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New Products for 2014  


NEW FOR 2014: FARM-ORIGINALS, HEIRLOOMS, AND COMMERCIAL STANDARDS

These are our New Additions for 2014, and as always they include our latest on-farm breeding refinements, and some good proven varieties that organic growers have found reliable and adaptive.

We have chosen not to seek PVP or other intellectual property protection for our original varieties. We have studied, argued, consulted, and meditated on the relative virtues and hazards of IP protection in the food sector of life. We've tried recently to contrive some variation on the use of Creative Commons 'Copyleft' or Open Source Software models to provide open forum use of crop genetics, without fear that corporate entities will Patent what others have freely offered. This turns out to be extremely complicated, completely untested in the courts, and fraught with real world differences between creative intellect, software code, and new seeds for food crops. To begin with, seeds are alive, and the rest is not.

Regardless, these new crop cultivars, their genetics, and the traits they express are freely offered to the Public Domain, and they are not intended for any kind of privatization or ownership by others, though others may use them in their breeding, farming, or garden-related enterprises. Wild Garden Seed appreciates recognition for its breeding work by those who use it.

Lemon Pastel Calendula

Lemon Pastel Calendula

Farm Original Variety! Bright light yellow doubled calendulas with a variety of petal lengths, some short and tightly curled inward, others long and straight. Some yellow flower petals still have a few orange veins, giving the citrus yellow a subtle warm glow. Farm Original Variety!
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Orange Sherbet Calendula

Orange Sherbet Calendula

Farm Original Variety! Brilliant high toned orange doubled calendulas. These come in a variety of petal lengths and widths, creating textural diversity within a color theme inspired by creamed frozen fruit dessert. This color lights up your face. Farm Original Variety!
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Mint Vanilla Quinoa

Mint Vanilla Quinoa

Farm Original Variety! New selection out of 'Brightest Brilliant', bright white-headed quinoa with very white seeds in a green-tinged panicle. Limited quantity. Farm Original Variety!
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Late Lusia/Lusia di Tardiva Chicory

Late Lusia/Lusia di Tardiva Chicory

A beautiful round variegated chicory for winter harvest, similar to 'Castelfranco' in color pattern, but more enclosed, compact, and blanched. Makes a very pretty mid-winter salad with chervil, chickweed, and 'Red Ursa' kale. Plant between July 15 and September 15, 12" to 9" apart in the row (early plantings need more space). Harvest after frost, mid-October through winter. Hardy to around 15 F, depending on conditions.
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Hirayama Kai Choi Mustard: Indian

Hirayama Kai Choi Mustard: Indian

A hearting Hawaiian juncea mustard from Extension Agent Glenn Teves on Molokai. Beautiful shiny green oval leaves on meaty petioles form a small blanched heart from August-September sowings (in the Northwest, that is, not Hawaii). Earlier plantings will bolt before full development. Has a pleasant, sweet pungency, the hearts are traditionally pickled or used for kim chi.
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Frilled Dragon Magma Mix Mustard: Indian

Frilled Dragon Magma Mix Mustard: Indian

Farm Original Variety! A combination of three favorite pungent mustards, including crosses between them. 'Gold Frills', 'Dragon's Tongue', and 'Magma' make a textured and colorful spicy blend for stir fry or salad mix. The contrasts in leaf color, shape, surface texture, midribs, and sweetness or pungency create an exotic range of mustard diversity. Farm Original Variety!
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Splendid Parsley

Splendid Parsley

An aromatic wide-leaf Italian parsley, medium green, with the best bolt resistance we've seen in years. Good recovery from harvest, and good winter survival for an Italian type. Strong stems for bunching, and high yielding.
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Stocky Golden Roaster Peppers

Stocky Golden Roaster Peppers

Farm Original Variety! A golden variation on the 'Stocky Red' theme. Broad, smooth, thick-walled, and sweet. These make 6" fruits in early sets, and can yield large numbers of smaller fruits in late sets. Perfect for roasting over coals. The skins roast evenly thanks to the smooth, uncrumpled surface of the fruit, which allows the cuticle to slip off cleanly. Farm Original Variety!
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Better Devil Lettuce

Better Devil Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! A medium red, moderate sized butter-cos derived from 'Devils Tongue.' More compact and uniform than 'Devils Tongue,' especially good for early spring planting. Black seeded. Farm Original Variety!
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Balady Aswan Lettuce

Balady Aswan Lettuce

This is an Egyptian celtuce that Eric found in the US seed bank (GRIN) system while searching for sources of virus resistance for breeding. The emerald green leaves have a completely different taste than our familiar kinds of lettuce, a rich non-bitter creamy flavor, like a lettuce smoothie. Celtuce, or stem lettuce, is one of the most ancient forms of the vegetable, derived originally from oilseed lettuce, and is frequently depicted in ancient hieroglyphs as a symbol of male virility. Celtuce is typically harvested when the plant has bolted enough to have a 12-14" stem, but leaves can be harvested anytime. Supply Limited
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Cougar Batavian Lettuce

