New videos and information

Hi everyone;

I wanted to let you know about our farm sister site where we list any extra produce we have for sale.  It is at  I have posted 2 videos on the relationship between diet and disease and I think everyone should see them and see the science for themselves.  I am an advocate of taking your own health in your hands and bucking the medical oversights and problems with this barbaric system of health care we embrace.  It is not in our best interests and there is massive unnecessary human suffering as a result.  I live on a farm.  I have as much or more indoctrination as other people towards the westernized view of eating.  I would like to relate these new but old findings about food and human health. It is scientific, it makes sense.  See for yourself.  Afterall it is your life and your body.  Just don’t accept carte blanche anything the media or your doctor tells you.

We are not selling potatoes for seed.  But you can purchase potatoes to eat or do whatever you want with them.  The list is basically the same as last time.  Thanks,


Also GARLIC is available now.  Limited quantites.  Get it soon as we sell out.  $4 a head.  Plant before Sept 10.  KINDS:  Hutterite Purple, Ukrainian Mavniv, Polish Jenn, Purple skin silver, Pink Skin Silver, BC Sicilian, California Organic Sicilian, Hutterite white, Chinese Purple, Korean Purple, Jumbo Silverskin organic, Les Pudar, Procelain, Gido Krupa, Mr. Kastelics, Marlene’s and a few others.

Hola – It is Springtime!

Hello all in seed land!

I am writing from Mexico and a quick holiday with Family.  Here things are as always blooming and green, big Mangos hang on the trees and the land is graced with many exotic flowers and fruits.  It is not that way in short-season land, but alas we will do what we can.

Back home, Mom and I have many plants started, and as I have not heard from too many people about starter plants, we have nonetheless, as we always do, have some started tomatoes and peppers, herbs and other plants.  I know for sure I will have hot peppers galore and will have an abundance to share if anyone wants to get some for their gardens.  It is still early and of course you will not want to put them out until after the first week of June, earlier, like May 25 if you want to watch and cover for unexpected frosts.  However, no one really knows what the weather will do this year, and we may well have a very early spring.

I have worked up some land that has not been turned in over 20 years this spring.  Before we left, I plowed.  It was April 15.  Unheard of for many years.  I worked up some land for a new garden spot, 50 X 50 feet or thereabouts and another acre or 2 flowing along the field, following the contours of the rolling hills in the spirit of Permacultural principles.  We are experimenting with Restoration Agricultural practices, and making the plow flow along a gradient of the field is working with the idea that the waterflow down the hills will be interrupted and create less runoff, more of it flowing to the surrounding subsoil, penetrating deeper into the area, disrupting erosion cycles and creating more little pools along the sides of the slopes.  We hope to plant trees on the sides of the plowed areas, hazelnuts, raspberries, currants and other berries, with apple trees, and other fruit bearing trees interspersed.  That is the long term plan if we can get the Moose and Deer to leave them alone long enough to sprout up taller than they can reach.  That takes lots of electric fence!  Anyway, we are excited about the project and the possibilities.  Right now, the plowed sites will sit until mid summer or early fall so the sod can decompose and then I will disc it and work it into a plot for next year’s wheat.

Potatoes will go into the ground when I return home, and the garlic was coming up great guns when I uncovered it in early April.  Some of the sprouts were 2″ long under the straw.  I found the straw mulch was perfect insulation for the winter, and we did have lots of snow as well  The straw I used was a bit mildewy, which kept the mice out, and there was no damage from them.  When I uncovered the garlic, some of the oat seeds in the straw had begun to sprout, but it was still cold at night and they were frostkilled which was great because I did not have to worry about them continuing to grow and choke out the garlic, or create a lot of weeding for me or the chickens.  I did actually consider taking over my two favorite hens to follow me down the rows eating all the sprouted grain, but it is better this way, because my chickens also like the newly sprouted garlic greens first thing in the spring.  Last year they were very instrumental in keeping the garlic patch at home weed free by continually scratching around in the straw in the garlic patch, and their browsing on the greens did not seem to harm the garlic.  This year, the garlic patch had grown and I needed to move it to Mom’s, just down the road, so there are no longer chickens there to help.  But it is working out ok so far.

I have sold out of a few seeds, and so if anyone still wants seeds just check with me prior to your order, and I will let you know if I have everything.  Thanks,


PS.  I have 2 brown roosters and one white one, that I will sell to anyone wanting a rooster.  They are $10 each.  Thanks, D

Updated 2015 Catalogue

Hi everyone;

Just a quick note with this post so that you can find what you are looking for.  I have not yet loaded the new seed offerings in the catalogue, but I have updated it so far.  I am sold out of Kohlrabi, which is not updated in the catalogue.  Download both of these together to know for sure.


A’bunadh seed catalogue, book 2015, edit

New Seed Offerings 2015

Also at the end of the catalogue is an order form that you can print or you can just email me with your requirements and I will get back to you that way.  Make sure you are using smileyo at xplornet dot ca as the email address.  Here is just the order form.

