I spoke with 88 year old Elizabeth Harrell today on the phone.She was a possible source for another tomato.The tomato is gone many years now unfortunately.
We were talking about preserving old varieties of veggies and she asked if I might be interested in something other than seeds. Of course,the radar went up and I pounced on the little tidbit like a cat.
She has Black Raspberry bushes that her Grandfather brought to this area about 1840! Not the common red ones we see today,but Black! I'm not sure if that was the common color back then,gotta do some research in that dept.I wonder if Wil Weaver would have info on something like that Brook?I can take pictures when I go and send them to him if you think he would be interested.She also has grapes that her father planted about 1900 that are still producing on the homeplace where she still lives.
Now...I can just see John and Brook trying to figure out a wine recipe...hehe hehe...hic! We'll be swimming in libations this time next year,as I have no doubt that I'll not be alone in getting some of these ! I guess I'll have to figure out how to smuggle plants into the U.K.
She also has garlic that she's been growing for many decades..she can't remember how long,but at least 60 years.She remembers having it in her veggie garden as a young bride.
Sounds like I've got a windfall! Headed over to her home the end of the week.She says 'bring a bucket...berries are ripe and falling off the briars!"
Hmmm...reckon I better check more closely into the black raspberries growing here. They had to have been planted yrs and yrs ago, I found them in the woods growing. Fortunately, when I cleared my present day garden site I didn't wipe them out! If you get a good source of identification I wish you'd post it.
By the way, this land was part of a bigger farm yrs ago and the folks that once owned/worked it are the same ones who grew Betty's White Okra...I'll check w/Betty and get back in touch.
melody... I am interested in her garlic. When you get some, would you taste it and describe it for me? I have just started growing garlic a couple of years ago, and want to try more and different garlics. I have had a few that are not the white garlic grown in Gilroy (CA) and sold in groceries all over this country. Yummy.
I've been covered up lately and haven't had a chance to get to Mrs.Harrell's.It's just as well,because she would insist on helping and it's been misrably hot for waaay too long. It's cool now ,so I'll give her a call in the next few days and see when she could have me over. I'd like to see what else she's got anyway.
I am trying to find some white okra seeds called White Lightening created by Hastings from their White Velvet (the White Velvet is a pale green, and available all over the internet) - who then apparently sold them to Parks who then apparently sold them to White Flower Farms. I want them for an uncle who is in his 80's and thinks he would like to try them. I contacted Hastings in Atlanta - they are a Garden Center now. I contacted Parks and they have no record of them. I contacted White Flower Farms, but have had no response from them yet.