Polly Armour, the owner of Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, sent me this press release and added a note about their appearance in Cold Spring:
“By the way, Four Winds Farm is a vendor at the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market, and we will be selling our seedlings there when the Market opens towards the end of May.
“Four Winds Farm to Hold Heirloom Seedling Sale May 15 & 16.
“Annual seedling sale to feature unique and delicious old-fashioned vegetable varieties. Due to increased demand for seedlings, the sale will be held over two days this year. Locally adapted seeds will also be offered by the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
“Gardiner, NY — Four Winds Farm, an organic family farm in Ulster County, will hold its annual Heirloom Vegetable Seedling Sale at the farm, 158 Marabac Road, just off Route 208, in Gardiner. Due to substantial increase in interest in backyard gardening, this year the sale will be held over two days: Friday, May 15, from 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Heirloom vegetables (sometimes referred to as “heritage” varieties) are old-fashioned breeds or varieties that have been preserved for many generations, often by individual seed savers rather than large seed company conglomerates. They usually taste far superior to modern hybrid varieties, and unlike hybrids, their seed can be saved and will breed true from one year to the next.
Deservedly famous Brandywine tomato seedlings will be for sale, as well as lesser known but equally tasty tomato varieties like Striped German, Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter, Amish Paste, Pruden’s Purple, Mr. Stripey, and Black Krim. In addition to tomatoes, green peppers, hot peppers, zucchini, summer and winter squash, broccoli, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, cucumbers, and basil seedlings will also be available. A few modern hybrid varieties of most vegetables will also be for sale. All seedlings are Certified Organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, and grown at Four Winds Farm.
Also on hand at during the Seedling Sale will be Ken Greene of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, a homestead-based farm and business devoted to developing a seed production network in the Hudson Valley region. The Seed Library staff will be selling their popular “Art Packs” of locally-grown and adapted seed varieties, including such favorites as Black Valentine Bean and Rat’s Tail Radish. They will also provide information about the Seed Library’s mission and programs.
Four Winds Farm is one of the oldest Organic farms in Ulster County. They sell a variety of vegetables at Farmers’ Markets in New Paltz, Cold Spring, Woodstock, and Gardiner, and through the related Second Wind CSA farm share program. They also raise pastured poultry and grass-fed beef, sell eggs from free-ranged hens, and offer programs throughout the season on preserving the harvest. For more information about the Seedling Sale and the other programs offered at Four Winds Farm, contact Jay and Polly Armour at (845) 255-3088, or visit www.bestweb.net/~fourwind/ <http://www.bestweb.net/~fourwind/> .
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