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Christmas Pole Lima Bean, 1840 Heirloom from $3.25
Also knowns as Large Speckled Calico, this variety was first cultivated in the United States around 1840 and produces beautiful, quarter-sized, fat white seeds with maroon spots and swirls.  It has a rich flavor and can be used as shell lima bean or dry bean.  Heavy yields, bears even during extreme heat. Pole habit, 75-100 dys.  Pole bean Large Maroon and White Speckled Seeds Performs well in extreme heat Shelling and Dry bean 75-100 days 50 seeds per packet  Instructions - Lima beans thrive in hot temperatures. Sow seeds outdoors after the danger of frost has passed and soil and air temperatures have warmed. Seeds will germinate in 7-18 days. Limas prefer full sun.  Direct Seed 2" apart Planting Depth 1" Rows Apart: 36-48" Full Sun
Broad Windsor Fava Bean, 1863 Heirloom, Both Organic & Conventional Available from $3.25 $4.00
Broad Windsor Fava Beans - Yes, Grilled Fava Beans are a thing!  This heirloom fava bean is a favorite and has stood the test of time. each pod contains 6-8 beans on average. Beans can be prepared in so many ways - fresh beans are often grilled (my personal favorite), steamed or sauted, while dried beans are your in soups, dips, and roasted Organic or Conventional Available Bush type Bean (2-4' tall plants so some trellising can be helpful 85 day Instructions - Fruits must set before temps reach 70 degrees. This variety is often planted whent he ground is workable.  It does not need much protection, but any protection will help it grow and set pods faster. In mild climates, plant in the fall or in cold climates, plant whent he soil is workable.  Direct Seed 4-6" apart Planting Depth 1" Thin 6" apart This an easy seed to save too!  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Pink Boar Tomato, organic $3.25 $3.25
Gorgeous wine-colored fruits with metallic green striping on vigorous vines. High Mowing Organic Seeds - Strong plants loaded with rich, sweet juicy fruits perfect for slicing in salads or as an hors d'oeuvre with basil and mozzarella. Deep pink skin is stunning with contrasting olive stripes and luscious deep red flesh. An irresistible treat for chefs and farmers' markets! From the Wild Boar series; bred by farmer/breeder Brad Gates. Offers great performance in the challenging climates of northern CA. Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated Indeterminate 2-4 oz 75 days  10 seeds  Instructions - Tomatoes are warm-season tender annuals. Tomatoes yield best in clay or loam soils that are well-drained and high in organic matter. They can tolerate acid soil as low as 5.5, but they prefer to grow in the 6.0-6.8 range. Days to maturity are from transplants. Start seeds 6-8 weeks before the planting date.  Planting depth: 1/8-1/4"  Plant spacing:  for determinate varieties 12-18", for indeterminate 24-36" Row Spacing:  4-6’ centers"  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Red Kuri Winter Squash, Organic $3.25 $3.75
We are packing this one as it wasn’t available anywhere for us to sell retail packets. It will be available under our Firefly Farm & Mercantile label 15 Seeds will be included in every packet.  The seed is sourced from High Mowing Organic Seeds - Teardrop-shaped, striking red-orange squash from Japan. Also known as Baby Red Hubbard or Orange Hokkaido, this variety has smooth, sweet, dry orange flesh. Reliable yields even in cool climates with short growing seasons. Improved HMOS strain with greater uniformity than others. Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Reliable in short seasons  3-4 lbs  Vining habit  Instructions - Plants need loose, fertile, well-drained soil with plenty of nitrogen and a pH of 5.8-6.8. Fertilize seedlings with fish emulsion if the leaves are yellow.  Days to maturity are from direct seeding, subtract 2 weeks if transplanting. Winter squash has a long season, requiring 90-120 frost-free days to reach maturity, so it is usually transplanted in northern climates. It can also be directly seeded once the danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures reach 70°F. Start transplants indoors 3-4 weeks before the last risk of frost. The optimal soil temperature for germination is 85-95°F.  Plant 1/2-1" deep  Plant Spacing: For bush varieties 18-24”, for vining 24-36”  Row Spacing:   for bush, semi-bush and short vine types is 6’, for vigorous vining types use 9’. Plants can also be planted in hills of 3-5 plants in rows 3-5’ apart  Harvest & Storage: Harvest when fruits are full size and have a deep rich color and hard rinds that can’t be easily dented with a fingernail. Changing the color of the “ground spot” from yellow to cream, gold or orange is another general indicator of ripeness. To harvest, cut the stem at least 2” from the fruit: a short or broken stem can lead to rot. Cure after harvest by keeping in a warm, dry location for a few days then.  Store at 50-55°F with 55-75% relative humidity and good air circulation.  Delicata and acorn squash do not need curing, but will not store as long as other varieties.    Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Green Wave Mustard Greens, Organic $3.00 $3.50
