6 inches tall and 4 inches across, these emerald green heads have crisp, sweet leaves and a solid, well-blanched heart. Little Gem’s smaller stature lends it to dense planting or container gardening.
Strikingly beautiful, this very old and rare Austrian heirloom is one of the most prized of all varieties. Loose romaine heads have dark green leaves splashed with prominent wine-red speckles. Imagine dipping a paintbrush in red paint and giving it a hard shake onto your lettuce. You've got the picture. Your taste buds will like it too, for its rich, buttery flavor. Mild, sweet, and sumptuous, with many flavors in one leaf. Slow to bolt.
Early Silver Line
Early, unique, and among the most productive melons we've grown. Elongated, 1–2 pound Oriental-type melons have very thin, easy-to-peel skins that ripen yellow, with recessed, cream-colored ridges running lengthwise. Crisp, fragrant white flesh packs a satisfying, distinctive melon flavor without being overly sweet, for a versatile, crunchy treat that sits lightly on the palate. Vining plants reach 3–6 feet.
Delicious 51 PMR
In 1951 Dr. Munger at Cornell University released this old favorite with newly improved powdery mildew resistance, and it’s been exalted ever since. The slightly elongated cantaloupes weigh in at up to 4–5 pounds with pronounced ribs and netted rinds. Inside, the rich, apricot flesh is succulent, sweet and juicy. Thanks to its early maturity and disease resistance, it has an extremely long harvest window.
Ishikura Long White
Flawlessly slender plants reach 10–12 inches tall with deep green tops and pristine white shanks. These non-bulbing onions are very tasty yet mild, growing vigorously when planted in either spring or late summer for overwintering. An adaptable bunching onion, it performs well in most areas of the country, is very cold tolerant, and shows good resistance to thrips.
Heirloom Snow Pea
This Swiss heirloom produces sweet, crispy, succulent snow pea pods. Climbing vines stretch 5–6 feet, producing very high yields of flattened, light green pods reaching about 4 inches long. The pea pods are preceded by showers of large purple blossoms that rival the beauty of ornamental sweet pea flowers.
Petit Pois Pea
Waverex is one of the most productive, high quality petit pois we've seen. A heavy yield of 2–3 inch pods containing 6–7 peas is borne on 15–20 inch semi-bush plants. The peas are very small and have an intensely sweet flavor. Perfect for authentic French cuisine. Sow as you would any other garden pea. Staking or short trellising is helpful.
Developed in the maritime Northwest at Oregon State University, this shelling pea is resistant to pea enation mosaic. Determinate plant yields straight pods borne in pairs. Each pod is well filled with 7–8 peas that are a medium dark green and have terrific flavor. Great for freezing. About 30 inches tall.
Extra-early shelling type. Plants reach 4 feet tall and grow well in cool soil. Bountiful harvests of 2 ½–3 inch pods with 5–8 small, smooth-skinned, sweet peas each. Allowed to dry, these peas make the best split pea soup.
Mega is an enation-resistant variety that has proven to yield profusely in both cool and warm weather. The vigorous 2 ½–3 foot plants produce huge 4 inch pods that are a nice light green color. Containing 6–7 peas per pod, both peas and pods are juicy, crisp, and sweet.
This staff favorite snow pea forms large, broad pods that are sweeter than many other varieties. Slow to form seed and strings, the 4–5 inch edible pods have great flavor and remain tender even when large. With its early and extended production, and good field holding, Rembrandt offers a long harvest window. Vines stretch to 4 feet long and appreciate a trellis or other support.
Most familiar in their green stage, jalapeños are hottest and fully ripe when they turn red. The stocky 2 foot tall plants will not fall over or break branches even with a heavy load of fruit. The short, 2–3 inch peppers are thick-walled and juicy. Use fresh, pickled, or in sauces. Early Jalapeño will set fruit under cooler conditions than other jalapeño varieties.
These slim, tapering, peppers are very spicy and perfectly suited for making crushed red pepper flakes and ground pepper. At our trials this variety matured earlier than any other Cayenne type. Small-statured plants are content when grown in containers.
