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  1. 1. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds u20 12 Pu re Se ed Bo ok ! www.rareseeds.com1
  2. 2. Dear Gardening Friends to school gardens and other non-profit organizations. In 2011 we sent out well over 250,000 free packets to Rosa, California. This event that we helped organize was beyond our dreams, bringing the heirloom seedWe hope you have had an abundant harvest and were non-profit groups, and it is our goal to get out even and small farming communities together like neverable to enjoy all the satisfaction a garden brings. Our more this season. We must reverse the trend that made before, with 11,000 farmers and gardeners attendinggardens were plentiful this season, with an unbeliev- America the most unhealthy nation in the developed from across America and beyond! It featured thou-able variety of rare and unique vegetables and flow- world, and there is no better way to do that than by sands of varieties of heirloom crops, animals, foodsers. Even after 20 years of collecting seeds, I still moving children back outside and into the garden, and over 70 of the foremost speakers in the “field” in-cannot believe the diversity of seeds that we are still getting sunshine and learning the benefits of good, cluding Dr. Vandana Shiva, Jeffrey Smith, Gary Pauldiscovering--like the vast wealth of vegetables that we wholesome food. Nabhan, Alice Waters, and the list goes on and on. Ithave received recently from the former Soviet Union, 2011 was also a year for festivals and events. was an incredible event of diversity that sent a clearincluding varieties of eggplants and tomatoes that ri-val or surpass many of our American varieties. It is Besides the regular Spring Planting Festival, and Heri- message to the big agricultural establishment thatalways so exciting to grow that newly rediscovered wa- tage Days that we host regularly at our Mansfield, Mis- Americans are waking up to demand food freedomtermelon, turnip or morning glory. With this catalog, souri, location, we also were involved in several other and our right to save seeds. Check out the events thatwe hope to share our passion for these incredible seeds events! That includes the 200th anniversary celebra- are listed in the catalog and happening this season.from our past, bringing them alive for future genera- tion at Comstock, Ferre & Co in Wethersfield, Con- Then come join us as we work to take back America,tions, giving our children pure food instead of the necticut. We had 2,000 people at this event that was and move back to an America that supports the farmerchemically laden, gene-altered crops that are offered not only celebrating 200 years of history, but also our and our right to real laboratories of multinational corporations and sold first year of operation there. But the big event this past Wishing you bountiful harvests and God Bless!to us by supermarkets and politicians. year was the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa It seems incredible that you hold in your Jere, Emilee and Sasha Gettlehands our 15th annual catalog; so much has happenedin the last 15 years. This year brings several changesand additions, including our larger catalog which nowhas 196 pages, up from 128 last season. This year weare printing 310,000 copies and now printing on re-cycled paper. We also have an Ipad edition and animproved website for you to check out! We hope youenjoy all the new varieties and photos we have addedthis year, including some of the best varieties we haveever offered. We feel blessed to be able to pursue ourpassion for growing good, pure seed, seed that is con-trolled and owned by the people; that is why every seedin this catalog is open-pollinated and non-patented.All these seeds are in public domain, meaning youhave the right to save your own seeds from any of thevarieties we offer, without interference from Monsan-to, Dupont, or our government. We must all work topreserve our right to pure food and to save seed, whichis why a number of companies, farmers and organiza-tions, including ours, have brought a class action law-suit against Monsanto, who has sued many farmersfor saving seed that was contaminated by Monsanto’spatented, genetically-engineered varieties. Not onlywere these farmers sued, but they also lost their abilityto save pure seed, and in many cases lost their marketfor their crops. We must all fight to insure the univer-sal right to pure, uncontaminated seed that is free ofcorporate patents and control. It was a very busy year for our family, withgardening, travel, writing and more! Some of the proj-ects included finishing our first book, The HeirloomLife Gardener, which is a work about our life withseeds, gardening methods, seed saving and much more.It was a quite an undertaking for us as we worked to puteverything about heirloom gardening into one colorfulbook. Right now we are working on our second bookwith Hyperion, an heirloom vegetable cookbook. Thissecond book brings to life our recipes and the recipesof our ancestors. Our other big news is that our maga-zine, the Heirloom Gardener, which we have publishedsince 2003, has grown from 48 pages to 84 pages andhas become a more professional publication that is nowon the newsstands! You can find it at Whole Foods,Barnes and Noble, Tractor Supply Co. and others. Wehave had a wonderful response to this magazine andhope to use it as a tool to spread the good food messageand encourage more gardening, coast to coast. Our daughter Sasha is now four years oldand is becoming quite the little gardener, and she alsoloves to spend time in our greenhouse on cold days,watering the plants and talking to the quail that livewithin. It is our goal to get more children interestedin gardening, which is the reason we offer free seeds 2
  3. 3. CATALOG INDEX Grains 48 Roselle 94 Amaranth 12 Greens Oriental 49 Salsify 94 Artichoke & Cardoon 13 Greens Salad Blends 50 Seed Collections 158 Asparagus 13 Greens Other 52 Sorghum 94 Beans 14 Heirloom Gardener Magazine 188 Spinach 96 Beetroot 21 Heirloom Life Gardener Book 6 Spring Planting Festival 192 Books 184 Herbs 159 Squash Summer 97 Broccoli 22 Kohlrabi 53 Squash & Pumpkins 102 Brussels Sprouts 22 Kale 53 Sunflowers 179 Cauliflower 22 Leeks 53 Swiss Chard 118 Cabbage 25 Lettuce 54 Tomatillo 118 Carrots 26 Melons 57 Tomatoes Green 121 Celery 28 National Heirloom Expo 10 Tomatoes Orange 122 Corn 28 Okra 71 Tomatoes Pink 124 Cowpeas 30 Onion 75 Tomatoes Purple 128 Cucumbers 31 Parsnips 78 Tomatoes Red 134 Eggplant 35 Peas 79 Peppers Hot 80 Tomatoes Striped 140 Endive 44 Peppers Sweet 86 Tomatoes White 144 Fennel 44 Radicchio 90 Tomatoes Yellow 147 Flowers 163 Fruit 44 Radish 91 Turnip 149 Gifts & Tools 186 Rhubarb 94 Watermelon 152 Gourds 47 Rutabagas 94 Wild Flowers 1843
