The barn at Morris Farm is once again filling up with a huge selection of heirloom tomatoes, hardy Maine-grown perennials, vegetable and flower seedlings, and herbs for the farm’s annual plant sale this Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
The sale features a wide variety of locally-grown perennials, hardened off and ready for planting: Black Eyed Susan, Phlox, Bee Balm, Columbine, Lupine, Ladies Mantle, Iris, Poppies, Hosta, Day Lilies, and Rhubarb, to name just a few. A selection of heirloom Dahlias will be on sale and the sale will offer white cedar tree seedlings, along with vegetable and herb seedlings and some annual flower seedlings.
There will be 17 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings available this year, most not available unless you grow them yourself. Slicing tomatoes can be found in all colors: Aunt Ruby’s Green, Cherokee Purple, Cosmonaut Volkov, Garden Peach, Pruden’s Purple, Paul Robeson, Principe Borghese, and Rose De Berne. The cherry tomato varieties include Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Peacevine Cherry and Honey Drop Cherry. And the paste tomatoes include Opalka Paste and Orange Banana Paste.
Descriptions and photos of all the tomatoes will be posted to help home gardeners choose the perfect combinations for salads, slicing, and snacking. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about the plants and their care. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Morris Farm’s education programs.
Coffee and baked goods will be available in the Morris Farm Store this year. If people stop at the store they will find a selection of locally produced vegetables, meat, dairy products and canned goods.
The Morris Farm Trust is a member-supported nonprofit educational farm located at 156 Gardiner Rd (Route 27 North) in Wiscasset. It is home to Lost & Found Farm, the Margaret Ellis Community Gardens, a school garden, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, and the Morris Farm Store. The Morris Farm provides educational programs and community events, as well as vacation camps and a summer day-camp for children. For information, visit morrisfarm.org, email email@example.com, or call 882-4080.