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Cukes Melons and Squashes

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GroupSubCropVarietyCatDescriptionAvail InDTM
CucumberPicklingNationalShort, thick cukes with blunt ends are perfect for pickles and delicious in salads. Fruits have striped, medium green skin and a slightly tapered shape to fit in a pickle jar. A heavy producer with black spines. Developed by the National Pickle Packers Association; the cuke pickle growers asked for. Productive.3 inch peat pot52 Days
CucumberSlicingMarketmore 86Released in 1986 by Dr Munger of Cornell, this white-spined slicer is 5 days earlier, dark green skin and a slimmer shape. This along with broader disease resistance, a less sprawling keafy habit and high yields gives us a noteworthy alternative to Marketmore 76.3 inch peat pot56 Days
CucumberSlicingSilver SlicerA creamy-white slicer with excellent flavor and lovely smooth skin. The hands-down winner in our taste tests for its mild flavor, juicy texture and thin skin. Fruits are 2" wide, with a long, narrow shape and mild flavor. Bred by Cornell University. 3 inch peat pot54 Days
CucumberSlicingTasty Green F1A slender Asian burpless variety with delicate skin and sweet flavor. Vigorous plants produce long, slim fruits with higher yields and smoother skin than the heirloom Suyo Long. An early producer, Tasty Green F1 offers high quality fruit with shallow ridges and crisp texture. Popular for growing in home gardens. Best quality trellised, as fruits tend to curl if plants are left to grow over the ground. Intermediate resistance to downy mildew.3 inch peat pot60 Days
MelonsEmerald Gem“Luscious beyond description" was W. Atlee Burpee’s review from 1886. Sweet and juicy orange flesh with a rich, musky flavor and spicy cinnamon aroma that is prized to this day. A heavy producer with dark green, slightly netted skin. Short harvest window; collect melons when skin becomes netted and fruits slip from the vine. Also known as 'Netted Gem'. 3 inch peat pot80 Days
MelonsPetit Gris de RennesThe champagne of Melons, this French heirloom produces small two to three pound dense Melons with heavenly-sweet, perfumed orange flesh. Adaptable to most climates including cooler zones, these divine dark gray-green Melons are quite rare yet are the top pick in Melon taste tests. (OP.)3 inch peat pot85 Days
MelonsSweet GraniteReleased in 1966 by the late Professor Elwyn Meader of the University of New Hampshire. An early variety well suited for direct seeding in far northern, coastal, and mountain climates. Oblong, sweet, orange-fleshed fruits have light netting and weigh 2-3 pounds. Fruits keep 1-2 days after slipping. 65-80 days3 inch peat pot80 Days
SquashPieBaby PamCommercial standard for pie pumpkins with long handles and dry, bright orange skin. Stringless, sugary flesh cooks down to a smooth, superior pie filling. Slightly smaller and more uniform than New England Pie. Great for painting and carving! Reliable harvest.4.5 inch peat pot99 Days
SquashPieWinter LuxuryOur sweetest pie pumpkin with elegant appeal. Deep orange skin is decorated with silvery netting and slight ribs, giving it a magical appearance. Excellent for pie, cheesecake and soup. Similar to New England Pie in size but doesn't keep as well. Velvety sweet flesh. 4.5 inch peat pot98 Days
SquashSummerEarly Yellow CrookneckTender lemon-yellow fruits. Signature bent fruit are best harvested at 5-6" long or smaller for best flavor and texture. This strain has been selected for yield, shape and quality. The only yellow summer squash we grow for ourselves. If left to overgrow, can be used for a dark yellow, warty ornamental gourd. Prolific yields.4.5 inch peat pot50 Days
SquashSummerSuccess StraightneckProlific, disease resistant plants with smooth, uniform and attractive fruit. A breakthrough in OP summer squash; high yielding with potential of three+ months of abundant, disease-free harvest. Resistant to Powerdy mildew. Uniform shape.