  4. 4. About Our Company About Our SeedsJere Gettle always had a passion for growing All of our seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO,things, and at age 3 he planted his first garden. non-treated and non-patented. We do notEver since that day, he wanted to be involved in buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis.the seed industry. So at the age of 17, he print- We boycott all gene-altering companies.ed the first small Baker Creek Heirloom Seed We are not members of the pro-GMOcatalog in 1998. The company has grown to American Seed Trade Organization! Weoffer 1300 varieties of vegetables, flowers andherbs—the largest selection of heirloom variet- work with a network of about 100 smallies in the U.S.A. farmers, gardeners and seed growers to Baker Creek carries one of the largest se- bring you the best selection of seeds avail-lections of seeds from the 19th century, includ- able! Many of our varieties we sell wereing many Asian and European varieties. The collected by us on our travels has become a tool to promote andpreserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. We offer over 1300 fine varieties!Our company and seeds have been featured in Unique seeds from 70 countries!The New York Times, The Associated Press, Our Seed Site: www.rareseeds.comOprah Magazine, Martha Stewart, and many Our Forums: www.idigmygarden.comothers. Gardeners can request a free 196-pagecolor catalog that now mails to 310,000 gar-deners nationally. Baker Creek started hosting festivals in 2000as an idea to bring gardeners, homesteaders andnatural food enthusiasts together to exchange Visit Our Storesthoughts, seeds, listen to speakers and enjoyvendors, old-time music and much more. These Mansfield, Missouri Headquarters Come enjoy the beautiful Ozark hills and our farmfestivals gave birth to the idea for our pioneer and pioneer village; shop seeds, see gardens, animalsvillage, Bakersville. Other projects include our and village. Eat at our restaurant that is open fortrial gardens, seed collecting expeditions, ourpopular online forums at lunch. Learn about what we do first hand.and educational produce exhibits. DIRECTIONS - We are located 45 miles east of Over the last several years, Jere Gettle and Springfield, Missouri. Take Hwy 60 to Mansfield, andhis wife Emilee have branched out into other at the 2nd exit, turn north on Hwy 5. Go 1-1/2 milesrelated projects as well, including the nation- to London Road. Turn left on London Road, thenally distributed, Heirloom Gardener magazine, follow signs. Hours: Sunday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.which is now in its eighth year of publication. Closed Saturdays & major holidays. Come enjoy allThey have also expanded to a location in So- the Ozarks region has to offer! Phone 417-924-8917Visit our Petaluma, California Store!noma County, California, in the beautiful town The location has proved to be a good choiceWePetaluma. Their most the West Coastis theof invite our friends on recent project and as this area of California has an increasing Petaluma, the country Storevisitors to that area to visit theof the Wethers-restoration and preservation Petaluma Seed interestthe home gardening, sustainable agri- of Stroll in streets in the quaint Victorian cityBank. Connecticut landmark, Comstock, Ferrefield, Occupying the beautiful and ornate So- culture, organics, our unique seed and garden store, Petaluma. Shop at self-reliance and heirloomnoma Countythe oldestBank Building that was& Company, National continuously operating seed saving. It also servesa grand, old, former bank that has found its home in as an excellent loca-constructed in the 1920’s, the Seed Bank at- tion for our staff tooffer hundreds of locally an- building. We also prepare for hosting the madeseed company in New England. They are nowtracts gardeners, foodies, shoppers, and tour- nual National Heirloom Exposition in nearbywriting several books with Hyperion, a division items! Then enjoy the best food in California at manyists alike. Visitors to the store are awed by its Santa Rosa. eateries all up and down the street!of ABC/Disney. These works will feature heir-high hammered-metal ceilings, ornate lights delicious localloom vegetables and their work with seeds and DIRECTIONS - Come to Seed Bank, be sure to Stop by for a visit, we are on the corner of Peta-and enormous windows. The building certainly After your visit to the Petaluma (30 minutes north luma and Washington, in the heart of one of a time when foods were health-reminds stroll the nearby and taketo enjoy the into town. We of San Francisco) streets any exit west best food They also work extensively to supply freeier and were not genetically modified. are on the corner of Petaluma and Washington, (199 in California at many delicious local eateries,seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries, Summer (PDT) Hours: we are open 9:30 am to to view the fine N.) Open: Sunday - Friday. Closed Petaluma Blvd. architecture of historic homes, 5:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Time, Monday throughAt the Seed Bank, we offer over 1,400 varietiesas well as here at home in school gardens and as well as to major holidays. Phone 707-773-1336 Saturdays & browse the many antique stores,other educational garlic, tools, books, and hun-of heirloom seeds, projects. It is their goal to Friday. We are also open Sundays 9:30 am to 5:30 gift shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries pm. We are closed Saturdays and major holidays.dreds of local hand-made gifts and food items. and a wide variety of& Company, LLC ofeducate everyone about a better, safer food sup-Remember—everything we offer is pure, natu- Comstock, Ferre retail stores, manyply and fight gene-altered, Frankenfood and the whichhistoric seed company isbuildings. the heart This are housed in historic located inral and non-GMO. Winter (PST) Hours: We are open 9:00 am to 4:00companies that support it. of old Wethersfield, the “most ancient” town in Con- pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Fri- You won’t want to miss our 3rd Anni-Located just 30 miles north of San Francisco Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company day. We are also open Sundays 9:30 am to 4:00 historic downtown Petaluma, we are on the versary Celebrationby the Gettle family and necticut. It is being restored on June 10th. 2278 Baker Creek Road Sign Come seeour amazing seed company with 11 staff. up for this online newsletter and Closed Saturdays and major holidays.corner of Petaluma N. and Washington, (199Petaluma Blvd. 65704 Phone 417-924-8917 Mansfield, MON). Petaluma’s well-preserved visit us on Facebook tofounder’s 1767 house! A historic buildings and the keep up with the free catalog is available upon request. The Petaluma Seed Bankhistoric city center, which includes many build- latest happenings. We schedule regular 199 Petaluma Blvd. Northings that us on facebook and twitter! Follow survived the 1906 San Francisco talks, workshops, or Wethersfield, CT.that 5 DIRECTIONS - Come to presentations (just Petaluma, CA 94952earthquake, is part of an extensive residential draw a good of downtown Hartford) We are on minutes south crowd. Also, make plans Phone 707-773-1336and commercial heritage handed down to us Printed on recycled paper, please to attend in“The National Heirloom Main street Old Wethersfield, (263 Main St.) Open: email: paul@rareseeds.comby the early citizens pass this book on to1880’s, recycle and of the prosperous friends! Sunday- Friday. Closed Saturdays & major holidays. Expo” in Santa Rosa, Sept 11-13, 2012!1890’s and 1900’s, when Petaluma was the cen- online 860-571-6590 Phone at, 4ter of commerce for the North Bay counties.
