Also known as the “Montreal Market Muskmelon” or “Montreal Nutmeg Melon”. This mythical green flesh melon with a nutmeg flavor has almost disappeared.
The earliest records come from the Jesuits, who cultivated this variety in the Montreal Plain in 1684. According to the Potager d’Antan : “this melon went through many selections during the 17th Century, before being introduced under the name “Montreal Melon”, in 1870. In the 1880s, it was listed as one of the best seller in New England by American seed company Burpee“.
Very popular at the beginning of the 1900s and until the 1950s, it was largely commercialized and grown by three families : the Aubin, the Décarie and the Gorman. But lack of labour force, rises in wages and the spreading of the city triggered its decline. As highways paved the island, it slowly faded from our collective memory. When farms vanished from Montreal, it risked being obliterated. Until a journalist found its trace in a seed bank, in the United States.
This melon is a living proof of our seed and food diversity decline. Save your seeds and share them.
Heirloom variety. Listed on Slow Food Canada’s Ark of Taste.
Pkt : 12 seeds.
Full sun. Rich and well-drained soil.
Depth : 1,5 cm.
Spacing : 60 cm.
Harvest : 75 to 85 days.
This is not an easy variety to grow. It is hard to tell when to harvest the melon. And once harvested, it will not keep for long. But its taste makes it all worthy!
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Heirloom variety introduced to the Saint Lawrence River Valley by French settlers in the 17th Century. It is still eaten today and makes delicious pea soup. High yielding plants. They will need trellising and can grow up to 1 meter tall.
The Potager d'Antan reports this story : « According to an old European tradition dating back from the 15th Century, Hubertus, patron saint of hunters, was associated with the pea soup.
To make a long story short, during his lifetime, in the 7th Century, Hubert went astray, hunted on Good Friday, and while pursuing a stag, he had a vision in which he saw the animal with a crucifix between its antlers and heard a voice enjoining him to lead a holy life.
Hubertus later performed many miracles, evangelised pagans in distant countries, and erected temples dedicated to the Lord. He died on May 30, 727. His relics were translated on November 3, 743. His feast day is November 3 in Belgium and May 30 in France.
In memory of Saint Hubert, European settlers in Quebec supposedly kept the name of this pea variety, used in the preparation of the hunting soup ».
For the complete story, visit the Potager d’Antan website.
This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.
Developped in 1912 at MacDonald College, it remains the most common variety grown in our fields today. Originally used to feed livestock and farm animals, humans also like its taste. Enjoys cold climate and can resist low temperatures. Fall crops taste sweeter after frost.
Very popular a few generations ago, this winter squash almost disappeared in favor of more productive and standard varieties. Its crooked neck was judged ill-suited for industrial commerce and long distance shipping. To answer the criteria of modern market, the Canada Crookneck was used to develop the Butternut variety.
But Canada Crookneck has a unique flavor. Is is listed on Slow Food Ark of Taste. Excellent in soups, exquisite as chips and fries and so sweet it can be used instead of sweet potato in your recipes.
It is slowly making a comeback, thanks to small seed producers. At Terre Promise we hope to grow, save and spread the Canada Crookneck for many years to come!
Our number 1 squash.
Heirloom variety. Beautiful and delicious blue leaves with purple spines. Hardy, resistant to diseases and much bigger in size than other kale varieties.
Harvest baby or full-grown size leaves. Their taste is even better after frost.
This variety entered Canada around 1885 with Russian traders.
Pkt : 250 seeds.
Cross between the mythical Montreal Melon and the American Banana Cantaloup. Its orange aromatic flesh is exquisite. Bred in 1910 in Oka Trappist Cistercian monastery by Father Athanase, Director of the Oka Agricultural Institute. The Oka Melon disappeared after the closing of the school, in 1962, but was rediscovered on Bizard Island, near Montreal. Just were we grow it !
Pkt : 12 seeds.
Plant approximately 2 to 2,5 meters tall. Fruits weigh between 180 and 300 grams and have a diameter of approximately 10 cm. Smooth red-rose skin, sweet and juicy flesh. Performs well in cool climates and short seasons.
Discovered in the 1930s in the Joliette area by a farmer named Dufresne. It was given to Armand Savignac of the Clerics of Saint Viator. Due to chronic digestive disorders and a rare malformation, Savignac became a vegetarian and began to grow vegetables. Among different varieties cultivated in his garden was the Savignac tomato.
Also called Queensland Blue, this Australian winter squash has flavorful and fragrant orange flesh with pale blue skin. Excellent for soups and other recipes, it will store well during winter at temperature room. This squash is prolific but needs a lot of space to roam in the garden.
Cucumber was already grown more than 3000 years ago, in Egypt and India. This little one is delicious and prolific, with tender skin and crisp flesh. It can be cultivated outdoors, where pollinators will improve its productivity. Resistant to diseases.
Pkt : 25 seeds.