Organic Fagiolini dell'occhio Cowpea, 1950 Heirloom $3.25 $3.75
This one may not be available for 2023.  We are going to close sales on this one until we have a little more clarity on this one.  The Seed Savers Exchange - This highly productive and beautiful yardlong bean bears pale-violet flowers and pods uniformly distributed throughout the plants. Tall vines require a strong trellis, with each stalk producing 1-2 solid-green pods encasing 16-20 brown-red, kidney-shaped seeds. Tender, juicy pods mature mid-season, reach 2' long, and have excellent flavor. This cowpea is especially delicious when eaten as a tender green bean. Grown by Vasco Marconi since at least the late 1950s in Chicago, this variety has been stewarded by family member Patti Trotsky of Naperville, Illinois, since the late 1990s. Patti donated seeds to Seed Savers Exchange in 2013. 70-80 days to maturity. Organic. Organic & Open-Pollinated Highly productive vines with violet flowers Green pods grow up to 24 inches long with 16-20 seeds each Delicious as a tender green bean New for 2021 50 Seeds per packet Instructions - Cowpeas thrive in hot temperatures and full sun. Sow seeds outdoors when the soil has fully warmed. Thin to 3-6" apart. Seeds will germinate in 5-7 days. Direct Seed: 2" Apart Direct Seed: 1" Deep Rows Apart: 36-48" Light: Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability We are always adding new varieties so please check back often at Seeds - Vegetables (fireflyfarmandmercantile.com)
Organic Michels Cowpea, 1941 Heirloom $3.25 $3.75
This one may not be available for 2023, we are going to close sales on this one until we know more. The Seed Savers Exchange - Donated to SSE by Audrey (Michels) Kreutzer of Kansas. Originally collected by her brother, Vince Michels, in 1941 from a Tennessee farm field that his Army unit marched by. A family favorite in bean soup. Cream-colored seeds with brown mottling, 8-10" pods with 10-20 seeds per pod. Sprawling vines with purple flowers. 85-95 days. Organic & Open-Pollinated Sprawling vines with purple flowers Green pods grow 8-10 inches long with 10-20 seeds Cream-colored seeds with brown mottling 85-95 days Instructions - Cowpeas thrive in hot temperatures and full sun. Sow seeds outdoors when the soil has fully warmed. Thin to 3-6" apart. Seeds will germinate in 5-7 days. Direct Seed: 2" Apart Direct Seed: 1" Deep Rows Apart: 36-48" Light: Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability We are always adding new varieties so please check back often at Seeds - Vegetables (fireflyfarmandmercantile.com)
Liana Asparagus (Yardlong) Bean, Organic $3.25
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - One of the earliest maturing asparagus beans. Like most black-seeded varieties it does well in the North and the South. Since it is day-neutral, in the South it can be planted for early market sales, late for a fall harvest, or year-round in the greenhouse. Green pods up to 23 in. long, but are best picked at 18 in. or smaller (less than pencil-width). A market favorite. Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis Certified Organic  Heirloom  Especially well-suited to the South-East  From Small Farms  Instructions - Need warm soil to germinate; sow a month after the last frost. Grow in the same manner as pole beans or along a trellis, sow seeds 3/4 in. deep, 4 in. apart, thinning to 8 in. One planting along a tall trellis will produce well all season. Harvest when pods reach 12 to 15 in. before the seeds fill the pods.  Easily grown Thrive in hot weather  Tolerant of a wide range of soils  Flavor - The flavor is similar to southern peas but with a drier, nutty quality. Sweet and mild, resembling the combined flavor of asparagus, mushrooms, and beans. Braid or tie into knots before cooking. The young leaves and stems are also edible.  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
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