2017 Holiday Seed Giveaway

“When you save your own seed you complete the circle. You fulfill in full measure the Gardener’s Covenant with the Plant to save, cherish, distribute and plant its seeds.”
–Carol Deppe, The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

tomato seeds

tomato seeds

Once again I want to give away a few of the tomato and pepper seeds I have saved from my garden, hopefully while folks are still in the planning stages of their 2018 gardens. Due to custom issues and postage costs, I will limit this giveaway to folks in the U.S. or Canada. I don’t have unlimited amounts of these seeds available, but I am happy to share them with my readers while the supply lasts.

First up is the Champagne Cherry tomato. These little pale yellow gems are sweet, almost like tomato candy, and the size is in between a currant tomato and a regular cherry tomato. The strong indeterminate vines have regular shaped leaves, and my prolific plants produced right up until frost zapped them. I got my original seeds from Secret Seed Cartel, which is one of the few places I found that currently list this seed for sale. Tatiana’s TOMATOBase says it was first offered in the 2010 Seed Savers Yearbook. I gave seeds for this one away last year too, and I hope they did well for those that got them. It is one of my favorite tomatoes for snacking, and many of mine are consumed right in the garden.

Champagne Cherry tomatoes

Champagne Cherry tomatoes

Another of my favorite small fruited open-pollinated tomatoes is Mexico Midget. It’s a red cherry type that’ s a bit bigger than Champagne but still smaller (½-¾ inch) than the typical cherry tomato. The rambling indeterminate vines are loaded with the small, sweet, dark red tomatoes that grow on trusses. I got my original seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange, where it won their 2014 Tomato Tasting event. It’s always a winner here at Happy Acres, where it appears on and in many salads. I gave this one away last year too.

Mexico Midget tomatoes on the vine

Mexico Midget tomatoes on the vine

A new tomato I tried this year is an o/p white cherry type called Snow White. It has a sweet fruity flavor we really enjoyed on salads or eating as is. They are lovely when mixed in with other colored cherry tomatoes, and certainly add a new color to the tomato palette. The strong growing vines are indeterminate and need to be staked or caged.

Snow White tomato

Snow White tomato

And I have seeds from a Marzano Fire plant that was not exactly true to type. Marzano Fire is an o/p paste tomato from Artisan Seeds that has a classic San Marzano shape and taste but with the stripes of Speckled Roman (which was very likely used in the breeding). Last year it was a great performer, so this year I planted two of them. One came true to type, while the other plant made bigger, blocky fruit. Both are tasty and make great sauce, and I have saved seeds from the rogue which I have called Stripey Marzano. Breeder Fred Hempel at Artisan Seeds thinks it’s an accidental cross made by bees.  I have no idea what kind of tomatoes they will make, so these are only for gardeners who like to experiment!

rogue Marzano Fire tomatoes

rogue Stripey Marzano tomatoes

For peppers, I have seeds for two of my favorite C. baccatum varieties. Aji Golden is a fairly rare baccatum pepper that gets a lot of use around here. It has mildly hot peppers, and they are a golden yellow color when ripe. It is great for fresh use as well as turning into hot sauce and powder, and I’ve also used it to make a pepper jam. It makes a good container plant too. I got my original seeds from Dust Bowl Seeds.

Aji Golden peppers

Aji Golden peppers

The other baccatum pepper is called Malawi Piquante, aka Peppadew pepper. It’s a small cherry type baccatum pepper with mild heat that can get up to one inch in diameter. It is similar to (if not the same as) the peppers used to make the pricey pickled peppadew peppers, and I use mine mostly for pickling where they wind up on salads, sandwiches and pizza. The plants can get quite large in my garden, as you can see in the photo of me in the pepper patch last year. This pepper is also a good candidate for growing in containers, and I have had good luck overwintering it indoors. I got my original seed from Refining Fire Chiles.

closeup of peppers

Malawi Piquante peppers

I also have extra seeds for a couple of winter squash that I didn’t save myself. Tetsukabuto is a hybrid C. maxima x C. moschata cross, and must be pollinated by either a C. maxima or C. moschata type. So you need to grow a butternut, hubbard, buttercup or kabocha type nearby in order for the blossoms to get pollinated and the plant to set fruit. I had several C. moschata types planted nearby this year and I didn’t have any pollination issues, but you can always hand pollinate to insure success. The fruits weigh between 3 and 5 pounds and store well, while the flesh is fairly dry with a rich, nutty flavor.

Tetsukabuto squash

Tetsukabuto squash

And I have a few seeds for the Dickinson pumpkin, which is a C. moschata type that can get up to 30 pounds, though mine weighed in the 10 to 20 pound range. The flesh is a bit dryer than many butternuts and neck pumpkins I’ve grown, and is wonderful for use in pies and other desserts. Libby’s uses a strain of Dickinson for their canned pumpkin, which means there’s a good chance you have already tasted it! It’s a good keeper too. The vines get quite big though, so it’s not a good choice for those with limited space.

