Hungarian Italian Paste, Heirloom, Determinate, Organic $3.45 $3.75
Hungarian Italian Paste, Heirloom - 79 days. (Determinate) Highly productive pear-shaped paste tomato with good disease resistance and good holding quality. 3-4 oz. fruits borne in clusters of 4. Makes excellent flavored sauce. Heat Tolerant  Organic & Open-Pollinated Determinate 79 Days .16grams - 40-50 Seeds per Packet Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost Germination 7-14 days Plant apart 24-36"  Plants need trellising or staking Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Brandywine OTV Tomato Heirloom, Organic $3.45 $3.75
Brandywine Tomato- 72 days. (Indeterminate) Named and released by Dr. Carolyn Male and Craig LeHoullier, editors of Off the Vine (OTV), heirloom tomato newsletter. Bred from an accidental cross of Yellow Brandywine and an unknown red beefsteak. One of the best Brandywine strains. Smooth, creamy, almost buttery texture, and harmonious sweet flavor. Fruits are a rich red color with an orange undertone. Produces a large percentage of usable attractive tomatoes, relatively free of defects, averaging 12 oz. Excellent potato leaf foliage cover. 6-8 ft. tall plants. The most productive and heat-tolerant Brandywine. A must for every tomato lovera in the 1800's.  Heat Tolerant  Organic & Open-Pollinated Indeterminate 72 Days .16grams - 40-50 Seeds per Packet Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost Germination 7-14 days Plant apart 24-36"  Plants need trellising or staking Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Cosmo Romaine Lettuce, organic $3.45 $3.95
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange Exchange - 55 days. 12 in. tall heads have vibrant green, broad, savoyed leaves that are crisp and sweet. Stays bitter-free longer than many other varieties. One of our favorites. Characteristics:  Romaine 55 days .5g or ~500 seeds per packet  Instructions - Sow continuously for a constant supply of lettuce. Best grown in cooler weather. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Direct Seed 1" apart Plant 1/4" deep Germinate 7-14 days Thin: 6-8" Apart   Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability.
Purple Dragon Carrot, Organic $3.45 $3.55
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - 80 days. Beautiful regular-size purple carrot bred by John Navazio. Bright orange or yellow interior, sweet almost "wild" spicy flavor, can be used just like any regular carrot, good storage. Our favorite purple carrot, with better flavor and more consistent color than "Cosmic Purple." Pkt (1 g) Organic and Open-Pollinated Specialty Appeal 6-8" Coreless Nantes Style 75 days 1 grams, ~500 seeds Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors before 3-4  weeks of last frost or soil can be worked. Optimal temperature is 65 degrees. Plant 1/2" apart Plant 1/4" Deep Plant Rows 16-24" apart Thin 2-4" Apart  
Glacier Tomato, Determinate, Organic $3.25 $3.55
Glacier - 58 days. (Determinate) Unlike other extra-early varieties, produces both an early crop and continues to bear the entire season. Great flavor, especially for an early variety. 1½ in. bright red fruits. We have had yields of ¾ bushel per plant. Very cold-tolerant and may survive a light frost. Potato leaf foliage. Organic & Open-Pollinated Determinate 8oz oz fruit 58 Days .16gram or 40-50 Seeds per Packet Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost Germination 7-14 days Plant apart 24-36"  Plants need trellising or staking Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Brûlée Butternut Winter Squash, Organic $5.50 $6.15
A prolific and early producer of stout, personal-sized squashes with traditional butternut color. Earlier and better storing than the popular Honeynut, Brûlée was also developed by Dr. Michael Mazourek at the Vegetable Breeding Institute at Cornell University. Uniform, squat fruits have a rich and savory flavor profile, with just the right amount of sweetness. Very high yields on vigorous plants. A portion of the sales of this variety is paid to the breeder.  Early mini butternut Stores well 0.5-1 lb squashes BR Vining habit Open-Pollinated 1/8 ounce of seed (C. moschata) Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed. Hills should be spaced 6' apart in all directions. Can also be started indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out. Plant 1/2" deep Hill 6-8 seeds together Thin to 3-4 plants Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute based on supplier availability
