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  • Herbs oregano
  • tomato harvest heirlooms
  • Basil
  • lettuces
  • kale broccoli cool-weather crops

Vegetables and Herbs

Vegetables

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

Many of our customers report that they have trouble growing lettuce during the summer. Growing lettuce varieties that are best for heat tolerance is the key to success. You might be interested in the following link to Johnny's Seeds for more detailed information on the varieties and timing for growing lettuces:
Johnny's Seeds


If you are interested in planting peas for the spring, you can obtain seed and pea inoculant in the Plant Shop and begin sowing it on St. Patrick's Day (March 17). For questions, again, please call the Vegetable Dept. staff at 508-358-2283 ext. 401.

Want to plant and harvest your own garlic? We will have garlic bulbs for planting available in mid-September. This is a very easy crop to plant and the taste of home-grown over supermarket garlic is significant. There are many "how-to" videos available on YouTube (we explored), and we recommend this one from Burpee as a good introduction for planting garlic:

https://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/vegetables/garlic/how-to-plant-garlic/article10431.html

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.

2019 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. These lists are for informational purposes only regarding the varieties we have ordered for 2019. Many items sell out during the month of May, so please call ahead.


Conventional Vegetables
Conventional Tomatoes
Organic Vegetables

Organic Tomatoes

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.