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  7. 7. Why Grow Heirlooms? Anti-GMO Icon Quality: Decades of modern breeding in vege- Percy Schmeiser to speak at table crops has yielded some useful varieties, but The National Heirloom Exposition, at a price: quality has been sacrificed to the pro- in Santa Rosa, CA. Sept. 11-13, 2012 ducers’ convenience in harvesting and shipping. Too often, crops have been bred for uniformity, or to ripen all at once (to facilitate mechanical Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser didn’t harvesting), or tough skins (to allow the produce set out to become an iconic symbol of the to withstand rough handling and shipping, some- worldwide movement to defend biodiversity times thousands of miles!). and farmers’ rights. Nor did he choose to Quality, taste, and even nutritional value have play the heroic underdog in a David and Go- been the casualties of this trend. Increasingly, liath battle with chemical and biotechnology studies are showing that the nutritional values in giant, Monsanto Corporation. But life - and factory-farmed produce are actually lower. Pro- corporate power - does have a way of inter- tein content in corn is one example. Old-style open-pollinated field corn, the type grown for fering with the best-laid plans. feed or for milling into flour, often contains almost Along with his wife, Louise, Sch- twice as much protein as the new hybrids. Stud- meiser had farmed in Saskatchewan for ies have also shown higher levels of copper, iron over half a century. He ran a successful and manganese in at least some open-pollinated farm equipment dealership, and served as varieties. Mayor of his hometown of Bruno for nearly Performance: Heirloom varieties are often twenty years. Then, in 1996, Monsanto was the product of many generations of careful selec- allowed to introduce its Roundup Ready ge- tion by farmers and gardeners who knew what netically modified canola seeds in Canada. they wanted from their plants. If a variety has After three of their neighbors agreed to plant been carefully nurtured and its seed kept by gen- these GMO seeds, Percy and Louise soon erations of a family or in a small geographic area, it stands to reason that it must perform well in the found their lives had been forever altered. conditions under which it has been preserved. By In 1998 the family was informed by taking some care to choose varieties from your Monsanto that, not only had the company’s own area, or those that come from similar condi- GMO canola contaminated their crop, but tions, it is quite possible to select varieties that Monsanto intended to sue them for “infringe- will be very vigorous and productive in your own ment of patent,” unless they agreed to buy garden. their seeds from Monsanto in the future. Saving Seed: A great advantage of heirlooms Though their canola had been acciden- is the fact that, provided precautions are ob- tally contaminated - either windblown from served when growing a crop, seed may be saved their neighbors’ fields or dropped by pass- for use in future years, and it will be true to type, ing trucks - the Schmeisers were forced to year after year! You can’t do this with hybrids; if you save seed grown from hybrid parents, the defend themselves all the way to the Su- offspring will show a lot of variation and, in all preme Court, which ruled in Monsanto’s fa- likelihood, be markedly inferior to the parents. In vor, though it declined to penalize the Sch- fact, careful selection in your own garden can ac- meisers financially. In 2008, the family won tually produce a unique strain of the crop grown, a second court battle - and an award of $600 resulting in even better performance under your - against Monsanto, three years after again own unique conditions! finding GMO canola on their property. Tradition and Continuity: Heirloom veg- Percy Schmeiser’s case made etables represent a priceless legacy, the product worldwide news as it was among the first to of centuries of work by countless generations of involve a company claiming to own a patent farmers around the globe. When we grow heir- upon life itself. In 2007, Percy and his wife looms, we are the living link in a chain stretching back sometimes many hundreds of years. We received the Right Livelihood Award - the are taking our turn in a succession of growers, Alternative Nobel Prize - and have since be- each generation of which cherished their favorite come worldwide leaders in the battle for the crops and varieties and lovingly preserved fresh rights of farmers to save seeds and prevent seed for coming seasons. As the current custo- GMO contamination. By Chris Fisher dians, we are endowed with the opportunity to make our mark, as well, because like previous We are excited to have Percy join us generations, we maintain the varieties that we at The National Heirloom Exposition. love the most. Heirloom seeds are our living leg- acy, bequeathed to us from the past, and passed on, in turn, to the future. By Randel A. Agrella, An heirloom seed saver since 1982, he offers heirloom plants in season on his website, He7 also manages our seed growing program.
  8. 8. Northern Seeds!Visit Comstock, Ferre & Company, LLC Old Wethersfield is a charming, historic Con- necticut River town founded in 1643. AlongThis historic seed company is located in a cluster Main Street, many of the homes are more thanof antique buildings in the heart of Old Wethers-field, the “most ancient” town in Connecticut. 200 years old, often with placards indicatingComstock, Ferre is the oldest continuously op- their establishment dates. Fifty houses in the vil-erating seed company in New England. It first lage predate the Revolutionary War, while one Request our Free Catalog of hundred others predate the Civil War. In addition to the white-steepled Congregational Church historic and hardy New Eng-offered seeds by James Lockwood Belden, asthe Wethersfield Seed Company, in the Hartford that George Washington occasionally attended, land varieties of vegetables,Courant in 1811 . The original tin signs adorn the one will find the grave sites of Revolutionary Warbuildings to this day. In more than a century and heroes buried in the historic cemeteries just pac- fruits, flowers and herbs!a half of business, the company has seen severales from the seed company. Be sure to walk thetransitions from local garden supplier to whole-tree-lined streets surrounding Comstock Ferre & Because the area is rich with deep fertile soil,saler and back to a wider retail operation underCompany and visit the historical museums, Hart it was a natural location for seed companies tothe Gettles entrepreneurship. Seed Co, antique shops and specialty boutiques. thrive a century and a half ago. While Comstock Ferre & Company, Hart Seed Company, andCome shop for seeds, gifts, tools, plants, and sundries! seven other seed companies set up shop here, only Comstock and Hart remain in business Come to our 2nd annual Comstock, Ferre. & Co. today—just one block apart. Comtock Ferre & “Heirloom Festival” Company is known for popularizing such veg- 263 Main St. etable standards as the Wethersfield red onion, June 3, 2012 (10am-6 pm) Wethersfield, CT. 06109 which it still carries today. In addition to sell- ing more than 250 varieties of the stores name Wethersfield, Connecticut brand heirloom garden seeds, we also offer Phone (860)571-6590 Baker Creek heirloom seeds, which are open- Join us for a full day of speakers, demonstra- pollinated, pure and natural, and non-GMO. tions, music, garden vendors as we celebrate Thus, Comstock Ferre & Company now offers being in the seed business for 201 years! one of the broadest choices of old seed variet- Last year we had 2000 guests come from ies in the country. across the North East and beyond, 8
