Absinthe Mugwort / Wormwood
Absinthe Mugwort / WormwoodPacket: 0.05 gram, ~200 seeds More info460 available
The infamous Absinthe Mugwort (Artemisia absinthium), also known as wormwood, is a pale emerald green plant constitutive ingredient of the spirit Absinthe. Mugwort is an easy to grow rhizome that will spread easily but not aggressively. The trick is to limit its water. The foliage is extremely bitter and has folkloric uses as a dream aid and medicinal uses as for digestion. 90 days to harvestable foliage. Perennial.
Aji Amarillo Chili Pepper
Aji Amarillo Chili PepperPacket: ~35 seeds (0.2 gram) More info1754 available
Aji Amarillo (Capsicum baccatum) is the most popular and important culinary pepper in Peru. This pepper is a prolific yielder, and one of our favorites for drying. Here on Mano Farm, we add a few whole dried peppers to a pot of black beans to warm things up a bit. Fruits are 3"-5" long, cylindrical and slightly crinkled. They are typically harvested in the yellow (amarillo) to orange stage, when the peppers impart a sweet spiciness that's not too overwhelming. Will ripen red and become potently spicy. 95 days from transplant. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Anise Seed
Anise SeedPacket: 0.5 gram, ~125 seeds More info1 available
Native to Mediterranea, Anise (Pimpinella anisum) yields a flavorful seed of culinary and medicinal significance. Anise seed is a lovely addition to baked desserts and is commonly used for flavoring biscotti. Medicinally, Anise is a wonderful, gentle digestive aid. Chewing on the seeds or sipping a tea made from an infusion of the seeds brings about relief from gas, bloating and nausea. Additionally, it can be used as a gentle and effective respiratory anti-spasmodic, calming and soothing nagging cough symptoms. Anise is easy to grow. The gorgeous white-flower umbels attract beneficial insects to the garden. 120 days to seed. Annual Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Arianna Batavian Lettuce
Arianna Batavian LettucePacket: ~500 seeds (0.75 gram) More info1395 available
A Batavian type lettuce (Lactuca sativa) with an open-head and crisp succulent green leaves. If you are in search of a lettuce with heat tolerance and summer succulence, look no further than Arianna. 28 days. Annual.
Arroyo Lupine Flower
Arroyo Lupine FlowerPacket: 3.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info
Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus; also known as hollowleaf annual lupine, arroyo lupine, or succulent lupine) is a nitrogen fixing annual flower native to our Mediterranean climate and prevalent throughout California, Mexico, and Arizona. The gorgeous lavender-violet purple plumes attract a variety of beneficial insects. This species is quite easy to grow and is frequently used as an ornamental or for cut flower bunches. Drought tolerant but performs even better with consistent watering. Annual. 100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Ashwagandha Root
Ashwagandha RootPacket: ~80 seeds (0.12 gram) More info5532 available
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a cherished and respected restorative herb in the ancient Indian healing tradition of Ayurveda. The ginseng-like root is considered an adaptogen - assisting one's ability to adapt to environmental stressors, both physiological and psychological. Ashwagandha is also known to increase energy, stamina, and libido, boosting immunity and memory function - all the while reducing anxiety and calming the nerves. An important herbal ally. A perennial in warmer climates, it is typically grown as an annual for an autumn harvest of its medicinal root. The root can really be harvested anytime beyond 100 days of growth, but we recommend starting the seeds early, and shooting for at least 150-200 days prior to harvest. 100-200 days to mature root. Hardy annual/tender perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Black Barlow Columbine Flower
Black Barlow Columbine FlowerPacket: ~50 seeds (0.01 gram) More info93 available
A purple nearly black columbine flower (Aquilegia vulgaris). Blossoms are approximately one to two inches and without the tail or spur associated with other varieties. Anecdotally, we’ve heard this is one holds up well in cut flower bunches. Plants are perennial; first year foliage reaches about two feet tall and flowers come the second year. Self-reseeding, so getting a little stand of these plants going is easy in the long run. First year foliage, second year flowers. Perennial.
