Its the time of year when I read of a variety of seed that is “popular and rare.” Seems a contradiction to me, but since its the seed varieties and not logic that I’m looking for I keep reading. Having ordered seeds from different catalogs in past years, my mailbox has provided several recently. No single catalog has all the varieties I want, so my ordering habit will likely keep them coming.
My favorite catalog the last couple of years has been Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They provide a great selection of heirloom seeds at lower prices than others. Two years ago their free gift with my order was a melon, Ananas d Amerique. Its a sweet little cantaloupe that is easy to save seeds from. Last year I got the basil variety Red Freddy from them. Its now hanging around my kitchen two ways: literally, and bottled in the honey vinegar I fermented with it. (The honey/red basil is the bottle on the left and is the house favorite)
A variety Baker Creek doesn’t carry is Jericho Lettuce. Its more heat tolerant than any variety of lettuce I’ve grown. Living near the Tennessee/Georgia border that’s important.
Finding heirloom seeds that produce what you want is great since their seeds can be saved for endless production. In addition to the varieties I mentioned I have saved seeds from: shishito and jalepeno peppers, Rutgers and Arkansas Traveler tomatoes, Clemson Spineless and burgundy okra, and buerre d Rocquencourt yellow bean.
But for sweet corn, I’ll be planting a hybrid. I have limited space that I can protect from raccoons. Also, I don’t know of a heirloom that yields as reliably and tastes as good as Peaches and Cream sweet corn.