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New Products for 2015  


NEW FOR 2015: FARM-ORIGINALS, HEIRLOOMS, AND COMMERCIAL STANDARDS

These are our New Additions for 2015, 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.

On April 17th 2014, Wild Garden Seed joined with High Mowing Seed and public breeders at three Land Grant Universities (Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin) to release seeds of our own breeding under the auspices of the Open Source Seed Initiative, OSSI. The purpose of OSSI is to create an ethically bounded genetic commons. The OSSI Free Seed Pledge does by public intention what only endless contracts can do in law. See this OSSI essay more details.
New original  varieties will be part of the official 2015 OSSI varietal release this spring.

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.

Golden Kin Tsai Celery

Golden Kin Tsai Celery

An entirely golden cutting celery in the true Asian tradition–fast growing (for celery), tender slim hollow stems with refined aroma, beautiful leaves for salad or soup garnish. Direct seed or transplant at 8-12" apart. Early sowing will bolt (the bolting stems are delicious), so do succession plantings until the first of summer. Thereafter plants will produce a cut-and-come harvest into winter.
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Castelfranco Franchi Chicory

Castelfranco Franchi Chicory

This is a select strain from the Italian seedhouse Franchi. In last year’s OSA chicory trial hosted by GTF, we thought this was the most uniform and reliably heading Castelfranco type. Plant seeds June through September, for harvests from the first of autumn through December. Transforms fall salad.
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Riccia Ruffec Endive

Riccia Ruffec Endive

An open headed curly endive from Italy with deeply ruffled leaf margins, suitable for leaf cutting from dense sowing or head production from 9-12" row spacing. Spring sowings will bolt briefly after heading, summer plantings will form beautiful heads of blanched hearts that keep enlarging. With careful cutting, these can be continuously harvested into winter for tender salads.
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Chadwick's Rodan Lettuce

Chadwick's Rodan Lettuce

A unique lettuce with a rich glossy mahogany-green color and arrowhead shaped leaves arranged in a perfect rosette, eventually forming a tidy blanched heart. Compact plants are ideal for equidistant close spacing on raised beds (6-8") for the sort of intensive production practiced by Alan Chadwick and conveyed by John Jeavons in his excellent book.
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Gentilina Lettuce

Gentilina Lettuce

From the north of Italy, a spring-green leaf lettuce with deeply ruffled leaves forming a full sized head. The flavor is mild, with a very tender texture.
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Pasha Lettuce

Pasha Lettuce

Beautiful dark red leaf lettuce with crisp undulant and ruffled leaves with good flavor, slow to bolt, and good for sowing February (indoors) through August. This variety stood out for its eye appeal. A stunning variety that comes to us from Sativa Seed.
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Strubelpeter Lettuce

Strubelpeter Lettuce

A very impressive bright green leaf lettuce, fast growing tender green ruffled leaves that grow into large solid heads. Very high yielding, disease resistant, and slow bolting. Can be sown February through August for April-October harvest. From Sativa.
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Red Butter Romaine Lettuce

Red Butter Romaine Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! From a cross between Outredgeous and Sucrine, a plant with intensely red upright outer leaves surrounding a buttery yellow green interior, with a rosy heart. The full-sized heads are like a nested treasure to unwrap. Sweet buttery soft interiors, with crisper outer leaves. Good resistance to downy mildew, sclerotinia, and tip burn. Farm Original Variety!
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Romaine des Melons Lettuce

Romaine des Melons Lettuce

This is a really good flavored romaine, medium green leaves with red flecks, that is sown from Feb (indoors) through June, for field harvest from June through October, hottest days of the year. A good variety from Sativa Seed in Switzerland.
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Soulie Lettuce

Soulie Lettuce

Dark green with a slight reddish cast, romaine type leaves arranged in an open rosette, with buttery crisp texture. Forms an upright head at maturity. Brought to the US from the English Heritage Seed Library by The Seed Ambassadors at Adaptive Seeds who shared it with us.
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Green Romaine Density Mix Lettuce

Green Romaine Density Mix Lettuce

This is a great salad mix base of romaine leaves in a variety of lengths and widths, economically priced, with the small leaf productivity of Winter Density and true cos taste of Dark Green Romaine. Also makes a delicious mix of romaine head shapes and sizes to shake up CSA boxes and market displays.
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Chez Le Bart Lettuce

Chez Le Bart Lettuce

A blonde-green butter lettuce with fine red blushing along the leaf margins. Sow indoors in Jan and Feb for harvest May through June. May be sown outdoors in September for ongoing harvest into winter in the field. From Sativa, biodynamic seed growers.
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Hercules Lettuce

Hercules Lettuce

A big green butter lettuce that is bred for planting in September, overwintering in the field, and full head harvest in April and May. Winter grown lettuces of this sort are a more standard practice in Europe than in the US. We don’t know the freezeout limit for this variety yet. We were successful with Febuary sowing in flats for June harvest. Sativa variety.
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Waldor Lettuce

Waldor Lettuce

A brilliant green heading winter lettuce, September sown for continuous picking or full head harvest April through May. Winter lettuces of this type are far more comon in Europe than the US. Bred by Sativa Biodynamic Seed, Rheinau, Switzerland.
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Gildenstern Lettuce