Sweet Bell Pepper
Do you find it difficult to get bell peppers to ripen in your microclimate, or do you want to be the first on the block with ripe peppers? Then try growing Staddon’s Select. This blocky 3–4 lobed, thick-walled pepper gets large and sweet and will turn from a glossy green to a bright red right on the plant.
Sweet Bell Pepper
Gourmet is one of the best orange peppers we’ve seen. This Swiss variety matures early enough to get good color before frost. It has heavy, thick walls, the traditional blocky shape, and the sweetest flavor you’ll find in an orange pepper. Typically produces 6–12, 4-lobed fruit per plant. Bell-shaped fruit are 3 inches wide and 5 inches long. Resistant to tobacco mosaic virus.
An elongated, wedge-shaped pepper with a mild, sweet flavor. Appearing light green, the fruit turns golden yellow and finally brilliant orange when ripe. The tall, well-branched plants are exceptionally prolific and put on a spectacular polychromatic display when loaded with the colorful, glossy fruit in various stages of maturity.
Jack O' Lantern
As its name suggests, this pumpkin is just right for Halloween fun! Vining plants bear elongated orange fruit, growing to around 12–15 pounds apiece with shallow ribbing. Perfectly proportioned for carving out a spooky visage, Jack O' Lantern's golden flesh is also suitable for pies or other recipes.
A unique eating and ornamental pumpkin, Fairytale has a deeply lobed, slightly squat shape and a magnificent mahogany-brown color. A real eye-catcher in the field and at the market. Similar shape to Cinderella but more deeply ribbed, with a thick, strong handle. Numerous 12–18 inch fruit are borne on vigorous 10 foot vines. The flesh is deep orange and suitable for cooking and baking in pies.
This heirloom, also known as Rouge vif D'etampes, was very popular in Paris during the 19th century and introduced to American gardens in 1883. Bold, glowing, mahogany-orange skinned pumpkins reach 15 inches across with pronounced lobes and a flattened top, and really resemble Cinderella's stagecoach. Sets up to six 15–30 pound fruit on 10 foot vines. Great baked, for pies, or as a soup base.
Sora is a round red salad radish of the highest quality. Big, smooth, bright red roots can grow to rather large sizes without getting spongy, providing extra food value and a forgiving harvest window. Displays good tolerance to hot weather and grows well whether planted in spring, summer, or fall.
This great variety is a real overachiever, growing twice the amount of radish root in the same space as round radishes. At 6–8 inches long, you can cut them up into plenty of paper-white radish slices for salads. Crisp and tender as baby radishes, they are excellent into their adult size as well.
Verdil is a large-leaf spinach that has a most pleasing aromatic flavor. Standing up to winter weather, it's a real standout in fall sowings. This medium-green, rapid growing variety is ideal for steaming or hearty winter salads. You'll also find this versatile performer suitable for spring cultivation.
Green Zucchini Summer Squash
A perfect little single-serving squash, Zapalitto produces round, green fruit that are prime at about tennis ball size. Delicious when split and grilled or scooped, stuffed and baked. Each delightful squash weighs about 10 ounces. Allow about 5 feet between the large-framed plants.
Green Zucchini Summer Squash
This zucchini is a good choice for garden plots that have trouble with mildews, as Mutabile has good resistance. The dark green fruit are easily harvested from the compact, tidy, open-habit bush plants. Its deep green foliage has a mottled texture and remains rich and healthy over the entire growing season.
A larger tomatillo, averaging 2 inches across, Mexican Strain has a more savory flavor than others we’ve tried. Because of its unique flavor, it is a preferred variety for many Mexican dishes, including salsa verde and chili verde. Try it in spaghetti sauce! Heavy yielding. Fully ripe fruit will fall from the plant.
Bright red, ¾ inch round cherry tomatoes have dense, rich flesh with delicious, well-rounded flavor. Prolific plants yield loads of crack resistant fruit on heavily laden trusses. Serve with Black Cherry for a head-turning presentation and a mouth-watering combination of flavors. Indeterminate.
These are a favorite snack at our trial grounds. The incredibly sweet, fruity flavor is as appealing as the fruit is genuinely beautiful. Dark, chocolatey colored fruit are a perfectly round ¾ inches in diameter. Irresistible right off the vine by the handfuls! Indeterminate.