Long Pie Pumpkin, Organic from $3.00 $3.95
Firefly Farm & Mercantile - Our local customers have asked for really cool pumpkins so we brought this one in bulk and offer it. This is a wonderful storage pumpkin - you harvest it green and when ripe it turns orange in storage. The texture is absolutely creamy when ripe and excels in pies, hence the name. Long Pie Pumpkin is also known as Nantucket Pie Pumpkin and is a New England Heirloom. We bring in organic seed to offer and are working on our organic handling license so it can be kept organic all the way to you.  Characteristics:  Organic Seed, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  100 Days from seeding to harvest 5-8 lb fruit  Vining habit  Packet is 4.0 g or 30 seeds Instructions - Pumpkins grow best in fertile, well-drained soil, with a slighlty acidic pH.  Plant 1/2-1" deep  3-5 seeds per 6' hill or plant 2 seeds every 3' in rows.  Harvest & Storage - Harvest by cutting the stem near the vine or at least 2-3” from the fruit. Too many days of sun on fruits after maturity will bleach handles and cause sunscald on the fruit. 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
Pennsylvania Butter-Flavored Popcorn, Organic $3.25 $3.75
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange -102 days. Pre-1885 heirloom popcorn maintained by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Introduced 1988 by SESE. Flavor is superior to commercial popcorn. Produces white-kerneled ears, averaging 2 per 8 ft. stalk. 4-6 in. ears with 26-28 rows of kernels, 1½-1¾ in. at the butt, tapering to 1 in. at the tip. Small (14g) packet has about 125 seeds. Organic  and Open-pollinated Heirloom  125 seeds on average, 14g Instructions - Requires a soil temperature of 65 degrees F to germinate well. Succession plantings can then be made 2-3 weeks apart. Harvest and dry popcorn down as you would grinding corn. Thorough drying is important in getting kernels that will pop. Popcorns are resistant to ear damage by birds.  Sow seed 1" in deep  Rows: 36 in" apart  Thin: 6-12 in. apart  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Thorogreen Bush Lima Bean, Organic $3.45 $3.75
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - Ready to harvest in 60 days, immerse yourself in the vintage charm of this 1941 variety, carefully selected from Henderson Bush. A beloved classic, renowned for its concentrated pod set ideal for canning and freezing. Easy to cultivate, it boasts a delightful combination of good flavor and texture. Bearing resemblance to Henderson Bush, this variant features 3-4 medium seeds per pod. Notably, it outshines with earlier maturity, shorter 18-inch plants, and light green seeds.  Certified Organic  Heirloom  3-4 medium-sized light green seeds per pod 80-90 days to bloom 14 grams or ~30 Seeds Instructions - Limas need warm soils, so wait to direct sow until at least 2 weeks after the last frost. Plant seeds 2-3 in. apart, thinning to 4-6 in. Be sure the soil is well drained. Limas can be used fresh when beans fill the pod, or they can be left to dry in the pod to be used as dried beans. Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Tom Thumb Bibb Lettuce (Butterhead), pre-1850 Heirloom, Organic $3.45 $3.50
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - 48 days. Pre-1850 heirloom, Space-saving miniature butterhead. Apple-sized head can be used whole in individual salads. Tender leaves are medium-green and crumpled. Popular in some restaurants. This mini liettuce was grown by Thomas Jefferson.  Characteristics:  Organic Cold- and heat-tolerant Butterhead lettuce 400 Seeds   Instructions - Sow continuously for a constant supply of lettuce. Best grown in cooler weather. Plant in full sun or partial shade. Direct Seed 1" apart Plant 1/4" deep Germinate 7-14 days Thin 6-8" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability.
