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Cucumis sativus 'County Fair'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: County Fair

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Vines and Climbers

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jserena On Aug 11, 2012, jserena from Woodfin, NC wrote:

I garden organically in Asheville, NC. I planted County Fair cucumbers for the first time this year, 2012, a wet summer in the North Carolina mountains, the nationwide drought notwithstanding. The seeds were purchased from garden-diva on eBay, a fast and reliable seller. Started indoors, near 100 percent germination, set out on April 29. Very vigorous plants, with harvest beginning on June 2. Cucumber beetles showed up in late June, unusually early in my experience here, and had heavily infested the plants by the second week in July. Each plant produced on average about 10 to 14 cucumbers per week from mid June through early August, which I typically picked at about 5 to 6 inches in length. A very good pickler but a mediocre slicer; in my opinion, not in the same class as Diva as a slicing cucumber and inferior to Marketmore, which I grew last year. Bacterial wilt was killing individual leaves or short sections of side-vines by the third week in July, but the plants overall remained productive long after my Diva cucumbers had succumbed to wilt, a mosaic virus, and foliar damage from cucumber and Mexican bean beetles. Nearly seedless (I grew them well away from the Divas), firm, high-quality pickling cucumbers, only a little bitterness in some fruit within a half-inch of the stem end. There was a fault in some of the fruit--narrow gaps running lengthwise through the cucumbers, especially toward the stem end--that showed up in mid July and affected about 40 percent of the fruit. Not really a problem unless you need perfect fruit for the state fair or such. I highly recommend County Fair for pickling quality and extraordinary disease resistance.

Positive mamajenny On Jul 31, 2012, mamajenny from Westborough, MA wrote:

This cucumber is putting any prolific squash plant I've grown to shame. It is resistant to everything, I have cucumber beetles attacking tomatillo plants 1 foot away with no interest in the cucumbers. This cucumber is a beast & will always have a home in my garden!

Positive greenbrain On Feb 24, 2007, greenbrain from Madison, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

If it wasn't for this variety, I wouldn't be able to harvest any cucumbers because of a severe spotted cucumber beetle problem in this area. It's the only variety that I've found resistant to bacterial wilt. I've grown it 2004-2006 vertically & put up several quarts of pickles & relish from a 5 foot row. Only other variety that did as well was Gurney's burpless pickler.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jul 9, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Released by Wisconsin-USDA in 1978. A predominantly gynoecious pickling hybrid, parthenocarpic. Hyped as the best home garden pickler. It has resistance to downy mildew, powdery mildew, scab,and cucumber mosaic virus, with moderate resistance to anthracnose.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Eureka, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Upton, Massachusetts
Westborough, Massachusetts
Boonville, Missouri
Asheville, North Carolina

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