Tomato – Stupice

Stupice Tomato

This potato-leaf heirloom from Czechoslovakia is a cold-tolerant tomato that bears an abundance of very sweet, flavorful 2 to 3-inch, deep red fruit. A 1988 comparative tasting in the San Francisco area gave it first place for its wonderful sweet/acid, tomatoey flavor and production. Days: 52 Size: Indeterminate Color: Red Season: Very Early Season Type: Heirloom First planted by J. …

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Tomato – Alaska

alaska tomato

An heirloom tomato from Russia. (Aljaska is Russian spelling). These organic tomato seeds produce short to medium-sized, bushy plants. This is an early-producing tomato plant that yields lots of large, round, brilliant red, ‘salad-type’ cherry tomatoes with very good flavor. This is a favorite tomato variety for cooler growing climates. I have friends who prefer this tomato variety for their …

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Tomato – Aurora

Aurora tomato

Aurora Tomato Seeds from Siberia is named for the Aurora Borealis. Compact, bushy, determinate plants produce impressively heavy crops of 4-6 oz., red, round, blemish-free, oblate tomatoes with acidic but delicious tomatoey flavors. Produces well in cooler climates, coastal climates or high altitudes, in the field, in the greenhouse or containers. An excellent choice for a heavy producing early tomato …

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Tomato – Bison

Bison tomato

Old fashioned American favorite heirloom tomato that was developed by Dr. A. F. Yeager of North Dakota University and was listed by Oscar H. Will & Co. in 1937. TomatoFest organic seeds produce dwarf, compact, determinate plants that were listed in the McFayden Seed Catalog as a “self-pruning,” and needing no staking. Plants produce huge amounts of 2-3″, red, round …

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Turnip – Mikado

Fast growing baby turnips with crisp, pearly-white flesh, mild flavor, and tasty tops. Sourced from Japan, for Enjoy them sliced up raw for green salads and crunchy snacks or quickly stirfry, saute, or roast them whole in the oven. They cook in minutes. Mikado’s tasty and notritious tops make fine cooked greens. in early spring, as soon as ground …

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Emma Prusch Farm Park

Emma Prusch Farm Park is a 43.5 acre (176,000 m²) park in East San Jose, CA. Donated by Emma Prusch to the City of San Jose in 1962 to use to demonstrate the valley’s agricultural past, it includes a 4-H barn (the largest in San Jose), community gardens, a rare-fruit orchard, demonstration gardens, picnic areas, and expanses of lawn. The …

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Preserved Lemons

preserved lemons

If you have a Meyer lemon tree and it is January, you are looking at dozens of ripe lemons. You have made lemonade. You have made lemon ice-cubes. What else can you do with them besides play bocce ball with them? Preserve them! They add a great flavor to chicken tagine. Reprinted by with permission from Couscous and Other …

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Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild

Logo Beekeepers Guild

The Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild is dedicated to beekeeping and helping non-beekeepers understand bees in and around the Santa Clara Valley. The valley comprises San Jose California, the surrounding cities,and parts of Santa Clara County. Their membership also includes those from nearby Santa Cruz and the areas in-between.

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Winter Garden Activities

tiller at sunnyvale heritage orchard

Winter is short in Sunnyvale: Typically mid-December to mid-February. In historically normal years, it rains for two days and then is clear for 3 days. Most of Sunnyvale’s 12 annual inches fall between November and March. In January there might be one or two cold spells with temperatures below freezing.

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