Kingston Seedy Saturday
March 16, 2009
I went to the first Seedy Saturday in Kingston this past weekend and boy was it different from the one in Ottawa. Instead of a bustling, crowded gymnasium-like spread, I walked into a quiet room on the second floor of the Central Library after paying my $1 admission.
I dropped off my seeds at the Seed Swap table:
And picked up some Provider bush bean, Laxton Progress peas, and Yellow Oxheart, Gardener’s Delight and Stone tomatoes.
After my initial tour of the room, I settled in to talk with Jennifer Hutson, who was selling seeds from the Seed Saver’s Exchange:
It was great to talk to her about seed integrity and she even looked over my list of tomatoes and identified a couple of ‘hiccups’ in my list – varieties that I had purchased from vendors who may have questionable seed sources. I also went a bit crazy with the seed purchases and picked up some Speckled lettuce, King of the North sweet pepper, Blacktail Mountain watermelon, sweet Genovese basil, Blue Podded shelling pea, Joe’s Long Cayenne hot pepper, Bountiful bush bean, Detroit Dark Red beet and Amish Paste, Martino’s Roma, Opalka and Soldacki tomatoes.
Here’s what the room looked like:
I went around to each vendor/table and wrote down their names. Here they are in no particular order:
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Square Foot Gardening
- The Cottage Gardener
- Oak Street Community Garden
- National Farmer’s Union Local 316
- Heritage Seed and Produce
- Seeds of Diversity
- Seed Saver’s Exchange
- Eternal Seed
- The Worm Factory
- Dahlia’s by Margaret Pyke
- Greta’s Organics
- Eastern Ontario Gardener’s Tour Guide
- Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul
- Root Radical CSA
- Kingston Horticultural Society
- USC Canada
Unfortunately, Terra Edibles was not present.
It was nice and relaxed with lots of room to move about.