Thursday, March 27, 2014

Boob Girls at the Library

Boob Girls at the Library
Joy Johnson, author of the Boob Girls (Burned out Old Broads), will be at the library on Saturday April 5th, at 2:00 p.m.

Joy Johnson is over 70 now. With her husband, Dr. Marvin Johnson, she co-founded two non-profit organizations in Omaha, Neb., Centering Corporation and Ted E. Bear Hollow. Joy is a nationally-known speaker and has written or edited more than 100 books on grief, mostly for children.

The main characters in Joy's novels the Burned Out Old Broad novels are affectionately called the BOOB Girls. Joy believes that older, seasoned women are beautiful too!

Technology Classes:  We have a full schedule of classes this week.  Monday:  E-book Reader at 3:00 p.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 5:00 p.m., E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday:  E-book Reader at 12:30 p.m., Excel 3 at 2:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 2 at 3:00 p.m., Windows 1 at 4:00 p.m., PowerPoint 1 at 5:30 p.m.; Know Your Computer 10:00 a.m., Search Engines 11:00 a.m., How to Search the Internet 2:00 p.m., Using Reference Sources at 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  We have a full schedule of activities this week.  Monday:  Preschool Story Time at 1:30 p.m., Movie Matinee 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday:  Night of Fun 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday:  Preschool Story Time at 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., Robotics Club (for grades 3rd through 6th); Thursday: Pat-a-Cake Pals 10:00 a.m.; Friday:  Toddler Time 10:00 a.m.; and Saturday:  Movie Matinee at 11:00 a.m.

“Sew” What are you doing on Tuesday Nights?  Tangled Yarns meet every Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The group is open all adults who enjoy doing needle work.

Garden Group April 3rd  We will discuss planning a new garden – from seed catalog – to paper – to reality – get your scissors and glue out on Thursday April 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Calling All Quilters It is time to prepare for this fall’s 2014 Quilt Byway Quilt Show. We are looking for people to display their quilts, help with set up and take down for the quilt show, as well as people to work during the days of the quilt show.  If you are interested in any of these things, call Dan at the library 402-494-7545.

Tax Forms at the Library
The following tax forms are available at the library:   Form 1040, 1040 Instructions, Form 1040A, 1040A Instructions, Form 1040EZ, 1040EZ Instructions, Schedule A- Itemized Deductions, Schedule B Interest on Ordinary Dividends, Schedule C Profit and Loss from Business, Schedule C-EZ Net Profits from Business, Schedule D Capital Gains and Losses, Schedule E Supplemental Income and Loss, Schedule EIC Earned Income Credit, Schedule F Profit and Loss from Farming, Form 1040NR U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Form, Schedule 1040 R Credit for Elderly or Disabled, Schedule SE Self Employment Tax, Form 1040X Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Form, and Schedule 8812 Child Tax Credit.  You can also get all of the form you need from our website

April is National Poetry Month.  It is a great time to discover poetry again.  Here are some selections to get you started in reading poetry.

Duppy Conqueror:  New and Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes.   Born in Ghana, raised in Jamaica, and educated in Canada, Kwame Dawes is a dynamic and electrifying poet. In this generous collection, new poems appear with the best work from fifteen previous volumes. Deeply nuanced in exploring the human condition, Dawes' poems are filled with complex emotion and consistently remind us what it means to be a global citizen. - from the catalog record.

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver.  "Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Mary Oliver's dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver's relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. To be illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will come to colorful life here. These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver's well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver's life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection. - from the catalog record.

Have a good week and happy reading.

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Thunderstorms & Lightning

The following is from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. In 2010 there were 29 fatalities and 182 injuries from lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.
Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.
They may occur singly, in clusters or in lines.
Some of the most severe occur when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rain for a brief period, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.
About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe – one that produces hail at least an inch or larger in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher or produces a tornado.
Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property.
Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
“Heat lightning” is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening.
Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions.
Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.

Why Worry About Thunderstorms? 

■ Causes an average of 55-60 fatalities and 400 injuries each year
■ Occurs with all thunderstorms
■ Costs more than $1 billion in insured losses each year
■ Cause an average of 60-65 fatalities and 1,500 injuries each year
■ Can produce wind speeds in excess of 200 mph                                                                       
■ Can be 1 mile wide and stay on the ground over 50 miles
Straight-line Winds...
■ Can exceed 125 mph
■ Can cause destruction equal to a tornado
■ Are extremely dangerous to aviation
Flash Floods and Floods...
■ Are the #1 cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms, more
than 90 fatalities each year
Can be larger than a softball (5 inches in diameter)
■ Causes more than $1 billion in crop and property damage
each year

One dangerous aspect of weather that sometimes is not taken as seriously as others is lightning. Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena, but don’t be fooled, lightning strikes happen at all times of the year. In the United States, an average of 53 people are killed each year by lightning. In 2012, 28 people died due to lightning. In 2013, 23 people were struck and killed, while hundreds of others were permanently injured. Of the victims who were killed by lightning in 2013:
§  91% were outside
§  74% were male
§  52% were between the ages of 20 - 39         
§  30% were between the ages of 50 - 59
§  30% were in or near water
§  22% were near or under trees

Avoid getting caught in a dangerous situation! If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning!

