Babies First Foods
A garden with a special focus on foods for baby. This selection is designed with both low maintenance and easy baby flavours in mind. With these varieties you can have a little something for a little person throughout the whole season.
Green Arrow Shelling Peas - One of the most exciting times of the year is when the fresh shelling peas are ready for harvest. This heirloom variety hails from England and boasts easy to shell pods containing up to 10 sweet peas in each. Every year I try to freeze a few quarts, so that I can have that fresh summer taste in the middle of January. The pea shoots are also very tasty. They have become so popular with our CSA members that we grow a bed for peas, a bed for pea shoots, and a bed for seed production. This pea is excellent for freezing and canning. Plants can reach up to 3 feet tall, so a small trellis is recommended(but not necessary!). Long harvest period for a determinate plant as well. A great variety for home and market gardener alike.
Days to maturity: 75
Seeds per pack: 30
Gold Rush Yellow Bush Beans - This variety dates back to c. 1900. The bush habit plants are determinate, producing straight, round yellow pods up to 5" long. This variety is a reliable, early producer offering a 4 - 6 week harvest period when picked every 3 - 4 days.
Days to Maturity: 55
Seeds per pack: 25 seeds
Long Standing Bloomsdale Spinach - Another heirloom, introduced to catalogues in the US c. 1908. It is one of the most popular varieties around. Glossy dark green leaves hold a lovely nutty flavour even in the warmer months. Quick to bolt.
Days to maturity: 40 days for baby leaf
60 days for mature leaf
Seeds per pack: 150
Royal Chantenay Carrots - These big, dark orange carrots are a great all around variety. Wondeful sweetness lends them to juicing and fresh eating as well as freezing and canning. They reach 5 - 6" inches long and 2" in diameter at the shoulders. Definitely one of my favorites to grow and eat, our seven year old loves pulling these out of the ground!
Days to maturity: 70
Seeds per pack: 300 seeds
Waltham Butternut Squash - Introduced in 1970 by Bob Young of Waltham, Mass. One of the best butternuts, I have ever tasted, this variety produces large fruit weighing in at 3 - 6 lbs. Fruit is produced on long vines, so, best to give this variety lots of space in the garden. The small seed cavity is a treat, allowing you to enjoy more of the sweet, rich flesh of this winter squash.
Days to maturity: 90 - 115
Seed per pack: 30 seeds