  9. 9. Organic Producers Fight FRANKENFOOD NEWS Protect Your Seeds and Back Against Monsanto Go GMO-free in 2012! Your Food from GMOs This past spring a lawsuit was filed against In case you missed it, the most radical change in Monsanto, preemptively seeking legal relief the history of our food and seed supply took place from the strong-arm tactics for which the in the mid-90s, and it may now be wreaking havoc firm has become famous. with our health and environment. Companies like The suit, filed March 29, 2011, in United Monsanto inserted genes from bacteria and vi- States District Court, Southern District of ruses into the DNA of soybeans, corn, and other New York, in Manhattan, seeks a declara- food crops. They promised that their genetically tory judgment against Monsanto. If granted, modified organisms (GMOs) would be safe, feed the judgment will prohibit Monsanto from su- the world, increase yields, and reduce agricultural ing for patent infringement in the event that chemicals. They were wrong on all accounts. its patented genes, such as the glyphosate Industry sleight of hand also played a key tolerance gene, should turn up in seeds or role in the approval process. Monsanto’s former at- plants grown by organic or heirloom farm- torney was in charge of FDA policy, which falsely ers. A number of seed companies, includ- claimed that the agency was unaware of informa- ing Fedco Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed tion showing that GMOs were substantially different. Exchange, Comstock, Ferre Seed Co., and Therefore, not a single safety study was required. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. joined with Monsanto, who told us their toxic PCBs, Agent Or- organic trade associations, other compa- ange, and DDT were safe, could determine whether nies, and dozens of individual farmers in their gene-spliced wonders were safe. filing suit against the gene-splitting giant, FDA memos released years after the Monsanto Corporation. policy went into effect revealed the fiction. The The suit alleges that Monsanto’s aggres- “Like I said before, I would rath- agency’s own scientists had repeatedly warned er be fishing with my grandkids sive tactics have, in the past, resulted in un- that GMOs might create allergens, toxins, new due hardships on small operations who in- diseases, and nutritional problems. But they were advertently experienced contamination from than fighting this but, by golly, ignored by Monsanto’s former attorney, who later GMO crops, especially those containing somebody, somewhere, some- became Monsanto’s VP, and is now back at the FDA as the nation’s Food Safety Czar. the glyphosate tolerance gene (commonly known as the “Roundup-ready” gene) as ex- time has to take a stand.” The concerned FDA’s scientists have emplified in the well-known Percy Schmeiser -Percy Schmeiser now been vindicated. The physicians group case. In that case, Schmeiser, a canola American Academy of Environmental Medicine farmer, was accused of patent infringement says that the GMO feeding studies show repro- 2.) Monsanto’s patents are not infringed ductive disorders, immune system damage, ac- because Monsanto-owned genes turned up Since there is no intention on the part of in his fields, in the absence of any license celerated aging, organ and digestive problems, contaminated farmers to infringe patents, and dysfunctional regulation of insulin and cho- from Monsanto. there can be no patent infringement. In- lesterol. They urge all doctors to prescribe non- The suit was filed by the Public Patent stead, contamination is in fact a trespass, GMO diets to everyone. foundation, or PUBPAT, a New York-based causing damage to the affected farmers. Since the government is not listening legal firm specializing in aspects of patent The complaint contends that it is “perverse” to scientists or doctors, we have to take action law pertaining to the public’s interest in such that farmers whose crops have been con- ourselves. The Institute for Responsible Technol- regulation. In a press release, PUBPAT said, taminated should also be subject to litigation ogy educates consumers about the dangers of “The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue for patent infringement. GMOs and is engineering a tipping point of con- preemptively to protect themselves from be- 3.) Monsanto’s patents are not enforce- sumer rejection. This will force GMOs out of the ing accused of patent infringement should able US food supply—like it did in Europe. Visit www. their crops ever become contaminated by If both previous arguments fail and patents to learn more, watch Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.” If are still admitted by the judge as being valid free videos, sign up for a free newsletter, and get the plaintiffs prevail, future situations like the and infringed, PUBPAT intends to demon- involved. To learn how to avoid GMOs, visit www. Schmeiser case would not happen, at least strate that they are not enforceable because in the United States, as Monsanto wouldn’t, or download the they are being misused to gain undue con- iPhone app ShopNoGMOs. have grounds to sue when the intention of trol over the market. the farmer was to raise GMO-free crops. 4.) Monsanto is not entitled to any rem- Safe eating. (The Schmeiser case happened in Canada; edy this ruling would affect only American farms.) Since the farmers in the group are seeking Jeffrey Smith PUBPAT cited four grounds for the suit, to produce only GMO-free crops, and GMO any one of which, if proven, should be suffi- contamination destroys the value of such Jeffrey M. Smith is the author of Seeds of Decep- cient to cause the court to issue the declara- crops, Monsanto has not lost revenue due tion, the world’s bestselling and #1 rated book on tory judgment: solely to the production of the contaminat- GMOs. His second book, Genetic Roulette, docu- 1.) Monsanto’s patents are invalid ed crops. Consequently, it is not entitled to ments 65 health risks of the GMOs Americans eat By law, patents must be new, non-obvious damages. everyday. Mr. Smith is the Executive Director of and useful. The suit asserts that not only are To be successful, the plaintiffs need only the Institute for Responsible Technology. GMO’s not useful, but they may actually be successfully prove any one of the four bases harmful to public health, the environment and for the suit. Monsanto, on the other hand, PS, I Will be speaking at The Spring Plant- society as a whole. Moreover, they are obvi- must successfully refute all four of the claims ing Festival, in Mansfield, MO and at The ous since they derive from gene sequencing. to prove its case. By Randel A. Agrella National Heirloom Expo, in Santa Rosa, The complaint cites a number of studies and CA. See you there!9 cases to support this claim.
  10. 10. The National Heirloom Exposition was con- on non-GMO issues, all of whom were in-ceived to create awareness on issues sur- credibly well received. The Great Pumpkinrounding “pure food.” We could not think Patch from Illinois had the largest pump-of a better venue to showcase all elements kin display in the US as a centerpiece at thethe Expo has to offer than Sonoma County, event, and will be doing the world’s largestCalifornia, with its deep roots in agricul- display at the 2012 event!ture and the overall passion there for goodfood. The event is operated as a “not-for-profit,” whereby any funds generated over andThere were multiple components to the above the costs go to school gardens and2011 Expo, including over 70 educational other food programs. It is the intent tospeakers operating concurrently from maintain the event as affordable to all par-three speaking locations; several thousand ticipants: vendors, exhibitors and attend-varieties of produce on display to show- ees alike. As this is primarily an educationalcase the diversity our country has to offer; event, we wish to keep admission free forover 200 like-minded vendor booths; back- ages 17 and under. The National Heirloomto-back educational food, farm and garden Exposition encourages school groups torelated movies; a kids day packed with fun grow for, and attend the event, and we hadand educational activities; heritage breeds almost 800 school kids bussed in for theof poultry and livestock on display; chef 2011 Expo kids day on Sept. 14th, 2011demonstrations; a farmer’s market and “...I will be coming to the‘healthy’ fair food vendors. Almost 11,000 passionate “pure food” en- thuisiasts descended on Sonoma County National Heirloom Expo-The Expo’s keynote speakers were Dr. in 2011! It was featured on the Martha sition, because it is de-Vandana Shiva from India, nationally re- Stewart Show as well as on dozens of oth- fending our future...”nowned chef and author Alice Waters, and er media outlets. Dr. Vandana Shiva 10Jeffrey Smith, the nation’s top authority
