Midsummer Farm's recommendations for the 'Hotties' (hot weather- loving vegetables)!
We always warn gardeners about planting warmth-loving seedlings too early. It is tempting to try to get everything planted nice and early, but you lose production in the long run if you plant your 'hotties' too early. 'Hotties' are tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, melons, peppers, eggplants, and basil. These seedlings can get chilled and damaged by temperatures under 45 degrees F at nighttime. We always plan on planting all of these warm weather plants on Memorial Day Weekend here in Warwick, NY. The plants we sell at our Plant Sales will be perfectly fine in their pots until Memorial Day.
We need to be patient and not plant our "hotties" out in the garden until we have both warm soil and warm nighttime air temperatures.
If you are planting in containers, you can take advantage of warm days and just drag your container pots into the house when the temperatures drop at nighttime.
Studies have shown over and over that tomatoes planted on Memorial Day out-produce tomatoes planted on Mother's Day. Tomatoes hate cold damp soil, and they get stunted and don't produce as well as they would have if exposed to chilly soil. Planting them out too early also weakens their immune systems and leaves them more susceptible to fungus and blights and pathogens.
At our Big Plant Sales, we have lots of little tomato seedlings, but I really recommend waiting until the end of May to plant them in the ground.
Sometimes we have had really late frosts - one year there was a nasty frost on June 6th. Since then, I always save some pepper, eggplant, squash, and cucumber seedlings aside just in case we get a late frost to be planted the first or second week of June... For crops with insect-pressure like Zucchini from Squash Vine Borers - I recommend also planting in stages. That way, if some of your zucchini get infested, the next stage should still be safe.
We sell most of our vegetable and herb seedlings in 3.25 to 4 inch square pots and these are priced at $4.75 per pot.
We also use slightly larger square pots for ferns and plants with longer root systems - these cost between $5 and $9 per pot. And then we have some berries, larger perennials, tree seedlings, and a couple other types of plants that require large pots. These larger pots are priced between $7 and $22 depending on variety and age of the plant.
Can be found on our Contact Us Page.
We accept cash and checks at our Plant Sales. We have very ify cell service - but we can sometimes accept credit cards, depending on how our cellphones are working!
Please note - we regret that we cannot accommodate pets at the farm. Even though you may know your dog is friendly and sweet, our poor chickens don't know that, and they get very scared when they see a dog they don't know. We pride ourselves in making sure our chickens are living happy, peaceful lives, so please help make sure the chickens don't experience stress during our plant sale days. Thanks!
We are only open seasonally, on specific dates. Here's a listing of our upcoming spring sale dates:
ALLIUM & BRASSICA PRESALE
Saturday 4/20/19 - 9 am to 2 pm
THE BIG OPENING WEEKEND - 13th Annual!
2019 dates: May 11th through May 19th
9 am to 2 pm!
POST SALES and ENCORES
2019 dates TBD
"SECOND SPRING" SEEDLING SALE
and AUTUMN PERENNIALS CLEARANCE
2019 dates TBD
2019 13th Annual Plant & Seedling Sale!
We'll be open for our Cold-Hardy Seedling Sale (Allium & Brassica)
Saturday, April 20th from 9am to 2 pm.
And our Big Full Plant Sale starts Saturday, May 11th. This year, we'll be open from May 11th through 19th.
9 am to 2 pm
Depending on how long the winter is, we sometimes do an Early Spring Sale in late March or early April, but that will depend on how things are thawing at the time... But we will have asparagus root-crowns as well as berry plants available around that time and at the Allium and Brassica Pre-Sale in April.
All of our plants are grown using organic, sustainable, and biodynamic methods. All of our plants and seedlings are USDA Certified Organic, and of course, have no GMOs.
We have a very wide variety of heirloom vegetables and greens - particularly French and Italian. And we love herbs - growing them, eating them, making tinctures, tisanes, salves ... it is all good! We also are dedicated to growing natives and pollinator-supporting plants. Berries are a great choice of a super healthy food with small space and time requirements. We try to have a variety of berry plants available each spring.
We hope you find what you want and get inspired to try some new things. Always let us know if there is something you are looking for - we are always thrilled to try growing something new!
More info below....
We strongly encourage everyone to come by during the fun and excitement of our Sales and browse around! But you can also order your plants in advance. We'll hold them aside for you to be picked up later. We do require a 50% deposit, and the minimum for Advance Orders is 18 pots.
We now have the facilities to take on custom growing. If you need whole flats grown for you of a particular variety, let us know! Different flat sizes and quantities available. Prices depend on order parameters.
Our yearly plant lists will give you a good idea of what we are planning, but there are always new additions and nature has the last word here, so we may not have certain varieties or have very limited quantities, which may sell out early. We apologize if this happens and we try to have multiple options of very popular varieties.
