All of our corn (except popcorn – see below) has been hand-pollinated to ensure purity and prevent potential contamination from nearby GMO corn. Save seed from at least 200 plants to ensure a genetically vigorous population and prevent inbreeding depression. We recommend isolating your corn from other corn types or hand-pollinating to keep your seed stock pure. Packets are one ounce. Ask about being a seed steward in our Non-GMO Corn Preservation Project if you are located in the Pacific Northwest.
Most popcorn varieties carry a gene that prevents pollination by other types of corn, including (most importantly), GMO dent corn. This is the only corn we do not hand-pollinate, because so far we see no evidence that any of cross-breeding with any of the other types of corn we grow (or nearby GMO corn). Approximately 90 seeds per ½ ounce packet.
Grain Corn - Amish Butter Popcorn (Certified Organic)
(aka Pennsylvania Dutch Butter): Maintained by the PA Dutch since before 1885, this heirloom popcorn lives up to its name. Fluffy, tender popcorn with loads of flavor sure to please. Our original seed stock is from Ayers Creek Farm in Oregon, who have been selecting it under Pacific Northwest conditions and to maintain quality. Purported to be multi-purpose as well, making excellent polenta, masa, and flour. 8’ plants selected for 6” conical heads, several weeks later to mature than Dakota Black but will mature fine in warmer summers or average to warmer parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Grain Corn - Dakota Black Popcorn
One of the earliest maturing and easiest to grow popcorns. 4-6” ears on 6' tall plants with two ears per plant. Dark black, pointed kernels have a ruby-red glassy shine. Pops white with chocolatey-brown centers. The flavor is delicious, hearty and crunchy. Developed by the Podoll's of Prairie Road Organic Farm, seed growers in North Dakota. Grown using organic methods but not certified.
Dent corn is one of the most cultivated crops around the world and an important staple in a locally-grown diet. It is a starchy (rather than sweet) type of corn that can be processed at home into hominy, tortillas, and tamales. Processed in this way and eaten in combination with legumes, dent corn provides a complete protein. In addition, corn yields are higher than other grains. Approximately 75 seeds per one ounce packet.
Grain Corn - Earth Tones Dent
Gorgeous pastel blends of gold, mauve, orange, pink, brown, green, blue and every shade in between. Plants can grow from 7 to 9 feet tall and cobs can reach 9”. Early-maturing and easy-to-grow, with a beautiful rainbow of colors that makes this a very decorative corn as well as a delicious cornmeal or tortilla corn. A week or two later than Nothstine, we continue to select for early maturity in this variety. Grown organically but not certified.
Approx. 75 seeds per ounce.
Approx. 75 seeds per ounce.
Corn, Oaxacan Green Dent (Certified Organic)
Tested GMO-Free! Beautiful ears of corn come in a range of greens, from yellow-green through emerald. An heirloom corn from Southern Mexico, it has been used to make a regional favorite, green-flour tamales. Also makes excellent cornbread! The 6- to 10-inch ears make an attractive, edible, fall decoration. Plants reach 7 feet, are very drought-tolerant, and perform well even at higher latitudes. A bit late to mature in the Pacific Northwest, but it beats our other dent corns in taste tests so we will happily continue to struggle with it. 1 oz = approx. 75 seeds.
Flint corn is the type typically used in making polenta. It has the hardest kernel and thus is the most difficult to grind into a fine flour. Flint corn also makes excellent hominy and posole, the easiest way to process corn without a grinder. Flint corn is often known as “Indian Corn” and used as ornamental. Packets are 2 ounces to ensure enough seed for a genetic diverse population. Approximately 85 seeds per one ounce packet.
Grain Corn - Cascade Ruby Gold Flint (Certified Organic)
Bred by Carol Deppe of Fertile Valley Seeds to be the ultimate survival crop, the variety and crop you would choose if you could have only one variety to get you through good times and bad. A very early and productive corn, reliable even during our coolest summers. Has long ears on narrow cobs with husks that peel back easily when dry. Produces solid-colored ears of several colors—red, red-brown, dark red, orange-gold, maple-gold, gold, and yellow. The red shades make a rich-flavored cornbread; the yellow shades make a mild-flavored cornbread. Both make great polenta and johnny cakes. Also a great ornamental corn. (Note: if you want to plant sweet corn too, plant a late sweet corn variety so as to avoid pollination conflicts.) Please consider ordering directly from Fertile Valley Seeds if convenient. We want to support Deppe’s breeding efforts and thus not take potential sales away from her, but also wish to make this corn variety more widely available because it is a gem! Approx. 85 seeds per ounce. OSSI-pledged variety.
All parching corn varieties are in the flour corn category. They are the easiest type of grain corn to grind and thus the preference for corn meal or corn flour, especially if your grinder is hand-cranked! Parching corn are varieties that taste good when roasted in a dry skillet until they swell up. Packets are 2 ounces to ensure enough seed for a genetic diverse population. Approximately 100 seeds per one ounce packet.