This one is amazing! It wasn’t available to us this year in a packet so we brought it in bulk. Its very bright green leaves are amazing mixed into fresh dishes. It is still High Mowing and is organic seed but we are working on our organic handling license so it cannot be labeled organic.  High Mowing Organic Seeds - Bright lime green, ruffled leaves add great contrast to salad mixes. A reliable workhorse mustard, with beautiful color and spicy flavor that mellows when cooked. At the baby stage, leaves are flat with softly serrated edges. At full size, leaf margins become heavily serrated and frilly. Characteristics: Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  High yielding  Extremely slow to bolt  Medium spicy flavor  1/32 of an ounce Instructions -  Direct seed as soon as soil can be worked. Sow every 3 weeks into fall for a continuous harvest. Harvest leaves as desired. Use floating row cover when planting to protect from flea beetles. For baby leaf: plant 1/4" deep  For baby leaf: row spacing: 2/3" between bands For full size: thin to 6"  For full size: row spacing: 18" Harvest & Storage - Harvest when leaves are ~3” tall by cutting 1” from the ground or pick individual leaves for cut and come again.   Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Magenta Lettuce, Organic $3.00 $3.55
Summer crisp with crunchy bronze leaves and a bright green heart. High Mowing Organic Seeds - Our growers love this variety for its crisp texture, heat tolerance, strong disease resistance, and long shelf life. Displayed impressive resistance in our trials during six weeks of constant rain! Available as raw and pelleted seed. Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Spring/Summer plantings  Good disease resistance  48 days  300 seeds  Instructions - Lettuce is cool-season annual in the Compositae family.  Choose cool, well-drained, loose soil.  Lettuce can be seeded in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked.  Direct Seed 1" apart Planting Depth 1/8" Space 8-12"  Thin 1-6" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Caribe Cilantro, Organic $3.25 $3.50
We are going to package it ourselves. It is a great cilantro that has done well in our summers. The seed is organic from High Mowing but it is not offered to retailers in packets and our local area really likes this seed so we will have it available for  all our gardeners.  High Mowing Organic Seeds - Dense bunches of aromatic dark green leaves on long-standing, bolt-tolerant plants. Compared to Santo, Caribe has a slightly thinner stem, higher vigor and seed emergence, and better bolt tolerance in the field. A great choice for greenhouse growers, or anyone who wants a long-standing cilantro. From our partners at Bejo Seeds.  Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Good greenhouse crop  Bolt-tolerant  1/8 ounce Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost. May also be grown as a fall crop. Prefers rich well-drained soil. Cilantro has a tendency to self-seed. Direct Seed 1/2" Deep Germination 10 days Thin 8-10" apart - Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Stevia Herb $3.45 $3.95
Nature's sweetner -  Every leaf has the sweetness of that Stevia is known for but since it is not an extract it is not as sweet. Many will dry this herb and crush into a powder to use to naturally sweeten drinks and dishes.  The FDA has approved its use as a dietary supplement. A sub-tropical plant that is cold sensitive at 50°F.  Characteristics:  Grown as an annual Plants grow to 3 feet tall Long, thin green leaves Leaves have a sweet flavor 25 seeds  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors on the surface of the soil. Keep indoors until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50°F. May then be transplanted outdoors or into pots. Prefers well-drained soil—do not overwater. Can be grown year-round in pots if given proper care. Start Indoors: 8-12 weeks before the last frost Germination: 7-21 Days Plant Outdoors: 8-12” Apart Light: Sun/Partial Shade Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Black-Eyed Susan - Prairie Native from $3.00 $3.95
We offer this fabulous U.S. Native in various ways.  Best known of all the prairie flowers and the easiest to grow. A single plant can produce hundreds of blooms over the summer and into the fall. Excellent cut flower with 6-10 days of vase life. Plants grow 2-3'. Self-seeding biennial or hardy annual. Hardy to zone 3. Rudebckia Hirta is its common name and you will find the Glorioso Daisy that also has the same name. We also offer this in bulk quantities or with packets that are a bit more modest in nature.  Characteristics:  Self-seeding biennial or hardy annual Hardy to zone 3 Plants grow to 2-3 feet An excellent cut flower that lasts 6-10 days in a vase Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors just before last frost. Can also be started indoors and set out as small plants.  Plant in poor soil as rich soil will weaken stems.   Alternatively Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost.   Sow 1/2" deep Germination 10-20days Thin 18-24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Dwarf Columbine Flower $3.00 $3.75
Firefly Farm & Mercantile - Dwarf Columbine is a dwarf style columbine adorned in a multitude of colors. We are in the process of updating our picture as it is no longer available with Seedsavers for this year.  They are 10-18” tall and will casually reseed to keep an abundance of blooms going for years to come. The flowers face downwards and have longer spurs that form the classic combine curl. This has been known as Granny’s Bonnet. This Columbine is native to Europe but makes itself home in gardens around the world. The self-sowing variety prefers even moisture and grows best in full sun to partial shade, ideally with afternoon shade in hot climates. Perennial. Perennial Full sun to partial shade is optimal 1/2 gram or 350 Seeds  Instructions: Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost. Columbine prefers well-drained average soil. Water regularly, keeping leaves dry. Remove spent blossoms frequently to prolong blooming. Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination: 3-4 weeks Plant Outdoors: 8-10” Apart Light: Full to Partial Sun  
