One of the many goals here at Blue Ridge Farm is to offer heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables that are best suited for our short northern growing season. By selectively saving seeds from the healthiest and earliest plants in our garden, we will continue to improve upon our original seed stock and be able to offer plants that are ideally adapted here. So many times over the years, we have seen farmers offering vegetables for sale not because they are suited to that particular growing climate but because they are “popular” to sell. This results in a product that is unripe and underwhelming in flavor – the opposite of what an heirloom should be! Our two large commercial greenhouses and outdoor gardens allow us to grow vegetables nearly year-round. While we offer a wide selection of garden plants and produce, our main focus remains on hot peppers, tomatoes, and cabbage.
We are trialing six different varieties each of short-season tomatoes and peppers. We are excited to see how these new-to-us heirlooms fair in our northern valley, and to improve upon their cold hardiness in the seasons to come. Stay tuned for future offerings of these vegetables!
One of our specialties is growing heirloom cabbage, both for fresh eating and for turning into delicious sauerkraut! For those who grew up eating - and hating - store bought sauerkraut, we encourage you to try a jar of our homemade recipe. We guarantee it will blow your mind and become your new kitchen staple!