Announcing the 2015 Heirloom Tomato and Veggie Lineup!
It truly feels like spring in Coeur d’Alene, especially with the daytime temperatures reaching into the low 60s. The “official” first day of spring is still two weeks away…but now is a great time to start planning your 2015 garden!
We’ve been busy here at the 2nd Street Chicken Ranch ordering seeds and gathering our seed-starting supplies. The heirloom peppers are already started (they take a little longer to germinate) — the heirloom tomatoes will be seeded in the coming week. This is always an exciting time of year — anticipating the first seeds sprouting and bringing the promise of a bountiful garden all summer long.
New Varieties for 2015
We are always on the lookout for new heirloom that will grow well in our region. This year we are adding a couple of new heirloom beefsteak tomatoes to our lineup — Pork Chop, a true yellow tomato, and Orange Strawberry, a large, orange oxheart variety. Both are fairly early and should produce well in our climate. Of course we are still offering the “tried-and-true” favorites, like Black Prince, Golden Jubilee, and Cherokee Purple. We also have your favorite cherry tomatoes, plus salsa and paste-type heirlooms. See the 2015 heirloom tomato lineup here.
In addition to the more than 20 varieties of heirloom tomato plants, the Coeur d’Alene Coop also offers heirloom vegetable starts; and for those who have limited garden space or like to grow in containers, we have several space-saving heirloom vegetable plants to suit your small-space needs. Imagine growing cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini squash and peas on petite plants on your patio!
All of our heirloom plants are grown from open pollinated, non-genetically modified seed, in our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho garden. You won’t find the common “big-box store” hybrids here. What you will find are heirloom tomatoes in a rainbow of colors — red, white, and yes, even “blue,” along with orange, yellow, green and purple; and heirloom vegetable starts, including unique cucumbers, pepper (hot and sweet), and summer squashes.
Ordering and Purchasing is Easy!
All our plants are available from our Coeur d’Alene garden and from our urban farm stand at the Wednesday Kootenai County Farmer’s Market in Downtown Coeur d’Alene.
To ensure you get the heirloom plants you want, you can “reserve” your plants in advance from our website! Just click on the Plant Reservation Form on the Home page. Plants can be pre-ordered for local pick up with a $5 pre-order fee via PayPal. The fee will be deducted from your total purchase when you pick up your plants from our garden.
Time to start planning! What will your new favorite be this year?
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