Doe Hill Golden Bell Sweet Pepper, 1900 Heirloom, Organic $3.50
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - 61 days. Pre-1900 family heirloom from the Doe Hill area in Highland County, VA. Introduced by SESE 2000. Miniature (1 x 2¼ in.), 4- to 6- lobed, flattened orange bells, with sweet, fruity, multidimensional flavor. High yielding, 30 in. plants widely adapted and disease resistant. Fruits keep well. Pkt. Organic & Open-Pollinated 61 days from transplant for green .3 grams of seeds, ~50 seeds    Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Peppers germinate best in warm soil, so gentle bottom heat may be helpful until seedlings emerge. Wait to transplant outdoors until soil is warm. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost Plant 1/4" deep Germinates in 14 days Plant Rows 12-24" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute based on supplier availability
Bowling Red Okra, Organic Heirloom Seeds $3.25 $3.75
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - 57 days. Grown by the Bowling family of Virginia since the 1920s. Early, productive, and beautiful - one of the best okras in the Kerr Center’s trial of 30 heirloom varieties. Long, slim, tender red pods. 7-8 ft. plants have red stems and red-veined leaves. Characteristics:  Organic Plants grow to 7-8 feet tall Pods are red Pods grow to 9-12 inches long 47 days 4g, 80- 100 Seeds per packet    Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors when the soil has warmed. Tolerant of heat and drought, but not of cold. Keep well picked for higher yields. Direct Seed 2" apart Plant 1/2" deep Thin 6-8" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Southern Giant Curled Mustard Greens, Heirloom $3.45 $3.95
Southern Giant Curled Mustard Greens - 45 days. Pre-1880, An old Southern favorite. Leaves are large, bright green, with attractively curled leaf edges. This variety is used for late sowings, has cold tolerance, and good bolting resistance. Characteristics: Mild flavor Plants reach 20-25" tall and 16-18" wide 2 grams or ~1000 seeds per packet  Instructions - You can directly seed your mustards into the ground, placing 3 seeds every 8 inches. Plant them 3 months before your first frost in rows 18-30 inches apart. The seeds should be planted 1/4-1/2 inches deep. As they grow, thin them to 1 plant every 8-10 inches. Mustards may bolt early if planted in the spring.  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability 
Seven Top or Southern Prize Turnip Greens, Organic $3.25 $3.75
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange -45 days. Pre-1880, Popular Southern variety often grown for winter green. Used for greens, not the roots, which are woody. Leaves grow 18-22 in. tall, but should be harvested when young and tender. 3g or ~1300 Seeds Included in Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste Instructions - Sow outdoors in early spring for spring and early summer or late summer for fall and winter harvests.  Sow seeds 1" apart  10-12" apart  Thin: 2" apart   Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Sweet Valentine Butterhead Lettuce, Organic $3.25 $3.50
  This is perhaps the sweetest lettuce available. The heads hold their form well into summer's heat. Their deep red leaves are slighly smaller than other butterhead lettuces. This is our first time growing it here at Firefly Farm & Mercantile.  Characteristics:   Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Heat tolerant  .5g or ~400 seeds Instructions - Choose cool, well-drained, loose soil with pH 6.2-6.8. Lettuce is sensitive to low pH. Lettuce can be seeded in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Days to maturity are from direct seeding in spring conditions.  Seeding Depth:  1/8”, seeds require a minimum amount of light for germination. Plant Spacing: Babyleaf – continuous band. Full size – 8-12” Row Spacing: Babyleaf - ¾” between bands, 16 rows/36” bed. Full size - 12-18” or 3 rows/36” bed, 5’ centers. Harvest & Storage - Cut lettuce holds best when harvested in the morning and cooled rapidly.  For salad mix or baby leaf production, harvest individual leaves when they reach the desired size or cut evenly across the bed making sure to stay above the growing tip.  For a continuous harvest, sow lettuce every 3 weeks. Store just above freezing temperatures with 98% humidity.   Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
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