Order form

We are in full swing at the seed sales this weekend, so time is of the essence.  Thanks for your support.

Selling seeds at local Alberta Seedy Saturdays
Selling seeds at local Alberta Seedy Saturdays






Remember, there are still garlic sets and they can be spring planted on April first, even if it is howling and freezing.  In fact I would even put them out now. Clear the snow and put them in rows up to 5 plants across, separating them with the width of the end bulb in mind.  They should be anywhere from 2-4″ apart, and as deep as the clove or slightly deeper.  Keep them weeded and watered with 1″ per week if we don’t get it naturally.

Unfortunately I am out of onion sets until fall.  I will keep everyone in mind that already requested.

I will be sending potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes out to all that requested in Early April.  Thanks for your interest, and we have many good kinds left.  I am out of the Toolas and Timo unfortunately.  But there are many other great kinds and more to come.

Let’s hope the early season continues so we can get in the dirt soon and that the water is timely and plentiful.  Have a great growing season!

Red deer Yara table Denise Phone Oct 28 013


New Seed Catalogue

DSCN6428Hi everyone;

I have to apologize for the delay in getting the new catalogue online.  It has been a monumentally busy year and the biggest change has been the need to take a second (or fourth) job to help offset the cost of our amazing new seed storage facility.  I have been glad and worried about my choice ever since, however, I wanted to let you know I am working on it feverishly and taking every spare minute to package all the wonderful seeds reaped from this year’s harvest.  So in lieu of the catalogue I will make a brief listing here.  Also, I did do a short list previously, so check that out as well.

For those of you waiting for a printed version (and I do these in rare cases, as the cost is a lot), I will get that to you shortly.  Always you can download the catalogue to your own computer and peruse it online or print it (eek, think of the environment) so you can review it at your leisure.

Here are the new listings:

New Seed Offerings 2015

Wheat –

Chinook – introduced in 1952 by Ag. Canada.  Huge yields, bug resistant grows up to 6 feet.  Good wheat flavor.

Brazilian Lavras – Used in Brazil for their traditional bread making.  An interesting variety. Produces in all kinds of whether, growing up to 6 feet (shorter on the prairies).  Delicious as a whole grain.

Blue Tinge Ethiopian – An original wheat, Emmer type, about 3 feet tall on the prairies, with a blue cast to the seeds and heads.  Easy to thresh and good producer.  Can be cooked whole or ground.  Delicious

Tibetan – Used in traditional Tibetan cooking (Tsampa), great flavor and good producer.  It was one of the taller varieties, growing 4 feet tall.  Easy to harvest and thresh.

Peas –

Penner Family Russian Sugar Snap – 65 days. As it says, an excellent sugar snap pea, used fresh or for stir frying or blanching for frozen use.  Eat the whole pod.  Good producer, tall climber. 20 seeds, limited offering.

Pea – Risser Sugar Snap – 65 days.  I found this one in my quest for good sugar snap varieties.  It is an excellent producer on the prairies of good sized sugar snap pods that stay tender all season. Save seed from one plant in the row. 20 seeds per package.

Amish Snap – 60-70 days.  This pea is an heirloom from Lancaster County PA, USA.  It can grow quite tall.  It is similar to Risser, and as productive and tasty.  30 seeds

Rheinische Zucker Erbse – A rare German sugar pea with bright green delicious pods.  It grew to 5.5 feet, and the pods are productive in all weather, all season.  A great choice. About 35 seeds per package.


Purple Flowered Fava – a great ornamental Broad Bean, growing highly ornamental magenta purple to black flowers on the plant.  Separate this kind to preserve the color.  Limited offering.  Green favas are edible.

Purple Podded Pole – a very high climber, this striking plant can be used to cover gazebos and gondolas with the added beauty of deep purple pods of edible beans.  Longer season, but it is very prolific. Discovered by Henry Fields in the Ozark Mountains in the 1930’s.  78 days.

Burpees Stringless – 50-65 days.  Also known as stringless green Pod.  An heirloom introduced by the Burpee seed company in 1898 as entirely stringless and productive.  IT is green, round, straight and prolific.  It also tastes great.  About 40-50 seeds.

Fortin Family wax – 55 days. This is a productive and valuable Heirloom yellow bean, bush variety and early for the prairies. It is as productive if not more so than Pisarecka Zlutoluske.  Grown by the Fortin Family in Quebec for many generations.  About 35 seeds.

Heritage Mix – 50-60 days.  A great mix of 4 or 5 different beans of all shapes, sizes and colors from known Heirlooms.  This will keep you in beans all summer long!  Grow out and keep the ones you like the best.  Range from pencil pod greens to fat types and yellow ones.  Awesome fun.  45-50 seeds each package.

Red Swan – 55 days.  Reoffered.  This stunning red bean is productive and tasty and creates quite a show in the garden.  Beans have same great flavor as other traditional green types.  Grow and share, 35-40 seeds per package.