  11. 11. The World’s Largest Heritage Food Event! 3000 varieties, 300 exhibitors, 3 days! Join the World’s Premier Gardeners, Speakers, Farmers, Seedsmen, Chefs and Food Activists! Enjoy over 75 food, farm and garden speakers, including... The 2012 National Vandana Shiva Jim Long Heirloom Exposition One of the world’s leading supporters of the pure food Founder of Long Creek Herbs and popular herbalist. movement. Dr. Shiva drew over 1200 people to her He as written many books on the subject. is scheduled for Tues. – Thurs. talk last year. Jeffrey Smith September 11, 12 and 13, at the Percy Schmeiser Best-selling author and founder of the Institute for Re- Sonoma County Fairgrounds, A long time farmer who was sued by Monsanto after his crop was contaminated by their GMO canola. He sponsible Technology. A leading GMO-free activist. Bryant Terry Santa Rosa, California. has became the face of the GMO-free movement An eco-chef, food justice activist, and author. Anna Lappe Daniel Ravicher For more information A widely respected author and educator, renowned Attorney that is committed to protecting citizens from for her work as a sustainable food advocate. She is a unsound patent policy. He is the lead attorney in the founding principal of the Small Planet Institute. recent farmers vs. Monsanto lawsuit. or call (707) 773 1336. Eric Holt-Gimenez Sandor Katz Executive director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Culinary author and food activist who is America’s Development Policy. food fermentation expert. Join thousands of people from around the world at the National Heirloom Exposition to celebrate traditional crops, foods, seeds, poultry & animals.11
  12. 12. HUBEI #AM120 MIRIAH #AM125Amaranth100-200 seeds per packet. Warm-season, New World native Attractive red flowers on short, sprawling plants that can reach 4’ across. We received our seeds for this variety from our Australian friend, Rose-Marie Lacherez. She received the seeds in 1995 from a Chinese researcher (Bi Jihuan) This variety is a good producer of green leaves. Popular in Asia eaten as a delicious spinach substitute; great cooked or pickled. Ornamental plants grow 5’-6’ tall and produce a flashy, golden-brown seed head. Very rare. Pkt $2.25adds lots of color to the garden. This crop is easy to grow, andmakes delicious greens and grain. A good ornamental plant for who, at the time, was the director of the agricultural college MOLTEN FIRE #AM127landscaping. Amaranth seed is one of the most complete pro- of Hubei, China. Pkt $2.50 Simply stunning, this old favorite produces leaves that are ateins available from any plant. Direct-sow the tiny seeds when JOSEPH’S COAT “PERFECTA” #AM130 fire-crimson color, so intense and beautiful! One of the bestsoil is warm, barely covering, and thin to 1-2 feet apart. Can Wavy-margined leaves in bright orange and yellow are varieties for edible landscaping as the young leaves arealso be started indoors and transplanted. reminiscent of lava spouting from a volcano! Plants reach quite tasty and nutritious when cooked. Pkt $2.25GOLDEN GIANT #AM117 3 ft in height. Makes a spectacular temporary hedge. Native OPOPEO #AM102 60 daysAttractive golden-colored flower heads produce up to 1 lb to Asia, where it is cultivated for its leaves. This variety was Beautiful, large, red, upright flower spikes and bronze-greenof white seed per plant, making this a very heavy producer. favored by Thomas Jefferson, as well as many others of that foliage make this Mexican heirloom a real knockout in thePlants grow to about 6’ and are easy to grow. Pkt (50 seeds) period. Pkt $2.50 vegetable garden. Tasty leaves are tender when picked$2.50 KERALA RED #AM122 young. Easy to grow from seed. From Opopeo, Mexico. PktGREEK GIANT #AM124 A beautiful red amaranth from the Indian state of Kerala, $2.25Seed sent to us by Dr. Joseph Philip of Pennsylvania. He where amaranth is a popular garden crop, making great ORANGE GIANT #AM121collected seed originally near the town of Herakleion, stir-fried and steamed greens. This variety has pretty stems, Ornamental 6’-8’ tall plants produce giant, golden-orangeCrete, years ago and has grown it ever since. Entire plant is foliage and flowers. Harvest leaves young when still tender. heads, with the stems golden as well. Each plant can pro-reddish-pink, reaching only 3 ½ feet tall in most situations, Pkt $2.50 duce up to 1 lb of seed; a beautiful variety that is tasty andbut may approach 5 feet in very rich soil. Plants branch rela- LOVE-LIES-BLEEDING GREEN #AM113 productive. Pkt $2.50tively little for an amaranth, and produce most of the red A wonderful green version of the lovely “Love-Lies-Bleed- POINSETTIA MIX #AM132 New!seed heads at the top of the plant. Very attractive! Pkt $2.50 ing” with long flower-ropes that are lime green; attractive Incredible range of foliage colors really lights up the gar-GREEN CALALOO #AM126 and easy to grow. A must to blend with the red. Pkt $2.00 den! This is a formula mix of Amaranthus tricolor colors:A popular green vegetable in many countries, including LOVE-LIES-BLEEDING RED #AM103 60 days green with creamy top leaves, rose-red to chocolate brown,many islands of the Caribbean where this plant is famous Tall 3’- 4’ plants are covered with very long rope-like flowers and brilliant red-orange to yellow. Superb in the border,for Calaloo Seafood Soup. Light green leaves are great in that are a deep, brilliant red color. One of the most striking where it reaches about 2 feet in height. Pkt $2.50stews, stir-fries and soups, having a tangy, spinach-like fla- plants for any garden and so easy to grow. Amaranth is one THAI RW TENDER #AM118vor. Easy to grow in warm weather. Pkt $2.00 of our favorite crops! A good seed producer, too. This is a A popular plant that is grown in Thailand, used as a salad very old heirloom, a pre-1700 variety, that was very popular. and cooking green; popular in soups, curries and stir-fries.“And God said, Behold, I have given you ev- Leaves are tasty as cooked greens. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.50 Smallish plants produce round, medium green-colored MERCADO #AM131 leaves. Pkt $2.00ery herb bearing seed, which is upon the Traditional grain type from southern Mexico. (“Mercado”face of all the earth, and every tree, in the means market in Spanish.) Apple-green seed heads give “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come fromwhich is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to way to delicious, tan grain. This lodge-resistant variety is people who have the habit of making excuses.”you it shall be for meat.” -Genesis 1:29 rather long-season for an amaranth, requiring 125 days to -George Washington Carver yield mature seed. Pkt $2.25 Molten Fire Golden Giant Kerala Red 12
  13. 13. Joseph’s Coat Artichoke and mental plants, especially when the buds open. Rare outside Europe. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 PURPLE OF ROMAGNA #AR105 Cardoon Large, round-headed purple chokes, tender and tasty, perfect for warm season areas, or grow with shelter. So popular with chefs, and is a sure seller at the finer Originated in the Mediterranean region. Long-season plants markets. We are proud to introduce this regional Ital- that won’t overwinter reliably north of Zone 7. To get a crop of ian favorite. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 artichokes in one year, start seeds indoors in pots 2-3 months ROUGE D’ALGER #AR106 before last frost date in spring. Move the pots outdoors This exciting heirloom Cardoon was developed in when four leaves have developed, when temperatures are Algeria, hence the name. It has big, edible and or- occasionally freezing, protecting them if temps fall below namental stalks that are blushed in red, which is so below 29 degrees. 2-4 weeks of exposure to cool temps striking against the blue-green leaves. The flowers “vernalizes” young seedlings, preparing them to bloom later in are also beautiful and can be cooked before the buds the season after plants have grown large. Cardoon may also open, like a small artichoke. One of the prettiest his- be started early indoors but vernalizing isn’t necessary. Both toric varieties you can plant. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 kinds are then grown on in very rich soil, in full sun. They need Asparagus excellent drainage but ample moisture. They may benefit from some mid-afternoon shade in hot-summer areas. GOBBO DI NIZZIA #AR103 A rare cardoon from Italy, its broad white stalks are Beloved early-spring crop in Europe since ancient times, eaten fried, sauteed, pickled and in soups. Italians eat asparagus is a perennial plant that starts slow but it raw, dipped in olive oil. The root is also edible, tasty, yields for many years. The best way to grow from seed and can be used like parsnips. The plant is similar in is to start indoors 2-3 months before last frost. Be sure culture and appearance to artichokes. Cardoons have that the young seedlings receive bright light, to make been popular in Europe since ancient Rome. Beautiful the strong growth. Set young plants outdoors when ornamental plants. