Heirloom and Open Pollinated Vegetable and Herb Plants
The Coeur d’Alene Coop specializes in the sale of quality heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable and herb plants. All our plant starts are grown by us from open-pollinated seed stock, and several varieties are grown from certified organic seed. We only choose varieties that grow and produce well for the north Idaho climate.
Our vegetable and herb selection varies from year to year, but we always stock several heirloom cucumbers, peppers (sweet and hot), sugar snap peas, and a variety of squash. In addition we offer several types of basil, chives, parsley, and cilantro.
In addition to heirloom vegetable and herb plants, we offer a selection heirloom tomato plants. For those with a small garden or prefer container gardening, look for “Patio Perfect” next to the heirloom variety — these are perfectly suited to your small-space needs!
Direct from Our Garden: Plants may be purchased in early May directly from our garden in midtown Coeur d’Alene. Please contact us to confirm plant availability and garden times.
Farmers’ Markets: You can find our heirloom plants at both the Wednesday and Saturday Kootenai County Farmers’ Markets, early May through the middle of June (or until stock sell out).
Online Plant Reservations: We often sell out of popular varieties early in the season. To ensure you get the varieties and quantities you want we offer an online deposit form. We will hold your order for you with a $10 deposit, which is applied to your total purchase upon pickup. Simply let us know what and how many you’d like of each plant and submit the $10 fee via PayPal. We will contact you in early May when your plants are ready for pickup.
Heirloom Vegetable Plants for Sale
55-70 days. This “cucumber” grows 18 inches or more! Best grown on a trellis to keep the fruits straight — those grown on the ground will often curl. Large vines are very prolific. Sweet, never bitter, flavor, because, well, technically, botanically, and genetically, it’s a muskmelon (Cucumis melo).
65 days. Beautiful cream-colored fruit are about the size and shape of a large egg! Mild, bitter-free and sweet-tasting. This heirloom originated in Croatia.
60 days. A cucumber the shape, size, and color of a lemon, but the flavor is sweet and mild — you can eat the skin and all! This heirloom was introduced in 1894, and is still a favorite today!
50 days. An early, miniature cucumber. White-skinned fruit grow on almost bush plants that seldom run over 3 feet — making it great for a container. Production is high and the fruits are delicious – none of the bitterness usually associated with white cucumbers.
55 days. this burpless slicer has been popular for over 80 years! Fruits are medium-dark green, 7 to 12 inches in length, plump, and smooth. Tolerates cool soil and excessive moisture better than many, as well as downy mildew and mosaic virus.
70 days. Beautiful blushed green and pink pods cover large vines. Flowers are a stunning bi-color of purple and white. These have a hypertendril habit — meaning lots of tender pea tendrils for salads!
52 days. Very early dwarf snap pea with an excellent, sweet flavor. Pods are about 2 1/2 inches long, smaller vines are suited for container gardening with a small support.
Peppers – Sweet
70-80 days. Beautiful, 3-4 inch peppers are a lovely cream color. They have a nice mild, sweet flavor and ripen to a beautiful reddish-orange. Good producers on very compact, dwarf plants.
70-80 days. Classic, sweet wax pepper that has been grown by generations of gardeners. Sleek, tapered fruits reaching 6-7″ long, 2″ wide, are a translucent ivory color when immature, ripening quickly to stunning red-orange.
70 days. Superior sweet pepper, medium-sized, thick-walled green fruits ripening to bright yellow color. Sets early and produces all summer. Superb in salads, and a premier type for grilling. Exceptional flavor, very productive two-foot plants.
70 – 80 days. Mild, 6 inch peppers are a favorite from the Basque region in Spain. The are picked green, fried whole in oil, and sprinkled with salt.
73 days. Excellent yields of brilliant orange-yellow bell peppers. Blocky, four-inch fruits are thick-walled, ripening from medium green to orange-yellow at maturity. Sweet and flavorful gourmet pepper for salads, stuffing and more!
70 days. An exciting bell pepper perfect for short-season growers (north Idaho!). This variety produces nice, blocky fruit that are nicely flavored when picked green or red. Productive plants.
70 days. This sweet pepper is thick-walled, crisp, and juicy. Round and ribbed, this pepper ripens from green to red. An Ohio heirloom, well suited for our northern climate.
75 days. The flesh of this pepper is cola-red color, very sweet and delicious. The medium-sized semi-bell-shaped fruit ripen very early, making this variety perfect for the north Idaho climate. Great in salads.
Peppers – Hot
80 days. A hot pepper from the Basque region in Spain. Medium sized, horn-shaped fruit are perfect for drying when ripe, but can also be eaten fresh while still green. Peppers are beautiful when dried and strung.
75-80 days. This medium-hot pepper is an old East Coast favorite for flavoring Chesapeake Bay seafood. The 3 inch fruits range in color from green and white, to orange, brown, and red. But what really stands out is the wonderful foliage – variegated green and white leaves — making it a stunning edible landscape plant as well.
75-80 days. A Mexican cuisine favorite. Medium-sized chili peppers have a mild to moderate amount of heat, but grow spicier as they ripen from green to red. One of the most common chili peppers, jalapeños are green when picked and are usually used while green. Perfect for salsa, guacamole, or stuffing!
Squash — Summer and Winter
50 days. A classic deep-green zucchini that yields abundantly and tastes delicious. Bush plants are great for smaller gardens.
50 days. Slender fruits are bright golden-yellow. They are as delicious as they are attractive; bush plants.
50 days. This Italian heirloom is really a round, green zucchini! Mild tasting and tender, these are perfect orbs for stuffing. Vigorous, quick-growing vines.
85 days. This very popular squash has a stringy flesh that is used like spaghetti. Introduced by the Sakata Seed Co. of Japan in 1934. It’s origins may have been in China.
45 days. AAS Winner from 1938; uniform lemon-yellow, club-shaped fruit; firm flesh is of excellent quality, tasty.
85 days. Introduced in 1893. Fruits average 6 pounds, making them the perfect size for two pies. Orange rind is covered in a delicate netting. Flesh is smooth, sweet and fiber-free. Not a good keeper, so enjoy by Thanksgiving or early winter. Limited Quantity.