Saturday, February 12, 2011

Seedy Saturday Swap

There are few things I love as much as seeds. They come in so many wonderful shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, and produce such a wonderful variety and bounty of food and blooms. Each from just one tiny little kernel! Some people may fantasize about rolling around in a big ole pile of money, but I say ptui! I'd much rather roll around in a mountain of seeds. (Or leaves. Or chocolate. But not grubby money. Bleck!)

So I was very excited today to attend the Project Grow seed swap held at Downtown Home and Garden.

Here's the loot from the swap. You'll have to take my word when I tell you I contributed at least twice as many seeds as I took, and that I plan to share the wealth at future swaps!

Yep, people just love talking about seeds, especially in winter.

I'm really excited to try something called orach, which supposedly tastes like spinach but gets kind of viney, and a bunch of new-to-me heirloom tomatoes: 'Blondkopchen,'* 'Costoluto Genovese,' 'Coyote,' 'Garden Peach,' 'Little Lucky,' 'Pink Accordion,' 'Riesentraube,' and 'Tiger Tom.' Also scored some fennel and four o'clocks seeds.

I may also have purchased some heirloom tomato seeds from Project Grow, of varieties I tasted last summer at their tomato tasting: 'Snow White' and 'Brown Berry' cherries and 'Mrs. Benson' beefsteak.

I've grown over 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes in each of the last two years and swore to myself (swore—you gotta go with your strengths, I guess) that, for a variety of reasons, I would grow no more than 8 varieties this year. Ha ha ha ha ha! The best laid plans and all that. 'Cause the list above doesn't even include my favorites 'Tiger-Like,' 'Japanese Black Trifele,' and 'Gajo de Melon' or the 'Black from Tula' and 'Dr. Wyches Yellow' (plus a purple tomatillo) from the lovely proprietor of the Populuxe Seed Bank.

I guess it's high time I start winter sowing this season!

I was also excited that there was free food! Downtown Home and Garden owner Mark Hodesh cooked up eggs, any style, on this wonderful 1930s stove. (Note to self: Always take more than one photo so people don't have their eyes shut. Oops. The management has been notified.)

Nommy! Soft-boiled eggs and toasted Zingerman's bread--all free! My dad and I loved eating our eggs this way, dipping the toast into the ooey, gooey yellow center. The fact that my mom thought this technique bordered somewhere between barbarian and childish only egged (ha ha) us on.

I enjoyed the sunny, seedy swap so much, it prompted a second post in under a week.

Hugs, ya'll!

*Seed originated from the Gatersleben Seed Bank in the former East Germany, for my #seedchat friends.


  1. I just came back from our seed swap in Chicago and I am on a seed swap high, I tells ya!

    Meeting new people and all those seeds is hella fun.

  2. What fun! I love those soft boiled eggs. They make it quite the art in Europe but not so much where I live. Looks like your area has it down good though! Egged on, ha!

  3. This looks like a marvelous time! I know what you mean about tomatoes. It's just hard to limit yourself. And I just discovered eggy yolk stuff as an adult and love it.

  4. Looks like a GREAT time (and I LOVE that stove!) Are you hosting a snail mail swap again this year?

  5. Was enjoying life till I saw the eggs. Alright in cakes but disgusting boiled. Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh!

    I would quite like to have enough money to make it worth rolling in.

    I now have an image of you wearing seed-coated chocolate.

    Tomato seeds - I'm feeling really cross for making a mistake I've made before but forgot to learn my lesson. I've just paid £5:00 for five seeds. True, it said so on the packet. True I didn't look. I was expecting a little bonanza but had to poke around in the bottom of a little foil pack to be certain there were any in there at all!


  6. I love seeds too, and used to buy loads, especially of unusual plants one can't get in garden centres. But then I forgot to sow them, or to pot them on .... so now I have trained myself not to buy them - but I still love going through seed catalogues!

    That looks a really interesting place, and I love the old cooker!

  7. Monica, my dear, is there any other way to eat an egg. Here in the UK we always dip our bread into that lovely rich yolk.....gorgeous.

    Love the seed share thing.
    I have some seedlings in the greenhouse, seeds sent by your good exciting.
    Silly me did not label them, but hey it will be such fun when they bloom.......

    Good to see you post again.....Hoooooooray

  8. Looks like good fun ...and free food too, always a plus for me!

    I haven't strated sowing yet due to lack of pots n seeds, but as soon as the insurance coughs up the dosh, I'll be off like a shot to the garden centre ....! :)

  9. I can see you have been having too much fun. Those eggs look yummy. I bet they were really good eating them out in the cold.

  10. Looks like fun, Monica! I'll pass on the eggs, though--I never was much of an egg eater. But the soft-boiled egg reminds me of the way my grandfather used to eat them; maybe it's a German thing.

    Is it too late to start some winter sowing? It's much too early to start seeds indoors here, but I've got an itch to plant something...need to go buy some seed starting soil.

  11. Well, you can put me down for rolling in money:)

    I agree about going overboard on heirloom tomatoes. You have to have your favorites, then a few new ones to try, and you must plant extras in case some fail, and on and on...

  12. Hallo Monika
    Mensch, jetzt erinnerst Du mich gleich daran, dass ich auch noch ein paar Samentütchen in der Ecke stehen hab und eigentlich mit säen loslegen sollte.
    Mjammmi, das Ei sieht lecker aus und genau so mag ich's auch am liebsten.
    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

  13. It will be so nice to go to a seed swap, I might try to organize one here.

  14. Monica, That sure looked like delicious fun! gail

  15. Julie says..I like soft-boiled eggs so much, I even have an egg cup collection! Great photo!

    I enjoyed my visit!

    Tom & Julie

  16. That is the way we ate our eggs in Germany! Soft boiled was the way to go and yes, nummy! The stove is awesome...

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    As I'm sure you know that in the last 100 years, our agricultural habits have left us with about a quarter of the crop diversity we once had?

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  18. I'm sure you're busy PLANTING those seeds and nurturing them and patting them and loving them. Garden magic after all. :-)

  19. What a fun event, I wish there were seed swaps here! I totally love the 1930s stove. Awesome.

  20. What fun Monica!

    It's been forever since I had a soft-boiled egg, but I sure did love them when I was a kid. Mom had pretty egg cups, and I always thought it was the coolest breakfast ever invented. I have a real weakness for vintage stoves - that one's a real gem!