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Favorite Vegetable Varieties

OUR FAVORITE VEGETABLE VARIETIES

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The first rite of spring at Elderberry Pond is ordering and starting seeds.  Our process  starts with what we want to have in each season for the restaurant.  Over the years we have become very particular about varieties we plant.  This has mostly to do with how well they grow in our area and most importantly how they taste.  Unfortunately,  most seed companies develop seeds for large producers who are interested in characteristics having to do with mechanical harvesting (carrots with high tensile strength for example),  long range transport and storage, and grocery store shelf life (or is it death).  Taste is an afterthought at best.  With vegetables like garlic, potatoes, carrots, leeks, and fruit like apples, pears and berries we have become obsessed with testing many varieties over several years before deciding what grows, cooks and tastes best. We select seed companies that are as obsessive as we are about not just varieties, but how and by whom their seeds are produced.


So, we thought since many more families are once again growing home gardens as they did in the depression (the big one before this one), we thought we would let you in on our favorite  variety list. 

PLANTVARIETYNOTESSOURCE
BEANJADESTANDARD  GREAT TASTEHIGH MOWING SEEDS
BEANMASIFRENCH STYLE-VERY THINSEEDWAY
BEETSCHIOGGIASTRIPED INTERIOR- SWEETJOHNNY'S SEEDS
BEETSRED ACEVERY EARLY -DK REDHIGH MOWING
BROCCOLIBLUE WINDEARLY- EXCELLENT FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
BRUSSELS SPROUTSNAUTICEARLY-EASY TO PICKJOHNNY'S SEEDS
CABBAGETENDERSWEETEARLY-VERY SWEETJOHNNY'S SEEDS
CARROTSSUGARSNAXBEST IN OUR TRIALS-SWEET!JOHNNY'S SEEDS
CELERYTALL UTAHSTANDARD- EASY TO GROWHIGH MOWING
CELERIACBRILLIANTFAIRLY QUICK AND TASTYTURTLE TREE SEEDS
CHERRY TOMATOSUN GOLDBEST TASTINGJOHNNY'S SEEDS
CORN-SWEETTRINITYEASY TO GROW-DELICIOUSJOHNNY'S SEEDS
CUCUMBERTASTY JADETRELLIS-EXCELLENT FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
EGGPLANTROSA BIANCABEAUTIFUL & EXC FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
GREENSSURREY ARUGULABEST ARUGULAJOHNNY'S SEEDS
GARLICMUSICBEST OF 15 VARIETIES TRIALEDFEDCO
KALESTARBORSMALL, CURLED,VERY SWEETJOHNNY'S SEEDS
LEEKSKING RICHARDLARGE,EARLY-DELICIOUSHIGH MOWING
LETTUCEWILDFIRE-MESCLUNBEAUTIFUL & EXC FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
PEAS- SNAPSUGAR SNAPSWEET-EASY TO PICKSEEDWAY
PEAS -SNOW (FLAT)MAMOTH MELTINGBEST FLAVORHIGH MOWING
PEAS -SHELLINGGREEN ARROWEASY TO GROW-DELICIOUSHIGH MOWING
PEPPERACEEARLY- EXCELLENT FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
POTATOES-REDRED NORLANDVERY EARLY EXC FLAVORFEDCO
POTATOES-PURPLE VIKINGPURP SKIN-OUR FAVORITEFEDCO
POTATOES-FINGERLINGROSE FINN APPLEAMAZING NUTTY FLAVORFEDCO
PUMPKINROUGE VIF DETAMPSCINDERELLA TYPE -BEST PIESFEDCO
RADISHFRENCH BREAKFASTBEAUTIFUL-SWEETHIGH MOWING
RASISHD'AVIGNONCRISP-SWEETJOHNNY'S SEEDS
SOY-EDAMAMEBUTTERBEANBEST FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
SPINACHTYEESTANDARD- EASY TO GROWJOHNNY'S SEEDS
SUMMER SQUASHBENNINGS GREEN TINTHEIRLOOM-BEST FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
SUMMER SQUASHZUCHINNI-COSTATAITALIAN-BEST FLAVORHIGH MOWING
SUMMER SQUASHZEPHERBEAUTIFUL-EXC FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
SWISS CHARDBRIGHT LIGHTSBEAUTIFUL-DELICIOUSJOHNNY'S SEEDS
TOMATOES- REDMARTHA WASHINGTONBEST  FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS
TOMATOES-GREEN RIPEGREEN ZEBRABEAUTIFUL-EXC FLAVORHIGH MOWING
TOMATOES-SALADINDIGO ROSEBEAUTIFUL-ROSE/BLACKHIGH MOWING
WINTER SQUASHDELICATABEST FLAVORHIGH MOW, JOHNNYS
WINTER SQUASHRED- SUNSHINEEXC FLAVORJOHNNY'S SEEDS

SO ABOVE IS THE SECRET OF THE GREAT TASTE AT ELDERBERRY
POND RESTAURANT! THE CHEFS MIGHT ARGUE THERE IS MORE TO IT.
( NEXT WE WILL REVEAL FRUIT VARIETIES AND PASTURE
ANIMAL BREEDS)

Sources:  Johnnys Select Seeds- Johnnyseeds.com or 1 877 564 6697
                  FEDCO-  fedcoseeds.com or (207) 426-9900
                  High Mowing-highmowingseeds.com or 802-472-6174
                  Seedway- seedway.com or 800 952-7333
                  Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seeds - turtletreeseed.org or 518-721-8081

Other Companies have some of these seeds, but these are the best sources for organic, biodynamic or untreated non-GMO Seeds.

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Elderberry Pond Gift Certificates

A perfect gift for those who enjoy fresh seasonal food in

a relaxing country setting.

Just call 315.252.6025 and we will send the certificate out along

with a colorful brochure with restaurant photos, sample menus, driving directions

and more.

THE RESTAURANT
The Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner on Wednesay through Sunday
Lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Dinner from 5 PM


TO MAKE A RESERVATION. PURCHASE A GIFT CERTIFICATE OR TO PLAN AN EVENT CALL 

315.252.6025




 


Elderberry Pond Restaurant - 3712 Center Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021. Located 2 miles from Rt. 5 and Rt 20 between Skaneateles and Auburn. See "driving directions" link at the top of the page



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