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Oka Melon (Île Bizard Strain)
A 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. Right where we’re growing it !
Package : 12 seeds.
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Latin name : Cucumis melo
Common names : Oka melon
French : Melon d’Oka
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Crawling
Height : 30 to 40 cm
Width : Can crawl over a couple meters
Days to maturity : 80 – 90 days
Sowing : Indoors, 4 weeks before transplanting outside
Depth : 1.5 cm
Germination : 5 to 7 days
Soil : Rich, melons are heavy-feeders
Exposure : Sunny
Planting : In the garden after the last frost, once the ground has warmed up
Plant spacing : 75 cm
Row spacing : 1 m
Watering : Abundant after transplanting, then regular
Care and other considerations : Melons require heat to develop properly
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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.
Crisp green lettuce with long serrated leaves. Unlike other chicories, the taste of Radichetta is mild and not at all bitter. Very easy to grow and self-seeding if you let it bolt.
Cut and come again variety.
Italian heirloom.Package: 200 seeds
Aged 90, aunt Alice (Marie-Alice Laflamme Gosselin) still grew her now famous cucumber. She chose the biggest and nicest ones, collected the seeds, let them soak in milk on Saint-Antoine's eve, and planted them in her garden in some rich and fertile soil. After Alice's death in 2005, the last seeds were given to a dedicated man who helped us discover this variety.
This cucumber is resistant to diseases and insects alike, and very productive. It is easily digested, but the skin is rarely eaten for it is lightly bitter. We prefer the smaller cucumber to the bigger fruits. The flesh is delicious and very fragrant, similar in taste to the English type cucumber.
Exceptional heirloom variety.
Package : 15 seeds. Not that many because extracting the seeds from this cucumber is very challenging, it only produces a few.
High-yielding yellow bush bean. Can withstand comparison with the Beurre de Rocquencourt. Delicious long yellow pods with black seeds. Can be eaten when young and tender or as a dry bean. Very productive over a long period of time, the more you pick the more it will give you beans.
This old variety comes from Sainte-Hélène, Kamouraska County, where it has been cultivated since time immemorial by Rollande Labrie (born in 1923) and her family. We are proud to offer it and ensure its preservation.
Wax bean originally comes from Algeria. Under the name Algiers Bean, it made its appearance in France in the 1840s. From then on, the French selected and developed many yellow wax beans with black seeds. The most famous one is the Beurre de Rocquencourt, named after a town near Versailles.Package: 30-35 seeds
- Poire Jaune (yellow)
- Petit Moineau (red)
- Groseille (orange-red)
- Black Plum (black-red)
- Black Cherry (black-purple)
- Mon Plaisir (red)
- Sun Drop (orange)
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.Package: 30 seeds
Dwarf bean variety that produces a seed halfway between pea and fava bean. According to the Potager d'Antan : « It was still being cultivated in 1999 by a 80 year old man from Lotbinière, Monsieur Laliberté, who confirmed us the plant was unique in Canada. (...) Given by Laliberté's son to Antoine D'Avignon, Seeds of Diversity guardian angel. Antoine passed away in 2003. His sister, Mme. Gisèle D'Avignon, gave us the seeds. »
Delicious in pea soup, a traditional meal in the province of Quebec in the past century.
This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.