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Root Crops


The basic root vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips and turnips can be found here, as well as the early spring root that likes cool wet weather, radishes (we also offer a winter radish but they are a bit trickier with our hot summers), and we have also listed onions here even though it is not the root you eat but a part located underground so we figured it fits in this category. Root vegetables appreciate lighter soil, regular watering (our gardens are simply irrigated by the rain and this works for us, but it depends how fast your soil dries out) and are usually grown in full sun.

Onion – Red Baron

Red Baron Onion is described as a red bunching onion. In reality, it is an Allium cepa (bulb onion), not an Allium fistulosum (bunching onion), but it is very slow growing and in the first year from seed only produced a minimal amount of bunching onions. Jim was so disappointed in it that he didn’t harvest anything, and all the plants survived the winter outdoors. In the second year, they produced large deep red bulbs and seed (some produced both bulbs and seed but not all). Jim harvested all the seed and the bulbs and replanted the bulbs in the spring of 2017, from which he harvested a good amount of seed last fall. He also grew a row from seed and again the onions remained small and have been left in the garden to overwinter. For those who want to try this interesting onion, we are offering 1g packets.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Green Meat

Green Meat (C) is a half long cylindrical winter radish with a green and white blunt ended root. Has mild, sweet, crisp green to white flesh.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Rote Riesen

Rote Riesen is a large tasty good winter keeper with roots significantly longer than Chantenay. The German name translates to Red Giant.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Big White Prince

Big White Prince has roots the size of small summer turnips.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a more uniform and better shaped carrot than Phalzer.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Rumba

Rumba is a carrot that has a Nantes-type cylindrical blunt root.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
MacGregor’s Favourite

MacGregor’s Favourite is an old beet from Scotland, grown mainly for its magenta-purple leaves with a metallic sheen. The leaves are long, narrow and somewhat arrow-head shaped. The deep red roots are long and tapered and don’t come out of the ground easily.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Alta Sweet

Alta Sweet rutabaga was bred in Alberta by Robert Simonet. It is sweeter than Laurentian but not as good a keeper.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 3 grams
Laurentian

Laurentian (1935) rutabaga has a pale yellow root with a purple top. It is a good winter keeping variety which was bred in Quebec.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 3 grams
Scarlet Ohno

Scarlet Ohno is a pickling turnip from Japan with all plant parts edible. Scarlet-skinned roots are round to flattened. Smooth strap leaves from scarlet to green with perhaps an occasional purple.

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Price(s): $4.00
Yellow Globe Turnip

Yellow Globe (C) has yellow roots with yellow flesh, an unusual colour for a summer turnip. Summer turnips are usually peeled and eaten raw, but can also be cooked.

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Price(s): $4.00
Purple Top White Globe

Purple Top White Globe (before 1880) has nearly round white roots with purple tops. Summer turnips are usually peeled and eaten raw, but can also be cooked.

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Price(s): $4.00
Rat’s Tail Radish

Rat’s Tail Radish has a very small inedible root and is grown for its long  seed pods which are harvested when pencil thin. The pods are generally 4” – 8” in length, however the literature says they can get up to 2’ long! Every year we select for deep purple pods, but there is usually a mixture of purple and green. Plants produce pods abundantly and allow you to have radish flavour all season long! Place them on a veggie tray for raw eating, chop raw in salads, or cook them in stir fries. People have even talked about pickling them.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Daikon

Daikon produces cylindrical white roots, pale green near the top, which will grow to over 1’ long and 2” in diameter. Usually grown as a winter radish meant for fall harvest which would mean seeding in July.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
French Breakfast

French Breakfast (1879) is an oblong radish, scarlet with a white tip.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Cherry Belle

Cherry Belle (C) (AAS 1949) is the standard round variety of radish.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Kral

Kral is called a round parsnip and it is true that their roots are shaped more like beets than parsnips, making them easy to pull. This is apparently an East European cultivar.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 3 grams
Short Thick

Short Thick parsnip has roots about as long as Hollow Crown but they taper very rapidly so most of the root is in the first 6”-8”.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Leek – Giant Musselburgh

Leeks have a very mild onion taste. They are slow growing so should be started early as a bedding plant. Once transplanted into the garden leeks need a lot of water. Giant Musselburgh (C) is an heirloom that was introduced in 1834, near Edinburgh, Scotland. It is known for its huge size and winter hardiness.

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Price(s): $4.00
Evergreen White Bunching Onion

Evergreen White Bunching is a perennial that produces green onions the first year from seed. Roots left in the ground over the winter produce clumps of early green onions. Photo is of first spring green onions harvested mid-May from plants left in the ground over winter.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Yellow Globe Danvers

Yellow Globe Danvers (1865) is a large round yellow onion that is a good winter keeper.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Belgian White

Belgian White has been around since at least the mid-1800’s. It has very long roots (often over 1’) which push themselves out of the ground several inches so the top part of the root is green. The roots don’t have as much flavour as orange roots and are usually used to feed rabbits and chickens as they also have a lot of bushy green top growth.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Phalzer

Phalzer has a long yellow root.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Dragon Purple

Dragon Purple has a blunt cylindrical root, with an orange interior and a thin purple skin. Fresh flavour not as sweet as others for eating raw but great for cooking, fermenting, grating, roasting, etc.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Oxheart/Guerande

Oxheart, called Guerande in French, is a French variety dating from before 1884. The roots are short and thick and may reach 1lb. Good in shallow or heavy soils. Good flavour and stores well. Apparently not very uniform but we are looking at other samples of seed and hope to have something more uniform soon.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
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