Op Shop a gallery space and community co-op in an old Hollywood Video store, the General Economy Exquisite Exchange, is selling the seeds of meaty Cherokee Purples, savory Jaune Flammes, and about ten other varieties. They’re $2 for a packet of ten seeds. You can also swap seeds here. Too impatient to start them from seed? There are seedlings of a few varieties (mostly black cherry tomatoes remained as of a few days ago) ready to plunk into the ground when it warms up. They’re $5. While in the shop, you can also pick up compost for growing them in. It’s easy to find: there’s a heap of it in the middle of the store.

—DENNIS RODKIN

 

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Grow Your Own Tomatoes

There’s still time to start some heirloom tomato plants from seed—you can’t put the plants outside until the weather is reliably warm anyway, and that’s early June. If you’re a fan of the full flavor of heirlooms, which are to store-bought tomatoes what hand-made baked goods are to a Pop-Tart, you’ll find a good seed source in Hyde Park. At the Op Shop a gallery space and community co-op in an old Hollywood Video store, the General Economy Exquisite Exchange, is selling the seeds of meaty Cherokee Purples, savory Jaune Flammes, and about ten other varieties. They’re $2 for a packet of ten seeds. You can also swap seeds here. Too impatient to start them from seed? There are seedlings of a few varieties (mostly black cherry tomatoes remained as of a few days ago) ready to plunk into the ground when it warms up. They’re $5. While in the shop, you can also pick up compost for growing them in. It’s easy to find: there’s a heap of it in the middle of the store.

 

There’s still time to start some heirloom tomato plants from seed—you can’t put the plants outside until the weather is reliably warm anyway, and that’s early June. If you’re a fan of the full flavor of heirlooms, which are to store-bought tomatoes what hand-made baked goods are to a Pop-Tart, you’ll find a good seed source in Hyde Park. At the Op Shop a gallery space and community co-op in an old Hollywood Video store, the General Economy Exquisite Exchange, is selling the seeds of meaty Cherokee Purples, savory Jaune Flammes, and about ten other varieties. They’re $2 for a packet of ten seeds. You can also swap seeds here. Too impatient to start them from seed? There are seedlings of a few varieties (mostly black cherry tomatoes remained as of a few days ago) ready to plunk into the ground when it warms up. They’re $5. While in the shop, you can also pick up compost for growing them in. It’s easy to find: there’s a heap of it in the middle of the store.

 

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