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Vine Crops


Here you will find cucumbers, melons, and squash. These are all members of the Cucurbitaceae family. They are world wide in their range from deserts to jungles. Generally they like to be grown in full sun and are heat lovers.

Northern Pickling

Northern Pickling is a very early variety that gives a good yield of long slim dilling size cukes.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams
Early Russian

Early Russian is a short season pickling cuke. Offered by Hovey & Co. in 1854. We also have an 1875 catalogue from Ewing Brothers of Montreal which gives the following information: early and hardy, small, 20 cents per ounce, 5 cents per packet.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams
National Pickling

National Picking (1924) was bred in Michigan and is a straight, green 5”-6” pickling cuke.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 4 grams
Bush Pickle

Bush Pickle produces short fruits on very dwarf plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Bush Crop

Bush crop produces mid-long cukes on somewhat compact plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
1805 Smoothies

1805 Smoothies cucumber was brought to Canada around the turn of the 20th century from Russia. An early small cuke with quite thin, smooth skin. Delightful eating fresh.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Straight Eight

Straight Eight (AAS 1935) is a cultivar that has been grown here a long time. The fruits are very slow to get overripe. A long green slicer of very good eating quality.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Green Ridge

Green Ridge has fruits slightly longer than Straight Eight. We got the seed from Europe over a decade ago but we know nothing about its history.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Tante Alice

Tante Alice cucumber comes from Mme Alice Gosselin of Dorchester, QC. She was born in 1910 and grew it for many years. It produces long good-looking fruits.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Super Zagross

Super Zagross is a heavy yielding Lebanese cucumber. This seed comes to us from Ferme Coopérative Tourne-Sol / Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Lemon Cucumber

Lemon cucumber (1894) has short oval lemon-yellow fruit with black spines. Flesh is white, crisp and mild.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Miniature White

We are offering three white cucumbers this year. Miniature White (C) produces small sweet fruits for fresh eating or pickling.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Landis White

Landis White has medium-sized fruits that are crispy, sweet and white at the eating stage. They turn yellow when fully ripe (the seed harvesting stage). An heirloom from Pennsylvania.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Boothby’s Blond

Boothby’s Blond, an heirloom variety from Maine, produces crisp medium sized slicers of a yellowy cream colour.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
West Indian Gherkin

Related to cucumbers and melons but will not cross with either of them. The very sprawling plants look somewhat like watermelons and produce dozens of spiny, green, seedy, 1”-2” diameter fruits. The fruits must be picked immature, when the spines are still soft, and can be pickled or used in salads.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Boughem

The earliest muskmelon we know is Boughem. It is a week to ten days earlier than Farnorth. It has large oval fruits, which are mild-flavoured, soft, and unfortunately very non-uniform. The seed apparently came from Russia and has been in our family since the 1930’s.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Altai

Altai is a heavy yielding melon from the former Soviet Union, about as early as Boughem. The large, almost round fruits are mild-flavoured.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Farnorth

Our family used to grow Farnorth, back in the 1950’s, but it seemed to fall out of favour with the seed companies. The round fruits are small, about baseball size, but the orange flesh is good and they are fairly early.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Delicious

Delicious is a bit later here but it is a commercial quality melon with thick flavourful orange flesh.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Noir des Carmes/Early Black Rock

Early Black Rock (Noir des Carmes) is a French heirloom melon (from before 1880) with slightly flattened, ribbed smooth fruits. The very dark green, almost black, skin starts turning orange at maturity. The 2-3 pound fruits have quality dark orange flesh.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Petit Gris de Rennes

Petit Gris de Rennes is a round, ribbed melon, weighing up to about 2lbs, with thick wonderfully flavoured orange flesh.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Kazakh Honeydew

Kazakh Honeydew has smooth green skin and produces softball sized fruits that keep well. In 2015 we had an amazing bumper crop on the farm, hundreds of fruits! We started some as bedding plants and direct seeded some as well, both methods in two different gardens produced amazingly and in the end we could not tell the difference between the bedding plants and the direct seeded plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 seeds
Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby (1956) is quite an early watermelon and produces 4-8 pound fruits.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Sweet Siberian

Sweet Siberian is an older watermelon from Russia. The oblong dark green fruits with yellow flesh can reach 8-10 pounds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
Bozeman

Bozeman is a watermelon larger than Sugar Baby with oval fruits and comes from Bozeman, Montana.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 36 seeds
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