Black Beauty Eggplant
Black Beauty EggplantPacket: ~100 seeds (0.5 gram) More info163 available
Black Beauty (Solanum melongena) is the quintessential heirloom eggplant. Plants grow 2-3 feet and provide sustained production of large glossy, deep purple-black fruits with the perfect mixture of firmness and sponginess we expect from an eggplant. The plants are incredibly hardy once established: we've had them thrive in 105+ degree temperatures on our farm and withstand several light frosts throughout the autumn. In our Mediterranean climate, we've harvested fruits as late as December. 100 days. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Black Beauty Zucchini
Black Beauty ZucchiniPacket: ~20 seeds (3.5 grams) More info11 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 "maintenance" 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 - and beyond, in some cases. 60 days to fruit production from transplant or 70 days when direct seeded. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Black Cherry Tomato
Black Cherry TomatoPacket (0.15 gram, ~50 seeds) More info3047 available
These eye-catching ‰ۡÌÝ?black‰ۡó? heirloom tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are actually closer to mahogany in color, with blushes of red and purple. Plants produce fruits the size of grapes with a complex flavor palette that should be expected. Indeterminate. Yields are highly variable; a good tomato for backyard gardeners, but serious growers might want to double plantings to ensure yields for the marketplace. 100 days from seed. Annual.
Black Magic Bachelor Button
Black Magic Bachelor ButtonPacket: 0.4 gram, ~80 seeds More info
Bachelor buttons (Centaurea cyanus) are easy to grow, drought tolerant flowers also known as cornflowers. This particular variety is a deep purple maroon and makes a striking addition to bouquets or can be eaten in salads or on desserts. When planted out in the spring, bachelor buttons will bloom through late spring until early summer, and sometimes even until September if the old flowers are removed. If old blooms are left in the garden, they will naturalize and grow for you again the following year. Plants reach two to three feet in height. Annual. 70-90 days to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Black Prince Tomato
Black Prince TomatoPacket: 0.15 gram, ~50 seeds More info2128 available
Black Prince (Solanum lycopersicum) is a gorgeous heirloom from Russia, with dark coloring and robust, complex flavors. The shoulders of the fruits are mahogany green, while the end ripens to a deep red. Black Prince is relatively heavier yielding and easier to grow compared to other heirlooms such as Purple Cherokee. An indeterminate variety; requires trellising. 75 days from transplant. Annual.
Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach
Bloomsdale Longstanding SpinachPacket: ~300 seeds (3.45 grams) More info496 available
A productive heirloom spinach (Spinacia oleracea) that performs well in spring, fall and even warm winter climates. Dark green, savoyed leaves. That can be picked individually or harvested as whole plants. Mature leaves are ideal for cooking, and baby leaves can be used in salad mixes. 40-50 days from seed to baby leaf production. Annual. Photo credit: Jennifer Kleffner. Licensed via Creative Commons.
Blue Lake FM1 Pole Bean
Blue Lake FM1 Pole BeanPacket: ~18 seeds (7 grams) More info240 available
A smooth, dark green, nearly stringless bean variety (Phaseolus vulgaris) with pods that can reach between six and seven inches long. The variety was popularized by Willamette Valley, Oregon farmers during the 1960s. but is named after the Blue Lake region of Ukiah, California. True to their name, pole beans require support and trellising for proper growth. The extra work is definitely worth the reward of food and beauty. Approximately 60 days to seed under ideal weather conditions. Annual. Our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth. Photo credit: woolywonderworks. Licensed via Creative Commons.