Duane Baptiste Potato Bean – 60 days.  An heirloom bean that is very rare.  IT is a truly Canadian Bean and was grown by the Mohawk Natives for many years before the arrival of the white men.  It is a bush variety, producing long green beans that later mature to white fat beans of excellent soup and stew quality.  They did well in the dry conditions this year.  I have only a limited offering of 10 seeds per package to anyone who wants to grow these out and continue to preserve this nearly extinct variety.

Kabouli Black Garbanzo – 78 days.  A truly interesting growing experience!  These Chickpeas end up with an abundance of 2 seeded pods which ripen to a midnight black.  It makes interesting hummus!  Actually chickpeas are all sorts of colors!  Limited offering, 15 seeds.

Tanya’s Pink Pod – 67 days.  A bush bean that supports large quantities of delicately colored pink, flat pods, similar to Romano in size and taste.  An exciting addition to the bean patch.  Seeds are large, flattish and kidney shaped.  Limited offering of 20 seeds.

Variation of Tanya’s (Green stripe) – 67 days.  These beans were in with Tanya’s Pink pod, but they are more green with blue streaking.  Same shape, flat and long.  Good taste and texture.  Limited offering of 20 seeds.

Spinach –

Amsterdam Prickly seeded – 45-50 days.  This is an interesting spinach variety that produces an abundance of seed which have a decided sharp end.  Thresh with gloves to ensure your hide remains intact.  The plants have huge green succulent leaves with traditional rich spinach flavor.  50 seeds.

Giant Noble – 50 days.  A great open-pollinated variety introduced in 1926.  This heirloom can get two feet across and the leaves are very large, making easy picking and preserving.  50 seeds.

Giant Winter – 50 days.  An Italian Heirloom grown for leaves throughout the winter months where climates will support this.  If you have a greenhouse this might work, otherwise sow in late fall when the snow about to fall and you will enjoy early spring spinach leaves the size of your hand.  Well worth the effort. It can be grown throughout the summer as well like any other spinach.  50 seeds.

Kale –

I always sell out so order early.  This year, these seeds are from a reputable gardener. About 50-60 days for each. 50 seeds per package. Grow under a row cover to avoid Cabbage worms.

Dutch Blue Curled – A frilly kale with thick curled leaves with a blue tinge.

Red Russian – Bluish leaves with red veins.  One of the favorites, also called Raggedy Jack.

White Russian – Like Red Russian but light green with green veins and stems.  Mild flavor.

Lacinato (Dinosaurs) Kale – This is also known as Nero kale, but this one is slightly darker green than the one below.  Long leaves are slightly wavy and narrow.  Grows well here.

Nero di Toscana (Lacinato) – an Italian variety heirloom kale with long pointy leaves, slightly wavy and light green.

Frilly Kale – Medium green frilly leaves, broad and succulent.  This kale is cold tolerant and also does well in the heat.

Lacinato Rainbow – This dinosaur type kale has a myriad of colors ranging in the purple, blue and red hues.  Grows well on the prairies.

Cucumbers –

Early Green Cluster – 60 -65 days.  Reintroduced, double pickling cucumber, meaning that it can produce clusters of cucumbers on the vines.  Good variety, medium spreading, light green pickling cucumbers.  20 seeds per packet.

Sumter – 55 days.  Introduced in 1953, this cucumber is considered an heirloom which was bred the old fashioned way for disease resistance.  Cucmbers are blocky green for pickling use.  Did well in 2014, but we have a limited number of seed available.  15 seeds per packet.  Call or email ahead.

Squash – Zucchini

Golden (or yellow) – 55 days.  Bushy plants produce a flow of long golden colored zucchini all summer long.  10 seeds per pack.

Black Beauty –  55 days.  An heirloom open-pollinated dark green/black skinned zucchini with traditional flavor.  Prolific.  10 seeds per packet.

See also Long of Naples below.

Squash – Butternut type

Long of Naples – 95 days.  Wow!  That is all I can say.  It is listed as a butternut type and indeed the flesh is deep healthy orange.  However, it is also stringy like a vegetable spaghetti making it a wonderful addition for the world of squash lovers.  It is an heirloom from 1863 and it is extremely rare in Canada.  I am probably not the only one growing it, but it is absolutely fabulous young as a zucchini, and older as a soup, baking and vegetable spaghetti squash.  It has a rich sweet flavor and can grow to 25 lbs.  I will include recipes on the website.  I won top prize in the giant squash contest!  The skin is green with lighter green markings.  It grows up to 3’ long.

Brode Galeux d’Eysines (Galeux d’Eysines) – 97 days.  A most exceptional and beautiful squash pumpkin type, that is also tasty for soup and pies.  It is a rare French Heirloom called Embroidered with warts from Eysines (an area in the Bordeaux region of France).  It is also called the Peanut pumpkin in some references, but I have grown Peanut and it does not develop the warts as quickly as this variety.  So I am maintaining it is different.  Lovely deep orange , sugary firm flesh, it is still keeping in storage.  Wonderful for fall decorations for the kids also.  10 seeds.

