Its time to start seeds in the Northeast. I like to start my onion seeds about now and seeking out hierloom, organic, open-pollinated seed sources insures the safety of the food I am growing . It gives me pleasure to know I am choosing varieties of seeds grown and selected for their genetic diversity, flavor and vigor by “real” people, not corporations far, far away.
NO GMO’S HERE!
There are many excellent seed sources throughout the USA, but this year I tried to keep my seed suppliers as local as possible. I love doing business with Turtle Tree Seed Company in Copake Lake, New York. Here, at this outstanding Bio-Dynamic farm the seeds are processed, packaged and shipped by the residents of the Camphill Community who operate a model farm in the Hudson/Berkshire region of Columbia County New York. The service and shipping from Turtle Tree is fast and impeccable!
Another favorite is the Hudson Valley Seed Library even closer to home with their artful seeds packets which make terrific gifts for your favorite gardeners as well as producing beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers. Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds are available at
The Main Street Farm store in Livingston Manor, NY http://mainstreetfarm.com/
Across the border in Vermont is another excellent organic seed supplier High Mowing Seeds
High Mowing also offers NOFA-NY members a discount on their first order of the season. Or if you live near Youngsville, New York in Sullivan County, High Mowing Seeds are available at The Cutting Garden http://www.thecuttinggarden.org/
OKAY, SO YOU SAY YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR SPACE TO START YOUR OWN PLANTS?
YOU WILL WANT TO VISIT TRINA PILONERO OF SILVER HEIGHTS FARM IN COCHECTON NEW YORK WHO GROWS THOUSANDS OF HIERLOOM CERTIFIED ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS FOR YOU TO “POP-IN” TO YOUR PREPARED BEDS. SILVER HEIGHTS FARM MAY ALSO BE FOUND AT NEW YORK CITY GREENMARKETS AT UNION SQUARE AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS.