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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.

Seasonal Info

Please be aware that in Wayland, MA and our surrounding communities, lettuces and cool weather crops can be started in April, but most vegetables must wait to be planted outside until the threat of frost has passed, typically around Memorial Day. The fall, when the weather begins to cool, is a second season for cool weather crops. For more information about vegetables in general and appropriate planting times, please contact our Vegetable Staff at 508-358-2283 ext. 404 in Spring & ext. 401 the rest of the year.

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.

2018 Spring Vegetable Lists
Please call the Vegetable Dept. Staff directly at 508-358-2283 ext. 404 for current availability of the vegetables on the following lists. The lists are for informational purposes only regarding the varieties we have ordered for 2018. Many items sell out during the month of May, so please call ahead.

Conventional Vegetables
Conventional Tomatoes
Organic Vegetables

Organic Tomatoes

Conventional Vegetables

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.

Organic Vegetables

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 with our staff to find out what is available (see direct phone number, above).

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.