Two weekends in May! Plus we are now open for the whole week!
May 11th through 19th 2019
From 9 am to 2 pm (Gate opens at 9 am and closes at 2 pm)
This is our Big Farm Event of the year! We will have our full variety of certified organic plants and seedlings available. Over 200 different varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, over 300 culinary and medicinal herbs, plus annual flowers, native and pollinator-friendly flowers, over 20 different ferns, native woodland medicinals, unusual and collectible perennials!
Every year we grow more and more of each variety, and we add over a hundred fun new varieties of herbs, veggies, annual flowers, natives, and perennials! All kinds of great things for your summer vegetable and herb gardens!
We also have rare and hard-to-find herbs and perennials for those of you with more eccentric tastes. And we added a lot more berry plants to our offerings this year. 3 different types of strawberries, red and purple raspberries, a wonderful medicinal black berry, mulberries, black and red currants, kiwis, and more. We will also have plenty of baby figs!
We are offering our usual huge assortment of certified organic plants and seedlings! The plants and seedlings this year are looking really great!
Our herb selection is comprehensive - both culinary and medicinal and even a lot of Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs are being offered this year! Everything from Agrimony to Zaatar Oregano!!
Our vegetable seedlings are timed perfectly according to when they should be planted.
The size they are in the pots is determined by when they should be planted out. We don't like seeing huge tomato plants stuffed into tiny pots. Transplants should have light root balls developed and be an appropriate and normal looking size when being planted into the garden or field.
We are primarily growing these seedlings for our own use in our own fields and we need strong and vibrant plants to grow for our CSA program needs and our own personal use. We grow extras for our Plant and Seedling Sales using the same timing and philosophy as our own.
If you cannot make it to our sales, please do not hesitate to email us to schedule a private visit.
As is to be expected with farming, we have to work off-farm to make a living. This creates a big time-issue during the Spring Plant Sale Season. So we cannot be open as much as we would like!
We are happy to accommodate you as much as possible, so please send us an email and we will work out a convenient time.
Just please do be aware that as farmers, we are extremely busy in spring and early summer, so please do not come by more than an hour late or stand us up! Email or call us and let us know if your plans change.
Usually takes place after the Big Plant Sale at end of May or beginning of June and depends on how many plants we have left.
We call midsummer through late summer "Second Spring" because it seems like we are repeating a lot of the growing and planting tasks that we were doing in March and April. The plan is to plant the seeds or transplants of cold-loving vegetables and greens in late summer, so we can continue harvesting great, healthy vegetables into the fall.
At our "Second Spring" Plant and Seedling Sale, which usually takes place in mid to late August, we offer a bunch of these cold-loving seedlings and plants - all of which can be planted in late summer for harvesting in the fall. The seedlings we are selling at our Second Spring Sale are all hardened off and ready to go in the ground. They can also be planted into a cold frame, just keep the cover off until it gets cooler.
Varieties we have for sale include such things as
Various heirloom broccoli
Several Hybrid broccoli
Big budded broccoli types
Cabbages - quick growing types
White, green, and purple cauliflower
Chards - Rainbow, Broadstem, and Japanese
Frissee endives and escaroles
Kohlrabi in red and white
Various Radicchios and Chicories including puntarelle
Asian greens - Various pak chois, Japanese and Chinese Cabbages, Tat Soi, Mibuna
Lots of lettuces - romaines, oak leaves, deer's tongue, crispheads, and butterheads
2019 dates TBD
We are not a commercial nursery; we are growing and propagating plants for our use and for building the diversity of our own farm's natural systems. We also make an effort to propagate enough of these wonderful plants to share with others at our Annual Plant and Seedling Sales so that these great plants can be spread around the ecosystem at large. Unlike most commercial nurseries that sell perennials that have been unnaturally encouraged to get bushy and full of flowers in pots, we grow ours within the natural confines of proper seasonal timing. We don't wildly push our perennials to grow differently their natural timing as we feel they do much better in the long run if grown according to their natural timeline not according to marketing purposes.
Perennial Pot Sizes - We grow many of our perennials from seed and others from root division or cutting and the size and age of the plant determines the pot size we use. We also offer most of our perennials in either 4 inch pots for $4.50 each, taller square pots for $6 each. These plants will catch up growth-wise with the nursery grown perennials sold in larger pots, but are much more affordable, and they are also stronger and healthier.
We are also growing a lot of native perennials and other great perennials that add diversity to our local ecosystem. These plants tend to like to grow in small groups, or stands, and they usually naturalize best and establish themselves stronger when planted in groups of three or more plants. We try to keep our pots sizes smaller to be able to sell our perennials for lower prices. We feel that this practice truly matches our whole philosophy - we use less material and spend less getting the plant material to you, so you can have more plant material to work with for an affordable price. Beyond that, the plants are healthier, ready to get themselves established in their new locations. The showy large perennials being sold at most nurseries have to first recover from all the treatments they were exposed to to get them to have big blooms in pots at times good for marketing them. They then have to re-establish their natural timing before they can settle down to healthy, normal, natural growth.