Dickinson pumpkin

Dickinson pumpkin

inside of Dickinson Pumpkin

inside of Dickinson Pumpkin

To round out the lineup, I have seeds I saved from the Outhouse hollyhock. This is a single flowered heirloom strain I grew this year from seed I got from the Seed Savers Exchange, and it has blooms in shades of white, pink and red. The bumblebees really enjoy these blossoms, and they wind up covered in pollen as they visit them. The plants are biennial, so they will bloom the second year and die back, but they should self sow with a bit of encouragement.

Outhouse hollyhocks

Outhouse hollyhocks

Here’s a recap of the seeds I have to share:

  • Champagne Cherry tomato
  • Mexico Midget cherry tomato
  • Snow White tomato
  • Stripey Marzano tomato
  • Malawi Piquante pepper
  • Aji Golden pepper
  • Tetsukabuto squash
  • Dickinson pumpkin
  • Outhouse hollyhock

If you are interested in any of these seeds, just leave a comment here indicating your interest. I will get back to you via email, so please use an email address you check regularly. Or you can email me directly if you prefer. Either way, I will be happy to send them out to you, while supplies last. And while I’m here let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season!

UPDATE: The seed giveaway is now closed. I will try and start sending seeds out soon.


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14 Responses to 2017 Holiday Seed Giveaway

  1. Pat says:

    Hi Dave! I’d love to take you up on two of your seeds, the Champagne Cherry and the Tetsukabuto squash.

    I did get two pepper seeds from you last year, the Aji Golden and the Aji Angelo (I think it was called) and they both did well for me in containers this year, although they weren’t as big as the ones you show. It could very well be the difference in our conditions here in Texas – we had a very hot and dry summer. My husband and I created our first ever hot sauce from them, and it was good! http://pittypatpages.blogspot.com/2017/09/pepper-sauce-hot-stuff.html
    We hope to do the same again in 2018.

    So generous of you to share!

  2. Toni says:

    I’d love to have Snow White tomatoes , Stripey Marzano tomatoes , Aji Golden pepper, Dickinson pumpkin and outhouse hollyhock. If I’m being too greedy, just send tomatoes! 😊. I have a small garden, so just a few of each.
    Thanks so much!
    And Merry Christmas to you, too.

  3. Janet Matherly says:

    Oh I would be happy to send a SASE for the seeds. Those are some interesting seeds. Thank you so much for sharing

  4. Kaman says:

    I’d love to have Snow White Tomatoes,Stripey Marzano tomatoes, Mexican Midget tomato, the Champagne tomato, and the Tetsukabuto squash. Hope I am not being too greedy! Thank you so much!
    Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been following along with your farm with a lot of interest since summer! I would love to grab a couple of your seeds. I’d love to get some of the aji golden, malawi piquante, and outhouse hollyhock!

  6. linda says:

    Always nice to come across heirloom seeds. Champagne cherry and Mexico midget tickle my fancy. If you have outhouse hollyhocks left I’ll plant them by my outhouse to keep the name current. Lol thanks so much!

  7. Jeannine says:

    Hi! I’d love to have some seeds of the Stripey Marzano tomato, Aji Golden pepper, Outhouse hollyhock, and the Dickinson pumpkin if there are any left. I got Champagne Cherry, Mexico Midget, and Malawi Piquante seeds from you last year and they all did great in my garden. Thanks so much!

  8. Lorraine Barnett says:

    Hi Dave! I look forward each week to your harvest update. It certainly keeps me focused and excited to do my own harvest! Thank you for taking the time for all that you do for us gardeners! I’d love to have a few seeds of your Marzano Tomato rogue and some of the Aji Golden peppers. I love seeing what you do with your peppers! Thanks!!

  9. ray edwards says:

    I would enjoy your tomato seeds.
    love your channel–I learn a lot from you.
    wondering, do you have your own weather underground station, or do just link to the local station.

  10. Linda Lee says:

    Thank you for the seed giveaway once again. I would love to try the Champagne Cherry tomato, Stripey Marzano tomato, and Tetsukabuto squash.

  11. Lisa Kelley says:

    Hi Dave,
    I really enjoy reading your comments every week and envy your long(er) growing season!
    We are in 5b in Maine.
    If you have the following available, I would love to give them a try (** are the ones I am most excited about):
    **Stripey Marzano tomatoes
    **Peppadew peppers (or the similar ones you have if not exactly the same)
    Mexican midget tomatoes
    Champagne tomatoes
    Dickinson pumpkin

  12. Margaret says:

    Well, that is so generous of you Dave. If you still have a few seeds available, I would love to take you up on your offer for a few of the varieties you listed.

    I’ve been on the lookout for new cherry tomatoes so would love to try the Champagne Cherry Tomato and the Mexico Midget. The Stripey Marzano looks wonderful too – I would enjoy giving that one a test drive to see what I get. I also can’t resist the Aji Golden peppers – they are just gorgeous and you certainly put them to good use in the kitchen.

  13. Katie says:

    Hi Dave,
    I have been following your wonderful blog for many years. Thanks for the generous offer. I would love some of your champagne and mexican midget cherry tomato seeds and some of your Aji golden peppers if you still have some available. Those varieties sound great. Cherry tomatoes seem to do best in my area of Florida, I have a harder time with the larger varieties and unfortunately have had no luck with hollyhocks even though I love them.
    Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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