Gildenstern Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! A golden green sidekick to Rosencrantz, forming icy crisp heads that are suitable for individual salads. A good year-round mini-heading lettuce, even suitable for autumn harvest from early August sowings. Resistant to tip burn, downy mildew, and sclerotinia, slow bolting. The latest release of the “Merlox” derivations, combining Merlot, Reine des Glaces, and Hyper Red Rumple Wave. Farm Original Variety!
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Lattughino Lettuce

Lattughino Lettuce

A gourgeous red tinged batavian crispleaf with deeply ruffled leaves forming a loose head. This is a lettuce for year-round planting and harvest. August and September sowings bear full heads February through April. A versatile season extending variety sent to us by Sativa Seed, Rheineu, Switzerland.
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Tremont Lettuce

Tremont Lettuce

An overwintering green head lettuce with red splashes intended for September planting in the field, with full head harvest in April and May.
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Astro Mix Salad Mixes

Astro Mix Salad Mixes

Farm Original Variety! After our ‘Outredgeous’ became the first lettuce grown in space this year, I discussed with a NASA scientist the criteria for space salads, and why they chose ‘Outredgeous’ as the first orbital salad item. Gioia Massa told me that Outredgeous had 4 things going for it; rapid growth, high antioxident levels, pleasant taste, and the lowest microbial populations on its leaves. She suggested I might want to devise a more diverse mix of greens for future ISS salad missions, an “Astro Mix” she suggested, high nutrient density, fast growing. I know a good idea when I hear one. This is ‘Astro Mix’, version 1.0–Outredgeous and Jester lettuce, Red Ursa kale, Triple Purple and Green Velvet orach, Persian cress, and Vivid Choi. Farm Original Variety!
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Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '15 Lettuce

Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix '15 Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but this mix contains new stuff that may soon be named and released. We can’t 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 a dynamic mix of early generation crosses between Crisp Mint romaine, green oakleafs, red to the heart butter tongues, and rounded toothy crispheads.

Note: This is a new mix for 2015. You can still purchase the classic Morton's Secret Lettuce Mix from previous years (original mix, 2014 Mix) Farm Original Variety!
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Renee's Heirloom Cutting Mix Lettuce

Renee's Heirloom Cutting Mix Lettuce

We have worked with seed business pioneer Renee Shepherd for more than 15 years, supplying seed and custom seed mixes for her seed racks. One of our earliest collaborations was this simple lettuce cutting mix that Renee devised from original variety samples we provided her. She has graciously offered that we are free to sell her blends through our catalog, and this is the first time we’ve done so. This is a mix of Sucrine, Flashy Troutback, Red Ruffled Oak, Devils Tongue, and Blushed Butter Cos.
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Merry Men Mix Lettuce

Merry Men Mix Lettuce

Farm Original Variety! This is a colorful crispleaf mix that includes some of my favorite tasting lettuces. A lincoln green background is provided by Robinhood Mix, showing off the ruffled shine of Jester, the eccentric show of Joker, and the many sides of Falstaff. Combining all three of these featured mixes would be a hoot. Farm Original Variety!
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Rosy Rapa Greens Mustard: Japonica

Rosy Rapa Greens Mustard: Japonica

Farm Original Variety! An introduction of a new mustard mix with truly rose-pink stems and bright green leaves. Leaf shapes are similar to our ‘Mizspoona Mix,’ but with a whole different color profile. This is the first really roseate-stemmed mustard on the market. Limited supply. Farm Original Variety!
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Bella Italia Peppers

Bella Italia Peppers

Farm Original Variety! These are deep dark red Italian-type peppers, with a ruffled surface and thinner walls than the other Italian kinds we sell. When sliced thinly these make a striking vermillion “vegetable fettuchini” that can be quickly sauteed or stir fried for topping dishes, or used fresh for salads. Fruits 6-8" ripen earlier than our other Italians. Farm Original Variety!
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Italian Red Heart Peppers

Italian Red Heart Peppers

Farm Original Variety! Dark red, thick walled, very sweet and meaty texture, the size of an Italian romantic’s heart. The smooth fruits are easily roasted and skinned. A beautiful pepper to hold or behold. Farm Original Variety!
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Best Find Phacelia

Best Find Phacelia

We looked at 5 different strains and varieties of Phacelia at Avoca Farm this year, comparing growth habits, flowering fecundity, seed head size and conformation, and smothering biomass. The best kind turned out to be the one we had purchased from a grower locally years ago, unnamed. We named it.
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Jimi's Flag Mix Poppy

Jimi's Flag Mix Poppy

Farm Original Variety! A color spectrum right off a Hendrix album cover; saturated crimson petals w/ deep purple splashes, solid indigo petals, rosy pinks dappled with white, and a few solid white flowers. Seed color varies from pod to pod, coal black to vanilla, with nut browns and blues in between. Bees go bonkers for poppy pollen, you’ll love the rich tasting seeds. From the cross Danish Flag x Purple Frilled. Farm Original Variety!
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Styrian Pumpkin: Hulless Seeded

Styrian Pumpkin: Hulless Seeded

This Styrian strain comes to us from our friends at Uprising Seed. Green striped fruits are borne on long vines, 2-3 fruits per plant if spaced 24-36" apart in rows 6’ apart. We spaced them 1 ft apart and got 1 nice fruit per plant. Fruit size ranges from 6-16" across. The seeds are generally larger, broader than the Kakai variety. Deliciious seeds are scooped, washed/dried, and roasted for eating. The pumpkin flesh is better fit for animals than pie. Discounts available for 5 lbs or more. Contact us for details.
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