All plants come in 4 inch pots and will be ready for pick up May 5, ready for planting.  Price per plant is $3.00, except for cotton plants, which are $5.00 each.

Here’s a list of what we have to offer this year:

Basil, Italiano Classico

Ah Basil!  This is the classic Italian variety, perfect for pesto, caprese salads, pasta dishes, pizzas and more.

Cotton, Red Foliated

We grow cotton as part of our historical interpretation, but we also find it makes a beautiful ornamental plant.  This variety in particular, with a red tinge to stems, leaves and flowers, is especially nice.  By late fall you’ll have bolls of white cotton, which make a great addition to dried flower arrangements.

*Please note the price for cotton is $5.00 per plant.

Ground Cherry, Aunt Molly’s

Ground cherries are known by many names, including ‘Cape Gooseberry’, ‘Husk Cherry’ and ‘Strawberry Tomato’.  The marble-sized bright yellow fruit is enclosed in a paper lantern-like husk.  We’ve had folks who just pop them out of the husk and eat them, but they are also excellent for pies, preserves, and jams.

Eggplant, Black Beauty

Produces large, 1 to 3 pound fruits per plant – each one rich, deep purplish-black and enormous. Tender and tasty at all stages – fried, steamed, grilled or stuffed. Retains color and holds well in storage.

Sweet Peppers

Corno di Toro is an Italian heirloom sweet pepper shaped like a horn (hence the Italian name, “Horn of the Bull”).  It ripens to an intense, dark red.

King Arthur is a hybrid sweet bell pepper.  While we usually stick to heirloom varieties, the reliability of King Arthur makes it too hard to pass up.  While it can be eaten while green, taking the extra time and care to bring the peppers to maturity yields a much more flavorful red pepper.


Perhaps nothing from the garden is as prized as a fresh, homegrown tomato, and we have lots of varieties from which to choose…or if space in your home garden allows, why choose at all?  Get one of each!

Abraham Lincoln

A dark red, sweet, solid and meaty heirloom tomato named in honor of our 16th president.  Fruits are smooth, free from cracks and seams, ripen all the way through.  Ideal for ketchup, juice or slicing.

Aunt Lou’s Underground Railroad

Heirloom carried through the Underground Railroad by an unnamed black man as he crossed to freedom in Ripley, Ohio from Kentucky. Seeds were passed on to Aunt Lou, who passed them on to her great nephew, and eventually on to heirloom tomato enthusiast Gary Millwood.  Dark pink, tangy and juicy, 4 to12 ounce fruits. Sparse foliage.


These large, flattened, solid, meaty, juicy, brilliantly red fruits are slightly ribbed and weigh up to 2 lbs. An excellent slicer, with a rich, sub-acid flavor.


This is a Pennsylvania Amish heirloom dating to the 1880s.  Good yields of extra-large (up to 1-1/2 pounds), clear-skinned, light rosy-pink fruit.  Many people consider this to be one of the world’s best-flavored tomatoes.

Burpee Big Boy

The hallmark of this large, crack-free tomato is its absolutely superb flavor. Bright red, firm, meaty fruits often weigh 1 pound or more, and feature smooth, blemish-resistant skins.

Cherokee Purple

Originally grown in Tennessee by Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe the fruit come in shades of dusty rose to purple, sometimes with greenish shoulders.  Although we have found yields to be less than with other varieties, the unique flavor makes this a worthwhile addition to the garden.

A reliable producer of unusual, medium pink-purple fruits that appear brown in color, and average 8 to 12 oz., each. Fruits are round to oblate, with no cracking. Exhibits tolerance to mild drought as well as to common diseases.

Golden Nugget

Vigorous plants bear numerous golden-yellow, fine-flavored, 1″ oval “nuggets”. Uniform, compact plants, averaging 24″ in height, begin fruiting extra-early.

Mortgage Lifter (aka Radiator Charlie)

The story is that a gentleman named Radiator Charlie bred this variety with crosses between German Johnson, Beefsteak, and other varieties. He was able to earn enough selling the seed to pay off his mortgage during the Depression.  Large, pink-skinned tomatoes.  Mild, delectable, sweet flavor.


This remarkable tomato was developed by Professor Abelardo Piovano of the National University of Argentina.  Peron is thought to be the most naturally insect resistant tomato of all and thrives in areas where all tomatoes need to be sprayed against insects, without any chemical intervention.  Flavor is mildly acid and Peron is a good keeper. Introduced in the US in 1951 by the Gleckler Seed Co of Ohio.


Roma is considered to be the most well-known paste-type tomato, perfect for sauces, pastes and ketchup.  Its bright red, pear-shaped fruits are nice and meaty, with very few seeds.


All-purpose variety, ideal for canning. Ripens evenly from inside out. Bright red fruits with heavy walls average about 7 ounces.  Attractive, old-time favorite.  Full-bodied flavor and disease resistant.

Sugar Lump

A sweet German heirloom cherry tomato that produces clusters of deep-red fruits, each averaging 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter. Excellent eating quality and flavor.  Pair them with Golden Nuggets (above) to add color to a salad or pasta dish.

Yellow Brandywine

The yellow heirloom counterpart to the famous Red Brandywine.  Prolific yields of golden-yellow, flattened, semi-irregular fruits.

Yellow Pear

Vigorous vines produce high yields of 2″, yellow-skinned, pear-shaped fruits with few seeds. Slightly later than Red Pear, but with the same prolific yields and dependable performance.


Here’s How to Order!

We had hoped to come up with a fancy online ordering system, but that will have to wait for another time.  In the meantime, please let us know via email the quantity of each plant you would like to purchase.  We have a limited quantity of plants, and we don’t want to sell more than we have!

Send your request to with the subject heading “Plant Sale.”

Once we receive your request we can confirm whether the plants are available, at which point please send a check for the amount due made out to the “Menare Foundation.”  Our mailing address is:  Menare Foundation, 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874.

If you have a lengthy order, you may want to use the link to the PDF form below: