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For seed saving it is best to grow only one variety as amaranth is wind pollinated. If growing more than one variety then cover with reemay before they start to flower to insure seed purity.

Amaranthus cruentus
Hopi Red Dye. A beautiful wine red plant from the southwest, of Hopi origination, late maturing but performing well in the Berkshires. A spectacular ornamental which cannot help but take your breath away. Edible tiny black seeds, and good cooking leaves, which make a beautiful addition to salads when quite young. $1.70*

Multiflora Cruentus Seed heads vary in color from red to white to yellow. $1.70

A. hypochondriacus
Intense purple Beautiful purple to green leaves, although rarely as purple as the name indicates, edible leaves, and white seeds. $1.70*

Manna de Montana Big green plants, greenish white seed heads $ 1.70

Bean, String Phaseolus vulgaris
Beans are mostly self pollinating so you only need to separate by 20 to 30 feet., Although closer plantings are acceptable.

Black Valentine A great old time bush string bean. Introduced by Peter Henderson & Company of NY/NJ in 1897. Plants are productive, beans are dark green with excellent flavor. Black seeds. 70 days $2.00 *

Black Becky Good producer of tasty small pods, in about 70 days. Heirloom, late 19th century. Black seeds. Not commercially available. $2.00**

Lazy Wife (Pole) A tan seeded pole bean with good edible pods. Old but exact origin unknown. This is not the original white seeded variety which is very late in this region. $2.00**

Red Valentine Known at least since 1832. A string bean which is quite rare today, with great taste. This may be a variant of the original type. $3.00**

Bean, Dry

Berkshire Cranberry A genuine Berkshire County heirloom from the Kimberly family in Otis, MA. A nice medium size dark red bean with tan mottling. Rare and desirable $2.50***

Baker Bean A hundred year old plus heirloom from New England. Large maroon and cream colored seed. $3.00

Boston Favorite Grown around Boston before 1885 when it was introduced by the Aaron Low Seed Company. Large seeds streaked with crimson. $3.00**

Caseknife (Pole) A very old pole bean known since at least 1820, probably much older. Low climbing twiner with flat pods, and white or brown seeds. $3.00**

Golden Lima (Pole) A Vermont heirloom with flattened lima like beans which are golden mottled brown. Vines climb up to seven feet. $3.00** Mr. Waters A large red mottled Massachusetts heirloom dry bean, late 19th century or earlier, from Mr. Waters in Orange, MA. $2.50**

Nova Scotia Red A beautiful, old deep red kidney bean from the coast of eastern Canada $2.50**

Vermont Sulphur A medium size yellow-brown bush bean from Vermont $2.50**

Beet Beta vulgaris
Lutz Green Leaf A large red beet which says tender and sweet. An heirloom originally from Germany, of Amish and Mennonite origin. $2.00*

Cucumber Cucumis sativus For seed saving you can only plant one variety of cucumber on a given site. with out hand pollination.

Armstrong Early Cluster A form of Early Cluster, a very old variety first mentioned in the seed list of Mawe and Abercrombie in 1778. Pickling type, relatively short fruits. $2.50**

Black Diamond or Kirby Introduced about 1920 by I. N. Simon & Son of Philadelphia, named for its originator Norval E. Kirby. A long, dark green slicing cucumber. $2.50**

Boothby Blonde An heirloom which arrived in Maine in the Boothbay vicinity, a long time ago. A creamy skin with a tinge of yellow, making good pickles as well as a slicing cucumber. Taste is very good even in larger sizes and in our experience never bitter like the lemon cucumber. $2.00*

Early Russian A classic heirloom pickling cucumber introduced in 1854 from Europe, presumably Russia. Good for fresh eating as well. Small, mild taste, non bitter, productive ,and bearing well throughout the season, early, although bearing a bit later than some hybrids. $2.00*

Icard's White A whitish skinned cucumber which may be the same variety as other white cucumbers occasionally available. White cucumbers are known from the late 18th century and introduced to this country by 1890. Heirloom from North Carolina which was grown in the Berkshires for a while and then headed south again. Makes great pickles. Rare $2.50***

Nejinsky An interesting heirloom from Russia with a thick brown skin, productive, good for pickling and slicing. $2.50**

Spring of Water A large and very tasty cucumber recently brought from Leningrad, Russia which makes excellent big tasty pickles. There is some variation within this variety probably from being slightly crossed in Russia, so there are some slicing types present as well. $2.50***

Corn, Sweet
Zea mays Sweet corn must be separated by physical barrier, bloom sequence, and at least 1000 feet

Pease Crosby An heirloom white sweet corn, 80 days, with 7-8 in ears. Developed by Josiah Crosby of Arlington, MA, and introduced around 1860. It was frequently grown in the Northeast and was one of the most widely utilized canning varieties. Many strains of the original Crosby were developed including Boston Market and this strain. $3.00**

Rainbow Inca A multicolored sweet corn of good quality developed by Alan Kapuler of Oregon. $3.00

Eggplant Solanum melongea Separate varieties by a hundred feet or more.
Antigua Beautiful slender eight inch long white fruit with purple stripes $2.00**

Dark Long Red Narrow red-purple fruits are attractive. $2.00**

Lawrence's Eggplant
Eggplants we are working on which presently have a great deal of diversity. You can ask for green, white, purple marbled, or purple but we don't guarantee they will run true to type. But you will get some very pretty eggplants. $2.00

Keeskemetilida A Russian variety brought back by Kent Whealy of the Seed Savers Exchange. Six inch black fruit. $2.00**

Turkish Eggplant Actually a different species (S. integrifolium) which produces prolifically very small rounded orange fruits which are better tasting than regular eggplant. Highly ornamental fruit. $1.75*

Muskmelon Cucumis melo For seed saving you can only plant one variety of melon on a given site

Anne Arundel Small green fleshed melon with a pale yellow skin. A very old heirloom, pre-1800, from Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This version from the Schramm family of Pasadena, MD. Commercially introduced in 1890. $2.50**

Jenny Lind A lovely melon dating to 1846 which performs quite well in the Berkshires. Fruits are heavily netted with turban button on the blossom, bearing prolifically, 12oz.-2lbs., with delicious sweet green flesh. $2.00*

Pear An unusual shape in a melon, definitely like a pear. Good, sweet, not early but easily made it in the Berkshires. $2.50***

Ralph Dyer's A good melon for our region which was originally grown in California, and proved to miraculously bear early in Maine where it has been grown for a long time. We tried it and liked it. Football shaped with light orange flesh. May throw some off types, don't save seed from these. $2.50***

Rocky Ford This melon was introduced in the 1880's descended from Nutmeg melon. Fruit ranges from l-3 lbs, netted with slight ribs, with sweet aromatic green flesh. $ 2.00*

Parsnip Pastinacia sativa
Guernsey A relatively rare parsnip from the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. Smooth white flesh , good shape, medium length roots. $2.00**

Pea Pisum sativum
Peas are mostly self pollinating so they may be planted close together Bliss's Everbearing Tall growing eating pea dating from 1888 or earlier. $2.50***

Champion of England The first wrinkled pea, large seeded, short vine, excellent taste. Originated in England and discovered by Mr. William Fairbeard in 1843. $2.50**

Prussian Blue, or Blue Prussian Short vine, grown by Thomas Jefferson, mentioned by Bernard McMahon, Seedsman in 1806. $2.50***

New York State Heirloom (#72) Excellent quality eating pea with purple flowers. Dried peas are green with light purple specks. $2.50***

Purple Pod Tall climbing with beautiful edible purple pods which must be eaten at a very early stage. $2.50**

Wolven Family Heirloom A very rare New York State heirloom from the mid Hudson Valley, possibly of 17th century Dutch origin, known to date from 1870. Edible pod needs support, 3-6 feet. 3.00***

We don't really know just how old this pea is. I remember my grandfathers on both sides of the family raising it, and quite possibly it dates to my great-great grandfather. I'm 84 so that could put it way back into early 1800's . The first Wolvens were Palantines and settled in New York around 1710. They could have brought this pea with them, but we don't know. Everyone around here used to grow this pea at the turn of the century. People depended on them, it was a staple crop. When I was a boy there used to be lots of abandoned farm land around here. We'd go and cut gray birch saplings about eight feet tall and use them as trellising for the peas. Saplings are real good for the peas to climb on because of the branches. Then in the fall we'd gather up all those saplings and burn them and fertilize the soil that way. Those peas were for the table and the cellar. We would can lots of them, like string beans. You can always put sugar on food, but you can't add flavor. Those are some nice peas'--Frances Wolven, NY.

Frances can no longer raise these peas, his gardening days are over. He's recovering from a broken hip. But he's glad he has passed them around.

Pepper Capsicum annuum
Peppers are mostly self pollinating but can cross pollinate therefore you should separate varieties by a long distance or ideally cage them with reemay which will also protect from early frosts or reemay.

Besler's Pepper (C. annuum var. glabrisculum) A the "bird" pepper, illustrated by Basilius Besler in 1613. Very small round fruits with good heat. $2.50 ***

Buist's Yellow Cayenne Conforms to the description of Victorian era Buist's catalog. Popular among nineteenth century gardeners, dating back to 1840's or 50's, probably came in with the Demerara Sugar trade. This is a beautiful, yellow, tasty, good yielding, mildly hot pepper. Much recommended. $2.50**

Fish Pepper A rare African-American heirloom pepper, from the Philadelphia-Baltimore area. Variegated leaves. Pendant fruit are 1.5"+, conical, green and white striped, turning orange with brown stripes, finally to red. Fairly hot, used in fish cookery. $2.50**

Hinkel Hatz Chicken Heart Rare PA Dutch variety, pendant fruit, size and shape of a chicken heart, very hot, used in pickles. Dates to pre-1880. $2.50

Puya A Mexican Indian variety, long and narrow, "spur of the rooster" fairly hot, drying to a beautiful deep red. Late ripening. $1.75**

Tabiche A Mexican Indian variety, fairly hot, of good flavor, reasonably prolific, with short 3/4 inch x 2 inch, pretty red fruits, vaguely triangular shaped. Definitely not an early ripening variety but does reasonably well in the north. $ 1.75**

Yatsufusa. One to two inch long small hot peppers borne upright in clusters. From Japan. $1.75*

Amish Pimento A flattened five inch wide ribbed tomato obtained as a sweet but has very mild heat. $2.00*

Bujan Good size sweet peppers, excellent taste, conical to blocky shaped, with large and reasonably early yields, produced on short plants. Fruit is yellow and ripens red. Highly recommended. $2.50*

Bulgarian Five inch long tapered fruits with good yields and flavor. $2.00**

Bulgarian #5 Eight inch long tapered, with vertical brown scar lines, ripening reasonably early here. Seed collected at a farmer's market in Bulgaria. $2.00**

Georgescu A three to four lobed tapering pepper with medium thick walls, yellow ripening to red, sweet, with heavy, reasonably early yields. From Romania. Prone to rot in very moist soil. $2.00 **

Joe's Big Blocky (Red) A very large bell pepper, thin walled with excellent sweet flavor $2.00**

Kalman's Hungarian Tomato Pepper Flattened pimento type, 2” long, 4-5”wide, thick flesh sweet flavor. An Hungarian family heirloom from Kalman Jajvort, Edison, NJ. $2.00**

Sweet Cherry Pimento Small sweet one inch roundish pepper, 19th century heirloom, pre 1860. $1.75*

Weaver's Miniature Tomato Pepper An old Pennsylvania Dutch tomato pepper, reminiscent of a tomato in shape, used for stuffing and pickling, about one to two inches, deep red color, tasty. Rare. $2.50**

Radish For seed saving plant one variety.
Long Scarlet Short Top A long scarlet pink radish introduced prior to 1873. Rare. $2.50***

Philadelphia White Box a small round white radish introduced by David Landreth and Sons of Philadelphia in the early 1880's under the name Earliest White Forcing Radish . Then considered one of the most delicate and quick growing of white winter radishes. $2.50**

Vick's Scarlet Globe A round scarlet colored radish from the Victorian era Vick's seed company. Introduced before 1910. Rare. $2.50***

Brassica napus Eastham Turnip A variety still grown on Cape Cod commercially but otherwise fairly rare. Large 8- 12 inch diameter roots, rounded, delicious white sweet flesh, excellent greens. $2.00*

Solanaceous fruits
Cossack Pineapple A small yellow fruited husk ground cherry or as sold or fresh. Appears identical to Aunt Molly's, a variety which dates to 1837 in Pennsylvania. $2.50

Wonderberry This may or may not be Luther Burbank's greatest fraud. In 1907 Burbank introduced a plant which he stated was the product of a cross between Solanum guineense and Solanum villosum. Burbank's claim led to a long drawn out dispute between professors, botanists, and backyard gardeners as to the validity and true origin of this "new" variety. The dispute never reaching a close leaves us with this unusual plant which bears 1/4 inch diameter fruits of a dark purple shade, grows abundantly, fruits profusely. This plant is likely the West African msoba or gsoba. The fruit is good for making jams, preserves, pies. Fruit has distinct, sweet, fruity flavor. $2.50*

Black Nightshade (Solanum american or nigrum) Very similar but not identical to wonderberry, with better taste. Fruit should be cooked before consuming. $2.50

For seed saving remember you can only plant one variety of each species, otherwise you must hand pollinate. Squash of the same species cross pollinate very easily.

species maxima
Essex Hybrid Aaron Low of Essex Mass, in passing a field of American Turban squashes noticed a vine with different. squash - evidently a cross between Turban and Hubbard. It was introduced in 1883. Fruit is 8-12 lbs, drum-like shape, deep orange color w/apricot-colored stripes, with good quality flesh. $2.75**

Golden Hubbard An orange tear drop shaped squash with a green point at the blossom tip, introduced 1898. $2.75**

Marblehead Named and introduced in 1873 by James Gregory & Son seed company of Marblehead, Mass. Large blue gray-green fruit 10-20lbs. Shell very hard and thick Flesh very firm, slightly tough, moderately dry, sweet, fair flavor, color pale orange. $2.75**

Smooth Green Hubbard This differs very slightly from the 19th century True Green Hubbard the predecessor to the Blue Hubbard because it is almost completely smooth. A very old type but we're unsure of this one's exact origination - it probably re presents an early selection from the True Green. A beautiful, tasty squash with long vines, green fruits tapering at both ends, weighing 8 -12 lbs, orange-yellow flesh, with long keeping qualities. Makes a great squash soup. $2.50***

Turban A very old type with a distinct protrusion, orange with some green, sometimes sold as an ornamental, but quite edible and delicious. This is an heirloom strain from France where it was introduced in 1818 2.50*

species argyosperma (mixta)
Cushaw, Green Striped Crookneck A species which originates from Mexico and South America but appears to have been in the south central part of what is now the United States in pre-Colombian times, and consequently likes hot weather. This variety is similar to the commercially available Green Striped Cushaw but fruits tend to be earlier, smaller and more prolific Flesh is sweet, pale yellow with a flavor unlike other squash species. $ 2.00**

Tamala A beautiful rounded green striped squash makes an excellent ornamental, with beautiful large silver-green edged seeds for jewelry. Good eating quality, like cushaws. This species rarely grown in the Northeast because they are more southern, but this one does very well here. $2.50**

species moschata
Cutchogue Flat Cheese From eastern Long Island, NY. Similar to the Hudson Valley, but sections not as sharply divided. Tends to be bigger -- ten to twenty pounds. Cheese squashes were first listed in America in 1815, but was depicted much earlier in a painting by Lucas Van Valkenborch (C. 1530-1597) $2.50***

Golden Cushaw The golden cushaw is the predecessor to our modern day butternut, from the 19th century or earlier, exact origin unknown. Fruit tends to longer than butternut but similar. $2.50***

Hudson Valley Cheese Dark tan skin with orange flesh, keeps very well. Flattened round shape, reminiscent of old time wheels of cheese five to fifteen pounds. From the Hudson Valley, New York State. $2.50**

species pepo
Costato Romanesco A zucchini with long slender slightly ribbed fruits. Rich taste and less watery than other summer squash, makes this superior to all commercial varieties. $2.25 **

Lycopersicon lycopersicum Tomatoes are largely self pollinating so if you separate varieties by 10-50 feet you can plant several types in a large garden.

Amish Paste A really great past e tomato of Amish origin full of flavor with very good fresh eating qualities as well. $2.00*

Aunt Ruby's German Green Medium green skin, with yellow tinge when ripe and amber blush on blossom end, green flesh. Superb spicy and sweet flavor, makes great sorbet. 12 oz.- 1 lb. Unique and Attractive. Heirloom from Ruby Arnold in Greenville Tennessee. $2.00*

Berkshire Oxheart Not a true oxheart but close, definitely an old variety brought to the Berkshires (Stockbridge) in the 1930's from Vermont by a now deceased woman. Rescued from the brink of extinction. Good quality. Very rare. $ 2.50***

