Pickle Creek Herbal
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Herb-infused olive oils & vinegars; herbal jellies; fresh & dried herbs; herb & plant seedlings; herbal soaps, salves, & lip balms|
Pickle Creek Herbal is a family herb farm & business run by Tim & Jocelyn Engman in Brighton, Iowa. We produce the best possible herbal products by taking the process from seed to store. We do everything by hand—-planting, growing, harvesting, & drying our herbs. Then we use our herbs to create infused olive oils, vinegars, jellies, teas, soaps, salves, & lip balms with family recipes that we refined over the years. We also sell an array of herb seedlings in the spring and summer and fresh herbs when in season. We have been growning organic herbs since 2006 and have been gaining local recognition for our hardy herb seedlings, flavorful herbs, and amazing oils & vinegars. Over the past 5 years that we've been attending the Des Moines Farmers' Market, we have gained many loyal repeat customers. We’ve been told many times that our infused olive oils are better than anything you can buy at Williams Sonoma (or similar stores), and that they are easy to cook with and go great on everything. Some of our more zealous customers tell us that they wouldn’t know how to survive if they ever ran out of our products!
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
Our farm is certified organic, and we are former chemists and are very conscious of our soil chemistry. We work to create the ideal growing environment for our plants. Life starts with the soil!
Taste is not a commodity! Our mission is to remind people how good food can taste when it is grown in well-loved and well-tended ground. We are the fourth generation to be working the soil on our little 80-acre farm and feel priviledged and proud to be members of that group known as "the small family farm."
Highlights this Month
Currently we have our infused oils & vinegars, soaps, & lip balms in stock. Salves & herbal jellies will be available soon. We will have herb seedlings (as well as tomato and pepper seedlings) available beginning May 1st.
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Trophy Heirloom Tomato Seedling
9 plants available. Order number of plants.
This variety was introduced in 1870 by Colonel George E. Waring, Jr., of Rhode Island. At the time, it sold for five dollars per packet (equivalent to eighty dollars today). Gardeners paid the exorbitant price hoping to win the $100 grand prize at the local fair. The sweet 5-7 ounce red tomatoes are ideal for slicing. Indeterminate, 80 days.
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True Black Brandywine Heirloom Tomato Seedling
11 plants available. Order number of plants.
This heirloom variety comes from famed seed collector and food writer William Woys Weaver. It was passed down to him from his Quaker grandfather. As to its history, Will states, "The True Black Brandywine was bred sometime in the late 1920s by Dr. Harold E. Martin (1888-1959), a dentist turned plant breeder. Dr. Martin lived in Westtown, Pennsylvania, only a few miles from my grandfather's place in West Chester, and the two were gardening buddies. . . . Dr. Martin always had a high opinion of his plant creations and did not like to share them. He never released his Black Brandywine to a seed company, nor did he share it with many people, so I am fairly certain it never circulated among growers. According to my grandfather, Black Brandywine was a controlled cross between Brandywine and the original brown Beefsteak tomato otherwise known as Fejee Improved. Fejee Improved is probably extinct." This great-tasting tomato is extra large in size and full of the deep, earthy, and sweet flavor that makes black tomatoes so popular. Black Brandywine is superior for salsa and cooking. Some fruits tend to crack, but the yield is heavy, and the plants are vigorous. Indeterminate, 85 days.
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Velvet Red Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seedling
6 plants available. Order number of plants.
The Velvet Red is an Angora-type tomato with fuzzy, silvery-gray, dusty miller-type foliage. It is an excellent producer of 1-inch cherry tomatoes. The flavor is sweet and intense and packed into small, red, round fruits that make an attractive display against the downy plants. The skins have a very faint fuzz, but not to the same degree as peach tomatoes. A choice variety. Indeterminate, 75 days.
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Yellow Brandywine Heirloom Tomato Seedling
9 plants available. Order number of plants.
This variety is a yellow version of the famous Brandywine. An outstanding choice for a yellow heirloom, this tomato gives good yields. The large, beefsteak fruits can weigh 1 lb or more, and the superbly rich and yellow flesh is smooth, juicy, and delectable. In some people’s opinion, the Yellow Brandywine is even tastier than the traditional Brandywine. Indeterminate, 85 days.
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Yellow Pear Heirloom Tomato Seedling
4 plants available. Order number of plants.
Bred and released by Dr. Yeager from North Dakota in the early 1930s, these pear-shaped tomatoes are 1-3/4 to 2 inches long and clear yellow in color. They are low in acid and delightfully sweet, considered by many as “garden candy” and are yummy right off the vine. The tall plants bear large and continuous harvests. Combine the red, yellow, chocolate, and green pear tomatoes and you will have impressive and unique pear tomato salads throughout the whole growing season! Indeterminate, 80 days.