Natives are one of our big obsessions, and we are planning a lot of "permaculture friendly" varieties and species as well. We grow multiple varieties and species of asclepias (6 native varieties), ferns (5 native varieties), mountain mint (6 native varieties), monarda (7 native varieties), as well as phlox, Joe Pye weed, coreopsis (3 native varieties), asters (3 native varieties), agastache (3 native varieties), solidago caesia, lobelia (L. cardinalis and L. siphilitica), nodding onions, native columbines, bloodroot, goldenseal, black and blue cohoshes, echinceas (2 native varieties), solomons seal (2 native varieties), celandine, lupine, dutchman's breeches, scullcap, labrador violet, stone root, wild geraniums (2 native varieties), tradescantia, culver's root, baptista, blue vervain, and more! We will also be adding to our ever-growing collection of Digitalis or Foxgloves - we grow over 24 different varieties of deer-resistant and perennial or naturalizing digitalis.
Usually takes place in the Middle of April. In 2019, this sale is scheduled for April 20th.
We designed this Allium and Brassica Pre-Sale for our gardener and farmer friends who want to plant in stages. So, we'll have a nice variety of cold-hardy plants and seedlings for sale that are ready to go in the ground! (Or you can hold them for a bit too.) We'll also have some hardy perennials for sale and other awesome plants.
The Brassicas are all the dark leafy greens: kales, collards, cabbages, pak koi, broccoli, raabs, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustards, etc.
The Alliums are all the onion-flavored plants - leeks, chives, scallions, welsh onions, walking onions, bulbing or regular onions, etc. (We've again expanded our collection of perennial scallions this year!)
We'll also have chards, escaroles, endives, Chinese cabbages and broccolis, radicchios, chicories, parsleys, lettuces, many thymes, oreganos, sages, cilantro, cold-hardy flowers, celeries, cresses, dill, lovage, mints, many of our hard-to-find European greens like erba stella and agretti. We will also have asparagus crowns and seed potatoes as well. And we plan to have a lovely selection of cold hardy perennials and native plants and berries.
Consider using some floating row cover to protect these young plants as they get started - the bugs are out in full force at this point in the year and the summer sun is hot. The floating row cover will keep the insects off, give a bit of shade, and help keep moisture in. Also, be sure to keep these seedlings well watered! You are basically keeping them as cool and protected as long as possible through the last month or so of summer heat so that they can thrive in the fall. I am planting many of mine in rows of my garden that get afternoon shade from maple trees. Once the leaves fall off the maples in fall, the rows will get full sun just when they can really appreciate it!
Late summer is also the perfect time to replant the seeds of cool-weather loving vegetables and herbs like beets, radishes, cilantro, dill, peas, turnips, mustards, lettuces, greens mixes, spinach, and arugula directly into the ground in your garden.
Our Seed Garlic Sale usually takes place when it is time to plant garlic, late September through mid October. We offer a variety of heirloom hard neck organic garlic varieties. We always have our three favorite producers, Music, Metechi, and German Red, and some others fun and different varieties as well.
Along with seed garlic, we usually have perennials on sale as well.
Click here for more info on How to Plant Garlic....
We time our seedlings and plants to be the right size for planting at the right time, so you won't have root-bound plants at planting time. We are not your typical nursery selling giant tomato plants at the beginning of May just trying to get a quick sale... We grow out and time the seedlings and plants we sell for our Plant Sales in the same exact way we do for our own intensive production garden and CSA fields.
You'll find that our warm-weather seedlings are smaller in early May than they are in late May. This is because they are timed to be planted out after the threat of frost is over at the end of May.
One other thing to note: Our pots often have more than 1 plant in them - especially the vegetables and greens.
We grow our seedlings in these pots instead of in small cell containers because it gives their roots more room to develop naturally. Many plants have root systems that, when they touch the plastic sides of a pot, a message is sent to the aerial parts of the plant to slow growth. This extra space in our pots also allows for a more naturally-styled and spaced root system. You then also have some extra time to get your plants planted.
Our plants are also sold in these pots because we do a transplanting stage. We start our seeds in small cells and then transplant them at the appropriate time for very best growth. 'Big Store' plants are seeded and grown out with synthetic fertilizer in the same little cells they were grown in. We do a very different process here!
We have put an appropriate number of seedlings into each pot for the amount of space. These seedlings can easily be slipped out of the pot and broken apart with their roots intact. [demo video to come.]