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ETA on seed listings: Jan 8th, 2012 | New World Seeds & Tubers

All the notes, thoughts, and prayers of concern have touched our hearts, and we appreciate them.¬†Tom has been spending a lot of time with the doctors this week. Nevertheless, the old boy is going to try to get some seeds sorted for me to pick up later this week. Meanwhile, I will be packaging up those seeds that are already in my possession, which tend to be everything OTHER THAN the potatoes and tomatoes you’ve been waiting for.

It’s a little nip and tuck, but I expect one batch of seeds to be listed by Sunday, January 2012. The rest will trickle in over the next few months–sorry for the¬†inconvenience, but the good news is that we cover postage for most orders and even the ones we don’t we don’t charge much, so you won’t feel reamed by shipping and handling costs if you make multiple orders. Most of the cost of shipping and handling is on us.

To make it up to you for the wait, we’ve got a little treat in store for those who are signed up to receive posts like this one.

Personally, I just can’t wait to see seedlings popping up. I haven’t planted anything too warm-growing yet, but I did plant some Cyphomandras (“Tree Tomatoes”–except they are neither trees nor tomatoes) under florescent grow-lights in my basement, and shortly I will plant some Physalis. Both grow a little cooler than Tomatoes do. My basement is probably warm enough for tomatoes, but it could still be a bit chilly (not to mention crowded) in my polytunnels once they outgrow their seed trays.

I need to obtain, and plant, some species potatoes, too, for a breeding project I want to work on this year. Tom has shown me how to cross-pollinate, so it’s time I tried my hand at it. I don’t particularly want to even try to fill his shoes; this is just a specific project I have a personal interest in.

We’re going to make some changes to the company. We still plan on getting Tom’s backlog of tomato and potato varieties to you one way or another, but the market focus of our business will evolve into supporting local production. That means supplying crops covering the major food groups that either have wide tolerances, or are adapted to specific challenging situations.

It also means supplying crops that are either easy-to-store, or have a long harvest season. I’m constantly on the lookout for long-storing root crops, and cut-and-come-again greens. We assume that most of you, like us, don’t have access to hydro-cooling, nitro-packing, and commercial-quality refrigeration. “Canning” (bottling, actually) and lacto-fermented pickling (think “Sauerkraut” and kimchee) are fine, but home-canning gets expensive. Few people do lacto-fermentation anymore, but we’ll cover it as one relatively inexpensive way to store food. A lot of our favorite crops are self-storing, like dry beans and squashes.

Does this shift in our line of business make sense to you? Are you interested in having more home-grown produce, available over a longer time frame, with less overhead to preserve it?

I’ll send another post once the listings are up.

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One Response to “ETA on seed listings: Jan 8th, 2012”

  1. Rob,

    My thoughts and prayers for Tom, I hope his condition is improving. I saved a number of his seeds from last season. If you need them, I’d be happy to send what I have. Your website is wonderful and any direction it takes is much appreciated. Thanks for the updates and all the best for 2012, Sandra.

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