Bright Lights Cosmos Flower
Bright Lights Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info
Cosmos flowers (Cosmos sulphureus) feature eye-popping papery yellow and orange blossoms approximately three to four inches in diameter. These bright flowers quite literally light up any garden or field. They grow well in hot climates, have a degree of drought tolerance and a sustained blooming period of many weeks. We add a few stems each to our farmer‰ۡó»s market bunches and they always sell out by the end of the day. 65 days from seed to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Bronze Fennel
Bronze FennelPacket (1 gram, ~200 seeds) More info
'Bronze' (Foeniculum vulgare) is a non-bulbing fennel grown for its beautiful, bronze leaves. This vigorous fennel produces delicious, flavorful leaves that make an excellent culinary spice, are a great addition to salads, and make a wonderful medicinal tea! Mild, sweet anise flavor. Flowering plants attract beneficial insects and provide edible, medicinal seeds that aid digestion. 60 days to leaf. 120 days to seed. Biennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
BuckwheatPacket: ~125 seeds (3.5 grams) More info436 available
Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a warm-season cover crop that is unrivaled in its ability to quickly germinate, suppress weeds, and produce tilth-building biomass. Lightning-fast growth out competes most warm-weather weeds. Maturing in just 30-45 days, multiple sowings can take place throughout the main growing season. Buckwheat flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinators. A phosphorus accumulator: mature plants incorporated into the soil makes previously insoluble phosphorus bio-available to the following crop. Quick to break down in warm weather when tilled in. Provides abundant easy-to-thresh, edible seed! 30-45 days. Annual
Burdock Root
Burdock RootMore info56 available
Known as "Gobo" in Japan, burdock root (Arctium lappa) is an incredibly nutritive food and medicine. Herbalists prize burdock as an effective and powerful alterative, or blood cleanser, gently restoring and cleansing/detoxifying the liver and kidneys. It is commonly taken internally to treat skin conditions for which internal imbalances are at fault. It is known to be cleansing and soothing to the lymphatic system as well as the mucous membranes, aiding respiratory inflammation. Its medicinal magic aside, burdock is a delicious food highly valued in Japan; it is often grated and included in ferments (Kimchi), or cooked as a main or side dish. We like to dry roots for rehydrating in soups and stews in the wintertime, adding a nutritional, medicinal punch to the meal. Burdock is a biennial, taking two years to flower and set seed. The root can be harvested in the first year. 90 days to immature root. 180 days to mature root. Biennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Burgess Buttercup Winter Squash
Burgess Buttercup Winter SquashPacket: ~30 seeds (6 grams) More info1117 available
Burgess Buttercup (Cucurbita maxima) is the first winter squash we grew on our farm and it's still our favorite. Prolific vines produce up to 10 beautiful four to five-pound dark-green fruits with subtle stripes and blocky shoulders, and a cute grey button on the bottom to boot. The orange flesh is sweet and a dry-somewhat-creamy texture. Nicely cooked thinly sliced in a stir-fry, or cut into chunks roast in the oven - seeds and all. Simply delicious. 95 days. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Calendula Seed Collection
Calendula Seed CollectionFive Packet Collection: Lemon Sorbet, Neon, Wild, Sherbet Mix, Resina (~75 seeds/packet) More info
Five varieties of calendula that span two species, all grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. One packet each (~75 seeds/packet) of Resina, Lemon Sorbet, Neon, Sherbet Mix (Calendula officinalis), and Wild Calendula (Calendula arvensis) at value pricing. Each of these varieties have both culinary and ornamental uses, long blooming periods, are prolific re-seeders and are loved by beneficial insects. 70 days to bloom from seed. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
California Poppy
California PoppyPacket: 0.4 gram, ~250 seeds More info3 available
Native to western North America, California Poppy (Eschscholszia californica) is one of the easiest-to-grow wildflowers. Perennial in mild climates and readily re-seeding in all climates, CA Poppy stays put once established, is not picky about soil, and requires no attention. Here in southern CA, it will bloom damn near year-round. Its silky orange flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators. The entire plant was used medicinally by indigenous peoples of the west. A tea made from the leaves and flowers of CA Poppy is known to be mildly sedative, anti-anxiety, and aiding troubled sleep. ̴Ì_̴Ì_ Herbal Actions: anodyne,̴Ì_anti-anxiety, nervine, sedative 60 days to flower. Hardy annual/tender perennial.
California Wonder Sweet Red Bell Pepper
California Wonder Sweet Red Bell PepperPacket: ~35 seeds (0.3 gram) More info102 available
A tried-and-true red sweet bell pepper. For many years on our farm Purple Beauty has been our go-to bell pepper variety (and we always make sure to let people know that it will also eventually ripen red), but California Wonder is the choice variety if you're looking for a sweet red bell. This heirloom was originally introduced by Burpee Seed Company in the late 1920s and has been remained remarkably productive over the decades, even compared against modern varieties. Stout plants yield large fruits that start green and then ripen red. Will produce late until the fall in warmer climates such as ours. 70 days from transplant; 100 from seed. Annual. Photo credits: Audrey, Elizabeth Trittipo. Licensed under Creative Commons.
