Market Garden Seeds Collection
The Market Garden Seeds Collection is intended to provide home growers the opportunity and courage to pursue their own Farmers’ Market ambitions. We’ve done the hard work and specifically narrowed down 8 of the most popular and profitable crops found at any market garden across the country. You can sell these exclusively or simply use these proven cash crops to establish a foundation for your market stand to allow you to sell the more exotic and curious treats from your garden. Even if you’re not looking to sell at a Farmers’ Market, you can trust that the Market Garden Seeds Collection will deliver the most abundant garden possible with the least amount of effort.
Seeds of the Market Garden Collection
- Bell Pepper: (Capsicum annuum) - Bell pepper is perhaps the most diverse and prolific of all peppers, both sweet and hot. Bell peppers are easy to germinate from seed and perform just as reliably in pots and containers as they do in the garden bed. Bell peppers are much heavier fruits than hot or Thai chili peppers and will benefit from some staking and support during midsummer fruiting. Bell peppers fruit so readily that they are sure to turn a profit any market garden.
- Bush Bean: (Phaseolus vulgaris) - Bush bean matures to only about 24-36" tall and is much easier to manage than vining pole beans which mature up to 12 feet long. Bush bean delivers the same reliable, early season production as pole bean while making more efficient use of the garden space. Bush bean requires less no trellising and less commitment that pole varieties, and ideal crop for any market garden.
- Carrot: (Daucus carota) - Like many root vegetables, carrots can be planted every 2-3 weeks all season long for months worth of replete harvests. Carrots store better and longer than soft-skinned fruits and are typically one of the best performers at local market gardens. Try canning and pickling carrots as a simple homemade addition to your garden fresh selection at your next Farmers' Market.
- Lettuce: (Lactuca sativa) - Similar to carrots, lettuce is popularly sown every 2-3 weeks throughout the summer for an endless supply of fresh, crunchy greens. Although garden fresh lettuce does not store as well as some other favorites, lettuce is popularly uprooted from the soil and sold as intact and living to help preserve freshness and quality. Lettuce is quick to germinate and ready to harvest as soon 8 weeks.
- Spinach: (Spinacia oleracea) - Spinach is one of the fastest, most tender, and delicious “cut and come again” varieties in the home garden. A quickly maturing leafy vegetable, spinach is able to be sown in spring, summer, and fall in many cooler gardens for year-round harvests. Similar to other leafy greens, spinach thrives from frequent harvesting and is known to vigorously regrow cut leaves in just days.
- Squash: (Cucurbita pepo) - Nearly identical to zucchini, yellow summer squash is as productive as anything in the garden and notorious for quickly growing 12-18" monsters if not harvested daily. Just one squash plant will produce several dozen pounds of produce per season, while an entire seed packet promises to deliver much, much more of this market garden classic.
- Tomato: (Solanum lycopersicum) - Tomato is the quintessential staple of summer gardening and arguably offers the most seed diversity among all seasonal fruits. Along with cucumber and summer squash, the tomato plant is one of the most productive, hardy, and heavy fruiting crops of the season. Although garden fresh tomatoes do not store well, try canning and other preparations to sell at your market garden.
- Zucchini: (Cucurbita pepo) - Ask anyone who's ever grown zucchini and they'll tell you it's arguably the most productive crop in the entire garden. Zucchini requires daily harvesting because even a perfectly sized 6-7" fruit will explode into more than a foot long just overnight. No market garden would be complete without an endless supply of zucchini.