Vegetables and Herbs
In the Vegetable department at Russell’s, we widen our selection each year to accommodate for the ever changing interest in local and sustainable food production. We offer certified organics, heirlooms, and convention varieties. We will post our 2017 Vegetable Lists next spring in time to plan your vegetable garden.
Despite a very warm start to September 2016, our Fall crop of vegetables were scooped up quickly. By mid-month we have very limited quantities of vegetable seedlings available. Cool weather is coming - so it's now time to sow your greens if you have been waiting to plant. For detailed information, please feel free to call us at 508-358-2283 ext. 401. We look forward to seeing you in the Spring of 2017!
Selections of fresh herb plants are available year-round at Russell's, but the widest variety of herbs are available in the spring and summer months. For information about specific herbs, please contact our Annuals Staff at 508-358-2283 ext. 401. We offer this post Using Fresh Herbs with some ideas gathered by our staff about using the fresh herbs that you find at Russell's and grow on your own.
Conventional vegetables are typically widely known. We also offer vegetables that are more diverse and include heirlooms, unusual, ethnic choices and edible ornamentals. Plants for gardeners with limited space, such as containers on a deck or patio, and even hanging tomatoes are also available.
Our organic selection provides our customers with a wide selection of Baystate Certified Organic vegetables to choose from. The growing popularity of local and organic food production is refreshing! An array of items we always offer include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, greens (including Kale, beets and uncommon and popular lettuces), pumpkins, melons, ground cherries, herbs and edible flowers. Be sure to check our vegetable lists, above, for Spring 2016.
While we do grow many varieties of vegetables on our premises, we also purchase vegetable plants from various local vendors. A wonderful supplier we have done business with for years who provide us with many of our interesting heirlooms come from Tom Ashley of Dancing Bear Farm in Leyden, Ma.
Some of our items are sown and grown on site from seed, including all of our certified organic crops. We obtain our seed from organic suppliers, several of which are local, including Johnny’s, Fedco and Tomatofest, High Mowing, Seed Savers Exchange, Seeds of Change, and the very unique seed company Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for many unique and rare species.