Fairytale pumpkin – 100 days.  This is not the same pumpkin as the Rouge vif d’Etampes nor the Muscee de Provence.  It is a nice bright orange, squat and up to 10 lbs.  Mine was 20” across, with a mostly hollow center, tasty in pie and soup. It is slightly lobed, not deeply like the others.  Not many seeds inside. 10 seeds per package.

Yellow Scallop Squash – 60 days.  This is a bushy variety that produces an abundance of bright orangey yellow summer squashes like zucchinis, coming from the center of the clump.  Flavor like a scallop squash, or patipan.  These make a great addition to the summer kitchen.  Abundant. 10 seeds.

Yellow fat scallop – 60 days. I have not quite tracked down whether this is a variant of the yellow scallop or a different squash.  The bushy plants grow like scallop squashes, but these yellow/orange ones are uniquely shaped like a cup with a scallop top cover.  Interesting and tasty.  Use like summer squashes like zucchini or scallop.  10 seeds.

Scallop mix – a mixture of the above 2 yellow kinds is available also.  Call or email for an order of these seeds, 20 per package.

Sunflowers –

Short Stuff – 70 days.  A shorter version of an edible seeded sunflower, traditional medium sized heads produce many edible oil seeds that can be enjoyed in the winter or set out for the birds.  Your choice.  25 seeds per package.

Flowerbed mix – An assortment of reds, yellows, and variations of orange mix to make your summer bouquets delightful.  25 seeds per package.


Sweet William Mix – an assortment of the colors that make this a favorite homestead flower, red, pink, white and variations therein.

Snapdragons – red/yellow stripe

Snapdragons – raging red

Snapdragons – deep red mix

Snapdragons – Yellow with red trim

Poppy – Old Farmstead double red delight.  Grown on an abandoned homestead in Northern Alberta, this is a rescue poppy, beautiful vibrant hot pink/red.  Try it.

Broccoli –

Waltham 29 – 60 days.  A great find for the open-pollinated broccoli varieties, making nice sized heads of broccoli followed by many side heads of good size.  Cover with a row cover to keep the cabbage moths out. 50 seeds

Umpqua – 55 days.  A sprouting broccoli type with larger heads and long holding ability.  Limited seed available. 50 seeds.

Calabrese – 55 days.  Called a green sprouting type, the 4” main heads lead to many side shoots once picked.  A good Italian open-pollinated broccoli. 50 seeds, only a few packages.


Corn – Sweet types

Ashworth Rat Selected – 75 days, heirloom.  The name may not sound very good.  But even rats know that certain corn kernels are sweeter than others and apparently that is what John Ashworth of St. Lawrence Seeds knew and helped him develop one of the best sweet corns around.  I can attest that the mice have chosen this one as well!  The 6” cobs produce sweet kernels of golden corn for fresh eating. Good for cold soil germination. 45-50 seeds.

Simonet – 60-65 days, reintroduced Heirloom. A Canadian corn, developed by Rob Simonet of Edmonton in 1920! Yay! The stalks are shorter for a shorter season area, producing 6” cobs with good corn flavor, sweet when picked and eaten straight away.  Like many true open-pollinated corns, they convert their sugar to starch more rapidly than hybrids.  This one will not rot in cold soils, making it ideal for planting out.  Start indoors 2 weeks early if you are worried.  Cannot go wrong.  35-50 seeds.

Indian Blue Sweet Corn – 75-80 days, heirloom.  I wondered if this would be the same variety as the Black Aztec, but it is not, although it’s heritage probably dates back at least as far.  Thought to have been obtained in Olympia WA, by Mr. Ira Hooker in the 1930’s it is also called Hooker’s Sweet Indian.  The kernels start out white, when it is eaten fresh.  As they ripen, the corn turns yellow, then pink (when it is most flavorful), the purple and finally blue.  It dries black and can be ground into sweet corn flour for polenta.  Wonderful and delicious.  30-45 kernels per package.

Black Aztec Sweet – 75-80 days, heirloom.  Rumor has it that this corn might have been traded as early as 1860, and it is still one of the best around.  The flavor is highest when in the milk stage, and can be roasted over a fire to bring out the best it has to offer.  Or it can be left to ripen into the dark kernels that can also be used in any recipe calling for corn flour, or for soups.  Wonderful for our area also. 35-45 seeds.

Luther Hill – 75 days, heirloom.  The old standby white sweet corn.  Small cobs with great corn flavor, and short plants.  Good for a short season, because they mature faster.  Cobs are smaller but there are 2-3 per plant.  35-45 seeds.

Corn – Flour/ ornamental or hominy

Pennsylvania Dutch Butter Flavored Popcorn –  Heirloom 1885.  Wow! This corn will produce even though it is 100 days or more.  I started them all super early and was rewarded with kernels for popping by fall.  The mice really thought they tasted like butter as well, so I had to rescue the drying crop before they got them all.  Kernels are butter colored and pop up to look yellowy, and have awesome flavor – hence the name.  Try it and you will be thrilled.  50 seeds.

