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Grower Spotlight: Flatland Flower Farm

jennifer carroll

For over 14 years we have been working with Flatland Flower Farm to deliver their organic heirloom and specialty plants right to your garden!

The farm in bloom! 

The farm in bloom! 

After years of small scale farming in their Berkeley backyard, Dan and his wife Joanne purchased a Sebastopol apple orchard in 1999. Since then, they’ve converted the land to organic, erected three greenhouses and now grow edible, native and rare plants.

With several new apple varieties, Dan and Joanne now sell their apple products under the name Little Apple Treats. The farm brings plants to the market during spring and summer and apples in autumn. Throughout the year we receive their organically-grown tomatoes, squash, peppers and beans, offering a selection of unusual and hard to find varieties.

Speaking of unique, this week we have a fresh shipment of 8 new varieties of Flatland Flower Farm's basil that will be sure to complement your summer cookouts! Here's a preview of a few varieties you can't miss: 

‘Bolloso Napoletano’ - A large-leafed variety from Naples. Deep green leaves and strong flavor make it great in sandwiches. We're dreaming of a tomato and basil grilled cheese sandwich!

'Mammoth' - Lettuce-leaf basil, and that's no joke! This basil's leaves are huge and perfect to use as a wrap boasting excellent flavor. 

‘Osmin’ - You’ll be sure not to glance over this variety! The darkest of the purple basils with small leaves like Fino Verde and pink flowers. Great Italian basil taste for soups, fish and meat.

‘Persian’ - A basil with a bite! Also known as Anise Basil, it is heavy on the licorice flavor. Decorative as well as delicious, we’re betting it’s great on a salad!

'Thai Red' - Rich green leaves pack a strong clove flavor, a great addition for Asian cuisine. Its bold red stems give this variety its name. 

Apple cider vinegar - perfect for cocktails! 

Apple cider vinegar - perfect for cocktails! 

Whether it’s in your dinner, dessert or drink, basil is an easy addition to your summer plating. We love this foolproof Basil Pesto recipe from Randall, our Bedding Department Manager, perfect for just about everything!

Be on the lookout in late August for Flatland's stock of winter vegetables that will be available at our nursery! In the meantime, stop by and visit the Flatlands Flower Farm booth at San Francisco’s Ferry Building Farmer's Market and say hello to Dan! Randall recommends sampling their fresh apple cider vinegar and picking up a few of their apple cider caramels!