This past weekend my sister-in-law and I headed to the Sunshine Community Gardens Plant Sale here in Austin. I am pretty sure it’s becoming our annual tradition.
Every year, this local community garden hosts a plant sale with organic and heirloom varieties to help fundraise for their garden space. This year they offered over 120 varieties of tomatoes, 64 types of peppers, a good handful of varieties of eggplant and tomatillos, and lots of baby herbs. They also have live music, crafts, and the opportunity for lots and lots of people watching.
We got there 45 minutes before the sale opened and started waiting in the already long line. Seriously this is the place to be on this Saturday morning in March.
This year we had a game plan—pepper/tomatillo tent, then the herb tent, and finally the tomatoes. And it was a pretty solid game plan. We got almost everything we wanted…and then some.
I have been looking forward to this plant sale for months. I printed off the varieties list and have been reading over all the descriptions carefully picking out what I wanted for weeks now. Of course when I actually got there it ended up being a sort of free-for-all and my checked off list went out the window. I somehow forgot many of the varieties I marked down and ended up grabbing the varieties that sounded the most interesting.
These are the varieties I ended up with:
Tomatoes—Snow White Cherry, Sungold Cherry, Sweet Million Cherry, Rosella Purple, Brandywine Red, Brandy Boy, La Roma II, Indigo Rose, Carmelita, Aunt Ruby’s German Green (my favorite from last year), and Bella Rosa Hybrid.
Peppers—Blushing Beauty Bell, Sweet Banana, Big Bertha Bell, Early Sunsation Bell, Serrano del Sol, Jalapeno NuMex Primavera, Jalapeno NuMex Vaquero
Other—Pineapple Tomatillos, Cinnamon Basil, Dill Bouquet
I am pretty sure I doubled what I bought last year…slightly ridiculous…but so exciting. I think the Indigo Rose is the one I am most excited about this year, it’s a blue tomato (and it’s from Oregon, my husband’s home state)!
Now I just need to get outside and start digging around in the garden and start watching these wonders grow!
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