The listing of the available tomatoes and peppers is out! Same pattern as last year, shoot Claudia an email with your choices and the plants will work their way into the art store. Below is her update…
Growing tomatoes from seed began as a self-challenging experiment over 10 years ago. It has become a passion: some friends feel intervention may be needed. When we expanded to the public the response was incredible and educational. Being a very small nursery we needed to step back and define our focus. There are 100’s of tomato & pepper varieties, primarily hybridized for commercial markets because of their productivity, self-life, uniformity & transportation durability. Lost has been flavor and characteristics of garden vegetables. Honey Haven has decided to focus Heirloom tomatoes and newest Hybrids not often seen.
Basically the seeds are what make an heirloom an heirloom. They are passed down from season to season, taken by “seed savers” from plants that produced the best fruit: desirable traits like juiciness, size, shape, or color. Every heirloom variety is genetically unique. Heirloom plants are also often open-pollinated, which means that they are pollinated naturally, by birds, insects, wind, or human hands. Varieties are typically at least 50 years old, often pre-WWII, and many have an interesting history related to their country of origin. No genetic modification allows us to keep genetic diversity in our food sources. Most Heirloom seeds “breed true” unlike the seeds of hybridized plants. We start with organic, untreated seed. No growth hormones or regulators are used, just organic fertilizer. Every year we modify the list based on top sellers, comments from you and our own garden experiences.
If you bought from us last year, you know the process. We’ll plan to do the same thing this year. For those who may be new, send your want list to the email below. We are still using the numeric system for plant ID. It’s fast and efficient. Include a couple of dates that you can come to Spokane Art Supply to pick up the plants. I’ll email back a confirmation or a notice if we are out of a selection. If you want to arrange pick-up from the nursery in Deer Park we will schedule that too. Supply issues are still inconsistent. Price increases have affected all materials.
Price for each plant is $8.00 which includes sales tax.
No payment is necessary until you receive the plants.
To keep costs down we still request cash payable when you pickup at Spokane Art Supply. If anyone wants plants early, they are ready to go now but will need protection for a number of weeks.
E-mail your selections to : Claudia.firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the period between Claudia & km.