What's Growing Now: Quick List

Herbs

  • Mexican Mint Marigold
  • Basil Bolloso Napoletano
  • Sweet Basil
  • Thyme

Tomatoes

  • Atlantic Prize
  • Brandywine
  • Costoluto Fiorentino
  • Goldman's Italian-American
  • Livingston's Paragon
  • Redfield Beauty
  • Red Rosso Sicilian
  • St. Pierre
  • San Vicente Hybrid Tomato
  • Toma Verde Tomatillo
  • Tomato Carbon
  • Tomato Copia
  • Tomato Vorlon

Peppers

  • Ancho Gigantea Pepper
  • Brazilian Starfish Pepper
  • Filius Blue Pepper
  • Hot Portugal
  • Jalapeno Hot Rod
  • Jalapeno Traveler Strain
  • Joe's Round Pepper
  • McMahon's Texas Bird Pepper
  • Thai Red Chili Pepper

What's Growing Now: Detailed List

Ancho Gigantea Pepper

The standard Mexican variety for sauces and stuffing,  excellent for chiles rellenos. Green-black heart-shaped fruits measure  4" long. Referred to as poblanos when fresh and anchos when ripened to  red and dried.   

Atlantic Prize

Seed was acquired in 1993 from a local farmer in Salem  County, New Jersey. Considered the quintessential Jersey tomato,  Atlantic Prize was developed by a tomato grower in Atlantic County, New  Jersey during the early 1880s. It was then introduced commercially by  Johnson & Stokes of Philadelphia in 1889. It is still one of the  best of the Jersey-grown stewing and canning tomatoes, and remains  highly productive from mid-season to frost. The 2 ½ to 3 inch oblate  fruits normally hang in clusters of 4 to 6. Heavy fruiting requires  staking. 

Basil Bolloso Napoletano

From Franchi Italian Seed. Big leaf  basil. Dark green wrinkled leaves. Very intense flavor & aroma  (unlike most big leaf types). Leaves are as big as your hand. Prefers  full sun. 

Brandywine

The original Brandywine introduced by Johnson and  Stokes in 1889 from seeds they received from a customer in Ohio. Named  after Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Large vines  produce deep red 8-12 ounce fruits. Excellent flavor. Very productive. 

Brazilian Starfish Pepper

Unique, star-shaped fruits are of variable heat,  sometimes exceeding that of jalapenos, yet juicy and often quite sweet.  (Carefully removing the seeds eliminates most of the heat as well.)  Curious-looking fruits reach 2" in width, ripening to brilliant red at  maturity. Plants are vigorous and unusual, having an almost weeping,  vine-like habit. Slow to yield but, by the end of the season, amazingly  prolific. The species originated in Peru, but this variety was  domesticated in Brazil.  

Costoluto Fiorentino

A super-productive and early-maturing Italian sauce and slicing tomato. The deeply ruffled fruit make the flavorful, bright red  sauce that embodies Italian cuisine. Indeterminate plants are super  vigorous; an all around hardy heirloom. They look so beautiful sliced on a sandwich.

Goldman's Italian-American

Unique, beautiful and large tomatoes have a squat, pear shape, being ribbed and pleated. These have a bloody, intense red color  when ripe. Thick, red flesh is perfect for delicious sauces and  preserves. Found at a roadside stand in Italy by Amy Goldman and named  after her father’s grocery store in Brooklyn. This variety has good  flavor - fresh or canned.

Hot Portugal

Offered in 1935 by Joseph Harris & Co. of  Coldwater, NY, who reported, “If you want a large hot pepper, try the  new Hot Portugal. The best hot pepper we know.” Sturdy upright plants  produce very heavy yields early in the growing season. Glossy vivid red  elongated fruits grow 6" or longer. Medium hot. 

Jalapeno Hot Rod

Big, smooth, dark green peppers. Approximately 4” and slow to ‘check’ (show small cracks in the skin). Large plants. Hot.  

Jalapeno Traveler Strain

From Seed Savers member  Larry Pierce of Cabool, Missouri. Sturdy plants covered in cylindrical  fruits that average 3" long. Fruits ripen from green to bright red. Hot! 

Joe's Round Pepper

(aka  Ammazzo) From the Sestito family of Troy, New York. Introduced in the  1996 Seed Savers Yearbook by long-time member Dr. Carolyn Male.  Productive plants have clusters of ¾" round fruits that ripen from deep  green to bright red. Great for pickling or for fresh salsa.