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 weather is warm, growing them in a nursery bed of your GREEN GLOBE #AR101 finest soil, where they will receive attentive care. In fall, Tasty; needs a fairly long, mild growing season, or grow as or the following spring, set the plants into their final garden location—spacing them 2 feet or more from an annual. A colorful plant that makes a great ornamental. their neighbors. Modest yield may be taken the third Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 or 1 oz $7.50 year, and a full harvest every spring thereafter. VIOLETTA PRECOCE #AR104 MARY WASHINGTON #AS101 Lovely, pointed, purple artichokes. Purple varieties Popular variety, long green spears. Pkt (100 seeds) have been popular in Italy for hundreds of years and $2.00 or 1 oz $7.00 are more tender than green types. Needs a mild cli- mate. We are glad to introduce this heirloom to the PRECOCE D’ARGENTEUIL #AS102 USA. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 An old traditional heirloom, this gourmet variety is VIOLET DE PROVENCE #AR107 highly esteemed in Europe for its delicious stems with This French heirloom is noted for its fine flavor and rose-colored buds that can be blanched white. Italian13 pretty purple buds that are lovely on the big, orna- Seed. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50
  14. 14. season; these must be started very early in all areas except the deep South. Caution: The seeds and pods are poisonous, but the small pods are cooked in the Philippines. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) 40-60 seeds per packet. An ancient staple crop grown throughout North and South America. BOLITA #BN133 This bean was one of the original varieties brought by the Spanish as they settled New Mexico. It is still grown by a few Spanish farms to this day, due to its dry bean rich flavor and creamy texture. Better than the Pinto bean, this small, creamy-tan bean cooks fast and is the tastiest part of several centuries of NM history. Vines produce very early. Pkt $2.50 CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS #BN134 This heirloom was brought from Tennessee by the Cher- okee people as they were marched to Oklahoma by the Federal Government in 1839 over the infamous “Trail of Tears” that left so many dead and suffering. This pro- lific variety is good as a snap or dry bean and has shiny, black beans. Hardy, vining plants. Pkt $2.75 CONTENDER (BUFF VALENTINE) #BN102 50 days A superb bush bean with huge yields of excellent-quality pods. Earlier than most others & perfect for market. Intro. 1949. Pkt $2.00 BEURRE DE ROCQUENCOURT #BN128 A productive heirloom wax bean named for Rocquen-Asian Beans Hyacinth Bean “Moonshadow” court, France, a town in France’s rich farming country. Wax beans were introduced to France in the 1840’s from Algeria, and this variety is surely a descendantA diverse group of many relatives of the common of those early beans. The bush plants set good yieldsbean. Many grow much better than common early and produce well in most climates. These beansbeans in warm weather, and most tend to be more are favored by cooks for their fine-flavored pods thatdisease-resistant. are a bright waxy-yellow in color. This variety was list-ASIAN WINGED BEAN #AB112 ed in Mother Earth News as a favorite of well-known(Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) This is one of the writer William Woys Weaver. Pkt $2.75most unique beans; it produces delicious pods BLUE LAKE BUSH 274 #BN119 60 dayswith four winged edges, the leaves are cooked like This dark-green bean has been a standard for over 40spinach and the roots have a delicious, nutty flavor. years. The bush plants set heavy yields of flavorful podsThis high-protein bean is an excellent crop and is so that are tender and crisp. Developed in 1961 from theuseful in the kitchen. The plants are tropical and do Pole Blue Lake. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50best in warm areas. They will not produce well when DRAGON TONGUE #BN126 the days are long, so it may not yield until fall. Soak This famous Dutch heirloom bean has an incompara-seeds 24 hours before planting. We have had a hard ble flavor. The tender and superbly delicious 7” podstime keeping any winged beans on the shelf ever are yellow with amazing purple streaks! Also makes asince Mother Earth News ran an article on this bean. tasty shelled bean. Popular with chefs and gourmets.Limited quantities. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 Compact plants set high yields. Pkt $2.75HYACINTH BEAN - “MOONSHADOW “ #AB106 FEIJAO FIDALGO #BN139 New!(Dolichos lablab) Beautiful purple pods are used Interesting new addition to the garden, suppliedin Asia as a curry and stir-fry vegetable. Pick when originally by our Portuguese friend, Joao Barroca.small and tender, as old pods and dry beans may Bush plants produce loads of very straight, long, flat,be poisonous! The long, rambling vine is also very stringless pods that are great for snaps. Pkt $3.50ornamental with lilac-colored blossoms and purple GOLDEN WAX #BN104 55 daysstems. Thomas Jefferson planted this fine bean at Delicious golden-yellow pods are stringless and are ofMonticello. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 good quality with extra-fine rich flavor. This old-timeHYACINTH BEAN - “RED LEAVED” #AB115 favorite has bush plants. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50Here is one of the most beautiful and lovely of all le- HENDERSON’S BLACK VALENTINE #BN103 53 days.gumes. Vines display pretty crimson-red-tinged foli- Introduced in 1897 by Peter Henderson & Co., thisage! A perfect display of brilliant color and these also excellent fresh snap bean has tasty pods. Also makesproduce lovely, deep purple flowers and pods. One a fine dry soup bean. Great yields! Any seed that hasof the most fascinating plants for ornamental land- “Henderson’s” name on it just has to be good­ that’s —scaping. These will amaze your friends. If pods are why we offer so many of his fine varieties throughouteaten they must be picked when small, as old pods our catalog. A perfect all-purpose pole bean! Pkt $2.00and seeds can be poisonous. Pkt (20 seeds) $3.25 JACOB’S CATTLE #BN115KABOULI BLACK GARBANZO #AB111 An old-time bean from the New England states, theThis unique heirloom variety was collected in Kabul, white and maroon-mottled beans have long been aAfghanistan. The 2’ plants produce unusual dark staple for baking and soups. This early, bush variety ispurple beans. The purple color comes from a pig- also good as a snap bean. Pkt $2.50ment called anthocyanine, which enables seeds to MAYFLOWER #BN111sprout in cool soil, making this variety perfect for This is the bean that is said to have come to Americashort season areas. Perfect for hummus and other with the Pilgrims in 1620. This old cutshort green beanMiddle Eastern dishes. Pkt $3.00 has great flavor and the red/white beans are quiteJICAMA OR YAM BEAN #AB105 120 days tasty. A long-time staple in the Carolinas. Pkt $2.50(Pachyrhizus erosus) Long vines can grow twenty MCCASLAN 42 POLE #BN108 62 daysfeet long and produce delicious tubers. These have Winged Beans This is a selection of the old McCaslan bean that was 14become very popular in the last few years. Very long
  15. 15. grown by the McCaslan family of Georgia before 1900. This strain was selected by the Corneli Seed Company of Saint Louis in 1962. The dark-green pods are string- less and full of flavor. The white seeds are also great for a dry bean. Extra productive and hardy. Pkt $2.00 MISSOURI WONDER #BN112 70 days Old-time cornfield type. Vines produce flavorful pods even under stress. The dry beans look like pintos. In- troduced around 1931 and grown in corn fields, as corn stalks support them quite well. Pkt $2.50 OJO DE CABRA #BN140 New! (pole) The name means “Eye of the Goat” and the lengthwise brown stripes that some of the seeds ex- hibit are certainly reminiscent of the vertical pupil of a goat’s eye. There are a number of native varieties of this name; ours appears to be the Tarahumara Indians landrace type, since it throws a few dark purple beans. A favorite variety in Baja California and northern Mex- ico, this unusual bean cooks up firm and sweet and keeps its rich color. Pkt $3.00 OLD HOMESTEAD (KENTUCKY WONDER POLE) #BN105 65 days. This homesteaders’ heirloom was first men- tioned in The Country Gentleman magazine in 1864 under the name of Texas Pole. It was not until 1877 that it was introduced as Kentucky Wonder by James J.H. Gregory & Sons and has been popular ever since. It is a pole bean with 6”- 8” green pods that are very ten- der when cooked and have a great flavor. In 1896 Pe- ter Henderson & Co. said, “This we regard as far ahead Purple Podded Pole of any other green Pole Bean.” They also said it was 10 days earlier. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50 PURPLE PODDED POLE #BN114 This delicious heirloom was discovered in the Ozark mountains by Henry Fields in the 1930’s and is still re- quested by many old-timers of this region. The pods are bright purple, stringless, and tender. Plants grow to 6’ and produce heavy yields. Pkt $2.75 RATTLESNAKE POLE #BN109 New! This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple streaks. Good flavor and very tender; the speckled seeds are popular in soup. This variety is great for hot, humid areas. Pkt $3.00 ROMA II #BN107 55 days This is an improved Romano, bush-type, green bean that produces loads of 6” to 7”-wide pods that are very flavorful. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50 ROYALTY PURPLE POD #BN101 56 days Tender, bright purple pods turn green when cooked. Very ornamental, beautiful and tasty. A good home garden variety. Bush plant. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50 SAINT-ESPRIT À OEIL ROUGE #BN135 This unique dry bean name “Holy Spirit in Red Eye” is due to its unique markings near the bean’s eye that resemble Blue Lake Bush Golden Wax an angel, dove, soldier or nun, depending on a garden- er’s point-of-view. Also called “Soldier Bean”, a once pop- ular type in the Southern U.S.A. It is an excellent soup and baking bean that is produced on bush plants. This type of bean was known by many names, like “Beans of the Religious” and “Navel of Good Sister.” Pkt $2.75 STATE HALF RUNNER #BN110 60 days Short, 3’ semi-vining plants produce 4” pods that have a very strong, beany taste. Popular in many areas and high yielding; bushy vines do not require staking. Se- lected by West Virginia University. Pkt $2.00 WHITE RICE #BN116 An old heirloom that produces slender seeds that are about 1/3 “ long. They are great in rice dishes and casseroles, as they cook fast and have a delicious, rich taste. Pkt $2.50 YELLOW CHINA #BN138 100-110 days--Very pretty bush dry bean known prior to 1800. Plump yellow bean with a dark ring around the hilum or “eye” was once widespread throughout the world, giving rise to numerous local varieties. Re- nowned for the way it boils down into an excellent thick soup. Pkt $2.75 Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes15 later. -Benjamin Franklin Dragon Tongue Roma II
  16. 16. Christmas Pole Lima THE BEAN STORY Beans are one of the most important types of food on Earth and are packed with fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium. Dried beans can be prepared in myriad ways and are a great, inexpensive pantry staple at Baker Creek. This is one of the first vegetables I rec- ommend to people just starting out, because of how simple they are to grow. There is a kalei- doscopic variety available, and Emilee and I eat beans nearly every day. What we call “beans” are actually a di- verse assemblage of related plants, all of which yield an abundance of large, high-protein seeds. They all belong to a single plant family, the Fa- baceae family, which formerly was known as the Leguminosae. Beans are grown for both dried seeds as KING OF THE GARDEN LIMA #LB105 90 daysFava or Broad Beans Large 8’-10’ vines yield very LARGE white lima beans well as tender young pods that can be eaten raw. and give huge yields over a long season. An heirloom Though at first glance it might seem overwhelm-(Vicia faba) Mediterranean native that is quite dif- from 1883, introduced by Frank S. Platt. An old-fash- ing to try and understand them, due to the sheerferent from ordinary beans. Prefers cool weather. ioned favorite, excellent for home gardeners. Pkt (40 volume of varieties and types of beans, there are seeds) $2.50 a lot of similarities between types, and they’re allAQUADULCE #FB103 85 days grown in a similar way. Here’s a look at some ofThis 19th-century Spanish heirloom produces large, Runner Beans my favorite kinds.white beans, extra early in the season; a great protein Common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris),source for cool climate areas. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50BROAD WINDSOR #FB101 75 days such as the pinto, red kidney, and green beans,Yields gourmet high-protein beans on upright non- (Phaseolus coccineus) Another New World na- are the most well known of all beans, and you’vebranching plants. An old English favorite. Pkt (25 tive. Grown like ordinary beans with one major seen them in many different dishes, most famous- difference: they prefer cooler temperatures. ly the pinto beans in frijoles refritos; plump kid-seeds) $2.50 SCARLET RUNNER #RB101 80 days neys in a spicy Mexican chili; and green, purple,EXTRA PRECOCE A GRANO VIOLETTO #FB105 Used by native Americans, large, beautiful, vigorous or yellow fresh pods sautéed and simmered inThis extra early variety produces long pods that are vines grow over 10’. Flowers are very ornamental, infilled with 6 large beans that are a pretty purple tomato sauce, or even in salads and with dipping clusters of the brightest scarlet. Good for snap, shellcolor and are sweet tasting. A unique and colorful or dry beans. The huge seeds are very colorful, violet- sauces on vegetable plates. This type of beanvariety from Italy. Pkt $3.00 purple mottled in black. These beans like fairly cool originated in Mexico, the great center of earlyIANTO’S FAVA #FB104 weather. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 agricultural development, and the colors of theOriginally introduced by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds. A STREAMLINE #RB107 seeds never cease to delight me, as they comelarge-seeded Guatemalan variety that reaches 6 ft tall! The Amazingly prolific, produces clusters of tender, in blood-red, white, blue-black, green, yellow, andbright yellow seeds are reputed to contain elevated lev- straight pods suitable to be used as snaps. Pods can every conceivable shade of beige, tan, brown,els of dopamine, and may have benefits for those at risk reach 18 inches in length and are fine for freezing. and pink. Some are solid-colored, and othersfor Alzheimer’s disease. A fine plant for improving garden Seeds can also be used as shell beans or when dried. have stripes and speckles. They grow in one ofsoil. Abundant production of delicious fava beans. Pkt (20 Brilliant scarlet flowers are an attractive bonus! Very two ways: as bush beans, which are stocky plantsseeds) $3.50 popular European variety. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.25 that grow up to one or two feet high, and as poleLima Beans beans, which vine upward along a trellis, fence,(Phaseolus lunatus) Originally grown in South America.CHRISTMAS- POLE LIMA #LB104 95 days. Soya (Edamame) Beans (Glycine max) One of the world’s oldest crops. Scarlet Runner Bean Grown in Asia for thousands of years where it isVery large white beans with beautiful, dark red splash- a staple protein, rich flavor; heavy yields even in very hot weather; ENVY #SY101long vines. Heirloom. Pkt (40 seeds) $2.50 Early 80-day variety is great for the North. Perfect forDIXIE SPECKLED BUTTERPEA #LB103 Edamame, fresh shelling or dried; nice green-colored76 days. Very productive. Beans are about the size of beans have good flavor; developed by the late Prof. El-peas; red-speckled with a deep purple-rust color and wyn Meader, UNH. Pkt (100 seeds) $3.00grow well in hot weather. A delicious baby lima. Bush FLEDDERJOHN #SY105 New!plants. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 68 days—Edamame-type soybean with unusualHENDERSON’S BUSH LIMA #LB101 71 days brown seed. Grown by the Zack family of Crys-Introduced in 1888 by Peter Henderson & Co. and tal Lake, Illinois, for two generations, the variety isone of their most famous varieties; still popular to named after their ancestor, who received the seedsthis day. In 1888 Henderson offered $100 cash for from a missionary to Japan. The beans have a full,plants bearing the most pods and proclaimed it “A nutty flavor. Pkt (50 seeds) $3.00VEGETABLE WONDER!!!” “Can and should be grown TOKYO VERTE #SY104in every garden,” and also said “of all the Novelties ... 115 days. Lovely green edamame type on medium-ever sent out, there is nothing so entirely distinct and sized, heavily branched plants. Very productive vari-valuable as this New Vegetable.” Dwarf bush plants ety, and extremely rare! Pkt (50 seeds) $3.00can be grown like regular bush beans. Very tasty, ten-der beans, and very early too! Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50JACKSON WONDER BUSH LIMA #LB102 “Uniformity is not nature’s way; diver-75 days. Introduced in 1888 by David Landreth & sity is nature’s way.” -Vandana ShivaSons. Heavy yields of small-to-medium-sized, tanand purple-brown-speckled beans. Pods can also becooked when young. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 16
