Seeds Ordered, 2014 CSA Sign-Ups Available

Image from Maine Food and Farms
With February almost half over (YES!!!), we're only a couple of weeks away from starting seeds indoors for eventual transplanting into Better Farm's gardens. While we saved some seeds from successful plants last summer (tomatoes, garlic, and several others) and many crops will return each spring (asparagus, strawberries, fruit trees, rhubarb, sage, chives, and a whole lot more), we still had a pretty hefty shopping list.

Armed with our garden maps from the last couple of years, it was easy to stay organized while picking new seeds and returning to trusted favorites. We'll be referring back to those same maps—and our companion planting guides—to ensure proper crop rotation and plant pairing.
Here's our "short list" of what we'll have available at Better Farm in 2014. If you're interested in a low-cost CSA share of weekly organic produce throughout the season (roughly April through November), email us at or call (315) 482-2536. More information on CSA sign-ups to follow!
  • Apple Tree: Heirloom, Crabapple
  • Apricot Tree: (immature)
  • Artichoke: Imperial Star
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus: Jersey, Heirloom
  • Basil: Large-Leaf Italian
  • Banana Plant: Dwarf
  • Beet: Lutz Green Leaf Organic
  • Black Bean: Coco Organic 
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli:  Belstar Organic
  • Brussel Sprouts: Royal Marvel Hybrid
  • Butternut Squash: Argonaut Hybrid
  • Cabbage: Derby Day 
  • Cannelini Beans
  • Carrot: Purple Haze Hybrid,  Rainbow Blend, Ya Ya Hybrid
  • Cauliflower: Veronica Hybrid
  • Celery:  Redventure Organic 
  • Chia Sprouts
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  •   Coffee Plant
  • Corn: Northern Xtra-Sweet Yellow 
  • Cucumber: Lemon Organic 
  • Dill
  • Eggplant: Rosa Bianca Organic
  • Fig Tree
  • Flowers: Various
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Garlic: Various 
  • Hubbard Squash
  • Kale: Red Russian, Better Farm Heirloom
  • Leek: Giant Musselburgh 
  • Mint
  • Nasturtium
  • Olive Tree: Mediterranean Dwarf
  • Onion: Yellow Sweet Spanish
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pea: Little Marvel Shell, Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow
  • Peach Trees
  • Peanuts: Jumbo Virginia
  • Peppers: California Wonder, Italian Sweet Organic
  • Pineapple Tree: Dwarf (immature)
  • Portobello Mushrooms
  • Potato: Yukon Gold
  • Ramps/Wild Leeks
  • Raspberry Bushes
  • Red Sumac (for tea)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage 
  • Soybeans
  • Strawberries: Heirloom Organic
  • String Bean: Compass Organic
  • Sweet Potato Squash: Thelma Sanders' Sweet Potato Squash
  • Swiss Chard: Bright Lights
  • Tomato: Ananas Noire, Saved Better Farm Heirloom Seeds, Purple Calabash Organic
  • Watermelon: Sugar Baby Organic
  • White Button Mushrooms
  • Zucchini: Black Beauty Organic
For Better Farm's CSA, customers are advised to understand a weekly share will not include all of the above-listed items at any one time. Shares are limited to seasonal ripeness, availability, and success rate of each item. CSA shares are available for individuals or families.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.