2022 Trials

Trial Vegetables

All descriptions and images are from the seed supplier this year Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Harris Seeds.

Cool-Season Vegetables

Beets  (Good for small spaces)

Chioggia Guardsmark – The highest-quality Chioggia strain available. Medium-height tops are green with pink-striped stems. Excellent flavor.
55 Days
Red Ace – Reliable, adaptable, and fast-maturing beet with strong tops. Sweet and tender, even when older. Medium-tall, red-veined greens for bunching
50 Days



Grazion – A slow-bolting green leaf with heavy, attractive heads and dark green leaves with wavy margins. High resistance to downy mildew, Nasonovia ribisnigri aphid, and lettuce root aphid.
52 Days 
Starfighter – Heat-tolerant, disease-resistant green leaf.Starfighter produces high yields of uniform, medium-size heads with good flavor. The dark green leaves are shiny and slightly savoyed. Excellent bolt and tipburn tolerance combined with disease resistance. High resistance to downy mildew, Nasonovia ribisnigri aphid, and lettuce root aphid.
52 Days


Radishes   (Good for small spaces)

French Breakfast – A well-maintained strain of this market staple. Compared to D’Avignon, it is slightly shorter, with less white on the tip and a bigger plant canopy. Do not irrigate unless absolutely necessary.
21 Days
Pink Beauty – Uniform roots, medium tops. With crisp texture and sweetness balanced with delicate spice, Pink Beauty eats better than just about any other radish we’ve tried. An eye-catching, top-quality radish. Resists pithiness.
26 Days


Spinach       (Good for small spaces)

Lizard – Slow-bolting, dark green spinach for spring and summer. Smooth, round leaves on upright, compact plants. Full plants with thick, dark green leaves produce high yields. Excellent regrowth. High resistance to downy mildew races 1–15, 17
28 Days
Seaside – Slow-bolting variety for spring and summer. Seaside has upright, dark green leaves, that are somewhat spade shaped. Stays small, which extends the baby leaf harvest window. High resistance to downy mildew races 1–11, 15, 16, 19 and intermediate resistance to races 12, 14.
30 Days


Peas (snap)

Sugar Ann – A much-loved variety that always comes through for us in the early season with uniform crops of absolutely delicious, 2–2 1/2″ long peas. Maturity is exceptionally early, with a concentrated set on 20″ dwarf vines with 1 to 2 pods per node. Remove string from pods before cooking.
51 Days
Royal Purple II – This gorgeous purple snap pea comes to us from Dr. Calvin Lamborn, the father of the snap pea and breeder of the classic Sugar Snap. Looks great combined with its counterpart, Honey Snap II, and either Sugar Ann or Sugar Snap. Remove string from pods before cooking.
58 Days


Warm-season Vegetables


Green Beans (bush)       (Good for small spaces)

Aldrin – Upright plants produce very good yields of high quality, glossy pods. Its medium-dark green, straight pods measure 5.5″ and are set high in the plant, allowing for a cleaner harvest. Aldrin’s pods are mainly 4 sieve and its strong vigorous plants have high resistance to BCMV, Curly top virus and Rust..
56 Days
Savannah – Heavy yields are produced on upright plants that offer a high pod placement for easy harvest. The attractive dark green, round beans are 5-1/2 to 6″ in length, straight and smooth with slow seed development. Savannah has an excellent eating quality and a dark green color. Resistant to BCMV (BV-1 and NY 15), Curly Top Virus, Golden Mosaic and Anthracnose.
55 Days


Tomatoes (cherry)    (Should be started Indoors)

Artemis – Sweet, flavorful, round fruit are set early on long trusses of 10 or more fruit each. The indeterminate plants perform well in high tunnel and open field culture, benefiting from high resistance to F1, F2, TMV, ToMV, St and Nematodes. The crisp firm fruit are 1” in diameter.
55 Days
Chocolate Sprinkles – Big yields of copper-red colored fruit striped with green are produced on indeterminate plants. The 1.5″ oval-shaped fruit have a rich sweet taste and are produced in abundance on thick trusses. Chocolate Sprinkles is a big improvement over heirlooms of this type and also offers better disease resistance.
53 Days



Raider – One of the earliest-maturing slicers, this gynoecious hybrid is a high yielder of uniformly dark green, non-stippled, cylindrical fruit. Definitely a cucumber to start the season with in the Northern U.S. The favorite of northern growers for uniform, early harvests of fancy fresh market slicers. Intermediate resistance to ALS and CMV, and resistance to scab.
52 Days
 Speedway – This gynoecious slicer is known for its high yields. Speedway produces uniform, dark green 8″ fruit on moderately vigorous vines. This cucumber variety is popular because of its earliness, yields and disease resistance.
56 Days


Summer Squash

Cougar – Dr. Ted Superak of the Harris Moran Seed Co. developed this virus tolerant straightneck squash through conventional breeding efforts. Cougar squash offers the advantages of the precocious yellow gene along with added protection against ZYMV and Papaya Ringspot Virus. The fruit is produced on large bush type plants.
50 Days
Lioness – Slow-bolting variety for spring and summer. Lioness is a green-stemmed yellow straightneck squash that has tolerance to ZYMV, WMV II, papaya ringspot virus and CMV. This pioneering squash variety is the first of its type with traditionally bred tolerance to these four viruses that can decimate your crop. The medium-sized plant offers good yields of straight fruit that have a medium-sized bulb at the blossom end. Note: The young fruit have a noticeable green cast to them. The green color partially disappears as the fruit ripen. Mature fruit have a light greenish cast to them.
50 Days


Winter Squash

Jester – This 1½ lb. acorn squash is perfect for single servings. The fruit are oval shaped with an ivory background and green sutures. Jester’s high eating quality and sweetness are similar to Sweet Dumpling.
95 Days
Honeyboat Delicata – Honeyboat Delicata squash has coppery tan fruit with green stripes that are very sweet and just the right size for roasting, single servings, or for the restaurant trade. The flesh of this unusual colored Delicata is high in calcium, potassium, folate and vitamins A & C. The fruits average 1 lb. each and are sweet straight from the field.
90 Days