  17. 17. or anything else vertical. Pole beans can grow which lays eggs on the beans when they are in anywhere from four to fifteen feet high. the garden. The eggs usually hatch on the dried The Scarlet Runner bean (Phaseo- beans, often after you have them stored a few lus coccineus) is another type from Mexico, so- weeks; the weevils then eat many holes in the called because of its bright red flower, which is seeds. To avoid this happening, freeze your showy enough to earn it a place as an ornamen- dry beans for at least five days after harvesting tal in many gardens. These beans are big—they them—this will kill the larvae. can get up to an inch in diameter! Some varieties have white or pink flowers, and the seeds them- Seed Saving selves may be white, purple, mottled pink and When it comes to beans, of course, the seed is brown, or some spectacular combination of all actually the mature bean. So if you have beans, those in one! These beans should be trellised, then you have the basis for future crops. as they are climbers. They prefer temperatures Depending on the species, you may that are slightly cooler than many beans (they do need to isolate varieties in order to avoid cross- best in sixty to seventy-five degrees) and so grow pollination. Common beans, long beans, and best along the coasts, in the northern states, and soybeans are self-pollinating and rarely get pol- at higher elevations. The seeds are edible at linated by insects. Ten to twenty-five feet is usu- all stages, and the pods, despite their size and ally enough isolation between varieties to assure somewhat coarse appearance, are tender and purity. Favas, limas, hyacinth beans, and runner juicy, perfect French-cut or julienned. beans are frequently pollinated by bees, espe- Lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus) are cially bumblebees, so a half mile of isolation is from South America. They work well in warmer recommended if you are trying to save seeds. climates and have flat, angular seeds. The Christ- The winged bean’s propensity for crossing is a mas pole lima can get very large. Limas grow in little unclear, but since there are very few winged both pole and bush varieties. Envy Soya Bean bean varieties in the United States, crossing is Long beans (Vigna unquiculata var. probably not likely. sesquipedalis), are one of my all-time favorites. states and Southern California. If they have the Planting other flowers nearby, such as Related to cowpeas, long beans are hot-weather right conditions, wing bean plants will grow up lemon balm or basil, will often divert the bees beans that are grown primarily as snap beans. to twelve feet tall, flower, and also develop pods away from the bean flowers, which really aren’t When summer heat has shut down common with four curious “wings.” The pods are the main their favorite, leaving the latter to self-pollinate and beans, long beans will yield stalwartly. And the crop, but the stems, leaves, and high-protein tu- thus reducing the chance of unwanted crossing. name is literal— some pods are known to grow bers are also delicious. Before planting, nick the up to three feet in length. Yet, for all their great rock-hard seed coats with a knife or a file and From the book THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GAR- length, these beans are still very tender and mild- soak them overnight to help germination along. DENER by Jere and Emilee Gettle with tasting until nearly fully grown. Varieties include The hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) Meghan Sutherland. Copyright © 2011 by Jere- green, red, purple, and lavender colors that are is grown throughout the tropics, mainly for its miath C. Gettle and Emilee Freie Gettle. Reprint- stunning in the garden and on the plate. pods. If they’re picked young, the pods have a ed by permission of Hyperion. All rights reserved. One of the finest, richest sources of robust flavor, but we recommend growing this Available wherever books are sold. human food on earth, soybeans (Glycine max) bean as an ornamental. Lavish, fragrant, violet- are bush beans that are indigenous to northern purple or white sweet pea–like flowers bloom Order a signed copy from us today! China, where they were domesticated more than on its climbing vines. It’s easy to see why these three thousand years ago. There are two types of plants were popular in the Victorian era. Be care- soybeans: the “oil” type, which is grown for its oil ful about this bean, because if it’s not properly content, and “edible” or edamame beans, which prepared, it can be poisonous. are also called soya beans, and are the best kind The cold-weather-loving fava bean (Vi- for eating fresh. The soya bean is one of the most cia faba) marches to the beat of a different drum- popular of all beans in the world. On my travels in mer. Hardy to temperatures as low as fifteen Asia, I’ve seen how important this crop is to the degrees, this versatile bean withers in the heat. diet of more than a billion people. If planted in the fall, it has a good chance of over- Sadly, in America, soya beans have wintering successfully, at least as far north as been genetically engineered and patented, and Zone 7 and often in Zone 6 as well. Though the the safety of modern soy varieties from compa- pods aren’t edible, they do set high yields of me- nies like Monsanto is in question. As a result, dium- to large-sized beans, which can be dried many small soy product manufacturers have for winter or eaten fresh in a puree or casserole, started to use traditional varieties only. To make or added to soups. sure you aren’t consuming genetically engi- Many health-conscious, hippie-types neered soy, which may have unknown health would starve without garbanzo beans (Cicer risks, read the label before consuming soy prod- arietinum), which are also known as chickpeas. ucts. These heat-loving Mediterranean natives have One of the most interesting beans is been cultivated since before the days of Babylon the spectacular winged bean (Psophocarpus and are an indispensable part of Middle Eastern tetragonol- obus). Also known as the asparagus cuisine, as they’re the main ingredient in hum- bean, the winged bean is native to New Guinea mus and falafel. The entire two-foot-tall plant is and is an important crop that grows abundantly in edible, including the pods and the finely cut com- the twenty-five thousand or so islands that make pound leaves. The seeds can be sprouted in a jar up the Pacific Islands region, including the Philip- or colander indoors, and the sprouts are a deli- pines, Indonesia, and Micronesia. I tried this re- cious addition to salads and stir-fries. markable bean when I first visited Thailand, and I was instantly drawn to its great taste and its Pests and Disease unique appearance and waxy texture. I’ve tried Beans are occasionally bothered by aphids, cu- many times to grow winged beans here in Mis- cumber beetles, and bean leaf beetles. When souri but have met with only moderate success those pests arise, we recommend applying or- because they prefer areas with shorter days than ganic spinosad or pyrethrin sprays. One insect17 that can be a real problem is the bean weevil, we have here. This bean does well in Gulf Coast