Time for Seeds

2016-01-27-10.01.45.jpg.jpegWith spring not too far away, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to put in the ground this year. It is the time to try new seed varieties, and be adventurous in your garden planning!

This is always an exciting time for us here at Flora Vista Farms. This is the time where your input from the previous year comes to life. Many of you, over the years, have requested specialty seedlings. Most of you are especially interested in unique tomato varieties. This year we will carry more tomato seedling varieties than we ever have!  Keep an eye out for our upcoming posts, with updated lists of available items. We strive to bring you the best quality produce and goods here locally.

Vernal Equinox, New Moon, Supermoon! It is planting time!

This weekend is a great time to plant some food for you and your family. If you are familiar with the power of the moon, you know Saturday and Sunday are the perfect days to get some tomatoes in the ground.

We have some wonderful new plants available at the farm today, and throughout the weekend. Come on by, there’s a table in the driveway. Cash goes in the box. This is a self serve operation. Perhaps you’ll see me out there while I work on my newest Hydroponics project. Let’s talk tomatoes! I’m always willing to talk about growing vegetables. If you can’t make it out this weekend, send me an email, or feel free to comment below.

Happy Planting!

-Farmer Chris

New tomato varieties available Friday, March 20th

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Veggie Plant Sale on Another Beautiful Saturday in Santa Barbara!

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Come get your vegetable starts for this warm weather weekend. It’s the perfect time to put some vegetables in the ground to get a healthy start on the season!

We have a few tomato varieties available again this weekend, as well as some squash plants.

Tomato Plants 4″ pots $2 each – Yellow Pear, Roma, Sweet 100’s

Squash Plants $2 for a 4-pack – Black Beauty Zucchini and Early Yellow Crookneck

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50 days. An old favorite heirloom, this is one of the oldest types of squash dating back to pre-Columbus times and has been popular ever since. Easy to grow and good tasting.


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Black Beauty Zucchini-
50 days. The classic dark-green summer squash that has made modern zucchini of this type popular. Introduced in the US markets in the 1920’s, and seed companies started listing it in the 1930’s. Delicious fried or baked; best picked young.


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Yellow Pear Tomato-
78 days. Very sweet, 1 1/2″ yellow, pear-shaped fruit have a mild flavor, and are great for fresh eating or for making tomato preserves. Very productive plants are easy to grow.


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Roma Tomato-
70-75 days. Determinate. A quality paste variety with very thick flesh. A popular old favorite with good yields.


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Sweet 100 Tomato –
Bursting with sugary flavor, Sweet 100s produce scarlet, cherry-sized fruits in long clusters right up to frost. You’ll definitely want to stake or cage these vigorous climbers to keep the fruit off the ground and avoid pests and diseases.

First Plant Sale of the Season

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Thank you everyone who attended our first plant sale of 2015! We are starting the season with four varieties of tomato plants.

Early Gem Tomato Plants

The Early Gem tomato is a medium globe type hybrid popular with home gardeners because of its early fruit ripening. It is an indeterminate variety. Early Gem is tall growing and needs support as the plant grows. Fruit maturity ranges from 50 to 62 days from transplanting. Plants are reliable and prolific, but not particularly cold-tolerant. The ripe tomato is about the size and shape of a tennis ball—very much a standard tomato—and weighs 4 to 8 ounces. It has a bright color and good flavor.

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Red Brandywine Tomato Plants

The Brandywine tomato plant is an heirloom cultivar of the species, with large potato-leaved foliage. It bears large pink beefsteak-shaped fruit, popularly considered among the best tasting available. Brandywine tomatoes can bear fruit up to 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg). The fruit requires 80 to 100 days to reach maturity, making it among the slowest maturing varieties of common tomato cultivars. Brandywine has been described as having a “great tomatoey flavor”, (others have called it a beautifully sweet tomato that is offset by a wonderful acidity) leading to heavy usage despite the original cultivar’s relatively low yield per plant. Its fruit has the beefsteak shape and pinkish flesh. Even when fully ripe, the tomato can have green shoulders near the stem. The Brandywine tomato plant has potato leaves, an unusual variation on the tomato plant whose leaves are smooth and oval with a pointy tip, instead of jagged and fjord-like the way “normal” tomato plant leaves are.

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Cherry Buzz Tomato Plants

The word around town is that Cherry Buzz is the tomato worth a special place in the garden. Requiring only 55 days to maturity, this is one of the earliest of all the tomatoes to ripen.  It also not only produces loads of tasty, bite-sized treats before the tomato season truly kicks in, it also continues to pump them out throughout the summer. Shiny, 1/2-3/4 inch, red globes have a bright, sweet flavor, are crack resistant, and engulf indeterminate plants in clusters. Ferny, especially healthy, productive plants round out this exceptional variety.

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Yellow Pear Tomato Plants

Pear tomato or teardrop tomato is the common name for any one in a group of indeterminate heirloom tomatoes. It originated in Europe in the 1700s. They are generally sweet, and are in the shape of a pear, but smaller. Pear tomatoes are commonly eaten raw, but can also be used as a garnish, as an ingredient in many different dishes and sauces, or in drinks. They are perfect for summer party hors d’oeuvres. Plants generally yield enormous numbers of yellow bite-sized fruits. The fruit takes approximately 75 days to maturity.

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