CatnipPacket: ~200 seeds (0.15 gram) More info340 available
Catnip (also referred to as catmint, catnip, catwort or field balm; in any case the species is Nepeta cataria) is so well-known and loved because of the energetic and at times unpredictable effects it has upon our feline companions. This mint family perennial is native to Europe, Africa and Asia. It's easy to start from seed and propagate through mature root divisions - of course, if you can keep it away from your kitties during the establishment phase. Folk history suggests that catnip grown from seed will be less disturbed by cats than root/foliage transplants. Most of the plant's volatile oils contain the chemical nepetalactone, which is the primary active ingredient that effect cats. Catnip is beneficial to humans as well; culinary use as a seasoning, and in folk medicine as remedy to treat colds and colic. Modern studies have also demonstrated its effectiveness as an insect repellent. 100 days from seed to harvestable foliage. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne PepperPacket: ~40 seeds (0.25 gram) More info827 available
Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) is one of the most popular cultivated pepper varieties. Its potent heat and thin walls make it the ideal pepper for drying and grinding into powder for culinary or medicinal use. Bushy plants to three feet tall produce great numbers of thin, slightly-crinkled, three to five inch long peppers that ripen green to bright red. This outstanding variety not only adds a serious kick to dishes - 30,000-50,000 SHU (Scoville heat units) - but is also very highly-valued in herbal medicine. From transplant: 80 days green, 105 days red. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Chick Lupine Flower
Chick Lupine FlowerPacket: 3.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info
Chick (or Wide Bannered) Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus aureus) is a stout nitrogen fixing ornamental flower with low water requirements. Flowers with six to eight inch yellow plumed blossoms that are occasionally blushed with a tinge of orange. Really really pretty. Annual. ̴Ì_100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Chinese Giant Orange Amaranth
Chinese Giant Orange AmaranthMore info11937 available
Chinese Giant Orange Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) plants formåÊdark orange flowers on yellow-orange stalks that can reach a commanding eight feet tall under ideal cultivation conditions. This is an excellent amaranth strain to grow for food; the young greens can be cooked and eaten like spinach and the light tan seeds can be cooked as a grain for either sweet of savory purposes. Plants are tolerant of poor soils, but will yield much greater in a well-tended garden with rich soil. 100 days from seed to seed. Annual. Our seed vareities are certified by Oregon Tilth.
Chinese Giant Red Bell Pepper
Chinese Giant Red Bell PepperPacket: ~35 seeds (0.3 gram) More info1297 available
Another choice heirloom sweet red bell pepper (Capsicum annuum) originally introduced to American gardeners in the early 1900s. Plants produce thick walled fruits four to six inches in diameter and ripen from green to red. Plants have a stout growing profile but require trellising to reach their maximum yield potential. Thin fruits regularly to make space for peppers to size up and prevent branches from breaking. 70 days from transplant; 100 from seed. Annual. Photo Credits: Andrew Adams; Lucas CobbLicensed through Creative Commons
Chioggia Guardsmark Beet
Chioggia Guardsmark BeetMore info1024 available
Also known as "Candy-Stripe" beet, Chioggia (Beta vulgaris) is a nineteenth century Italian heirloom best known for its striking pink and white-ringed flesh. The beet has a light red outer skin and a mild and sweet flavor palette. Chioggia also produces luscious greens that that can be stir-fried just like chard. An utterly gorgeous addition to any garden. 45 days leaf. 60 days root. Biennial.
Chrystal Batavian Lettuce
Chrystal Batavian LettucePacket: ~500 seeds (0.75 gram) More info393 available
Chrystal (Lactuca sativa) is a Batavian type lettuce with purplish red outer leaves leaves and a light green, crispy heart. An excellent choice for summer-grown lettuce, Batavian type varieties have the most heat tolerance and are the best tasting option for hot weather. Harvest young for salad mixes or allow to mature for lettuce heads. 28 days from seed to harvest. Annual. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Lettuce Mix
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Lettuce MixPacket: ~500 seeds (0.75 gram) More info147 available
This mixture is composed of four lettuce (Lactuca sativa) varieties: two leaf types (Red Sails, Black Seeded Simpson) and two headed (Freckles Romaine and Parris Island Romaine). The beauty of this mix is its dynamism. While we primarily grow and harvest the plants for bagged lettuce, it's possible to sow seeds a bit thicker, harvest the leaf varieties, and keep the romaine types for full sized heads. It's a good all-season selection, due to the staggered growth rates of the specific varieties: the faster growing Black Seeded Simpson and Red Sails are perfect for early harvests in the summer (but grab them fast, because they bolt quicker in the heat), while the romaines get their time to mature for full head harvests. During cooler seasons, the leaf varieties are slower to bolt and can be harvested for full sized heads, while the romaines work excellently for baby leaf harvests. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Costoluto Genovese Tomato
Costoluto Genovese TomatoPacket: 0.15 gram, ~50 seeds More info11 available
This large, bright red Italian heirloom tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) provides exceptionally heavy yields of large, pleated fruits with a mild flavor. This is an extremely reliable variety that has long formed the backbone of our farm‰ۡó»s summer tomato offerings, and is also great when we want production for restaurant or market sales. Costoluto Genovese plants also produce fruit earlier than many other indeterminate tomato varieties, lapping their production and continuing to produce late into the season. Later fruits tend to have sweeter flavor too. We can‰ۡó»t speak highly enough of this one. Truly a workhorse variety for organic farms. 75 days from transplant. ̴Ì_Annual. ̴Ì_
Crookneck Summer Squash
Crookneck Summer SquashPacket: ~40 seeds (3 grams) More info194 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. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Czech Bush Tomato
Czech Bush TomatoPacket: 0.15 gram, ~50 seeds More info2166 available
A squat, quick growing determinate tomato (Solanum lycerpersicum) that requires very little upright trellising. Sturdier bushes than Sasha‰ۡó»s Altai and prolific yields of red fruits four to six inches in diameter. This is a great sauce tomato; a fair amount of acid content and a slight sweetness. We were really impressed by its performance on our farm. A definite workhorse. Fruits approximately 90 days from seed and 70 days from transplanting. Annual.
