From our Library: Tomatoes & Potatoes

Since the first signs of spring, we've been clearing our gardens, raking, tilling and watching seeds sprout their first little leaves. Though we have been gardening for years, we still turn to several trusted resources to continue our own education and improve our practices. Our personal libraries and the shop's book offerings are constantly growing as a result. These are some of our favorites lately.

Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time
by Craig LeHoullier

Savor your best tomato harvest ever! Author Craig LeHoullier is the tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, our trusted source of organic, heirloom seed varieties. In this beautiful book, LeHoullier offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes — from sowing seeds and planting, to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout. This is a great gift for the avid gardener in your life!

Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds
by Scott Chaskey

Scott Chaskey—working farmer, poet, and spiritual father of the community farming movement—considers "the web of biodiversity and resilience at the heart of our cultural inheritance" by masterfully weaving history, politics, botany, literature, mythology, and memoir into a beautiful and instructive book. Integrating scholarship with accessible storytelling, Seedtime is a celebration as well as a call to action urging us to renew our role as citizens of nature.

In the spirit of these garden reads and summer planting, we're bringing you a variety of organic seed potatoes. Have you ever tasted home grown potatoes? There's no comparison to store bought potatoes. 

Home grown potatoes are fresher, more flavorful and healthier for you! Plus, a small number of seed potatoes will yield a few buckets of potatoes ready to eat and enjoy and can even be stored throughout the winter months. Visit the store to see our collection of colorful heirloom varieties such as Terra RosaRussian FingerlingAdirondack BlueCarolaKennebec and more!

Visit the shop soon to fill your libraries with helpful guides and fill your gardens with seeds!