Porto Spineless Cardoon, Artichoke Flavor, Heirloom $4.00 $5.50
Firefly Farm & Mercantile - Porto Spineless Cardoon are grown for their artichoke flavor. You eat the midrib and leaf stalks of the cardoon plant.  They should be blanched before harvesting.  You can use this as a side dish or is in used in stuffing, soups or stews.  Blanching involves wrapping leaves in newspaper, burlap, or black plastic for a few weeks before harvesting. This prepares the stem for eating. These are also grown for their thistle like flowers and serrated silver green leaves.  Perennial in Zones 6–10. Cynara cardunculus Characteristics:  Non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Plants grow 3-4' tall  Perennial in Zones 6–10. 100 days  25 seeds   Not available to ship to California   Instructions -Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed but the days are still cool. Fertilize liberally for best results. An annual in zones 3-6 (vernalization recommended) or perennial in zones 7+ Sow Indoors: 8-10 weeks before the last frost Germination: 10-20 Days Plant Rows: 3-4' apart Plant Spacing: 2-3'  Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Big Red Ripper Southern Peas, Cowpeas, 1850's Heirloom, Organic $3.25 $3.50
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - Good flavored table pea with 10 in. pods containing as many as 18 large peas per pod! Use fresh or dried. Reddish-green pods are borne high and are easy to see in the foliage. Resistant to very hot, dry summers. Vigorous, sprawling vines. Very popular with our Texas customers. Small packet has about 66 seeds. 1850's Heirloom Vigna unguiculata Certified Organic  Heirloom  Especially well-suited to the South-East  85 seeds 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.  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
Evertender Okra, Organic $3.25 $3.75
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange 50 days. Spineless variety from India averages 5½ ft. tall. Pods up to 8 in. long, pods remain tender for a long period. The Kerr Center named it the easiest variety to harvest (thanks to unbranched plants) in their trial of 30 heirloom varieties. Characteristics:  Organic Plants grow to 4 feet tall Pods are deep burgundy Pods grow to 6 inches long 50 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
Golden Berry Inca Berry, (Ground Cherry) Ancient Heirloom, $3.75 $3.75
The Living Seed Company - (Physalis peruviana) This South American golden berry is an amazing superfood that bears an amazing taste, wrapped in a paper lantern. This tender perennial boasts an amazing flavor profile - tart, sweet and oh so good. This is a variety that is from the Andes Mountains and was eaten as far back as the Inca civilization. Can be eaten fresh, dried, frozen, or preserved. The options are endless. Attracts pollinators and easily self sows.  We stock either Organic or Conventional based on availability  Prolific and super sweet Fruits grow to ½ to ¾ inch Fruits have a papery husk Sweet variety that stores well 70 days from transplant 20 Seeds   Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep 4-6 weeks before last frost. Plant out when the danger of frost has passed. Excellent results when grown on landscape cloth, which suppresses weeds and makes collecting the fruits easier. Start indoors 6 weeks before the last frost Germinate 14 days Plant 2-3' apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability 
Scarlet Ohno Revival Turnip, Organic $3.25 $3.25
Hot pink, rounded roots with pink-streaked white interiors and mild, crunchy taste great for pickling. High Mowing Organic Seeds - This specialty radish is especially cherished by chefs who love its contrasting colors and unique aesthetic. Greens have long strap-shaped leaves and are smooth with magenta midribs. Improved variety from Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds in Oregon. This variety is protected by the Open Source Seed Initiative Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated Salad or storage 2" round OSSI 50 days  1/32 oz approx.  Instructions - Turnips and Rutabagas (Brassica rapa and Brassica napus) are cool-season biennials in the Brassicaceae family. Turnips and Rutabagas can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. Deep, loose, well-drained fertile soil with moderate nitrogen levels is best. Plant 3/4" deep  Plant Rows 12-18" apart Thin to 4-10" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Thai Red Roselle Hibiscus, 1800's Heirloom Herb $3.75 $3.95
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - Beautiful 3-5 ft. plants with red stems and leaf veins. The bright red calyxes can be used to make “zingy” tea, sauce, syrup, or jam, or candied whole for an unusual treat. For strongly flavored teas, simmer for 10-20 minutes. Roselle was called “Florida cranberry” in the 1890s. The flowers and young leaves are edible and have a citrus tang. The stir-fried greens are much used in Burmese cooking! Space plants 3-6 ft. apart – the wider the spacing, the more calyxes will ripen. The only variety in several trials to begin flowering by mid-summer here in Virginia. Small (0.6 g) packet has about 20 seeds. (Hibiscus sabdariffa) Characteristics:  3-5' tall and wide Zingy Flavor Easy to grow  Approx 20 seeds   Instructions - Frost-tender perennial. Germination: 75-85°F, 7-14 days. Transplant after last frost. Full sun. 36-60 in. tall. Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
Autumn Wings Gourd $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - A great mixture of winged brightly colored gourds. One of the most diverse ornamentals that we offer. Easy to grow and durable. 100-120 days., (Cucurbita pepo) Characteristics:  90-100 days Diverse ornamental mix of brightly colored gourds Gourds have ridges or wings Easy to grow Durable Instructions: Sow seeds outdoors after the danger of frost has passed in 12" diameter hills. Space hills 6' apart in all directions. In short-season areas, growth from transplants started indoors 8 weeks in advance. Gourds grow well on fences or garden trellises. Direct Seed: 1" Deep Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds Thin: To 3-4 Plants Light: Full Sun       Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Azur Star Kohlrabi, Organic $3.45 $3.75