Livingston's Paragon

Alexander W. Livingston (1821-1898), probably did more  to popularize the tomato in America than any other individual. His  company bred and released 35 tomato varieties between 1870 and 1941. His  first tomato introduction in 1870, “The Paragon Tomato,” was described  by Livingston as the first “perfectly and uniformly smooth tomato ever introduced.” 

McMahon's Texas Bird Pepper

Samuel Brown of San Antonio, TX sent Thomas Jefferson  seeds of this pepper in 1812 and 1813. Jefferson shared it with  Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon. Tiny lustrous red bird peppers  borne on decorative 12" plants. Native to southwest Texas. Ideal for  container growing; plants can be overwintered indoors. Medium hot. 

Mexican Mint Marigold

 

Aromatic leaves are a substitute for French Tarragon. Sweet licorice flavor brightens salads and main dishes. The edible, pretty, golden-yellow flowers bloom all summer.  

Redfield Beauty

Historic variety introduced circa 1889 by H.G. Hastings  & Co. of Interlachen, Florida. Flattened pink 3" fruits with  excellent full flavor. Vigorous, very productive plants. 

Red Rosso Sicilian

Red Rosso Sicilian Tomato

Deeply ribbed, intensely red fruits up to 5 ounces.  Firm, solid flesh and somewhat hollow seed cavity make this a star for  stuffing or paste, but the ribbing also gives slices a scalloped  appearance which is lovely on a plate. First grown in this country by  Ann Fuller of Mitchell, Indiana, who received seed from a Sicilian man  in 1987. Richly flavored, just as the Italians like their tomatoes, and  stunningly beautiful! 

St. Pierre

A beautiful French heirloom, the tender fruits have a  full, rich tomato flavor and are large in size; great for canning or  fresh eating. They are deep red and excellent producers, even in bad  conditions. Popular in Europe. 

San Vicente Hybrid Tomato

This brilliant red grape tomato has a sweet, rich,  intense tomato flavor with just the right balance of acidity. Fruit  resists cracking. Indeterminate plants are very high yielding with few  disease problems.  

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

This is the classic basil. Sweet basil is ideal for tomato sauces, pestos and salads. 

Thai Red Chili Pepper

Thai Red Chili Pepper

The hot heirloom chili from Thailand, these peppers are  used in almost every dish in Thailand. Small, pointed fruits are easy  to dry and bright red in color. The Thai people love the pungent heat.  Plants are loaded with fruit. Pure Thai seed.  

Thyme

One of the most versatile herbs used in cooking, can be  used to season any meat or vegetable. Plants grow 6-12" tall with a  sprawling habit. Perennial in Texas. 

Toma Verde Tomatillo

Toma Verde Tomatillo

Early-maturing, large, flat-round green fruits. Plants  grow big, and if unpruned, should be spaced 2-3' apart. Tomatillos ripen  fruit early, and are adapted North and South. Harvest when the fruit is  plump and papery husk splits. 

Tomato Carbon

Tomato Carbon

Winner of the 2005 “Heirloom Garden Show” best-tasting  tomato award. These have won taste awards coast to coast in the last few  years, and supplies of seed are difficult to find. The fruits are  smooth, large, and beautiful, being one of the darkest and prettiest of  the purple types. They seem to have an extra dose of the complex flavor  that makes dark tomatoes famous. 

Tomato Copia

One of the most unique and beautiful large, striped  tomatoes, these have lovely fine stripes of glowing gold and neon red.  Inside the flavorful flesh is a mix of red and yellow that is swirled  together in various combinations. This new variety was developed by Jeff  Dawson and named in honor of Copia, the American Center for Food, Wine  and the Arts, of Napa, CA.

Filius Blue Pepper

 A  wonderful, ornamental pepper. These compact plants have a wonderful   bluish tinge and produce lovely, small violet-blue fruit that are mild  to hot. Production is heavy, thus creating a stunning display of color  that  can't be missed! Perfect for ornamental landscaping or in pots. So   pretty!  

Tomato Vorlon

Vorlon Tomato

This  large variety was received from Bulgaria. A  stunning purple-black  tomato that was one of the best-tasting tomatoes  that Baker Creek grew  last season and is sure to become one of your new  favorites. Rich, dark  flesh is full of the smoky, organic taste that makes dark varieties  among our favorite. Though named for the Vorlons, a fictional alien  race, this tomato won’t stay an alien long.