Arianna Batavian Lettuce
Arianna Batavian LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info1403 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.
Broad Windsor Fava Bean
Broad Windsor Fava BeanPacket: ~15 seeds (20 grams) More info517 available
Broad Windsor Fava (Vicia faba) is an English heirloom cool season bean dating back to the 1800s. Plants are fall or winter sown and grow with great vigor to a height of up to five feet, with heavy yields of six to eight inch pods that produce large succulent green beans that can be eaten fresh or grown to maturity and dried. Young pods are succulent enough to be eaten whole and baby leaves are quite palatable as well and can be prepared and eaten like spinach. Broad Windsor can also function as a cool-season, frost-tolerant cover crop, producing nitrogen-rich biomass that can be planted into immediately after tilling. We have observed increased vigor, yields, and overall health of vegetable crops sown following a fava cover crop. Favas have a large, deep taproot that aids in loosening tight subsoil. There is just something special about the tilth of the soil after a fava cover crop has been incorporated. A key ally in sustainable soil and nutrient management. Beans in 80 days when spring-sown, 150 days when fall sown. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California
Cilantro Seed
Cilantro SeedPacket: 1.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info818 available
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is an important culinary herb in Latin and Asian cuisines. Both the leaf and the seed (coriander) are used to flavor dishes and are popular with farmers and home gardeners alike. Can be cut nearly to the ground two or three times, or leaf-picked for a sustained harvest. Allow this friend to bolt, and watch in amazement as the beautiful white flowers draw in the good bugs from seemingly out of nowhere. Then, eat the seeds. 50 days to leaf. 125 days to seed. Re-seeding annual.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Lettuce Mix
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Lettuce MixPacket: ~500 seeds (0.75 gram) More info236 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 romaine’s 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. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Cosmic Purple Carrot
Cosmic Purple CarrotPacket: ~525 seeds (1 gram) More info
Add some color to your meals with this unique carrot (Daucus carota) variety. A newer introduction, Cosmic Purple has long, slender roots and purple-red-tinged flesh with an orange skin underneath. Like many purple varieties, this carrot has a slightly spicy flavor profile. Best grown from early spring through mid-fall. For a hardier winter variety, try our Danvers 126. 70 days from direct seeding. Biennial.
Crimson Flowered Fava
Crimson Flowered FavaPacket: ~7 seeds (5.5 grams) More info
We'll get right to it: the real story of this fava bean (Vicia faba) variety are its crimson flowered blossoms, which sets it apart from all white flowered varieties we've grown. The blossoms attract a variety of beneficial insects including sphinx moths. The fast growing, stout plants require minimal support and the blooming period makes this an attractive nitrogen fixing cover crop. Beans mature to a deep rich green. We are proud to offer this unique and hard to find fava bean in our catalog! Beans in 90 days when spring sown, 160 days when fall sown.  Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Detroit Dark Red Beet
Detroit Dark Red BeetPacket (2 grams, ~125 seeds) More info435 available
Detroit Dark Red beet (Beta vulgaris) is an heirloom variety from the 1800's 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.
Early Wonder Tall Top Beet
Early Wonder Tall Top BeetPacket: 2 grams, ~100 seeds More info915 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 ‰ÛÒ harvestable in five to six weeks ‰ÛÒ 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.
Fizz Kale
Fizz KalePacket: 1 gram, ~150 seeds More info305 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. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Freckles Romaine Lettuce
Freckles Romaine LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info762 available
Freckles Romaine Lettuce (Lactuca sativa), so-called for its beautiful spotted red-on-green leaf pattern. Heads up a little less uniform than Parris Island Romaine, but is worth it for the flavor and beauty. We regularly grow this lettuce for our community supported agriculture shares, and use it much like green romaine: harvesting baby heads for bagged baby salad mixes and full sized heads later on. 40 days baby, 60 days head. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Iceland Poppy
Iceland PoppyPacket: 0.1 gram, ~500 seeds More info96 available
A subpolar cool-season ornamental flower (Papaver nudicaule) with papery blossoms in shades of orange, yellow, white and occasionally light pink. ‰ÛÏIcelandic‰۝ is actually a misnomer when describing this poppy species ‰ÛÒ they aren‰۪t native to Iceland, but rather a broad range of boreal geographies throughout the world. With adequate spacing and temperature conditions their bloom period can span multiple months. 90 days from transplant to flower. Perennial (although in most warmer climates will be a grow as a short lived biennial or annual). Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Lacinato Kale
Lacinato KalePacket (1 gram, ~200 seeds) More info1628 available
Lacinato (Brassica oleraceae) is the most widely-recognized Kale variety out there, and for good reason. This is a lovely variety (also known as Dinosaur, Black Tuscan, or Toscano) unique in appearance, flavor & texture. A real workhorse, the deeply savoyed leaves with underturned edges on tall, upright stalks make for easy harvesting. We can't grow enough of Lacinato. . . it is in very high demand at our local health food market. This selection comes from breeder Frank Morton, which both we and the Organic Seed Alliance determined to be the best performer in our trials, noted for vigor and pest resistence. The hearty leaves of this kale hold up well to cooking in soups and stews, and make excellent kale chips. 40 days baby leaf, 60 days mature. åÊBiennial. åÊ
OreganoPacket: ~300 seeds (0.03 gram) More info4229 available
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a classic tomato sauce herb that blends extremely well with basil and thyme, and is wonderful for seasoning meats, vegetable roasts and all things Italian. Oregano is also very medicinally potent – a tea made from oregano leaves is known to be very high in antioxidants, and is soothing to respiratory irritation and digestive maladies. 60 days to leaf/herb, 90 days to flower. Hardy perennial. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Purple Fava Negreta Broad Bean
Purple Fava Negreta Broad BeanPacket: ~10 seeds, 18 grams More info
"Negreta," a fava variety originating from either Italy or Spain, yields large green pods with large beans that mature to a dark, imperial purple shade. The beans are not only visually striking, they also mature up to 10 days faster than the Broad Windsor. We are happy to resurrect this classic variety, stewarded for two years at Mano Farm in Ojai, California and now available in our catalog in certified organic form. 70 days spring sown, 240 days fall sown. Annual.
Purple Plum Radish
Purple Plum RadishPacket: 1.2 grams, ~125 seeds More info858 available
Purple Plum (Raphanus sativus) is a beautiful radish with juicy, crisp roots that are white on the inside with deep purple skin. In all but the hottest weather, the roots hold well. We direct sow this variety in the late winter here on our farm and get three weeks of harvests! This is pretty incredible, considering how fast they grow from seed. 26 days young, 40 mature. Annual.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Purple Sprouting BroccoliPacket (1 gram, ~150 seeds) More info694 available
An heirloom originally from England, Purple Sprouting Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) is a unique broccoli that has been bred to overwinter before producing an unbelievable yield of purple broccoli shoots in the spring! A reliable provider for the CSA farmer or home gardener. Large, bushy plants are very cold-hardy. Sow in late summer for spring production. 200 days. Biennial.
Purple Top Turnip
Purple Top TurnipPacket: 1 gram, ~750 seeds More info1971 available
An heirloom turnip dating back to the 1800s, Purple Top (Brassica rapa) is an easy-to-grow classic. Large, round white roots with a beautiful purple blush ringing the top. Productive greens are edible, similar to kale. The roots are sweetest when harvested young (three to four inch diameter), but will remain delicious if grown up to softball size. 60 days. Biennial.
Rainbow Chard
Rainbow ChardPacket: 1.25 grams, ~80 seeds) More info154 available
Rainbow (Beta vulgaris) is our own blend of red, pink, white, and yellow chards. Each color in this mix has its own uniqueness, with subtle flavor and texture differences. Chard is easy to grow and performs well year round in milder winter climates, but it‰۪s an especially appropriate summertime green where temperatures turn other leafy greens like kale and collards bitter. Plants have an upright growth habit makes for easy harvesting, especially for braising mixes. Rainbow is sure to add color to your garden or farm community supported agriculture shares. 30 days baby leaf, 60 days full size. Biennial.
Red Russian Kale
Red Russian KalePacket: ~350 seeds (1 gram) More info1291 available
Red Russian (Brassica napus) is a very hardy kale originally from Siberia. Supple, blue-green leaves on red stems are tasty raw or cooked, and get sweeter in cold temperatures. Red Russian is a market staple and reliable producer. Dependable and delicious. Sow in spring or fall. 40 days baby leaf. 60 days mature. Biennial
Red Sails Lettuce
Red Sails LettucePacket: 1 gram, ~600 seeds More info1293 available
Red Sails (Lactuca sativa) is an award-winning leaf-lettuce with ruffled, burgundy-to-green leaves that are crisp and delicious. This variety is a staple in our Community Supported Agriculture planting mix ‰ÛÒ the ruffled heads up to 12 inches across make it a real bag filler. Red Sails is somewhat tolerant to heat and resistant to early bolting; it holds well in the field. 30 days baby. 55 days full head. Annual.
