Welcome to the Harvest Heirloom Seed Project. If you haven’t yet collected your seeds,
then please drop into the restaurant and collect some. These are the varieties we are
thrilled to be sharing.
This cherry tomato is one of the oldest known currently cultivated vegetable varieties, dating to, at least before 1805 by many authorities, but known or thought to have been planted in the 1700s by many. It has a mild and sweet flavor. It has a vigorous indeterminate (spreading) growing habit and needs to be staked or caged. Start plants indoors three weeks before all danger of frost is past in a soilless potting mix and move to full sun after germination. Move them inside if cold temperatures or frost is predicted. Set plants out around Derby Day. Settle the plants in so that the stems are well supported by soil even if that means a large part of the stem gets submerged. Attach a cage or stake at about 1’. Tomatoes mature in about 75 days from transplanting.
Tuscan Black Kale:
Known also as Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale, this kale dates from 1885, but is thought to have been in recipes from the 1600s in Italy. It is one of the most tender and delicious of all kale varieties. This can be seeded indoors in late February or early March and set out as soon as the soil can be worked or it can be direct seeded or broadcast (the term was originally from agriculture) as soon as the soil can be worked. Or, plant in August and care closely until late September after which time the plant will likely thrive (in Kentucky and Indiana). Fertile soil will yield larger and more healthy plants. Leaves may be harvested as baby kale or grown to adult size. Leave growing tip intact if continuous harvest is preferred. Days to maturity: 30 days baby, 50 days full size.
Lt. John Bibb Lettuce:
This Kentucky original was developed by Lt. John Bibb of Kentucky’s capital, Frankfort. Also known as limestone Bibb, the variety was recognized as early as 1850. The seed became commercially available in the 1930s. This lettuce is very tender and sweet and is known to carry a bit of bronze hue as it matures. The variety does well in spring and fall in Kentucky and Indiana. Broadcast the seed in well worked ground as soon as the soil can be worked. The plants mature in 30 to 40 days and if care is taken during harvest leaves will regrow.
- Courier Journal’s Review of Harvest 2019 February 27, 2020
- Harvest in The News Again – Insider Louisville’s Style Blueprint January 29, 2018
- A Great Harvest Review From Leo Weekly August 16, 2017
- Harvest Featured in the Courier-Journal September 14, 2016
- Harvest Restaurant – Taste of the Town May 28, 2016
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