Welcome Back Spring!
Our greenhouse is filling up with plants as we get ready for our 2021 season! Plant sales will begin in April and continue in early May, a schedule that will allow for more earlier sales and spaced out pickups. We will have our Extra Early sale in April with online ordering only and pick-ups for cold hardy crops starting on April 24th. We will have the next round of plants available in early May, adding many varieties of veggies, herbs, and flowers to the pick list. Warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant will become available the third week in May. This new format will give our customers the opportunity to select plants as their gardens become ready. We will have full availability by late May, so if you prefer to get all your plants at once, you will still have the option to choose from a full selection.
We hope your gardens were bountiful and beautiful in 2020!
2021 Plant Sale Dates:
Extra Early Sale
pick up April 24th
Annual Spring Sale - new schedule!
pick ups starting in early May and continuing through June
all pick ups at Ivory Silo Farm
located at the corner of Hixbridge and Horseneck Road
look for the blue tent in the field!
online ordering at
beginning in April
We offer a unique selection of open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable, herb, and flower plants on our farm that we sell to the community in April and May. The plants we offer cover the range of crops that we grow on the farm and then some! That means you can find just about every vegetable crop you would want to transplant, tons of herbs both culinary and some medicinal, and an ever-widening array of flowers for beds, bouquets, and bees!
Everything we raise on our farm and for our plant sale is grown from seed carefully selected to thrive in the northeast and sourced from small scale seed growers who share our commitment to organic practices, regionally adapted crops, and restoring seed as a commons, and sometimes from our own saved seed. This commitment manifests into breeding work that is reviving and fostering crop varieties like you have never seen before--or maybe you have, but not in a long time!
For example, take the must have garden crop, the cucumber: we can't help but offer our all-time favorite the small, yellow Salt and Pepper cuke, bred by Johnny's in Maine, alongside a nice improved green market cucumber selected from a well known classic strain, as well as an OP pickler.
Jimmy Nardello Pepper is another standard crop at Ivory Silo. Originally brought to Connecticut by an Italian immigrant, they were saved by a grandson and eventually made their way into a seed catalogue. They do well in a low input growing system and ripen without fail, even in cooler New England summers. Jimmy is just one of several varieties of sweets we offer.
New England summers may get pretty hot, but they can be tough for melons, who prefer a hotter, longer, summer. Bill fell first, and took me along with him, deep into a love affair with the Jenny Lind melon. She has been passed over by breeders who focus on melons that ship and store well, but we prefer one that doesn't make it back to the barn...so drippily delicious!
I mean, if not for good taste, then what are we growing for?!!
...speaking of flavor, we always grow looooots of herbs for the sale. We do perennials and annuals from seed with new additions each year. Some of these will produce for you all season long, while you may want to replace others with fresh transplants after you have been harvesting away for weeks!
Small seed growers and breeders are doing some amazing in the bloomy world of flowers. Inspired by the burgeoning growth of small scale specialty cut-flower farming as well as the mass movement to plant something for pollinators, these seedy breeders are offering open pollinated and heirloom flower seeds like never before! The options extend way beyond the same ole' hum drum as they play with petal shapes and colors, digging up and playing with classics that had been commercialized to exclusion. I have so much fun making selections for our sale, and I can't wait to see them bloom in our cut flower operation and garden beds!
A smaller but growing family of crops at our plant sale are the medicinal herb. In 2021 I have added many new varieties and hope to continue to grow this area of our sale.
Se have many growers who grow in small spaces including on porches and in pots and so we do have many varieties that do well in pots including some that are bred specifically for container gardening.
We love talking about the exciting varieties we grow and enjoy answering questions about gardening and seed saving! We love hearing about your adventures growing too! Please reach out with your stories, photos, and feedback.
Hope to see you at the sale!