Dakota Black Popcorn – Heirloom, pre- 1890’s.  One of the original land race varieties, these kernels are deep red, ripening to almost black, and although they were sorely neglected in their isolation plot, they ripened and produced a limited amount of seed so if you want some it is special order by email.  Let me know.

Red Indian Flour – From an ornamental blend.  80-90 days. These seeds will produce a decent crop of red corn kernels that make excellent flour tortillas.  I am going to include a recipe on the website on how to make these from scratch.  You will get a variation in color in your crop but most will be red.  40 seeds.

Ornamental Native flour/popcorn mix – 80-90 days.  An exciting exotic mix of colored cobs and foliage, all of which can be used to grind into flour or popped for kernels of excellent flavor and texture.  Also add them to soup, after you have used them for fall decorations that is!!  40 seeds.

Radishes –

Daikon – 67 days.  The original long white root that is used in salads, kimchi and other Asian dishes since time immemorial.  Used also as a deep tiller of soil and for rat tail use(the immature pods are eaten whole in salads).  Productive and great tasting.  Used in Restoration Agriculture fields to bring minerals from deep underground to top dwelling plants.  50 seeds, or bulk packs upon request.

German Giant – 40 days.  Making large red skinned and white fleshed tender globes in early summer, this giant of a radish is never bitter or hot.  Wonderful variety. 40-50 seeds.

Purple plum – 35 days.  Good sized purple skinned roots, with slightly colored flesh.  They are tender and juicy.  40-50 seeds.


Antohi Frying – from Romania.  78 days.  These plants produce 4-6” long tapered thick walled sweet peppers that begin yellow and ripen to red.  They are an heirloom brought back from Romania by Jan Antohi who defected to the US.  They are sautéed in hot oil to bring out their sweet full flavor. 20 seeds.  A rare offering.

Italian Sweet – 70 days. The appearance of a large chili and the taste of a sweet pepper, the Italian Sweet is a rare find.  Up to 8” long, thick walled and ripening to a deep red.  Sure to please.  20 seeds.


Kashmiri Brinjal – 80 days.  These lavender fruits were 4” long, oval shaped and prolific.  They did well despite a poor start weather-wise and much competition.  From Kashmir, North India.  15 seeds.

Japanese White Egg – 65 days.  An early maturing variety of white eggplants that turn yellow in the blazing sun.  They are oval shaped and about the size to fit in your palm.  Productive and good for our climate.  They like lots of heat, so put them near the house out of the wind.  15 seeds.

Applegreen – 70 days.  One of my favorites.  These cute round to oval 3” fruits are lime green and perfect for stirfries or curries.  They are dense and delicious.  Start indoors as per all Solanum family members.  15 seeds.

Fast Round – 65 days.  Abundant producer of the deep purple eggplants we know, smaller version obviously, but they kept going all summer, and liked the heat of the dry year.  Fruits are about 4” long. 15 seeds.

Little Fingers – 65 days.  Plants produce many small finger shaped deep purple fruits.  Sweet and tender all summer, even when larger.  15 seeds, limited numbers.

Potatoes on offer;

Heather’s Norland – early large, red skin, white flesh, all purpose

Red Norland – early medium to large, red skin, white flesh, productive and all purpose

Cherry red – Early, medium red skin, round and white flesh, all use, great for new potatoes

Warba (1933) – mottled white skin with deeper pink eyes, moist white flesh, fairly early, all use.  A German potato with great flavor.

Sangre – Mid season medium sized, dark red skin, slightly elongated, white flesh, baking, boiling, uses

Sante – mid season, white skinned, dry fleshed firm potato.  Medium yields, good all purpose baker.

Danish – from the world traveler.  A white skinned, medium sized, white flesh tuber which is slightly dry.  Good producers, great flavor.

Irish Cobbler – since the late 1800’s this has been around in recorded history.  This somewhat flattish yellow skinned, yellow moist fleshed potatoe is a standby in any potato salad recipe.  Good yields, taste and good storage qualities.  Somewhat prone to scab.

Ukrainian – A white skin, white to yellow fleshed moist potato, slightly flat, but more rounded than Irish Cobbler.  Good storage, baking and other uses.  Great for pyrogy use.

Carola – a midseason, German yellow fleshed, white skinned type with good moist flesh of excellent taste.  Limited quantities.

Purple Chief – early deep red/purple skinned, white moist fleshed potato.  Good keeper and good yields.

Onaway- a fairly new addition to the potato family, this is a white skinned, white to yellow fleshed moist early potato with good yields.  Used for all baking, boiling and new potato use.

Nordonna – Grown as a replacement for Norland, it has slightly higher yields of round red skinned, medium sized, white fleshed tubers than Red Norland.  Good disease resistance and slightly more keeping capacity.

Shepody – Mid-season, white skin and flesh, large sized oblong tubers of great quality and keeping ability.  Some disease resistance.  Good yields.

