Squash, Summer

Black Beauty Zucchini
Black Beauty ZucchiniPacket: 3.5 grams, ~20 seeds More info28 available
An early, extremely productive heirloom zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) introduced in the United States in the late 1950s that still has a role to play today: this is the ideal variety for backyard and urban gardens. Plants produce the archetypal slender green fruit that we‰۪ve come to expect from zucchini. It has a bush-like habit, but it has been known to travel. When planting be considerate of future growth and provide ample spacing. As with all zucchini varieties, harvesting the fruits consistently prolong the production and life span of the plant. In the height of the growing season when the fruits grow extremely fast, we harvest twice a week: one ‰ÛÏmaintenance‰۝ harvest, and then another a couple days later for our Community Supported Agriculture shares. With the proper care and planting consideration, zucchini plants can last all season ‰ÛÒ and beyond, in some cases. 60 days to fruit production from transplant or 70 days when direct seeded. Annual.
Crookneck Summer Squash
Crookneck Summer SquashPacket (3 grams, ~40 seeds) More info200 available
This highly recognizable heirloom summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) has an appearance characteristic of its namesake: lemon pastel-skinned fruits with bell shaped bottoms and crooked tops. As fruits mature their skin turns to a deeper yellow. Plants have a somewhat erratic growth habit. They‰۪re highly productive, but stay on top of harvesting. Best eaten in the younger stage; otherwise, peel the fruits before cooking. 65 days from seed. Annual.
Dark Star Zucchini
Dark Star ZucchiniPacket: 3 grams, ~25 seeds More info597 available
Dark Star Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) is a classical plant breeding success story worth telling. After repeated issues with sourcing seeds for his favorite commercial hybrid zucchini variety, Eel River farmer Bill Reynolds took matters into his own hands. With the help of master breeder Dr. John Navazio and the Organic Seed Alliance, a breeding project was underway! The goal was to produce a reliable, open-pollinated production-quality zucchini with all of the traits of the best hybrid varieties: early and prolonged production, high yields, drought-tolerance, high disease and pest resistance, open growth habit for easy harvest, and uniform, dark green fruits. After six years of intentional selection, ‰ÛÏDark Star‰۝ was born. Very heavy yields on giant, open plants make this our favorite zucchini variety here at Mano Farm. One or two of these in your garden can provide daily zucchini for months. 60 days from seed. Annual. åÊ