2017 Season Offerings from the Yard Farmer



 Aunt Lucy's Italian Paste

2", red, round, meaty tomatoes with classically delicious sweet/tart flavors so well respected with the old Italian tomato varieties. Fruit contains few seeds. A wonderful tomato for tomato sauce or slicing into a tomato salad. A lot like a Roma. Indeterminate (fruits throughout season), heirloom.


 Fruits are 3-4 oz., Italian plum type/Roma, oval and crack free. Great for snacking, sauces and salads. Indeterminate (fruits throughout season), open pollinated.

Homestead 24

 Smooth, red, round, 10-12 oz. fruits with exceptionally good taste. Resistance to cracking and cat facing, This variety sets fruit  under  even in hot weather.  Determinate (most of the fruits will come at the same time), open pollinated.

Illini Star

New open pollinated variety that yields very large crops of 6-8 oz. round, deep-red tomatoes with an excellent sweet flavor and strong  disease and split resistance. An early producing tomato. A good canning tomato and perfect for eating fresh of the vine.  Indeterminate (fruits throughout season), open pollinated. 

Candy Cherry

  Produces a delightful, 1-inch round, yellow with red tinge and marbling. Gold flesh. The delicious sweet taste is rich and fruity.  A kid favorite. Indeterminate (fruits throughout season), open pollinated.


  Heavy producer of yellow colored, 3-inch, 10-16 oz., slightly flattened oblate, meaty, yellow/orange tomatoes with a luscious sweet citrusy flavor.  Great for eating in salads, sliced into a sandwich, cooking in sauces or canning.  Indeterminate (fruits throughout season), open pollinated.


  AKA Red Ponderosa AKA Crimson Cushion.  4 to 5-inch, slightly ribbed, bright-red tomatoes that have spectacularly delicious, sweet flavors.  This tomato's excellent taste and meaty flesh make it an ideal tomato for eating fresh or cooking, for slicing into sandwiches, using in salads or for canning! Indeterminate (fruits throughout season), heirloom.

Chadwick’s Cherry

Delicious, sweet flavor makes this 1-ounce cherry popular with home gardeners. Large vines set huge yields and are disease resistant. Developed by the late horticultural expert Alan Chadwick.

HOT Peppers


  Ring of Fire Cayenne HOT

  Newer variety that’s an improvement over Cayenne. Similar type and similar heat (around 50,000 scovilles) but earlier and more    productive. Very smooth, bright red 4-inch pods are excellent for drying. The name says it all!

Carolina Reaper HOT

  Believed to be the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper is a serious scorcher! For those extreme pepper eaters, Carolina Reaper is a must- for those less adventurous, they make a great conversation piece in the garden. These devious little peppers are  fiery red with a little scythe shaped tail at the base of each fruit, hence the name reaper. The heat rating on these monsters is 1,569,300 Scovilles, in comparison the spicy habanero is a mere 100,000 scovilles!

Habanero HOT

  Compact 12 inch plants yield thin walled peppers that start out dark green and ripen to a pink-orange color. Organic.

  Craig's Grande Jalapeno HOT

  A big, fat jalapeno that is perfect for making lots of salsa. Perfect for anyone who loves jalapenos. It has thick, flavorful, hot flesh.

Poblano Medium/Hot

  One of the most popular chilis in Mexico! 3- to 6-inch heart-shaped fruits are usually of gentle heat, at around 2000 scovilles. Used green, after roasting and peeling, it is the classic pepper for chili rellenos. Dried, the fruits turn a rich dark red-brown and may be ground into an authentic red chili powder. Plants reach 2 feet or so and require a long season.

Estaceno Chile Pepper Medium

  A genuine Northern New Mexico chili, a family heirloom of our grower, Jeff Martinez, whose family had it from at least the time of his great-great grandfather. Pods are thin walled and hot; size varies, up to 10”. Use green in chili verde or salsa, or dry them to dark red for chili powder. Named for the Espanola Valley village of Estaca.

Arroz Con Pollo

  Originated in eastern Cuba. Another Caribbean “seasoning pepper!” Looks like a habanero but remove the seeds and there is no heat, just delicious flavor. Plants have high yields, best harvested orange to red. For an authentic Cuban recipe, sautee with onion, garlic, annato, and add with fresh chopped cilantro to a pot of beans.

Leutschauer Paprika Pepper

  A lovely drying pepper that comes from Matrafured, Hungary. It has been grown there since the 1800s when it was brought from Leutschau (Slovakia). These medium-hot paprikas have great flavor, are terrific for drying, and make a delicious spicy powder. Very rare!

Mild/Sweet Peppers


Banana Pepper

  Classic, sweet wax pepper that has been grown by generations of gardeners. Sleek, tapered fruits reaching 6-7" long, 2" wide, are a translucent ivory color when immature, ripening quickly to stunning red-orange. Superb in pickles or stuffed, in salads, and more.

Pizza Pepper

  If you like the flavor of hot peppers but not so much fire, Pizza Pepper will be a hit. Big pepper wedges with just a hint of zing, especially suited for topping your pizza. The 3-4 inch pendulous, cone-shaped peppers on 14-18 inch tall plants are most flavorful when green, and sweetest when red. Organic, open pollinated.


  Roasting pepper from eastern Macedonia. Two-foot, stocky plants are covered in 6- to 7-inch, broadly wedge-shaped pods that ripen green to deep, rich red. These peppers are incredible.  When you grow them in certain soils, on a hot day, you can smell them on the plant from 10 feet away. And when you throw half a dozen on your grill, everybody in your neighborhood will smell them! (read more of the detailed description at Baker Creek Seeds’ website).

Criolla De Cocina Pepper

  This small pepper was collected in 1988 in Nicaragua from a farmer. It produces small, wrinkled/folded 4" peppers that are fragrant and richly flavored; these have strong pepper flavor making them perfect for a variety of dishes. Fruit is green turning to red as they ripen.

Marta Polka Pepper

  Large, elongated bells ripen to golden yellow. Plants are very compact, but very productive nonetheless. Tolerates adverse growing conditions.

Quadrato D'Asti Rosso

  Very thick, brilliant red flesh; the fruit are huge with delicious rich-sweet taste. Excellent for frying, salads or stuffing; one of the largest red bells, beautiful and blocky. Large plant that produces large yields.

California Wonder 300

  Each plant produces wonderfully sweet bell peppers that are typically 4 lobed, thick-walled, and blocky. Large rich green fruit turn red on the bush. California Wonder 300 makes a first-rate stuffed pepper.  Open pollinated, organic.

Sweet Yellow Stuffing/Mini Bell

  1950s variety, handed down from an Amish grower in Indiana. The very productive plants produce the cutest little mini bell-shaped peppers, only 1-2 inches across!

Sweet Red Stuffing/Mini Bell

 Same as above, but red!  1950s variety, handed down from an Amish grower in Indiana. The very productive plants produce the cutest  little mini bell-shaped peppers, only 1-2 inches across!

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