Red-Veined Chicory
Red-Veined ChicoryPacket (0.5 gram, ~350 seeds) More info472 available
Commonly called Italian Dandelion, Red-Veined Chicory (Chicorium intybus) is an extremely hearty, easy-to-grow leafy green. Dense in vitamins and minerals, chicory leaves are excellent raw, steamed, braised, or stir-fried. The leaf stems become quite sweet in cooler temperatures. This leafy green is also quite bitter and is excellent for poor digestions. . . though most of the bitterness disappears when cooked. This chicory is also grown for its root, which is commonly baked and ground to be used as a coffee substitute. 60 days. Perennial.
Riverside Onion
Riverside OnionMore info27 available
Riverside (Allium cepa) is an outstanding sweet yellow onion that is very high-yielding, thick-skinned and long-storing. Riverside is a mild onion, with a delicious sweet flavor. A short to intermediate day onion for growing areas south of latitude 40è_N, and will perform best south of 35è_N. A great onion for farmer‰۪s market, community supported agriculture (CSA) growers, and a storage onion for subsistence gardeners. Bulbs frequently reach five inches in diameter and one pound in weight. 115 Days. Short-Intermediate day. Biennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Rouge d'Hiver Red Romaine Lettuce
Rouge d'Hiver Red Romaine LettucePacket (1 gram, ~600 seeds) More info647 available
Rouge d'Hiver (Lactuca sativa) is an heirloom romaine-type lettuce hailing from France. Its name translates to ‰ÛÏRed of Winter,‰۝ as cold weather really brings out the deep-red color. This variety is popular for cut baby lettuce, although it will form beautiful romaine heads. Slightly lighter-textured leaves than Parris Island Romaine. 30 days baby leaf. 60 days head. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Sugar Snap Pea
Sugar Snap PeaPacket: 7 grams, ~30 seeds More info516 available
Sugar Snap (Pisum sativum) is a super-sweet snap pea, to which all other snap pea varieties are compared! Tall vines to over six feet must be trellised for support. Big yields of three inch long pods over a long harvest period. Harvest pods frequently to encourage production. 60 days. Annual.
Sweetheart's  Finnish Rye
Sweetheart's Finnish RyePacket: ~500 seeds (10 grams) More info324 available
This is an heirloom variety of rye (Secale cereale) that originally hails from Kainuu, RistijÌ_rvi in Northeastern Finland. It has been cultivated for at least 100 years. We obtained it from Maatiainen, the Finnish Landrace Association, located in Helsinki. Rye is easier to grow than many other grains because it tolerates poorer soils and harsher cold conditions. It also grows taller and matures faster than wheat. While it's an ideal grain crop for small scale or subsistence farming contexts, it also works as an excellent great cool-season cover crop, functioning to scavenge excess nitrogen and add organic matter to the soil and suppress weeds. Finnish rye varieties have been grown in North America since the mid-1600s. This rye performed excellently here in our hot, Mediterranean climate (who would suspect a Nordic variety would be so suited here?). This variety grows especially tall and produces great deal of straw, making it perfect for a cover crop use. Unlike modern cultivars of rye, the seed is easily released from the stalk, making non-mechanized/hand threshing for grain far easier. "Winter" rye is typically sown in late summer and for spring maturation. However, here in Southern California, we direct seeded in late December and had a mature crop by early July. For cover crop use, consider planting later (up to late October), because if too much biomass accumulates, the crop can be difficult to manage later on. -Quin Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. Growing Resources: Hannu Ahokas, "The ethnobotany of rye cultivation in Finland and its influence abroad" "Rye" in Managing Cover Crops Profitably (3rd edition), pp. 98-105 "Rye" in Alternative Field Crops Manual
ThymePacket: 0.15 gram, ~500 seeds More info1034 available
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a staple culinary herb that is easy to grow and beautiful. This low-growing herb adds delicious flavor to meats or vegetables, and is a classic seasoning in Italian cooking. 90 days. Hardy perennial.