May 25, 2017

Plant Sale Variety Guide

$4 each.  You can pay for your purchase here:

Heriloom Tomatoes  (Amish Paste, Abe LincolnCherokee Purple, Earliana, Federle, German Pink, Gold MedalHungarian Heart, Nyagous BlackBlack Cherry, Blondköptchen – yellow cherry)

Sweet Peppers (Buran, King of the North, Orange BellWisconsin Lakes) and Chilies (Aurora, Georgia FlameJalapeño, Paul’s chili, Wenk’s Yellow Hots)

Discounts for multiples bought together.

All sales benefit Cool Planet.  Raised in Morningside from seed.  Not certified, but using organic methods.

See details of varieties below.


Amish Paste

(Solanum lycopersicum) First listed in the 1987 SSE Yearbook by Thane Earle of Whitewater, Wisconsin. Commercialized by Tom Hauch of Heirloom Seeds, who acquired it from the Amish near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bright red 8-12 ounce fruits vary in shape from oxheart to rounded plum. Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating. One of Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste varieties. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.

These are one of my favorite tomatoes to grow for salsa and canning. Fruits are not a consistent size and shape, but tend to be on larger size and not overly juicy.

Abe Lincoln

(Solanum lycopersicum) Like its namesake, this tomato is extraordinary in every way. This large, meaty, old-fashioned, globe-shaped variety is crack resistant and packed with great taste. Indeterminate, 70-75 days from transplant.
The Abe Lincoln tomato, originating from the beloved American president’s home state, was introduced in 1923 by W. H. Buckbee seed company of Rockville, Illinois. It soon established itself in gardens nationwide, staying there even through the arrival of new hybrid varieties in the 1940s. This round, solid red tomato is known among gardeners for its high resistance to splitting.  A new variety this year – I couldn’t resist since I was born on Lincoln’s birthday.

Cherokee Purple (organic seed) – SOLD OUT

(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced by North Carolina SSE member Craig LeHoullier in 1991 from seed obtained from J. D. Green of Tennessee. Uniquely colored dusty rose-brown fruits weigh up to 12 ounces. Delicious sweet flesh. Indeterminate, 75-90 days from transplant. New for me this year.



Earliana (organic seed) – SOLD OUT

(Solanum lycopersicum) Standard early variety developed by George Sparks of Salem, New Jersey and introduced in 1900 by Johnson and Stokes. Smaller 30-36″ plants with clusters of 4-5 ounce fruits. Very good flavor. Indeterminate, 60-70 days from transplant. Earliest producers for me. Nice for fried green tomatoes.




(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced to SSE in 1991 by R. W. Richardson of New York. Original seed obtained through a swap with a West Virginia gardener. Productive plants loaded with 7″ long red paste tomatoes. Rich full flavor and few seeds. Excellent for processing, especially good for salsa. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. New variety for me this year, but look like the Long Toms that I love for salsa because of its dryer texture.


German Pink

(Solanum lycopersicum) One of the two original Bavarian heirlooms from Diane Ott Whealy’s family that started SSE. Potato leaf plants produce large 1-2 pound fruits. Meaty flesh with few seeds, very little cracking or blossom scars. Full sweet flavor. Excellent for canning, freezing and slicing. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. Beautiful pale pink and large fruit.


Gold Medal – SOLD OUT

(Solanum lycopersicum) From Ohio tomato collector, Ben Quisenberry, who described it in his 1976 catalog: “The sweetest tomato you ever tasted. The yellow with streaks of red makes them very attractive and a gourmet’s joy when sliced.” Our finest bi-colored tomato—orange-yellow splashed with red. Winner of the 2008 SSE Tomato Tasting. Indeterminate, 75-90 days from transplant. New variety for me that I want to try for it’s beautiful color.


Hungarian Heart

(Solanum lycopersicum) Said to have originated in a village 20 miles from Budapest around 1900. Jerry Muller of Alabama (formerly of Tennessee) was the first SSE member to offer this variety; in 1988 he listed his seed source as Ed Simon of Pennsylvania. Huge pink oxheart fruits weigh upwards of one pound. Very few seeds and almost no cracking. One of our favorites for fresh eating, canning, and for making roasted tomato sauce. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. Fun shape and large fruit.

