Savory Husk Cherry and Rosemary Jam Branded

    Husk Cherries (Physalis pruinosa) are related to the tomatillo and tomato.  They share the same scientific family with tomatoes and the same genus as the tomatillo.  The marble shaped fruits are sweet and earthy with a tropical note.  Their flavor defies easy explanation.  Each bite is equal partsRead More →

West Indian Heirloom Gherkin at 1840 Farm

West Indian Burr Gherkin Cucumis anguria Planting Depth: 1″ below the soil’s surface Plant Spacing: 12 inch hills containing 6-8 seeds each Row Spacing:  18-24 inches Days to Maturity:  60-65 The West Indian Burr Gherkin is a native of Africa.  It is believed that it was brought to the CaribbeanRead More →

The 1840 Farm Pollinators Garden

French Marigolds have a centuries old secret:  they aren’t really French.  It is believed that they made their way to France in the 1500s.  An illustration of a striped French Marigold appeared as early as a 1791 edition of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine.  This marigold was described as being yellow withRead More →

The Easy Keepers Garden Heirloom Seed Collection

We have been growing heirlooms here at 1840 Farm since 2006.  Every summer, we embark on a challenge that lasts through the entire growing season:  we try to grow heirloom tomatoes from seed.  For added fun, we add in a geography component to the challenge. Here in New England, weRead More →

Tennis Ball Heirloom Lettuce at 1840 Farm

Tennis Ball Lettuce was found in the United States as early as the eighteenth century.  It was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.  He grew it in the famed garden at Monticello beginning in 1809.  When describing Tennis Ball, he wrote, “it does not require so much care and attention” asRead More →

French Breakfast Heirloom Radishes at 1840 Farm

Here at 1840 Farm, we eagerly await radish season each spring.  Radishes are the first vegetable crop harvested from our garden and announce the happy arrival of the growing season.  They also enable us to enjoy eating a spring menu favorite:  sliced radish tartine. French Breakfast Heirloom Radishes are alwaysRead More →

Black Seeded Simpson Heirloom Lettuce at 1840 Farm

Black Seeded Simpson Heirloom Lettuce is a staple in our 1840 Farm garden every year.  I first tasted Black Seeded Simpson four years ago when I reached down on a sunny day to pull a fresh leaf from the lettuce bed.  One bite of a crunchy, ruffled leaf was allRead More →

The Three Sisters Garden at 1840 Farm

Throughout the year, we produce as much food for our family table as possible here at 1840 Farm.  We span the calendar year from spring’s maple syrup to summer’s garden produce to fall and winter’s fresh eggs from the coop and milk from our dairy goat herd.  Each season andRead More →

Sunset Runner Heirloom Bean at 1840 Farm

The Sunset Runner Bean is beloved for its ability to bring beauty and a nutritious crop to your garden plot.  The beautiful salmon pink colored blooms are unique to the sunset variety of runner bean.  The vines can grow to be six feet tall and make a wonderful climbing vineRead More →

Stowell's Evergreen Heirloom Sweet Corn at 1840 Farm

Biting into a perfectly ripe ear of sweet corn is a summer rite of passage.  There’s just something about the sweet, juicy flavor of sweet corn that instantly transports me back to my childhood.  When I watch my children enjoying an ear of corn grown in our garden, I knowRead More →

Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash at 1840 Farm

There are few images more synonymous with autumn than that of a ribbed, round pumpkin.  Each fall, the Long Island Cheese Heirloom Squash grown in our garden move inside the house.  They decorate the farmhouse during the season and through our Thanksgiving holiday.  Once fall turns to winter and ThanksgivingRead More →

Sunflowers at 1840 Farm

The Hidatsa Heirloom Sunflower is named for the Hidatsa Tribes who made their home in the Northern Plains along the Mississippi River’s floodplain.  Their style of companion planting with corn, maize, and squash varied slightly from the Wampanoag’s traditional Three Sisters Garden. The Hidatsa added sunflowers to their gardens andRead More →