Cougar Batavian Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! A smooth, svelt, bronzed batavian lettuce with a crisp juicy texture, sweet in the heat of summer for cutting mix or fresh market heads with creamy hearts. We found this as an errant seedling in a flat of unrelated lettuce. It appears to be one of our batavian types crossed to 'Brown Goldring'--and it tastes that way too. Uniform heads with bronze slightly ruffled leaf margins. Farm Original Variety!
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Robinhood Mix Lettuce

Robinhood Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! This is a Lincoln green band of three head types--a tight round crisphead ('Little John'), an upright romaine type ('Robinhood'), and an open looseleaf ('Lincoln Greenleaf'). Glossy, thick leaves are crisp and juicy as cut leaves or whole heads. These are all late-bolting (as compared to 'Concept') with superior downy mildew, botrytis, and sclerotinia resistance. Limited Supply. Farm Original Variety!
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Emerald Fan Lettuce

Emerald Fan Lettuce

A big glossy golden-green leaf lettuce with good heat tolerance and a striking appearance. Forms a nice heart inside a swirl of fan-shaped leaves. Selected out of Morton's Secret Mix '06 in the summer heat of southwestern Oregon by Jonathan Spero at Lupine Knoll Farm. This is a sister line to our 'Chartreuse Butter Tongue.'
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Yukina Savoy Mustard: Japonica

Yukina Savoy Mustard: Japonica

Deep green rounded leaves with a deeply savoyed texture, like a "spinach-savoyed tatsoi." Leaves have an upward growth habit, unlike tatsoi, and can be used for young-cut salad or full sized bunching. Heavy light green stem adds heaft to salad mix, or the full sized stem is excellent stir fry/braising item.
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Late Red Treviso/Treviso Rosso di Tardivo Chicory

Late Red Treviso/Treviso Rosso di Tardivo Chicory

Traditional elongated red chicory of Treviso in the north of Italy, grown especially to be the salad of winter, and harvested after cold weather. Traditional methods involve digging out and trimming the roots and tops, extensive washing and forcing in 56 F spring water, careful trimming and grading of the final product. A more rustic approach is to harvest the heart leaves as needed from the field, or force roots in a cellar with spring temperature water. Late varieties in our area may be planted between July 4 and mid-September. Early plantings make large plants that need 12-16" in-row spacing. Late sowings should be more crowded, 8-12" apart to promote blanching. Harvest mid-October through winter, depending on the planting date.
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix Lettuce

Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! Shhhhhh! Donít tell anyone, but this mix contains new stuff that may soon be named and released. We canít tell you what it is exactly, but there are new lines (with variations) in here. Reds, greens, brights, darks, splashes, blushes, crisps, butters, leafs, heads, and tongues. Soon to be famous? You might be the first to find out. This year's mix is an extremely diverse collection of leaf shapes and textures--highly frilled Lollo types in all colors, intensely purple-red or camo-speckled deer tongue shapes, hyper-red oakleafs and romaines, Manoan Leopards, and the many Falstaff variations. Incredible mix for salad, or huge diversity of head shapes.

Note: Be sure to check out this year's new 2014 Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix for even more variety.

Farm Original Variety!
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Pilgram's Cabbage Collards

Pilgram's Cabbage Collards

This is a Mediterranean strain of collard with tender medium green leaves. Common in Portugal, and used to make the national soup, Cauldo Verde, eaten by many every day. Cold hardy to at least 15 degrees F, and well-established plants will perennialize in moderate winter areas. Seedpods are distinctly large and thick, quite unlike our American collards. This was sent to us by friends at Full Circle Farm in British Columbia. The seeds were apparently collected by a friend on a pilgrimage through Portugal.
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Blue Solaise Leeks

Blue Solaise Leeks

Wide, deep blue-blue-green leaves with 4-6" stems 2-3" or more in diameter. Cold weather is when these leeks excel, and it brings out an intense violet hue in many of the plants. This is a 19th century heirloom cultivar from France, handed on to us by Village Farm in Ashland, Oregon, three years ago. Such is the pace of biennial seeds. Makes a great soup with parsley and potatoes. Sow seed in flats or nursery beds in February to get the largest leeks. Nursery beds are thickly sown like green onions, then transplanted in early summer at about 6" apart in rows 16" or more apart. Hilling up the plants makes a longer leek with more blanched stem, and controls weeds at the same time.
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Winter Bloomsdale Spinach

Winter Bloomsdale Spinach

The cold weather version of the Bloomsdale clan, selected for autumn sowing of winter spinach supplies. Deep, deep green and strongly savoyed leaves with an upright habit were the heirloom design for survival outdoors without protection in the old market gardens where this spinach was the king of winter. Nearly lost from commercial production these days, this spinach always brings a comment about flavor when folks eat it for the first time.
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Lollo Bozo Lettuce

Lollo Bozo Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! This is a Lollo-type with red speckling on the green and blushed leaves, creating a clownish pantaloons effect. A nice variation on the red lollo theme for adding loft to salad mix. Leaves are uniformly salad sized for efficient cutting. Farm Original Variety!
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