Pink Fir Apple (Pink Finger) – early high yields of fingerling potatoes, pink skin and creamy yellow flesh.  Grown for over 100 years.

Caribe – early excellent yields of purple skinned, oblong, medium to large sized white fleshed tubers, store excellent, multi-use and medium moist tasty flesh.

Yellow Finger – mid-season to late, abundant yields of finger shaped and sized tubers, some growing large, skin is yellow as is the moist, almost waxy flesh that is absolutely the best for oven roasted Italian potatoes.  They never need peeling and are tasty and sweet.

Fianna – From the world traveler.  It was bred in Denmark. This smooth oval tuber is white skinned and dry white fleshed, with medium size and medium yields.  Grown to be a French fry potato since it does not absorb a lot of fat.

Timo – From the world traveler during his visit to Finland.  Timo is also known as Hankkijan Timo.  It is a well loved favorite there.  It is early and produces well.  It has white skin and slightly yellow moist flesh, and that is why it tastes great.

Ada’s White –  From the seasoned traveler, this is another find from a local grower who has had it in her family forever.  Ada’s white is oblonged, mid-season, and white skinned, almost brown, like a baker.  The flesh is white and light.

India white – Mid-season, oblong, medium sized, multi-use potatoes.  White  thin skin and moist white flesh.

Nooksack – An Aboriginal landrace variety of brown skinned white fleshed medium moist baker.  Moister than a russet.  Good yields of medium to large tubers.

Toolas – From the world traveler.  It is a small to medium sized fairly round white thin skinned potato with white moist to waxy flesh.  Medium yields.

Green Mountain – a late season potato but worth growing for the huge yields of large, oblong tubers of excellent disease resistance and storage qualities.  Makes great fries.

Agria – early season, yellow skin and flesh, moist large sized potatoes for all uses. It is one of the best tasting early potatoes.

Luke’s Bush Cobbler – a bush variant of Irish cobbler for smaller garden spaces.  Good yields, similar characteristics otherwise to Irish Cobbler.

Red Thumb – deep red skin, white fleshed tubers of medium size, definitely fat thumb shaped and mid-season.  Medium yields.

Chieftain – early red skin white flesh, great yielding potato one of the better keepers for an early potato.  Standby for early boiled eating and new potato taste.

Bintje – 1910. A late white skinned, white fleshed, medium dry baking, boiling potato with exceptional keeping qualities and good disease resistance.

Red Pontiac – A mid-season, deep red skinned, white moist fleshed tuber, good storage and yields.

All Red – medium to late maturing.  These potatoes are as the name implies, a cheery red color inside and out.  Keeps during cooking so you can make wonderful mashed potatoes for Valentine’s day without the need for poisoning food color!

Yukon Gold – medium maturing.  Yukon gold is a yellow skin, yellow tasty flesh, moist waxy potato of great quality and production.  Makes quite large tubers sometimes. Developed in Guelph and released in 1966.

Oma’s Saskatchewan White – obtained in 2009 from a decendent of a German Immigrant who brought these white skinned, smooth tubers from the old country.  They are mid-season, white fleshed and fairly moist with good storage abilities.

Red Cloud – a mid-season, white fluffy fleshed red-skin round potato which makes heavenly light baked potatoes.  Good storage.

Egyptian White – obtained from a seasoned traveler who loves collecting rare varieties.  This white skin, white flesh tuber is abundant and mid-season.  It keeps well.  Tubers are slightly oblong and good for all uses.

Red Gold – Mid-season, medium red skin and golden flesh, moist and good yields and flavor.

Wendy’s Purple – from the seasoned traveler, these potatoes are a variety grown by his neighbor Wendy for many years.  They are purple skinned, oblong and white fleshed, with good disease resistance and performance in all soil types.  Medium sized and medium moist.

Chaleur – Early producer, white skin and flesh.  Potatoes are round to oval, comparable to a Yukon gold.  It was developed for French fry use.

All Purple – also called All Blue.  This one is inside and out a purple/blue which can be hard to find in moist soil.  The tubers are quite large, and make a great mix for potato salads.  More antioxidants exist in potatoes with deep flesh colors. So eat your vitamins.

Early Ohio – early season White potato with white creamy flesh.  Slightly on the dry side.  Yields are good and they keep well.

Roko – mid-season bright red skin and white flesh.  Used for all purposes.  It is high yielding and stores excellent.


I may add to this in the next few days, but for now, enjoy!!


New Varieties for 2015

Hi everyone!

It will take me a while to get a new catalogue online, but I wanted to update you on the new varieties available this year.

Beans:  Heritage Bean Mix – a blend of 5 different beans of all kinds, shapes and habits, makes a splendid bean mix, all are abundant producers of green beans for fresh eating (there is one yellow) and can be left for seed for soup mix.  Pink, black, white, beige and orange seed for a fun variety of heritage producers.Heritage mix

Purple rain – produces fat green round beans for fresh eating or if left a delightfully vibrant purple bean with a white eye.  Named in honor of Prince.  These seeds are one of the ones in Richters seed Zoo selection from Africa.  Limited quantities – $4 per package

Purple rain

Black Garbanzo – Like the name says these Chickpeas are black and do produce quite a few seeds in the row.  Make a truly unique Hummus!  Limited Quantities – $4 per package of 25

Fortin Family Heirloom – A yellow bean from Quebec, long in the heritage of the region. Good producer, bush plants.


