- by Tom Stearns, owner and President of High Mowing Organic Seeds

Hello Growers!

Tom StearnsJust as the season has finished, it is already getting to be time to plan for 2013. What new markets are you going to strive for; what new tools do you need; what new crops might you grow? And of course, what varieties are you going to grow? Right on cue, our 2013 seed catalog will be arriving to you shortly. Its pages are filled with all the reliable varieties that you've been getting from us for years as well as 73 new varieties  that we have trialed and determined to be really worth your consideration. We trial over 800 varieties every year and these are the cream of the crop. They are not added to our catalog unless they have proven themselves. We hope that you'll agree, but how do you know unless you try them?

Here are a few that I am really excited about and think you should definitely try:


Organic Deadon F1 CabbageDeadon F1 Cabbage  – A beautiful green savoy storage cabbage variety that is blushed with reddish-purple wrapper leaves. A total standout in terms of both productivity and appearance.

See Deadon F1 Cabbage on our website



Organic Jeanette CarrotJeannette F1 Carrot – An awesome early carrot variety that colors up and shapes up nicely at a baby stage as well. Sweet and tender.

See Jeannette F1 Carrot on our website







Organic My Fair Lady CornMy Fair Lady F1 Corn – This bicolor sweet corn is from our collaboration with University of Wisconsin and is the first new hybrid organic sweet corn on the market in many years. 75-78 days and comparable to Luscious.

See My Fair Lady F1 Corn on our website





Organic Vit MacheVit Mache – A market standard for corn salad, now the first organic mache available!

See Vit Mache on our website




Organic Megaton LeekMegaton F1 Leek – This solid, thick hybrid leek cleans up easily and really cranks out a high percentage of marketable leeks.

See Megaton F1 Leek on our website




Organic Rhazes Lettuce SeedsRhazes Lettuce – I totally love this garnet red little gem lettuce. Super quick, tight heads with pink hearts. Split one on your plate crumble blue cheese and go-to-town!

See Rhazes Lettuce on our website




Organic Magnifienza F1 MelonMagnifienza F1 Melon – This cantaloupe has high brix, awesome flavor and is easy to tell its ripeness. Solid performer.

See Magnifienza F1 Melon on the website




Organic Talon F1 OnionTalon F1 Onion – These onions can store like champs and have a gorgeous golden skin. Very high yield potential.

See Talon F1 Onion on our website




Organic Iko Iko PepperIko Iko Peppers – These peppers from our own breeding program display an impressive blend of colors. Early, sweet, thick walled and bright!

See Iko Iko Peppers on our website




Organic Owl's Eye PumpkinOwl's Eye F1 Pumpkin – This unique pumpkin is another variety from our collaboration with university breeders - this time with University of New Hampshire. Glowing golden-yellow skin on this medium jack is a nice variation from traditional orange. Big, strong, green handles.

See Owl's Eye F1 Pumpkin on our website



Organic Celesta RadishCelesta F1 Radish – Introducing the first hybrid organic radish in the world! Uniform, holds well and keeps interior quality much better than open-pollinated varieties. Try it and you won't be disappointed.

See Celesta F1 Radish on our website




Organic Cha Ching ZucchiniCha-Ching F1 Zucchini – After many years of breeding work, we are happy to release our first hybrid zucchini bred on our farm. The plants have a really open habit, making for easy harvest of the medium-green, glossy fruit. Highly productive.

See Cha-Ching F1 Zucchini on our website



Organic Iron Lady TomatoIron Lady F1 Tomato – The first triple-resistant tomato variety—resistant to late blight, early blight, and Septoria leaf spot—and it tastes great! You definitely need to try this one if you have given up on field tomatoes because of disease.

See Iron Lady F1 on our website



Okay, there are lots of others too, but these are my favorites and on my short list for 2013. If you don’t regularly trial new varieties on your farm each year, it is a great way to make sure that you are taking advantage of the genetic diversity of organic varieties – both old and new. Check them out to see what they can do for you!