Berkshire Paste Of Italian origin but been in this region quite a while. Several fruit types from long pointed to almost heart shaped to rounded We are reselecting for pointed but you will probably get variation. Good taste, meaty, best for cooking, prolific, but late here. $2.00***

Berkshire Polish One of the best all around tomatoes we have grown in the last few years. Vaguely paste shape. Originally from the Americas, thence Poland, settling in Berkshire County for at least a generation. $ 2.50***

Black Plum A plum tomato from Russia, small, prolific, with brown red purplish fruit, excellent for sauce or drying. $2.00*

Brandywine. (pink ) Introduced in 1889 by Johnson and Stokes. Large fruit weighing almost 1 lb Excellent fresh eating, soft skin easily bruised. Undoubtedly one of the greatest of all heirlooms for the home garden. $2.00*

Costoluto Genovese A fairly rare unimproved heirloom, with large flatish ribbed fruits, productive, with excellent taste particularly good for sauce. They probably don't ship well which means you will have to grow them yourself. $2.00*

Early Large Red Classic bright red tomato known in France in the 18th century and in America in the 1840's, medium size fruit. Not particularly early, nor large but certainly a good all around cooking and eating tomato. $2.50**

Early Ruby Introduced in 1891. A small to medium red fruit, fairly early, 6-8 oz taste - good taste $2.50**

Ed's Fat Plum Large red plum type, fat and tapering with an occasional round variant. Fairly meaty with a tangy acid taste. somewhat juicy. Selected by a Connecticut gardener for fatness for over 20 years. Tangy, acid taste, great for sauce and drying. $2.50***

Eva Purple Ball Beautiful pinkish-purple round, uniform medium size 6-8 oz. fruits with wonder ful taste, very suitable for commercial culture. Supposedly a German heirloom, known in 19th century America. $2.50**

"I have been growing tomatoes as a market gardener for years. This year the heirloom tomatoes in our greenhouses outperformed any hybrids we have grown in the past. The yields were terrific and continued into the late fall. Eva Purple Ball, Rose de Berne, Indian Moon and Paragon were all excellent and very tasty" TD, Great Barrington, MA

Eckert Polish Large oblate red tomato, blemish free, with excellent taste, history unknown but probably heirloom. $ 2.00**

Green Gage This variety was mentioned as early as 1867 under the name Yellow Plum. Small pale yellow round fruit in clusters, fairly early. $2.50**

June Pink Beautiful pink rounded fruit with good mild taste, originated in New Jersey and commercially released in 1906. $2.00*

Kalman's Hungarian Pink Pink oval, 6-8oz. fruit. Very sweet with excellent mild taste. A family heirloom of Kalman Lajvort, from Edison, NJ who brought back the seed to America from Hungary in 1967. This variety dates to his grandfather or earlier. $2.50**

King Humbert (King Umberto) Named for the king of Italy, one of the oldest named varieties of tomato still in existence, pre-1800. 2 oz pear shaped sweet red fruit. $2.50**

Lawrence's Cherry An excellent tasting, heavy yielding, red cherry tomato. If you like cherries this is very good. $2.00**

Livingston's Beauty (Extra Select) Pink medium size oblate fruit with good heirloom flavor. Introduced 1886. $2.50**

Livingston's Favorite A classic red tomato with that good old time taste, rare, introduced 1883. Author William Weaver says our example is actually Trophy. $2.50**
Livingston's Golden Ball Late 1800's variety by Livingston Seed Company. Small yellow two ounce tasty round globes. $2.50**
Livingston's Golden Queen Another rare old heirloom from a gone tomato breeder. Yellow with a pink blus h towards the bottom. If you like yellow tomatoes this is a must. $2.50**

Livingston's Main Crop Pink Another great Livingston variety. 8-10 ounce pink tomatoes, prolific and tasty. $2.50**

Magnus A rare and excellent flavored pink tomato with good yields of medium size fruit. we love them. Introduced by Livingston Seed Co. in 1900. $2.50***

Mankin Plum Heirloom from Northampton area of Massachusetts. Oblong paste tomato, orange-red very meaty, few seeds, mild sweet taste, best cooked. $2.50**

Maule's Earliest of All "The Greatest of All Early Tomatoes" Nor is its extreme earliness its only virtue, for it is of large size, good color and delicious flavor. . . Color is bright red. . . -- from the 1912 Maule Seed Book. A bit of an exaggeration but still worth trying. $2.50**

