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Catalog Features Rare Garden Varieties
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. features more than “1,800 amazing heirloom seed varieties.” It’s packed with vegetables and fruits that we’ve never seen anywhere else.
  Here’s a sampling of some that recently caught our eye:
  • Chinese Pink Celery is served in high-end restaurants in China and is easier to grow than European-type green celery. Lightly sweet, crunchy and pretty, it may even appeal to fussy eaters.
  • Brad’s Atomic Grape Tomato explodes with color and sweet flavor. The color changes as they ripen from olive green to red and then brown/blue stripes. Despite the wispy foliage, the plants are rugged and highly productive with tomatoes ranging from a large grape tomato to plum size.
  • Jyunpaku Okinawan Pure White Bitter Melon are up to 10 in. long. These Japanese melons actually have a mellow flavor when fully ripe. They can be sliced thin and eaten raw or added to soups. The seeds for this unusual fruit are spendy at $5/5 seeds.
  • Atomic Orange Corn is an open-pollinated soft flint corn developed by Ed Schultz of Bozeman, Mont. It matures in 60 to 80 days. The short 3 to 5-ft. stalks produce 10-in. ears that cover all the orange hues, from bright to russet, with an occasional all-white ear.
  • Sichuan Red Beauty Radish also comes from China. Oblong and red from skin to heart it makes great pickles and can be eaten fresh. High in antioxidants it’s a nutritious veggie that thrives in cool weather. Plant in late summer or early fall.
  • Heirloom Seed Collection is a good choice for gardeners who want to try a little of everything. Store the seeds up to 10 years in the resealable mylar bag the packages come in along with Clyde’s Garden Planner. The seeds cover everything from greens to tuber vegetables, to tomatoes, melons, corn and squash. Varieties are selected to be hardy in most U.S. climates. $48/25 full-sized packets.
  Jere Gettle printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog in 1998, and he and his wife, Emilee, offer free shipping with catalog orders. Besides selling seeds, they coordinate events and other businesses at their site in the Ozark Hills.
  To get the 2018, 148-page catalog, fill out the form on their website (www.rareseeds.com) or download a PDF of the catalog.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., 2278 Baker Creek Rd., Mansfield, Mo. 65704 (ph 417 924-8917).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #1