UW-Green Bay heirloom vegetable plant sale is Saturday
The annual heirloom plant sale is set for this Saturday (May 15) at the the Lab Sciences Building Greenhouse. Doors open at 9 a.m. with numbers passed out starting at 7:30 a.m. and the sale expected to wrap up by about 2 p.m. All plants are $1.50. This year the sale features 77 different varieties of tomatoes (7,500 plants), and 40 varieties of peppers (3,000 pepper plants in all). Other vegetables include eggplants, tomatillos, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and lettuce. They’ll also have a good selection of herbs, including four kinds of basil, stevia, hyssop, borage, as well as eight kinds of flowers. Click here for lists of plants offered and descriptions. There’s also a blog (info on specific varieties and growing techniques will be posted throughout the summer).
Sale benefits NAS students
The annual heirloom sale, sponsored by the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit, began in 1994 with 300 seedlings. Students benefit from the proceeds that are used to bring in scientists and other speakers, and to support student research projects as well as travel to conferences where they can present results of their research and meet scientists in their fields.