We've done it! Farmer Ron and I sat down and decided which seeds we wanted to splurge on and we placed our order. For the first time, we've ordered from Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit farm that maintains thousands of heritage varieties of seeds. The catalog has been some of our favorite reading and eye candy all winter. Here is what we have coming:
Five color, Silverbeet Swiss Chard
Amish Paste Tomatoes
Sheboygan Tomatoes - brought to WI by Lithuanian immigrants
Wisconsin 55 Tomatoes - first bred in WI
Gold Medal Tomatoes
Cherry Roma Tomatoes (I start drooling just thinking about these)
Calypso Beans (black and white dried beans)
Listada Gandia Eggplant (I could eat the name itself)
Amish Snap Peas
Tollies Sweet Peppers
Sunflower Mixture (the farmer got these for me)
All told we've shelled out $37.25 for all these seeds and we'll have to spend a bit more for potting soil so we can get them started in our basement. Oh yes, there will be a bit of money spent on electricity to keep the grow light going over the plants for a few weeks before we send the plants out into the world. But all in all, it is a great investment. We'll have tomatoes for most of the summer and even in the winter (canned, frozen and dried, of course).
So, very soon 550 seeds will be put in a box in Decorah, IA. They'll get on a truck and arrive here. We'll got out to the front porch to bring them in and with them we'll also bring in a little bit of summer.