3rd Annual Appalachian Seed Swap
Public Event · By Appalachian Sustainable Development
Sunday, December 4, 2011
2:00pm until 5:00pm
Slater Center , 325 McDowell Street, Bristol, Tennessee
Please join us at the Slater Center in Bristol, TN as the Appalachian Farmers Market Association celebrates the close of the 2011 Farmers Market season with the Appalachian Seed Swap.
If you are a saver of seed, if you enjoy planting new vegetable and flower varieties, or if you would like to grow and/or save seed from locally adapted varieties, this event is for you.
This year’s event will feature a presentation by Ira Wallace of The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE) entitled “Heirloom Seeds – Sow, Savor Save.” SESE will also have a booth at the seed swap offering an assortment of open pollinated seeds for sale. This event is free and open to the public – you do not need to bring seeds in order to attend and enjoy this event – light refreshments will be provided.
If you will be bringing seeds for the seed swap, plan to make labels for your seeds so that folks will know what you have (see example below). We will have blank labels available at the swap for those who need them. Also plan to have sealable bags to put your seeds (or other’s seeds) into. The idea of a seed swap is to allow folks to share seeds and information with each other, but not everyone will have seeds to swap- if you wish to make seed packets available for sale, that will be allowed as well.
Bush Bean: Irish Annie (if from British Columbia the name would be Ireland Creek Annie)
This bean originated in Ireland and found its way to British Columbia before reaching the USA. These beans are from a friend- Irishman- Shane Ross who gave me 20 beans and now I am giving 20 to one of my friends. The beans breakdown quickly due to their thin skin and make their own sauce working well with other beans in soups. They possess a wonderful flavor. Daytime warmth of 60 degrees or more, resistant to mold and mildew, bush habit, about 24” high, sturdy, high yields, 75 days to harvest.
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For more information about the Appalachian Seed Swap or about the Appalachian Farmers Market Association, please contact Tom Peterson at: 276-623-1121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Appalachian Famers Market Association – www.appfma.org
Directions to Slater Center: Travel east on State Street from Volunteer Parkway/Commonwealth Drive. Pass under the Bristol “A Good Place to Live” sign and make a right turn onto Pennsylvania. Take your next let onto McDowell. The Slater Center is the big brick building on your left. – Call 423-764-4023 if you get lost.
Tina, If you are in need of heirloom tomato seed you can find them there in Berea. My friend, Maria, has lived there one year having moved from Sonora last Fall. She has her own little seed business and sells on line at blueribbontomatoes.com If you contact her tell her I provided the Link to her sight. She has a good number of Kentucky Heirloom Tomato varieties which you can not find in other places.
Hope to see you next October!
Alana, The Seed Exchange is the first Saturday in October at the Best's Farm. I am not aware that there is a Spring Meet there; someone else may respond to that question.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for the link and the Berea tomato connection, Gary. Alana, I haven't set a date for my plant swap here yet, but I will get on that right after the holidays. (I don't know that I can fit it in before the start of June, which to me always feels so late...but I will see what seems do-able around work things in May. Let me know what you think the perfect w/e would be for swapping tomatoes, and I'll see what I can swing, eh?)
I don't want to leave you all with the impression that Heirloom Tomato seed are the only thing available for exchange at the Berea Swap. You bet there are plenty of those!. About any thing folks grow in the garden of an heirloom seed can be found there --- rare varieties of peppers, beans, corn, squash, to mention a few! And it is great to make connections with other growers who are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to gardening/farming!
Remember, this group meets the first Saturday in October! Most arrive about 9:00 AM! Hope to see you there!
Tina, My dear friend, Maria of blueribbontomators.com moved to Berea last year from Sonora, Kentucky. She grows lots of the Kentucky Heirloom Tomato varieties and sees her seed on an E-Bay site. Normally I would never consider getting seed from an unknown lister there but she is the best in sharing her seed at a very good cost. She usually has sample packets of twenty varieties for something like $9.99.
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Teresa, You would love some of the Kentucky Heirlooms my friend Maria has available at www.blueribbontomatoes.com Check her out her prices are really good!