Danvers 126 Carrot
Danvers 126 CarrotMore info240 available
Danvers 126 (Daucus carota) is a dependable no-frills heirloom carrot perfect for production on small farms. It's sweet and crisp for fresh eating and creamy and succulent when roasted or in soups. An archetypal carrot in shape: blocky shoulders; 8-10" steeply-tapered roots; bright orange color; strong, tall tops for easy harvesting. Danvers 126 is very adaptable to different soil conditions, producing well even in tighter clay soils. We grow this carrot year-round in Ojai, and are very excited to be offering this wonderful variety to you! 70 days. Biennial.
Dara Queen Anne's Lace Flower
Dara Queen Anne's Lace FlowerPacket: 0.75 gram, ~400 seeds More info2281 available
This variety of Queen Anne‰ۡó»s Lace (Daucus carota var. sativas) features prolific blooms of lacy̴Ì_umbels ranging in color from deep maroon to white. Highly productive and tolerant of varying soil conditions and extreme heat, this is a farm favorite for use in our popular farmer‰ۡó»s market bouquets. Long lasting and unique in floral arrangements, these plants have a very long blooming period and reach heights of 3-4 feet. Also known as ornamental carrot, ammi or wild carrot. Sow directly in the garden or grow in seedling trays and transplant outside anytime following your last frost. 100 days from seed to flower. Biennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Dark Star Zucchini
Dark Star ZucchiniPacket: ~25 seeds (3 grams) More info524 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, "Dark Star" was born. Dark Star has heavy fruit yields on easy to harvest open plant formations. One or two of these in your garden can provide daily zucchini for months. 60 days from seed. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Daydream Cosmos Flower
Daydream Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info
This romantic cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) variety is a dreamy addition to any garden or farm, attracting plenty of butterflies and hummingbirds with its abundant pink accented blooms. This flower is heat and drought tolerant, prefers low fertility soil and is perfect in bouquets or for pressing. Extremely easy to grow, branching plants can reach heights of 4-5 feet and will bloom for multiple months especially if flowers are being harvested regularly. 65 days from seed to flower. Annual.
Dense Flowered Mullein
Dense Flowered MulleinPacket: ~250 seeds (0.04 gram) More info7828 available
The most towering mullein we have grown, Dense-Flowered (Verbascum densiflorum) is a towering beauty. Incredibly vigorous and easy to grow, thriving in the poorest of soils. Flowering stalks reach beyond 6' tall, with a profusion of yellow flowers. Heavy yields of medicinal leaves that are excellent in smoking blends as well as for respiratory ailments. 90 days: leaf; Second year: flower/seed. Biennial.
Detroit Dark Red Beet
Detroit Dark Red BeetPacket (2 grams, ~125 seeds) More info380 available
Detroit Dark Red Beet (Beta vulgaris) is an heirloom variety from the 1800s that is still the most popular red beet for home gardeners. Mid-sized, blood-red roots are sweet and delicious. Hardy tops make excellent steamed or stir-fried leafy greens. A dependable classic. 45 days leaf. 60 days root. Biennial.
