*We are currently working on propagating and growing our plants for the 2022 spring season!
On-Line Shopping for Cold Hardy Plants starts March 7th; order pick-ups start April 22nd.
On-Line Shopping for Warm Weather Plants starts May 1st; order pick-ups start May 16th.
To make sure shopping is safe, we are setting it up online with
drive-through pick-up by-appointment as we did the last two years!
We are still deciding on whether we can do a hybrid sale in 2022 with some
browsing... please stay tuned!
As always we will have our huge selection of herbs and native perennials as well as vegetable and garden plants. All are grown organically and vibrantly healthy.
Browsing – we wish we could – as we love to talk plants with you and answer questions and browsing is a big part of what we love about doing these plant sales. But we really need to continue keeping social distancing at this point. Hopefully things will change soon, but until then we have to keep ‘browsing’ virtual. And again, please feel welcome to email me with any questions you may have!
*Buying plants from us during the pandemic - Here’s how it works:
Visit our online shopping page and select your plants and place them in your shopping cart – when you are ready, go to checkout, where you will pay via Paypal. Paypal is a super secure way for a small website to accept payments.
After I receive your payment, I will contact you via email to schedule a pick up day and time. Pick Up time slots will be in one-hour windows, and I will arrange them so we don’t have too many people at one time. There are some cold hardy plants up in the store now (many many more to come soon) and these can be picked up after April 22nd. The warm weather plants will be up in the store starting May 1st and can be picked up anytime after May 16h.
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.
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 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.]
Can be found on our Contact Us Page.
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!
Safety is our priority - At your pick up time, you will find that our driveway is arranged a bit differently than usual. We will have the plant orders set up on tables with your name clearly marked on them. You will pull through the gate and turn to the right and follow the signage to where the tables are set up and then be able to simply and safely drive around and through the gate without having to back up. I thought this would make the whole pick up easy and quick.
*Some varieties sell out faster than others, so order soon if you are looking for something very specific.
All of our plants are grown using organic, sustainable, and biodynamic methods. 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 - in spring, we offer over 500 varieties and/or species of culinary and medicinal herbs from popular types to things that are very rare and hard-to-find. Propagating and growing herbs are a particular passion of ours here, and we love being able to offer such special plants.
We also are dedicated to growing natives and pollinator-supporting plants and shrubs and even some seedling-trees.
Berries are a great choice of a super healthy food with small space and time requirements. We 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!
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.
All online in 2021
This is our Big Farm Event of the year! We will have our full variety of organically-grown plants and seedlings available. Over 300 different varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, over 500 culinary and medicinal herbs, over 100 different tomato varieties, plus annual flowers, native and pollinator-friendly flowers, over 20 different ferns, native woodland medicinals, unusual and collectible perennials!
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!
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.
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 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, and 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. Check our our Native Page for more info on all the varieties and species we offer!
All online in 2021
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.