Online Seedling Sales are now closed!
Check out our farmers market stands for a limited selection.
The Talking Farm’s popular seedling sales will return again in 2023! Seedlings are locally and organically grown by our farm staff and come in 3″ pots. We will offer 43 varieties of tomatoes (heirloom, cherry, and slicers), cucumbers, squash, eggplant, flowers, greens, peppers, and herbs.* Seedlings are ordered in advance online and picked up during a pickup date and window of your choice. Pickup dates are May 13, 20, & 27th at the Howard Street Farm. As with prior years, there will be no in-person sales.
*All proceeds from the seedling sales support The Talking Farm. Seedling varieties are subject to change without notice.
April 13-16 – Members-Only Sale
April 17th – Public sale begins
May 7th – sales close
May 13, 20, & 27th, 9a to 1p – pickup dates (pre-selected at checkout)
How to Access the Members-Only Sale
The online Seedling Sales begin April 13th for Members only. If you would like to sign up as a member and access the sale early and get a 20% discount code to use at checkout, click here. If you have already signed up to be a member, your exclusive store access will be emailed to you on April 12th.
How It Works
Pre-order your seedlings online and pick them up on the scheduled pickup dates at the Howard Street Farm (3669 Howard St. in Skokie; parking is available in the adjacent lot). At the time of checkout, you will select a pickup day. We ask that you try to adhere to your pickup day as we fill orders weekly based on the best available seedlings that are ready-to-plant. If you need to change your pickup day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule your pickup. Please calendar your pickup date and window or save your confirmation email at the time of purchase so you have it handy. We periodically check email and may not be able to timely respond to last minute inquiries about pickup dates or windows.
Which pickup date to select?
Although you may select the pick-up date that is most convenient for you, please be aware that, depending on the pickup date you choose, seedling sizes may vary. Generally speaking, if you choose an earlier date, the seedlings will be medium-sized, and if you pick them up at a later date, they will be larger. Depending upon if you prefer to plant smaller or larger seedlings, you may want to consider that before choosing your pick-up date although we caveat that Mother Nature ultimately dictates their size.
Also, the weather may be a factor. Warm-weather seedlings (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc.) should be planted after the last frost date (usually May 15th). You may want to consider a later pick-up date to ensure we are past the last frost date if you have ordered mostly warm-weather seedlings. For a list of warm-weather crops and planting dates, click here.
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