Sara Rosenberg wrote:
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
I recommend going to a "producer only" farmer's market, and source your seeds from there. Get fruits that appeal to you and taste them. Save seeds from any that you like.... That lets you know that at least one local grower was successful with the variety for at least one growing season. That's better than you can expect from a seed catalog.
I dislike the taste of Jack-o-Lantern, and anything related to it.
Buttercup is my favorite tasting squash. That's a wonderful place to start. Fruits can be a bit small for my preference.
Sweet meat is popular for taste, and decent sized.
Red Kuri is a commercial variety. Dreadful taste to me.
Hubbard is beloved, but at 40 to 60 pounds per fruit can be overwhelming.
Turks turban is most commonly sold as decorative, but flavor and size are nice.
Butternuts can be iffy. There are lots of commercial varieties that are insipid. Aim for skin that is dark tan rather than light tan, and for flesh that is orange rather than yellow.
I'm don't care much for pepo squash, but if I have to eat one, I prefer something like Acorn, Delicata, or Festival. I recommend avoiding spaghetti squash in a landrace.
well, guess I shouldn't have planted the Jack-o-lantern.. whoops.
Sweet meat and butter cup will probably be what i give a go next year.
thanks Joseph for the quick response. I'm in north Texas and working on getting all my neighbors in on my crazy growing exploits and landrace items sound awesome. I'm definitely interested in planting several next year and seeing how the generations adapt and change.
Andrew Barney wrote: p.s. It is interesting that Blacktail Mountain was your best producer. It has consistently been my worst. Failed miserably at least three times i tried it. Even Joseph has commented that it has not done well for him, so neither of us recommend it to people. But hey, if it did well for you then great! I like Yellow Doll for a Canary yellow and Sweet Dakota Rose for a red. But i like my grex/landrace better because it has both in it with other possible great combinations adapted to my garden.