Maule's Success Another classic heirloom with fairly good old time taste, rare. Introduced 1912 or earlier. $2.50***

Matchless (Austin) A selection of the original Matchless which has better taste. Plants are relatively short with deep green rugose foliage. Fruits are red with very good taste. 1908 or earlier. $2.50***

Newton Italian Plum A large 10oz. to extremely large 16 oz. pink paste tomato, heart shaped, somewhat pointed, very meaty and few seeds. Originally from Italy then grown by a caretaker at the Newtown, CT. State Hospital for years, and then grown in Vermont the last 25 years. $2.75***

Paragon Excellent production of 6-10 oz. uniform, round, red, tomatoes borne in clusters, with very good old time taste. A great tomato. An historic Livingston variety, introduced in 1870. This was one of the preeminent canning tomatoes in New Jersey. $2.00 **

Purple Calabash A very old tomato type likely dating to the 1600's. Irregular shape often ruffled with "catfacing", purplish brown skin, with lots of seeds. Some people like them fresh, but not a slicing tomato we think best as a sauce. A real conversation piece. $2.50**

Prudden's Purple. A large to very large purplish tomato meaty with very few seeds, and above average taste, similar to Brandywine. An heirloom considered to be one of the great rediscoveries in old tomatoes. $2.00*

Redfield Beauty Another great heirloom, selected from Livingston’s Beauty in 1885. Beautiful pink medium size rounded fruit with excellent full flavor. $2.50***

Reisentraube Small pear shape with point on the end of the fruit in clusters, excellent taste, literally ”big grape” Known to have been in Philadelphia in 1847. $2.50***

Rose de Berne From France. (S wiss) Beautiful quality, looks and taste. Pink, round and uniform. Excellent. Suitable for commercial culture. $2.50*

Tomallilo A very small fruited tomato, round 1/2 inch, borne in clusters, beautiful green-yellow color. Excellent flavor, spicy. $2.50**

Tomate Piruli Round, tiny, dull red tomatoes with excellent very sweet flavor $2.50**

Tom Patti's Italian Paste Brought from Italy to New Jersey about 30 years ago. A large, long heart shaped paste tomato, very meaty with good to excellent flavor, and prolific. $2.50**

Yellow Ponderosa Large yellow fruit and good flavor make this old time heirloom a winner, late 19th century. $2.50**

Yellow Stuffer Seeds from France, seems the same as other yellow stuffers. Hollow lobed yellow fruit, closely resembling peppers, (fooled local veg farmer-trick your friends) bears well, good for stuffing. $2.00*

(Nicotiana tabacum)
Cash This is an heirloom smoking tobacco, pre-1915, with large leaves, one of the types which used to be grown on farms to both save and make money. Now fairly rare. Grows well in the Northeast. $2.50***

Tomatillos Physalis
For seed saving grow only one variety in the average garden, or cage them. Supposedly following represent two different species (taxonomy of Physalis species is not completely sorted out) and can be grown in proximity.

Giant (Large Green) P. ixocarpa While not a mainstay for most gardeners they really make a great salsa with or without tomatoes. Volunteers from a garden in Northwest CT., these are fairly large fruit, maturing reasonably early, by mid August. Fruit keeps for months after picking. $ 1.75

Zuni P. philadelphica A Native American variety from the Southwest, with wonderfully small fruit, sweet, but late ripening. $2.00**

Watermelon For seed saving remember you can only grow one variety of watermelon within a garden without hand pollination.

Cream of Saskatchewan. This is a wonderful white/creamy fleshed round watermelon of outstanding sweetness and flavor. The skin is thin so it does not have long keeping qualities and is prone to splitting. Fruits range from 5-12 lb and they ripen reasonably early. If you have never tried growing a watermelon in the north this is one to try. To determine ripeness tap with your fingers and listen for pink, pank or punk. Punk is dead ripe and because these are white fleshed they can even be eaten a bit immature. $ 2.00*

Russian A small four to eight pound vaguely football shaped melon, relatively early, with sweet red flesh, somewhat seedy, and long keeping qualities. Russian heirloom. $2.50***

Schlecter. A red fleshed heirloom melon with good flavor and sweetness. Not as early maturing as the above with smaller fruits weighing 4-6 pounds. Brought to this country by Hutterites from the Crimea in Russia. $ 2.00**

P.O. Box 451
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230