The 2017 Coeur d’Alene Coop Heirloom Plant List
We are pleased to announce the 2017 lineup of heirloom tomato and vegetable starts offered for sale by The Coeur d’Alene Coop. After sorting through numerous seed catalogs, we’ve found the best heirloom tomato and vegetable starts for 2017. See the list here.
All our plants are heirloom varieties, which grow from open pollinated seed. We only select varieties that grow and produce well in our region. We know what works (and what doesn’t), because we’ve tested it in our own garden. Don’t settle for “big-box-store” plants shipped in from who-knows-where — choose local!
In addition to our long-standing, tried-and-true favorites, like ‘Black from Tula’, ‘Coeur di Bue’, and ‘Black Cherry’, we’ve added a few new heirloom tomatoes–and brought back a couple of customer favorites..
New and returning to the large heirloom (beefsteak/slicer) category, we’re pleased to offer ‘Dester’ (75 days), ‘Black Krim’ (75 days), and ‘Dr. Wyche’s Yellow’ (80 days). We’ve also brought back the early and prolific, ‘Large Barred Boar’ (65 days). All big, beautiful, and juicy!
Cherry tomatoes continue to be our best sellers, which is why we offer 11 different varieties. Our all time best sellers — ‘Black Cherry’, and its pale but sweet cousin ‘White Cherry’, are joined this year by a few more unusual, but tasty types: ‘Green Vernissage’, a green and white striped cherry with light green flesh, and its sister, ‘Black Vernissage’, a deep red and green striped gem with great production.
We’ve also brought back ‘Riesentraube’, an old German heirloom, whose name means “bunch of grapes.” As you might have guessed, this cherry produces loads of tomatoes in clusters like grapes.
New Heirloom Vegetables
In addition to the heirloom tomato plants we also have a selection of heirloom vegetable starts — cucumbers, peppers, squashes, and now eggplant and tomatillos. Again, all are from open-pollinated, non-GMO seed.
We had request last year for spaghetti squash, so we’re offering it, along with a nice selection of summer squashes–yellow straightneck, bush zucchini, and another customer favorite–‘Ronde di Nice’, round zucchini. We’ll also offer a limited amount of ‘Winter Luxury’ — a small sweet pumpkin for pies or cooking.
How to Purchase Plants
We are once again offering pre-ordering of heirloom tomatoes and vegetable starts through PayPal. A $10 fee will reserve 4 or more plants, which you can pick up and pay for in May.
We also sell from our urban garden in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and at the Wednesday and Saturday Farmers’ Market, May through mid-June.
Spring is just around the corner– time to start planning your garden!