Updated on March 23, 2017

2017 PEAS, COWPEAS, AND PEANUTS
(Legume Family)

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2017 PEAS

(18 varieties to choose from)

Pea culture:  Plant as early as possible in the Spring. Repeat plantings around here can be done in early August. Packets are 2 oz. (except for Blue Pod Capucijner, Cascade, Golden Sweet, Yakumo Giant, and Mayfair). We have many great peas we would love to offer but we have two big issues with seed production here in Iowa, rabbits and hot weather. We have so much going on in the Spring we frequently miss the narrow window when it goes from Winter to Summer when they need to be planted to get the best seed. Issue two is that rabbits devour most of our plantings as this appears to be one of their favorite plants.


Soup Pea


Blue Pod Capucijner:  70 days.  Best used as a soup pea and colorful ornamental. Plants grow to 5 feet tall and are loaded with deep purple pods. We offer this in small packets for small gardeners to grow something special and beautiful. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00


Edible Podded Pea


Carouby de Mausanne:  65 days.  4 to 5 foot tall, edible pod type that is sweet and tender. Pick before peas become visible in the pod. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Cascade:  65 days.  A snap pea that gets about 5 feet tall. Productive even when it gets hot. Sweet flavor with juicy thick walled shells. Has been replaced by the newer bush Cascadia. Thanks to Kurt Burroughs for saving this from extinction. Pkt. (25 seeds) - $2.00

Dwarf Grey Sugar:  65day.  30 inches tall, very productive, small size, edible podded pea, ideal for stir fries. 2 oz. Pkt. - 1 Pkt. $2.00

Golden Sweet:  70 days.  Gregor Mendel's work on genetics fascinated me from the first time I saw it in a Middle School Science book. I set out to collect material he worked with only to search for years for a yellow podded variety of peas. This variety is an excellent snow pea with beautiful pale yellow pods on plants up to 6 feet tall. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

Mammoth Melting Sugar:  75 days.  Tall, 4 to 6 foot plants with loads of edible podded peas. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50

Oregon Giant:  60 days.  3 to 4 feet tall plants. Larger pods than Oregon Sugar Pod. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00

Oregon Sugar Pod:  65 days.  Early, excellent tasting and highest yields. Excellent heat tolerance. Edible podded peas. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50; 4 Pkts. $6.00

Sugar Snap:  60 days.  Superb combination of peas and pod. Has a flavor different than regular or edible podded peas. Just great to eat fresh in the garden. This is unlike edible podded where the pod is fiber free and tastier than the inside and regular peas where the peas are good and the pod isn't. This is the best of both worlds. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50; 4 Pkts. $6.00

Yakumo Giant:  65 days.  Large flat pods, tall vines, Japanese Variety. Superb quality. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00


Shell Pea


Alaska:  53 days.  The foliage is a pale green. The pods are short but have very tender, sweet, small peas when picked young. Left to dry, they make a wonderful pea for split pea soup. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50

Alderman (Tall Telephone):  75 days.  I remember how much I enjoyed growing this variety in the cooler Springs in the Northwest. There it would reach 6 feet tall and be loaded with pods. Our rapidly changing climate here makes them shorter. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50

Champion of England:  70 days.  First introduced in 1846. Gorws 5 to 8 feet tall, pods are large and contain 8 to 10 seeds. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

Glory of Devon:  60 days.  Introduced in 1895. Plants are 2 to 3 feet tall. Another old English variety. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00

Green Arrow:  65 days.  Our highest yielding type. Plants need minimal support. Heavy cropper all at one time. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50; 4 Pkts. $6.00

Little Marvel:  60 days.  Bushy, 1.5 foot tall plants, introduced about 1900. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00

Mayfair:  70 days.  3 foot vines, 4 inch double pods. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) (SOLD OUT FOR REMAINDER OF 2017)

Tom Thumb:  55 days.  Short, 6 inch plants produce several pods. Great for container growing. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50

Thomas Laxton:  62 days.  Slightly curved, plump pods containing 7 to 9 peas, resists Fusarium Wilt. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00

Wando:  70 days.  One of the best for hot weather. Pods are broad and have large peas. 2 oz. Pkt. $2.00; 2 Pkts. $3.50; 4 Pkts. $6.00


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2017 COWPEA

(37 varieties to choose from)

Cowpea culture:  Culture is very similar to beans. Plant when the soil is warm. Many view these as a Southern crop. All of these do fine here in Iowa. They are delicious fresh-shelled and cooked, or you may dry them before shelling and use them as dry beans. They make a rich broth and are an excellent food product. Give some a try this year. We started tackling Tom Knoche's cowpea freezer storage this year and had great success. We had more that we will increase further and will be available for 2018.