Nyagous Black (organic seed) – SOLD OUT

(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced in the 1997 SSE Yearbook by Glenn Drowns. Great black tomato that is virtually blemish-free. Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent full flavor, great for markets. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant. Great for fried green tomatoes. Color is fun for salsa making.




Black Cherry (organic seed) – SOLD OUT

(Solanum lycopersicum) Vigorous regular leaf plants covered in clusters of 1″ round cherry tomatoes. Dusky purple-black fruits bursting with rich flavor—sweet and complex. Indeterminate, 65-75 days from transplant. My favorite cherry tomato.  They are sweet and delicious especially when warm from the sun directly off the vine.  A favorite snack while working in the garden.(aka Little Blonde Girl) East German variety obtained by Seed Savers Exchange from Gatersleben Seed Bank. Small golden yellow 1″ fruits borne in giant clusters, excellent sweet taste. Enormous yields and rarely a cracked fruit. Bears until frost. Indeterminate, 75-80 days from transplant.


Blondköptchen Yellow Cherry (organic seed) – SOLD OUT

(Solanum lycopersicum) (aka Little Blonde Girl) East German variety obtained by Seed Savers Exchange from Gatersleben Seed Bank. Small golden yellow 1″ fruits borne in giant clusters, excellent sweet taste. Enormous yields and rarely a cracked fruit. Bears until frost. Indeterminate, 75-80 days from transplant.  New variety this year.

Sweet Peppers

Buran – SOLD OUT

(Capsicum annuum) Sweet and productive Polish heirloom. Two-foot tall plants produce 4″ long bell fruits with 3 lobes. Sweet even when green, sure to be a favorite. Does well in dry areas. 90 days from transplant. SWEET




King of the North – SOLD OUT

(Capsicum annuum) The best red bell pepper we know for northern gardeners where the seasons are cool and short. Blocky, uniform fruits are excellent for stuffing or fresh eating. Great sweet flavor. Our stock is from Fedco Seeds in Waterville, Maine. 70 days from transplant. SWEET



Orange Bell – SOLD OUT

(Capsicum annuum) The best tasting orange bell pepper we have grown. Given to SSE by member Alex Heklar in 1989. Blocky 4″ bell peppers have thick walls and excellent flavor. Heavy yielding. Can also be eaten green. 90 days from transplant. Sweet.




Wisconsin Lakes (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) Developed in the 1950s at the University of Wisconsin at Madison by Professor O. B. Combs. Great choice for an early maturing bell pepper. Reliable yields of thick-walled, 4-6 oz. fruits that ripen from green to red. 75-85 days from transplant. SWEET







Chili Peppers

Aurora (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) Stunning 1½” long fruits borne on foot-high ornamental plants, perfect for container growing. Fruits ripen from lavender to deep purple to orange and finally to red. 60–75 days from transplant. MEDIUM HOT

These make great ornamentals. Easy way to grow chilies for salsa on the front stoop.



Georgia Flame (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) A piquant pepper from the Republic of Georgia, up to eight inches long, with thick, crunchy flesh. Two-foot high plants produce copious amounts of fruit throughout the season. An excellent salsa pepper. 90 days from transplant. Hot.  New variety this year.




Jalapeno Traveler Strain (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) From SSE member Larry Pierce of Cabool, Missouri. Named Traveler because Larry carried this seed with him when he moved to Oklahoma, Wyoming, and then Missouri. Sturdy plants covered in cylindrical fruits that average 3″ long. Fruits ripen from green to bright red. 70-90 days from transplant. HOT.

Still the best for salsa.  Usually used green, but will turn red.


Paul’s Saved Cayenne style

This picture is not exact, but shows the style of chili pepper. These are from saved seeds of Paul’s favorite chili pepper. These dry well on the kitchen counter and last until the next season’s harvest and beyond. HOT




Wenk’s Yellow Hots (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) Three-inch long wax peppers with thick walls, ripen from yellow to bright orange then red. Grown by the late Eris Wenk, one of the last large truck farmers in Albuquerque’s South Valley. A great variety for canning and pickling. 80 days from transplant. Medium hot. New variety this year.