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Our apologies if you’ve tried to place an order and ran into our new site being in system maintenance, especially if it happened while you were trying to place an order. We discovered a problem this morning after launch. We realize that it’s getting late for southern growers and we’re working on getting it back as soon as possible. If you successfully placed an order, it’s in process. We expect to be back online in 24-48 hours.

Rob

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Sorry it took so long; we know a lot of folks in the sunbelt and overseas need seeds NOW. If you find this post on this site, please be advised that we have moved our sales site to:

www.newworldcrops.com/zen/

Our domain automatically redirects to the new site, but for some reason this old site won’t redirect, so please update your bookmarks.

The software we use to connect to our gateway seems to be working most of the time, but it’s not supported by our merchant gateway provider, which means that if you have any difficulties paying by credit card, let us know, and we apologize in advance for your inconvenience. It looks like we trade one set of problems for another. Hopefully the improved navigation is worth it. Your patience is appreciated while our system matures.

Have a great growing season this year!

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ETA is January 21st. Sorry for the long wait. Also sorry that some orders late in the year got cancelled due to personal circumstances that proved insurmountable. Some of you got free seed as Tom tried to fill orders long after credit card authorizations expired. Hope that makes it up to you!

The good news is that while this site was down, I’ve created a new and improved site that supersedes our old shopping cart. Our old shopping cart had some problems, including a counter-intuitive user interface.

Our old system was an artifact of me having thrown the site together in a few days, reading instructions cook-book fashion, that I bought through a sale on internet sales how-to manuals (not a joke). This new system is, well, the result of the same kind of day-late-and-dollar-short process, but hey, I learn fast if nothing else. And I show up. That’s half the battle.

The new cart is an instance of the popular zen cart. It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as Word Press, but it’s internet sales software, not blogging software. I think you’ll like the layout and features a lot better. Our website will finally look professional. You’ll be redirected automatically to the new site, and this old one will either be retired or scaled down.

In the mean time, I’m finishing up missing components, replacing other people’s advertisements (that’s the price you pay for free software…and I will keep some links to our sponsors somewhere on the page because that’s fair) and testing, and Tom is furiously packing seed.

MORE seed will show up in a few months, courtesy of one of Tom’s new partners. I haven’t asked permission to name him yet, but you might hear about him soon. Also thanks to our many friends and helpers who have supported, encouraged, and sometimes bailed us out. Love ya!

P.S.: Those Nightshade-looking things in the photo. Those are tomatoes. Verde Claro, to be precise. Believe it or not those are ripe. They ripen totally green, without even so much as an amber blush as most green-when-ripe tomatoes have. They’re firm as is common among Tom’s tomatoes, and one of his sweetest varieties.

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The picture at the left show Taryn Koerker at a public tomato-tasting event she organized, hosted at the local Junction True Value Hardware store. The event featured many of Tom’s tomatoes. The two qualities that seemed to interest tasters the most were color and sweetness.

I’m about to disable the seed shop for the season because the site is desperately in need of maintenance. For one thing, the shopping cart software is barely functional and needs to be replaced. For another, as many of you have noticed, and commented, our seed stocks are very low. Right now I am busy cleaning tomato seeds to restock it with.

Thank you for your patronage. We’ll be back early next year, hopefully no later than January. I’ll send an announcement when we’re back. If you’ve “liked” our page on Facebook, you might get minor announcements from time to time, if the news filters decide to forward them to you. We have no control over that, but I think you might have some control via your own settings. I’ll look into that later and send a Facebook announcement if I figure out what the setting is.

If you have an outstanding order with us, it’s still in the queue to be processed. Thank you for your patience.

If you don’t hear from us before next year, we hope you had a great harvest, and enjoy upcoming holidays with those dear to your hearts. Warm regards from Tom and Rob.

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…unless you edit your subscription to sign up for categories other than “Sales” and “Administrative”. The reason is because a few people have expressed an interest in only getting sales announcements. I guess I had it backwards: I thought I had to provide interesting content and only sometimes hit folks up for sales. But some folks who are collectors just want to be notified of tomato seed availability. So, I have changed the system so that by default, you’ll only be notified of sales announcements unless you change your subscription to sign up for other categories.

I have no way of testing this to see that it works, aside from actually implementing it. There’s no change if you’re subscribed via Facebook or Twitter syndication; in the case of Facebook its own algorithms decide what you’re interested in according to what you click on and “Like”.

Unfortunately most of you are probably having to deal with unfavorable weather. For most of you it’s excessive heat, and for many, drought too. Oddly enough, those of us in maritime climates got the opposite: a cold, wintery, rainy spring and early summer. It was so cold and so wet that planting has been severely impacted. It’s going to be nip and tuck getting crops ripe for harvest. We had to scale back to get anything planted.

Here’s one exception: our crop of Barley is doing great. It’s just starting to turn golden; I expect it will be harvestable by August.

The wheat did not fare as well; it’s not as tolerant of high rainfall and disease. We’ve also lost about 60% of our corn crop.

We’re sold out of many tomato and potato lines. That was expected; at any one time, our inventories are modest. Sorry if you didn’t get everything you wanted. Next year tomatoes might be a little sparce: it was particularly hard for us to grow tomatoes this year due to cold, wet weather. We’ll come up with contingency plans to grow more tomatoes next year using greenhouses and partners in more southerly climates whose irrigation hopefully does not run out.

Sorry our shopping cart is not friendlier about handling sold-out items. I will see about replacing it if I have time and can find something a little friendlier and “smarter”.

Some of you who lost crops to heat and drought might get a second chance: late summer through early winter is another growing season for many cool-growing crops in many parts of the world including here. I’ll be growing out a lot of quick-growing greens for salads, and some root crops for long-term storage. I’ll refresh inventories of what I think might make good late-season crops and post when they’re online.

One way or another I hope you can make the best of this challenging growing season.

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