Big Boy Greenhull:  80 days.  Typical sized black-eyed pea with a white seed oclro and a beige to tannish hilum. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Bisbee Black:  85 days.  Very long vines with many pods containing black seeds. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Bisbee Red:  85 days.  Long vines with brick red seeds in long pods. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Black Crowder:  85 days.  Jet Black seed on upright plants. Green pods are tender, early and the seed production is prolific. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Brown Crowder:  85 days.  Bushy plants produce multiple plump pods of tan/brown seeds. Pkt. (50 seeds) $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Brown Whipporwill:  75 days.  Vigorous plant, brown speckled seeds. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Calcutta:  85 days.  Red and white pinto pattern with medium sized slightly round in shape peas. Very colorful and vines are very vigorous. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Colossus:  75 days.  Very small red seeds tht resemble Adzuki beans. Vining plants. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Cow:  70 days.  9 inch pods that have 20 or more black seeds per pod on extremely productive plants that produce multiple crops. The most productive cowpea I have ever grown. This was in tom's collection with no documentation other than the word Cow written on the packet. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Early Lady (aka Lady Peas):  70 days.  Plants are extremely productive but to pick for the dry stage you must pick prior to total dryness. They will shatter if allowed to totally dry. Please remember the seeds of these are very small so don't plant them too close together. This has white seeds with pods in bunches. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed

Fairchild:  85 days.  A family heirloom from Alabama sent to us by Steve Riley of Alabama. A productive type when seasons are hot. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Franklin Red:  78 days.  An heirloom from Alabama. Nice, dark red peas on semi-vining plants. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Georgia Long:  75 days.  Looks very much like a yard long bean to me both in pod type and seed characteristics. Many pods were easily 30 inches long with smaller seeds. Plants were not incredibly viney and pods were somewhat fibrous at a very young age. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Green Dixie:  80 days.  A nice semi-bushy type with black eye and greenish cast base color. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Hercules:  80 days.  7 inch pods with 20 nice sized large flat tan colored peas per pod. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Isaia:  75 days.  Medium sized black seeds in 6 inch pods. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Iron and Clay:  85 days.  Best used for soil improver, large vines go and climb everywhere, seeds are colorful and edible. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50

Kentucky Red:  85 days.  Large red seeds, long pods (16 to 20 seeds per pod). Plants are not as vining as Red Ripper but earlier and more productive. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Kirby Crowder:  80 days.  Small sized black-eyed pea type with a tan colored hilum. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Maroon Speckled Whippoorwill:  80 days.  Typical whippoorwill type with smooth seeds and maroon colored speckles on a base color of tannish brown. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Mississippi Cream:  75 days.  Vining but not terribly long ones, 5 to 6 foot vines on most. Very productive. Peas are very tiny in size and are a cream color. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Mississippi Purple:  90 days.  7 inch purple colored pods with around 20 mauve to tan colored seeds per pod. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Nicks Italian:  90 days.  Donated to us by the Hendricksons from Ohio who got it from their Italian friend. Very vigorous vines that get 8 to 10 feet tall and have loads of long pods with true black eyed type peas. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Old Fashioned Red Ripper:  90 days.  Almost the true Red Ripper, large seeded, vigorous vines. Thanks to John Lund for saving the real thing. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Old Timey Wash Day:  80 days.  Short 5 inch pods with very small white seeds. Pkt. (30 to 50 seeds) $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Papago:  83 days.  Very pretty black/white bean. Excellent production on non-vining plant. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.50 Certified Organic Seed (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Pennyrile:  80 days.  Shorter plants, yellow brown seeds. This one is unique in that you can use the young pods to eat pod and all like Yardlong beans. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Pigott Family Heirloom:  65 days.  Originally from Louisiana, brown speckled seeds. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Pygott:  70 days.  7 inch pods with an average of 20 seeds per pod, very productive . Possibly the same as Pigott Family Heirloom but this was the name on the packet in Tom's freezer. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Rattlesnake:  85 days.  Small white seeds with a reddish hilum, very colorful and vines are very vigorous and productive. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Red:  80 days.  Vining and productive with brick red seeds. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Red Ripper:  85 days.  Long vines. 10 to 15 seeds per pod. Small red seeds. This is not the Old Fashioned, big seeded, vigorous viner. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Tennessee Cream:  75 days.  Bushy, long pods, produce medium sized tan seeds. Pkt. (50 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Whipporwill:  80 days.  A nice mix of seed color from cream with speckles to mauve. Good producer. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

White Whipporwill:  80 days.  Southern heirloom, creamy white peas. 1 oz. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Yellow Ripper:  90 days.  Pale cream yellow seeds in plump pods. Pkt. (50 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Zipper Cream:  65 days  Large, sprawling plants, light cream colored seeds. Pkt. (50 seeds) $2.50 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)


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2017 PEANUT

Peanut culture:  Peanuts should be planted when the soil is warm, after the last frost. Keep as weed-free as possible. We leave the peanuts in the shell for shipping purposes to prevent damage to the seeds. Please remove the peanuts from the shell before planting.

Black Peanut:  100 days.  Normal looking pods until you open the pod and see the deep purple-black sweet, nutty kernels. Carefully husk just before planting. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Bramling Pink Peanut:  120 days.  Heirloom from Tennessee. Long pods have up to 4 nice flavored, pink skinned peanuts. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.00 (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Schronce Black:  110 days.  A little larger than Black. This variety has a long history. Later in season. 1 oz. Pkt. $3.50 (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)


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