Crego Mix China Aster Flower from $3.25 $3.75
Crego Aster Mix provides tons of flowers from late summer through mid-fall. They are a blend of purple, blue, pink and white jewel tones.  Flowers are very full and have a wonderful shaggy appearance. Flowers provide a late nectar and pollen source and plenty of blooms for flower arrangments.  Annual Long-lasting flowers A mix of purples, pinks, and whites 250 Seeds Firefly Farm & Mercantile Packet Instructions:  Plant outdoors after the danger of frost has passed in late spring. Prefers average soil. Remove spent blossoms regularly to prolong blooming. Alternative Sowing for those that want earlier blooms Start Indoors: 8-10 weeks before the last frost Germination: 7-10 Days Plant Outdoors: 7-10” Apart Light: Sun/Partial Shade         Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability  
Purple Top Vervain or Purple Top Verbena Flower, 1725 Heirloom from $3.00 $3.95
Excellent pollinator and butterfly flower. Each packet will contain around 500 seeds.   Brought to England from South America around 1725. Endless purple flowers sit above strong stems with dark green leaves all summer and into early fall.  Thrives in warm dry soil, very easy to grow. Great for borders where height is needed. Tender perennial, typically grown as an annual, 3-4' tall.  Botanical name: Verbena bonariensis or aka Purple Top Characteristics:  Self-seeding annual plants grow to 3-4 feet tall Purple flowers are tolerant of light frosts Easy to grow, thrive in dry soil Great for use in border plantings or as a cut flower This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States and can be grown as a tender perennial in warm climates. 1/10th gram or about 500 seeds per packet  Instructions: Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Seed is slow to germinate and sensitive to excess moisture. Plant out after the danger of frost has passed in late spring. Makes an excellent cut flower. Start Indoors: 8-12 weeks before the last frost Germination: 14-28 Days Plant Outdoors: 18-24” Apart Light: Full Sun       Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
White Prairie Clover from $3.00 $3.75
White Prairie Clover - A less frequent flowering clover but no less hardy. It adds diversity to your landscape and wildlife plantings. It is adapatable to many soil types and is commonly used in prairie restoration and wildlife plantings.  It blooms non stop from mid summer to fall.   Botanical Name: Dalea candida Characteristics:  Perennial Hardy to zone 3 Plant heigh is 1-3' tall White blossoms mid-summer through fall Nitrogen Fixing Plant to improve soil health 250 seeds per packet  Instructions - Easy to grow when direct-seeded into a weed-free seedbed in mid-spring to early summer. Very drought tolerant once established. Alternative is to grow indoors.  Start Indoors: In Early Spring Germination: 10-20 Days Plant Outdoors: 12” Apart Light: Full Sun  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Lavender Hyssop Flower, Native Flower from $3.00 $3.95
Lavender Hyssop - A native commonly found in the north central United States. It prefers dry woodlands and prairies and readily adapts to garden environments without standing water.  The leaves are scented like licorice and it is often referred to Anise Hyssop because of this. Butterlfies and other pollinators will stay busy gathering pollen and nectar. It is used by a variety of beneficial insects as well. It is often used in boquets Botanical Name: Agastche foeniculum Characteristics:  Biennial/perennial that self seeds easily Hardy to zone 4 Plants grow up to 3 feet Purple flowers and leaves that smell of licorice .75g or 250 Seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil. Seeds can also be directly sown outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Does best in well-drained soil. Sow seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination 30-90  days Plant 12" apart Full Sun to Partial Shade Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Eastern Red Columbine, Native Flower from $3.00 $3.95
Firefly Farm & Mercantile - Eastern Red Columbine is native to the central and eastern Untied States. It is a late spring to early summer flowering perennial. Bees and other polliantors rely on these woodland species for valuable nectar and pollen. This is very abundant at Firefly Farm & Mercantile. You would see this along our Wild Flower Trail in mid May to mid June typically.  They are 10-18” tall and will casually reseed to keep an abundance of blooms going for years to come. The flowers face downwards and have longer spurs that form the classic combine curl.  The self-sowing variety prefers even moisture and grows best in full sun to partial shade, ideally with afternoon shade in hot climates. Perennial. Botanical name: Aquilegia canadensis Perennial Full sun to partial shade is optimal Instructions: Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost. Columbine prefers well-drained average soil. Water regularly, keeping leaves dry. Remove spent blossoms frequently to prolong blooming. Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination: 3-4 weeks Plant Outdoors: 8-10” Apart Light: Full Sun
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