Stringless Green Pod – An heirloom from 1898, bred by Calvin Keeney (Father of the Stringless Bean) for Burpee, this bean is an excellent producer of long green round pods for fresh eating that remain tender on the vine longer than other varieties.  Did well this year in our drought.

Stringless Green Pod

Tanya’s Pink Pod – Long, flattish beans that start green but have a defined pink vibrance as well and produce tan seeds with a darker eye.  Bush type.  Good producer.  Limited offering – 10 seeds for $3

Tanyas Pink Pod

Corn offerings;

Luther Hill – white kernels on 4-6″ pods, grew well in the drought.  Produces a sweet corn that is very flavorful, like old varieties used to be.  Not a supersweet kind.

Black Aztec – 80 days.  Ears start out white and turn various colors finally ending black.  Eaten as a sweet corn when white, or for soups, stews and flour when black.  We found it delightfully sweet and tasty.  Good producer.

Indian Blue Sweet – 80 days.  Grew well this year and produced good sized ears of sweet corn.  IT changes color like the black Aztec, ending up black and full. Sweet at the milk stage.  Sweet when dry.

Dakota Black popcorn – Limited Quantities.  Produced in the toughest drought conditions of many years.  Kernels dry to a dark red, almost black.  Short enough season even for us.

Ashworth – 70 days.  Selected from a breeder in Ontario to be the one thought best tasting by the rodents over winter.  I found the same thing when I was trying to dry it in our facility.  Sweet tasting and yellow full kernels.  Heads good sized.

Pennsylvania Dutch Butter Flavored Popcorn – 115 days.  I was delighted with this popcorn as it is excellent flavored and an excellent producer of huge cobs of popcorn, white and pearl shape.  Great fun.


Yah, finally an eggplant or two that will produce in Alberta’s short season:  Here were the winners for this year.

Reintroducing Apple green – about 69 days.  Produces one or two light lime green round eggplants of good size.  20 seeds per pkg.

White Egg – about the size of apple green, light white skin and round.  69 days.

Kashmiri Brinjal – A squat purple eggplant, medium sized, great flavor and good producer, about 69 days.

Little finger – Long purple fingerling eggplants, massive producer and good for short seasons at 74 days.

Fast Round – really live up to their name.  Wonderfully purple and round, many on a plant.  70 days.

Morden Midget – miniature versions of the purple store eggplants we all know so well.  Good producer, 76 days.

More to come…

Fall Harvest

Hi fans of seeds;

It was a good season and I am busy wrapping up the garden produce and cataloguing the new varieties that did extremely well despite the drought conditions.  It is worth it to know that these older varieties can withstand the extremes in temperatures, rainfall, and even frost.  IT was a pretty long season and a hot one and therefore the corn did well as did the squash.  I had a 24 lb. zucchini looking butternut squash and the Fairytale and Galeux de L’Esines pumpkins did very well also.  Beans and peas were good producers despite the weedy conditions foisted upon them and we had a decent harvest of multicolored tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  The green lentils were abundant and even the cucumbers managed to produce something.  So all in all it was a very forgiving year and I am pleased to announce we have lots of varieties of potatoes and jerusalem artichokes to offer.  I will have some broccoli seed for next year and a few surprises yet to be announced.  Anyone wishing to order seed potatoes now or looking for organic potatoes can give me a call at seven-eight-zero, seven-eight-five, two six, two two.  I am out of town currently, back on Oct 15.  So here is what I have that is new:

Danish – medium sized, white skin, white flesh potato, drier potato

Oma’s Saskatchewan – large white baker, from Seed saver in Saskatchewan, from her grandmother’s heritage varieties.

Egypt – oblong white skin, white flesh, multipurpose, did well in drought

Ukrainian – flattish, white baking and perogy potato, white skin and flesh

Irish cobbler – whiteish yellow flesh, good all round potato from Ireland

Warba’s (similar to Raymond’s Russian) – see below

Raymond’s Russian – medium rounded, white with deep pink eyes, moist potato, land race variety

Green Mountain – big white good keepers, multipurpose potato

Nooksack – brown netted skin, white flesh, moister type baking and fry potato.  From the Nooksak Native tribe

Tolaas – white skin, white flesh, moist multipurpose potato.  From a potato fanatic friend.

Fianna – white skin and flesh, Irish variety from my worldwide travelling potato friend.

Chaleur – good producer of white skin, white flesh rounded potatoes that are mid-season and good keepers.

Wendy’s Purple – purple skin and white flesh, good sized oblong tubers, good producer, multipurpose potato

Caribe – A medium to large white fleshed, purple skinned potato for baking and fries.  Good perogy potato.

