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, sugar snap peas, and a variety of squash. In addition we offer several types of basil, chives, parsley, and cilantro.
We also offer a large selection heirloom tomato plants and heirloom pepper 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: FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL ONLY. 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. This option is only available February through April.
Heirloom Vegetable Plants for Sale
Cucumbers: $3.50 each
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).
55 days. This heirloom date back to 1880. Boston Pickling has vigorous vines that produce a continuous yield of short, smooth, thin-skinned green fruit. As its name implies, it is excellent for pickles; very crisp and good quality.
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.
50 – 75 days. Named for its perfectly straight, 8-inch long fruit, this slicing cucumber has long been prized for its high quality, flavor, and even, deep green color. Vigorous, productive vines that benefit from trellising.
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.
Peas: $3.50 each
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.
Squash — Summer and Winter: $3.50 each
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. This variety is a true Japanese strain introduced by Sakata Seed Company of Yokohama, Japan.
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.
Herbs: $3 each
Listed below are our “standard” herb offerings — additional types may be available at our plant sales.