Thanks to Kimberly @ An At Home Daughter for the link to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I have decided to go ahead and order from Heritage Harvest Seed.
Yeah, that might sound odd, but... Here's the thing. I'm specifically looking for sugar beets. When I type sugar beets into Baker Creek's search bar, it brings up Albino Beets- sweet beets that can be used for sugar beets. And even though Heritage Harvest Seeds doesn't say that on their website- they sell the same Albino Beets! I also found sugar beets at Salt Spring Seeds, and they are a little cheaper there.
So why does Heritage Harvest Seed win? It's the climate. Salt Spring Seeds is in B.C.- which really might as well be in California as far as matching my weather is concerned. Baker Creek is in the U.S. Heritage Harvest, in Manitoba, knows what a short growing season and a long, hard Canadian winter are all about. Their seed should acclimate to my environment much easier. So here's what I ordered:
Amaranth- Burgundy- prolific amounts of white seed that are high in protein and can be sprouted, ground into flour or cooked whole
Beans- Mennonite K Triple A- H- dry- 80 days
- Vanderpol Six Weeks- H- snap or dry- 60 days
Beets- Albino (Sugar Beets)- H
Carrots- Paris Market- H
Citron- Red Seeded- H- melon used to make preserves. Recipe
Corn- Gaspe Flint- H- sweet corn- 45-60 days
-Mandan Bride- H- flour- 90 days
-Orchard Baby- H- sweet corn- 60 days
-Tom Thumb Popcorn- H- popcorn- 60 days
Cucumber- Boston Pickling- H- 50-55 days
- Early Green Cluster- H- 60 days
Mangel- Golden- H
Muskmelon- Far North- 65-70 days
- Gnadenfeld- H- 60-65 days
(Because some things you just have to see to believe!)
Radish- Watermelon- H
Squash- Mandan Banquet- H-
- Algonquin Pumpkin- H- 90 days
Watermelon- Cream of Saskatchewan- H- 80-85 days- white flesh- extremely sweet- good candidate for wine
- Small Shining Light- H- 85 days- Another one I have to see to believe!
Tomatoes- Bison- H- 60 days- determinate ft
- Kalinka- H- 50 days- determinate
- Russian Saskatchewan- H- 60 days ft- determinate
- Sasha's Altai- H- 65 days ft- determinate- tolerates cool night temperatures
- Sioux- H- 70 days- indeterminate- bright red
I couldn't help myself- I just went to take a peak to see if there were any earlier varieties listed, then I got carried away with what I found. I deleted 6 varieties off my original list, choosing just these five... And announcing to Husband and the Bigs that I'll need a greenhouse built in the squash field. I want to try the new varieties without cross pollinating the seed I have started now.
Sunflower- Arikara- H- multi-headed, 10' high
Purple Millet- H- bird feed
I think that's everything I could possibly need or want, with the possible exception of lettuce. I think I still have seed from last year, but if not, I can pick some up pretty much anywhere. I like the boring, tasteless iceberg lettuce. I know I have lots of romaine seed, as it bolted early in the greenhouse. No more shopping at least until I find and sort seed!