Purple chief – Like a chieftain, only darker red skin, almost purple.

Chieftain – Red skin, white flesh, early for boiling, baking, potato salad

Pontiac – prolific producer of red skinned, white fleshed early potatoes

Norland – red skin, white flesh, round and large early potatoes

NorDonna – good producer, comparable to Red Norland, better if irrigated.  It is oblong, no dry hollow centers and red skin and white smooth flesh. A recent introduction.

Heather’s Red – probably a Viking with good sized red tubers of excellent quality, deep skin color and white flesh.  Keeps well for a red potato.

Sangre – red skin, white flesh, drier red type and early potato

Bintje – huge producer of medium to large sized white skin, white flesh bakers.  Not too dry, mid to late season, but worth the wait.

Agria – large sized, good producer, white flesh and round to oblong.  Multipurpose.

Red Cloud – med to small red skin, white flesh, fluffy baking potato

Red Gold – red skin, golden flesh, small to medium round, moist flesh type.

Yukon gold – tan skin, gold flesh, moist potatoes

Onaway – white skin and flesh, sometimes deep eyes and misshapen, heritage variety for early fresh eating.

Shepody – oblong white skin and flesh tubers, medium to large.  Good producer, multiuse.

All red – red skin, red flesh, fun baking, boiling and mashing, remains pink color

All Purple – purple skin and flesh that hangs around in the bowl when cooked.  Large sized tubers, good producer.

Early Ohio – an early white skin white flesh baker and for boiling.

Red Finger – a larger type oblong red skin, white flesh potato.  moist and good for use with skin on.

Lorette Fingerling – white skin and yellowish flesh, good for baking whole or split fries, limited offering

French Fingerling – Red skin, whitish flesh, moist fingerling.

Pink Fir Apple- or pink rose or fingerling, an excellent fingerling potato, pink skin, yellowish flesh, moist and waxy

Yellow finger – late producer of an abundance of yellow skin and flesh waxy fingerling potatoes, does better with ample hilling and water.

I think that is all I can offer.

I have these Jerusalem Artichokes

Passamasquoddy Potatoes – abundant producer of good sized red skinned round squat tubers.

Clearwater – ivory skin, white flesh, squat good sized tubers

Skorospelka – High yielder from Russia, rose/pink skin, white flesh, good sized, excellent

Stampede – yellow skin, white flesh, high yields and fairly smooth for first couple of years.

Beaver Valley Purple – long purple tubers, getting quite big if left in place for 2 years.  Good producer. White crisp flesh.

Corlis Bolton Haynes – white round tubers of good overwintering survival in the soil, similar to Carmen but more knobs.  Good size if left until after first snowfall.

Carmen Heirloom – white roundish tubers of good size,  tend to get overcrowded on one stem.

That is all for now,

thanks, Denise

Fall 2014

My apologies to all who have been trying to reach me through this blog.  I have inadvertently locked myself out of my site on my home computer, so until I get that fixed I have trouble reaching you all to update the page.  I can be reached directly at smileyo at xplornet dot ca if you are looking for a quicker response.  I am currently working on another abunadh site that will have online shopping capability but time is limited at this time of year.

I have garlic available this year in very limited quantities.  Bulbs are $4 each plus shipping.  Varieties available are as listed below:

Korean Purple – 6-10 medium sized, deep purple skinned cloves.  Good keepers, great hot flavor.

Hutterite Purple – 4-6 large cloves per head, purple skins. Med. hot flavor.  Good keeper.

Polish Jenn – 4-6 cloves of good sized, light pink skins, good holding ability over winter and medium hot spicy flavor.

Ukrainian Mavniv – 4-6 large cloves per head.  Heads are light pink/purple tinged, store well and of great med-hot flavor.

Ukrainian Hot – 6-12 medium sized cloves, tinged deep pink/purple with excellent hot garlic flavor. Keeps well over winter, but tends to sprout earlier than others.

BC Sicilian – 10-15 flattish medium sized cloves in a loose squat, large head.  White skins, good flavor, milder than others. Keeps ok.

The orders will be placed first come, first served with a limit of one head of each type for now.

I will also have many new potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes if anyone is interested and will update in the next week.  I will also post the new site when it is ready, so keep posted and thanks for your patience.

Talk to you soon,


By the way…

We have sold out of some things at the shows.  So if you are still wanting to order, email me first at and we will communicate first to see what I still have.  Only have a very few potatoes left.  You are ok if you ordered before the shows, I still have your orders off to the side.  I am excited to be trying a whack more potato kinds this year, some fingerlings and landrace kinds in particular.  If you have kinds to share, let me know, we will do a trade if I do not have them already.  I am looking for one we used to have that my Uncle Nick brought from the Ukraine.  IT was very large and flattish with light purple skin and dry white flesh.  It was his perogy potato and somehow it did not get planted one year.  So if you know of one like that, let’s chat.

You can still order seeds up until about the end of April, so keep in touch,