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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.

Early Wonder

Early Wonder produces dark red flattened globe roots and tasty greens. The earliest beet we grow.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Detroit

Detroit (1892) is the standard round red variety.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Formanova

Formanova has deep red roots up to 6” long and 2”-3” in diameter, ideal for slicing.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 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): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Bull’s Blood

Bull’s Blood (1840) has deep red smooth leaves (lovely in salads when they are young) and round dark red roots.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Sweetheart

Sweetheart (1958) was bred by Dr. Meader of the University of New Hampshire with some sugar beet parentage, making it sweeter for fresh eating and winter storage. It is a large, somewhat top-shaped beet that is not very uniform.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Albina Vereduna

Albina Vereduna is a white beet with green leaves. The roots are mild and sweet, and the leaves are good for greens.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Mammoth Long Red Mangel

Mammoth Long Red Mangel is a beet that is used for animal feed. The long heavy roots are pink to red skinned with yellow flesh. As they store well in a root cellar, you can feed them to your domestic animals all winter.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams, 20 grams
Chantenay

Chantenay (C) has a 5”-6” root, about 2” at the top and tapering to a point. The roots are dark orange and good winter keepers.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Rote Riesen

Rote Riesen is a large tasty good winter keeper. The German name translates to Red Giant.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Scarlet Horn

Carrots in Europe were originally yellow or white. Scarlet Horn claims to be the first orange carrot dating back to around 1610. The name does not come from the shape of the root but from the town of Hoorn (Netherlands) where this variety first grew. The root looks like a somewhat shorter Chantenay.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Scarlet Nantes

Scarlet Nantes is a cylindrical half-long coreless type, bright orange in colour and one of the best in flavour for fresh eating.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Rumba

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

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Price(s): $3.00
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Dragon Purple

Dragon Purple has a blunt cylindrical root, with an orange interior and a thin purple skin.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Phalzer

Phalzer has a long yellow root.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Yellowstone

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

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Price(s): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
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 hopes to replant the bulbs in the spring to produce more seed. For those who want to try this interesting onion, we are offering 1g seed packets.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 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): $3.00
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 3 grams
Cherry Belle

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

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
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