We were able to get this in bulk and are doing packages of 50 seeds per package. The seed is organic but since we are just in the beginning stages for our organic handling license so the seed packet cannot be labeled organic but the seed is.  Delicious early kohlrabi with eye-catching violet skin and smoky blue-green leaves. High Mowing Organic Seeds - A beautiful and reliable variety with an attractive presentation for the market. Crisp, juicy flesh great for slaws. Originally bred by Hild Seed Company in Germany. Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Very juicy Slow to bolt 3.25" bulbs 50 days  50 seeds per packet (packed at Firefly Farm & Mercantile), 25 Seeds when in High Mowing Packets which we do not have.  Instructions - Kohlrabi is a cool-season biennial in the Brassicaceae family, sharing species name Brassica oleracea with cauliflower, cabbage, collards, kale, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. Kohlrabi is a little-known, yet delightful vegetable with a mild flavor and the texture of a juicy, sweet radish. The edible portion of kohlrabi is not the root, but rather the round, swollen stem of the plant. Leaves are also edible. Kohlrabi varies in color from light green to purple. Direct Seed 1" apart Plant 1/4" deep Plant Rows 12-18" apart Thin to 4-10" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Burmese Okra, Organic Heirloom Seeds $3.25 $3.75
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - 53 days. Bears when plants are 18 in. tall and continues to bear until frost. Huge leaves, typically 16 in. across. 9-12 in. slender pods are curved and virtually spineless. Pods mature from light green to creamy yellow-green. At 10 in. long they are tender, sweet, and spineless enough to be eaten raw or added to salads. Pods are less gooey than other okra. Characteristics:  Organic Plants grow to 4 feet tall Pods are deep burgundy Pods grow to 9-12 inches long 50 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
Halblange Parsnip, Organic $3.25 $3.75
Bright white, highly uniform roots with strong yield potential. High Mowing Organic Seeds - A standout in our trials for the striking white of the roots and the high degree of uniformity. More wedge-shaped with a very consistent length. From our collaborators at Bingenheimer Saatgut, a biodynamic seed production company in Germany. Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated High yielding Very uniform 10" long roots 120 days  1/32 oz approx.  Instructions - Turnips and Rutabagas (Brassica rapa and Brassica napus) are cool-season biennials in the Brassicaceae family. Turnips and Rutabagas can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. Deep, loose, well-drained fertile soil with moderate nitrogen levels is best. Plant 3/4" deep  Plant Rows 12-18" apart Thin to 4-10" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Yankee Hardy Blend Lettuce, Organic $3.25 $3.50
A cold-tolerant, disease-resistant mix. High Mowing Organic Seeds - This attractive blend of colors and leaf types creates an eye-catching, all-around pleasing mix for the garden or market. Most of these lettuces have good downy mildew resistance, essential for fall and winter plantings in regions with downy mildew pressure. Characteristics: Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  High Mowing Organic Seeds Exclusive  Cold-hardy  High disease resistance  28 days   1/32 oz approx.  Instructions - Lettuce is cool-season annual in the Compositae family. Choose cool, well-drained, loose soil. Lettuce is sensitive to low pH. Lettuce can be seeded in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked.  Plant 1/8" deep  Plant 8-12" apart  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Little Finger Eggplant, Organic $3.25 $3.50
High Mowing Organic Seeds - Slender, petite eggplants fantastic for grilling. Dark purple skin is thin and tender. The flesh has a silky texture with few seeds and a mildly sweet flavor needing very little cooking time. Harvest when the fruit is young and glossy. Characteristics: Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated  Early  Productive  Great for containers  3-6" fruit  Instructions - Deep well-drained sandy loam with pH 6.5-6.8 is best. Eggplants are heavy feeders. Plants are sensitive to nitrogen; if over-fertilized, they will grow excessive foliage and produce less fruit. Use a high-phosphorous starter. Sow seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost date. The optimal soil temperature for germination is 85°F. Seeds can be sown thickly into flats and then planted into cell trays or containers after true leaves appear. Plant outdoors when daytime temperatures are at least 65°F and nighttime temperatures are above 50°F. Plastic mulch and floating row cover may be used to increase soil and air temperatures and ward off insects. Plant 1/4" deep  Plant Spacing: 18-24"  Row Spacing: 30-36" or 24" double rows on beds with 4-6' centers  Harvest & Storage - Harvest eggplants when the skin is glossy and a thumbprint will not leave an impression, if the seeds are brown fruit is over-ripe. Regular harvest increases the production of fruit. Store at 50-55ºF and 90% relative humidity. Will keep quality for up to one week.  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
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  40 seeds 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
Garnet Red Amaranth, Organic $3.25 $3.55
Large, beautiful plants with impressive red spires ideal for fresh bouquets. High Mowing Organic Seeds - This versatile plant is a delicious microgreen, baby leaf green, and attractive flower that is sure to bring joy to the garden or dinner table. Heat tolerant, the plants can reach towering heights and will grow steadily through the summer weather. Dramatic plumes of deep red flowers are a striking addition to flower arrangements and fresh bouquets. These brilliant plants are a stand out in a garden setting Organic & Open-Pollinated Great cut flower Edible foliage 6-8' tall Annual Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out into average well-drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Good cutting flower, fresh or dried. Start indoors 2-4 weeks before last frost Germination 7-10 days Plant 12-18" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Toma Verde Tomatillo, Organic $3.25 $3.25
Early variety with tart flavor when young, becoming sweeter as it ripens. High Mowing Organic Seeds - Medium to large size fruits are ready to harvest when husks split and fruit color changes from yellow-green to medium green. Perfect for Salsa Verde or as a special addition to any Mexican dish. Characteristics:  Organic, non-GMO, and open-pollinated Semi-determinate Uniform fruit  60 days  1/10 gram  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
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