Dragon Langerie Snap Bean
Dragon Langerie Snap BeanPacket: 7 grams, ~18 seeds More info1105 available
Dragon Langerie (or "Dragon's Tongue") is a Dutch heirloom snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) that tastes as beautiful as it looks. Plants produce prodigious yields of white, flattened pods that with purple streaks that are harvested young and eaten whole. The pods have a sweet succulence that make this the perfect bean for eating right off the plant, although we also chop and stir fry them. If the pods are allowed to fully mature they can also be used as a shelling bean. Plants have a bush-like habit and don't require trellising. This is truly a workhorse variety that we grow nearly every summer on our farm. 55 days fresh. 95 days shell. Annual.
Early Wonder Tall Top Beet
Early Wonder Tall Top BeetPacket: ~100 seeds (2 grams) More info869 available
Early Wonder Tall Top (Beta vulgaris) is a fast-producing, heirloom beet variety that can go from seed to a baseball-sized beetroot in two months flat (when sown in spring). The greens - harvestable in five to six weeks - closely resemble red chard with long, easy-to-pick stems giving this variety a double value to the CSA or market farmer. The three to four inch roots are deep red and delicious! 45 days leaf, 60 days root. Biennial.
Elephant Head Amaranth
Elephant Head AmaranthPacket: ~600 seeds (0.6 gram) More info90 available
Elephant Head Amaranth (Amaranthus gangeticus) is a striking heirloom variety brought to the United States in the late 1800s. Plants typically reach a stout two to three feet and form giant burgundy flower heads shaped like an elephant's trunk. Young edible leaves are delicious steamed like spinach and the mature seeds are high in protein, and can be cooked like a grain or ground to make flour. 70 days to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Festivity Sweet Corn
Festivity Sweet CornPacket: 7 grams, ~30 seeds More info3476 available
An open-pollinated sweet corn (Zea mays) that originally hails from Lupine Knoll Farm in Southern Oregon. Multi-colored kernels with a crisp starchy flavor, fast producing, and from our experience, less predated upon by common corn pests. 90 days from seed to eating cobs. Annual. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Fizz Kale
Fizz KalePacket: ~150 seeds (1 gram) More info267 available
Originally from Britain, Fizz (Brassica oleracea) is a very unique kale with finely-lobed, soft green leaves. The young leaves are tender and sweet and excellent in salads or stir-fries. Erect growth habit makes for easy harvest. 40 days baby leaf. Biennial. 40 days baby leaf. Biennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Flamingo Pink Chard
Flamingo Pink ChardPacket: ~100 seeds (1 gram) More info754 available
Galilee Spinach
Galilee SpinachPacket: 3 grams, ~330 seeds More info
Our seed company was birthed in a Mediterranean climate, so we know definitely know heat – and heat and spinach (Spinacia oleracea) simply do not get along. Plants are especially prone to bolting, leaves become fibrous and their flavor turns bitter. This is because most spinach plant breeding in the United States has focused on adapting the crop to the Salinas Valley in Central California, where most of country’s spinach is grown. This got us searching for something that might work better for our hot climate: a spinach we could grow deep into the spring and start again in late summer. This led us to Galilee, an Israeli variety which features extremely productive smooth, thin, triangular leaves that are excellent raw and delicious cooked. Plants can be cut and regrow, but we prefer to leaf pick as they mature; will prolong production and maintain and health of the plants. 50 days from seed. Annual.
Genovese Basil
Genovese BasilPacket: ~200 seeds (0.5 gram) More info929 available
Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an heirloom variety developed in Italy that's the go-to for making pesto. Round, lush leaves on proud, tall plants. Once established the plants can survive multiple cuttings throughout the season. In warmer climates, start seedlings early in the greenhouse and transplant as soon as frost danger has cleared at rather close spacing (2-4 inches). Plants will grow slower in the cooler spring whether, but will have enough foliage to harvests by May. Thin the plants back to more ideal spacing for summer growth and enjoy your first harvests before summer has even begun. 75-90 days from seed to harvestable foliage. Annual. Our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Glass Gem Corn
Glass Gem CornMore info1311 available
Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) produces highly variegated, three to eight inch cobs with translucent kernels that can be used for grinding or merely staring at and marveling at the immense diversity of the natural world. Originally sourced from Native Seed Search in Arizona, we are proud to be the most recent stewards of this variety on our farm in Southern California and offer it to our customers in a certified organic form. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 120 days from seed to dried cobs. Annual. Check out our friend (and former Mano Farm intern) Stephen Thomas's article that delves into the origins and history of this corn variety.
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