Maria loved Berea so much she sold her farm and moved to Baria and grows and saves her rare seed there.
Many of the ones she is growing and saving seed are ones I have discovered over the last twelve years. She has found some family heirloom types as well. Due to my health I passed along the varieties I discovered to her to grow and preserve for others to grow. So Maria grows and shares her seed at a very small cost and preserves them for others to experience. I grow for taste and many of the heirloom types are not uniform in size etc. but the give you the taste!
Some of my favorites are Frank's Large Red, Stamper Pink Kentucky, Hege German Pink, Purple Dog Creek, just to name a few!
Happy Gardening to us all!
Tina, I usually clear the greenhouse of Tomato plants around the end of April. It gets too hot, inside and out, for me to take care of them because I am gone a couple of days at a time. Still, if I have any left someone might want them.
I second Gary on Purple Dog Creek. It has become an all time favorite around here, for many reasons. Good production, size, color, and most important-flavor.
I thought a listing of some of Maria's heirloom tomato varieties with descriptions might be helpful to you. She may be out of a few which she has listed so you need to send an alternative selection just in case.
STRAWBERRY Amish variety, pink strawberry/oxheart shape, 6 oz to 1 lb, very meaty with few seeds, green shoulders
STRIPED CAVERN medium sized, blocky shape like a pepper with hollow spaces for stuffing, red and yellow stripes
SUPER CHOICE, Ky heirloom, 1 lb. red slicer, strong acidic flavor
SUPER SIOUX large acidic red variety developed for hot and dry areas
SWEETIE red cherry, very sweet, sets fruit in long grape-like trusses
TC JONES Ky heirloom, prolific bearer, medium sized yellow, mild flavor
TINY TIM very early, up to 1 oz red cherry, small plants suitable for container growing, lots of tomatoes, this is the variety that comes with the upside down tomato bags
UNCLE MARK BAGBY Ky heirloom, dark pink, large beefsteaks, potato leaf with good flavor
VINSON WATTS Ky heirloom, large flattened pinks with good flavor, does best with plenty of water
WALTER'S CANDY STRIPE Ky heirloom, large striped bi-color, sizes vary from 1/2 lb to 1 1/2 lbs, sweet
WALZER North Carolina heirloom, round red canner, useful for cooking
WHITE ZEBRA ( which is really the variety Blonde Boar bred by Brad Gates, and the name wrongly changed to WhiteZebra.),same size, shape, and super production of 'Green Zebra' but is unrelated, this one is white with yellow stripes
WILLIAM'S STRIPED Ky heirloom, large yellow beefsteaks with a little red striping, sweet and juicy
WINTER GRAPE Italian red grape shaped cherry tomato for snacking or drying, also known as Inverno a grappoli, super productive
YELLOW BRANDYWINE large, 12-24 oz, flattened beefsteaks, very good flavor, potato leaf plants
YELLOW PEAR pear shaped yellow cherry, one of our oldest known tomato varieties, traditionally used to make candied tomatoes
YODER'S GERMAN YELLOW mild yellow beefsteak grown by Amish in Ky and Tn
Alana, I might just have to make a road trip to your greenhouse in April for my husband's garden at work :) I think the swap timeline might be iffy -- maybe earlier than last year, but likely not early enough.
The swap date selection is actually being compounded by our having to move by the end of June (a very local move*, but nonetheless)...and there are a couple hundred plants here. So, that said, the swap may be part swap, part big ol' shovel tour. :) I'm taking a piece of many of the plants with me, but there will be plenty more for everyone.
*We currently rent temporary housing from the college. We haven't even started looking for a place to move to, but will need somewhere I can plant (and 2-3 BR). Feel free to message me with any local house rentals (Berea hopefully, but as far as Richmond/Mt.Vernon/Lancaster/CloverBottom we'd consider)...especially ones with place for gardening.
The Berea Plant Swap is this coming Saturday, June 2nd -- and since we are moving very far away (Pennsylvainia instead of just down the road here in KY), nearly the whole garden will be given away.