Summer crops

This is the produce we offer June-October:

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Okra Greens — Heat loving Okra and Sweet potatoes have delicious greens that are by steaming or braising with butter or lard. This tradition of Gullah-Geechie origin keeps greens in your diet through the summer.

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato Greens — In many communities in the Gullah-Geechie region, sweet potatoes are grown as a ground-cover in their okra fields. This economical practice not only helps control weeds, conserve water, and keep the soil cool, but inter-planting sweet potatoes and okra puts four crops in the same space, and provides food from early summer all the way through winter.

 

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Okra, ‘Choppee’ — Spineless and tender heirloom from the Georgetown, SC area. Developed and maintained by the Jacobs family since the early-mid 1800s. Named “Choppee” after the Choppee Indians who once inhabited the same coastal area.

 

 

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Sweet Corn, ‘Stowell’s Evergreen’ — One of the oldest white sweet corns, tracing back to Native American stock. By 1848, Nathaniel Stowell of New Jersey had worked for decades to develop the variety. He sold 2 ears to a friend for $4 and the friend agreed that it was just for private use. The “friend” sold the seed for $20,000 and it was introduced to the seed trade. It persists today as one of the leading non-GMO sweet corn varieties in production.

 

 

 

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Watermelon, ‘Moon & Stars (Yellow Flesh)’ — Years ago, a watermelon of this description was reported being shipped to Southern states around Christmasti20190716_122141me, and in fact, the Shackleford family grew this variety on the same land in the mid 20th century! But, up until this season Southern Exposure Seed Exchange had a 2 packet limit on this variety. But now this rare Georgia heirloom is making a comeback! Soft sweet, watery, with a flavor that changes throughout the slice and an excellent rind for pickling.

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Pimento Pepper, ‘Ashe County Pimento’ — These small, sweet heirlooms trace their origins to the small town of West Jefferson in Ashe County, North Carolina among the Great Smoky Mountains. Ashe Co. Pimentos are packed with a sweet flavor and mild pepperiness and are so versatile they can substitute bell peppers in nearly any recipe. Excellent for stir-fries, roasting, grilling, pickling, freezing, and yes: pimento cheese. “Why You Should Be Cooking with Pimento Peppers” – Garden & Gun

Tomato, ‘Cherokee Purple’(picture coming Summer 2020) Pre-1890 Appalachian heirloom with a dark and dusky rose-purple with delicious sweet flesh. Sometimes called a black tomato, the color carries through to the flesh, especially at the stem end.  Introduced by North Carolina SSE member Craig LeHoullier in 1991. LeHoullier received seeds of an unnamed purple tomato from John D. Green of Sevierville, Tennessee in 1990. The accompanying letter told of the Cherokee origin of the tomato. After growing the tomato in his garden, confirming the unique purplish coloration and considering the history shared by Mr Green, Craig named the variety Cherokee Purple and sent it to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, where company first listed the variety in its 1993 seed catalog. Its popularity and availability has grown steadily since then. “Cherokee Purple: The Story Behind One Of Our Favorite Tomatoes” – NPR

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Hot Pepper, ‘Fish’ — Medium heat and very flavorful! These beautiful small peppers are excellent with fish or chicken and makes a great hot-sauce or pickled pepper sauce. Between 5,000 and 30,000 on the Scoville scale. Originating in the Caribbean, it is believed that the fish pepper was brought to the U.S. in the 19th century, where it grew in popularity in the Upper South and Mid-Atlantic. The pepper became a popular ingredient among the Black community and was commonly used in many crab and oyster houses (hence the name “fish pepper”). Due to urbanization, fish peppers declined in popularity in the early 20th century, nearly disappearing. However, it was saved in the 1940s thanks to Horace Pippin, a Black folk painter who lived in Pennsylvania, who provided seeds to H. Ralph Weaver, a beekeeper, in exchange for honey bees. The seeds stayed within the Weaver family, until Weaver’s grandson, William Woys Weaver, introduced the seeds to the public via the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook in 1995.

Onions, ‘Potato Onion’ — Coming in 2020
Garlic, ‘Inchelium Red Softneck’ — Coming in 2020