4.5 inch peat pot50 Days
SquashWinterBurgess ButtercupDark green fruits with golden orange, stringless flesh and sweet, rich flavor. A long-time New England favorite! Typically produces 10-12 fruits per plant, with vines reaching 15' long. This strain has a high percentage of clean, non-warty and uniform squash. Fruits have a gray button on the blossom end. . 4.5 inch peat pot95 Days
SquashWinterButterbush ButternutOpen-pollinated. Smooth tan 2–3 lb fruits with small seed cavities and deep reddish-orange flesh are “as sweet as the best sweet potatoes.” Superior nutty flavor, moist but never watery. Its earliness is a boon in cold summers. Classed as a bush butternut, they have short vines that can crawl up to 10' in good fertility. A big advantage where space is precious. Average yield is 3–5 ripe fruits per plant. Excellent keeper.4.5 inch peat pot87 Days
SquashWinterRed Kuri HubbardTeardrop-shaped, striking red-orange squash from Japan. Also known as Baby Red Hubbard or Orange Hokkaido, this delectable variety has smooth, sweet, dry orange flesh. Very reliable yield even in cool climates with short growing seasons. 4.5 inch peat pot95 Days
SquashWinterSpaghettiFork over the squash pasta! Oblong, medium-sized light yellow fruits have very sweet flesh. Bake or boil this unusual vegetable and the flesh separates into long noodles resembling spaghetti. A fun treat for the family with kid friendly vegetable appeal - just top with sauce and serve! 4-5 fruits/plant. C. pepo. Kid friendly. Stores several months.
4.5 inch peat pot88 Days
SquashWinterSweet Reba AcornHigh yielding, uniform, disease resistant variety that allows for good sugar production. Continues putting energy into developing sugars long after everything else has withered. Out-performed Table Ace in bush habit, mildew resistance, yield, flavor, uniformity and ripeness in trials. 4-5 fruits/plant. Bush habit.4.5 inch peat pot90 Days
SquashWinterUncle David's Dakota Dessert ButtercupBred by David Podoll, this buttercup-type variety is a cross between Hubbard, Gold Nugget and other maximas. Selected for deep orange color, thick flesh, rich taste, sweetness, smooth texture, vigor and hardiness in cold weather. A real work-horse variety with the ability to produce solid yields for you in variable conditions. This full-flavored, rich tasting squash stars as a side-dish and is an excellent player in pies and desserts.4.5 inch peat pot100 Days
SquashWinterWaltham ButternutBy far the most widely grown OP butternut with delicious, finely textured dark orange flesh. Uniform fruits with smooth, tan skin that is easily peeled with a potato peeler. Strain has been selected for uniformity of size, shape and yields. Excellent keeper if cured properly.

4.5 inch peat pot105 Days
SquashWinterZeppelin DelicataOpen-pollinated. Zeppelin is good Delicata, from an old beloved 1894 heirloom strain. The lovely ivory-colored oblong 1 lb fruits with dark green stripes and unsurpassed sweetness. In storage the green stripes turn orange and the cream background sometimes yellows.4.5 inch peat pot100 Days
SquashZucchiniBlack BeautyExtra long and slender zucchini with dark green, almost black coloring. Single-stemmed plants are sturdy and stems have few spines. Plants produce quickly and have good field resistance to disease. PM tolerant.4.5 inch peat pot55 Days
SquashZucchiniCostata RomanescoWins every taste test with its unique, slightly nutty flavor and exceptional texture. Italian heirloom with tender, gray-green skin and prominent ribbing that give this variety a distinctive appearance. Great picked at 6" or smaller and fried whole with the flower still attached. Gourmet variety. Only zucchini squash grown by MiVida Gardens farmers for on farm use.4.5 inch peat pot63 Days
SquashZucchiniGreen MachineF1 hybrid. Extra-early Green Machine pumps out mild nutty dense medium-dark green shiny zukes all summer. While not spineless, the open habit and wide branch spacing allows quick picking of unscratched fruit. Tip-top disease resistance. Intermediate resistance to PM, CMV, ZYMV, WMV. 4.5 inch peat pot45 Days
SquashZucchiniTromboncinoOpen-pollinated. Also known as zucchini rampicante although a Cucurbita moschata, unlike other zucchinis. Tender, mild, sweet and nutty when harvested as summer squash at 8–12". Delicious steamed, grilled or sliced raw in salad. Italians use it in gnocchi and to stuff ravioli. When the green-tan fruits grow very long, they are best baked as winter squash. As might be inferred from its alias, its vines are rampant and should be trellised. “Out-tastes 95% of the Zuke pack,” according to one grower4.5 inch peat pot60 Days