Early Slicing Tomato
Legend not only demonstrates strong tolerance of late blight, but is also one of the earliest maturing slicing tomatoes we know. Legend produces amazingly sweet tomatoes with just the right amount of acid flavor. The big, 4–5 inch, parthenocarpic fruit are glossy red with a uniform round shape. Bred and released by Dr. Jim Baggett at Oregon State University. Determinate.
This cold-tolerant tomato ripens sweet, red, slightly oval, 2 inch fruit that make an excellent choice for first-of-the-summer salads, lunch boxes, and juicing. Stupice consistently gets high marks for taste throughout the summer. Pumps out fruit over the entire season. Bred in the former Czechoslovakia. Indeterminate.
Heirloom Cherry Tomato
This Russian variety is early and productive. The 1 inch, bright red fruit are borne on beautiful trusses of 6–8 fruit each that all ripen at the same time! Great flavor, great yields, and a wonderful presentation at the table or the market. Determinate.
Heirloom Sauce/Paste Tomato
One of the richest tasting roma-type tomatoes we've found. This legendary Italian heirloom is high in sugars, pectin, and flavor; ideal for sauces, canning, and pastes. Ample yields of large, slender, red fruit grow 5 inches in length, and are borne in clusters. Indeterminate.
Heirloom Slicing Tomato
This cherished heirloom has the flavor to which all other tomatoes are compared. An indeterminate, potato-leaf variety with a sweet, rich, slightly spicy flavor. The somewhat squat, lobed fruit are large, up to 7 inches across. Not a heavy-yielding tomato, Brandywine is best staked or caged. A long-season tomato, but this is one of the earliest strains we’ve trialed at London Springs.
Heirloom Slicing Tomato
While there are dozens of strains of black tomatoes, we have selected ours for earliness, uniformity, and high yields. Originating in Russia, this heirloom is one of the sweetest you can grow. Some people need to be blindfolded when tasting this one to get them to agree. An indeterminate, vigorous grower.
Main Season Slicing Tomato
We’re pleased to continue to offer this piece of Northwest history. Gill’s All-Purpose was bred in 1947 by the Gill Brothers Seed Company in Portland, Oregon. This tomato really does fit its name, as it is great for canning, juicing, slicing and fresh eating. Outstanding yields of 3–3 ½ inch deep red fruit with rich tomato flavor. Determinate plants are quite disease resistant.
The premier high-anthocyanin tomato, these 2 inch fruit are loaded with health-giving antioxidants and a complex tomato flavor profile. Indeterminate plants are highly productive, yielding heavy clusters of fruit that ripens to a deep, purple/black where they’re exposed to the sun and burgundy/red on the shaded areas.
Developed in Northern Idaho, where summer nights dip into the 40s, we can attest to how well Blacktail Mountain performs at our cool trial ground. A consistently high producer of 9 inch round, dark green fruit with candy-sweet, red flesh. Also performs well in hot climates, making this a wonderful taste of summer for any gardener.
Buttercup Winter Squash
Ever-popular Buttercup squash is characterized by its small 6 ½ inch diameter fruit. The skin is dark green with silvery white stripes, and the flesh is orange and dry. Produces 4–6 squash per plant on sprawling 8-10 foot vines. Our Burgess strain has an outstanding flavor, small cavity, and thick meat. A great baker that stores well, too.
Heirloom Hubbard Winter Squash
An Oregon heirloom, Sweet Meat’s deep orange flesh is sweet and delectably rich. It makes succulent pies, soups, or is delicious simply chunked and roasted. The rounded squash reach 10–15 pounds each and are protected by verdigris colored rind for exceptional shelf life. High yielding, vigorous plants stretch their vines up to 10 feet long.
Hokkaido Winter Squash
This yellow/orange-fleshed squash has forest green rind with light green sutures and a flavor similar to orange-skinned types. The flattened fruit measure about 6 inches across and weigh in at 2–3 pounds each. A good keeper, you’ll be enjoying warming squash soup well into the depths of winter.