Move into a sturdy building or an automobile with a metal top. The frame of the building or of a metal car body will allow the charge to be conducted away from you.
§  Outdoor activities such as golfing and baseball can present a risk to those in attendance, as these take place on a fairway or ball field, both of which are wide open. Those attending rodeos or concerts in open arenas, sitting on metal bleachers or under a metal overhang, are also at risk.
§  Get out of boats and away from water, as water is an electrical conductor. On the open water, you may become the tallest object and a prime target.
§  When indoors, avoid using any corded and electrical appliances. Also stay away from pools, tubs, showers, or any other plumbing. Electricity can travel through wiring and plumbing, posing a risk to those in contact.
§  If someone is struck by lightning, get medical help immediately. With proper treatment, including CPR if necessary, most lightning victims survive.


Did you know… Thunderstorms do not have to be large in size or even severe to create potentially fatal lightning strikes!

As a thunderstorm grows, areas of rising and descending air cause a separation of positively and negatively charged particles within the storm. At the same time, oppositely charged particles are gathering on the ground below. The attraction between the particles in the cloud and at the ground quickly grows, and once the force is strong enough to overcome the air’s resistance, lightning occurs.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2013 Tornado Facts

Tornadoes: 49 (7 above the 1950-2013 average of 42 & 5 below the 30 year average of 54)
Deaths: 0 Injuries: 17 (15 in Wayne and 2 in Macy - October 4th)
Longest Track: 19 miles (8 SW Wayne to 6 NNW Wakefield on October 4th - Wayne to Dixon Counties)
Greatest Width: 1.38 miles (8 SW Wayne to 6 NNW Wakefield on October 4th - Wayne to Dixon Counties)
Strongest: EF4 (October 4th, Wayne in Wayne County)
Most in a county: 4 (Clay County)
Days of occurrence (Days with 1 or more tornadoes): 17
Most in one day: 10 (May 29th)
Most active hour of the day: 13 each from 3-4 p.m. & 4-5p.m. CST/ 2-3 p.m. & 3-4p.m. MST
Most in one month: 23 (May)
First tornado of the year March 19th (EF0 - Near Shelton in Buffalo County)

Last tornado of the year: October 4th (EF0 - Willis – Dakota County)

from the Dakota County Emergency Management Team.

OVC Will No Longer Be Available for Some BlackBerry Devices

The following is from OverDrive Media Console.

Effective April 10, 2014, the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for BlackBerry will no longer be available to download on BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Playbook devices.
BlackBerry users with the app installed prior to April 10 will be able to continue downloading eBooks and audiobooks via OMC. However, no further development or testing will be dedicated to it.
In the past year, OMC for BlackBerry has experienced a steady decline in downloads. Only .3% of all visitors to digital library websites come from a BlackBerry device. After much consideration, OverDrive has decided to remove the app from BlackBerry App World and continue to focus our development efforts on more widely used platforms such as iOS and Android—both of which have more daily downloads than BlackBerry has monthly.
Please take steps to notify your users via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other communication methods. You may repurpose parts of this message as needed.

Should you have any questions, please contact Support via OverDrive Marketplace > Support.

Tornadoes in Nebraska

From the Dakota County Emergency Management Team

Monday, March 24, 2014

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa & Nebraska - March 24-28, 2014

This sis from Dakota County Emergency Management.

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, the State of Nebraska Office of Emergency Management, and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 24th through March 28th, 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa and Nebraska.   Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind everyone that severe weather is part of living in the upper Midwest and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.   
Tornado Test Details 
The FCC has granted Iowa & Nebraska a waiver for the 2014 tornado drill.  Therefore,  the real Emergency Alert System (EAS) warning codes for test messages will be used during the drill. 
 9:50 AM - Storm Prediction Center (SPC) coordinates with Iowa/Nebraska National Weather Service (NWS) offices about a test tornado watch for Iowa and Nebraska.
10:00 AM - SPC issues Test Tornado Watch for Iowa and Nebraska.  Each Iowa/Nebraska NWS offices will issue test Watch Coordination Notification messages.  Test watch will be toned alerted on NOAA All Hazards Radio and sent through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) as a test message.
10:10 AM - NWS Sioux Falls issues test tornado warnings for their Iowa & Nebraska counties.
10:30 AM - NWS Sioux Falls issues a Severe Weather Statement to terminate the test warnings.

11:00 AM - Test tornado watch expires.

If severe weather threatens on Wednesday - March 26th, the test will be conducted on Thursday - March 27th at the same time.   If you have any questions concerning severe weather safety, please contact your County Emergency Manager or Warning Coordination Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp through e-mail or by calling (605) 330-4247.  Click here for further weather safety information!

Flash Flood Safety


On average, more people are killed by flooding than by any other single severe weather hazard, including tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes. Most of these deaths occur at night, when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers, and when people are trapped in vehicles. Do you and your family know what to do in case of a flood?

DO NOT drive onto a flooded roadway.

DO NOT drive through flowing water.

If you approach a roadway that is flooded, TURN AROUND - DON’T DROWN.

Drive with extreme caution if roads are even just wet or it is raining. You can lose control of your vehicle if hydroplaning occurs, which is when a layer of water builds up between your tires and the road, causing there to be no direct contact between your vehicle and the road.

If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area…
If advised to evacuate, do so immediately! Act quickly to save yourself, you may not have much time.

Get out of areas that are subject to flooding and move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood waters. Low spots such as dips, canyons, and washes are not the places you want to be during flooding!

DO NOT camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.

DO NOT drive if not necessary. If driving is necessary, do not attempt to drive over a flooded road, as the depth of the water is not always obvious and the roadway may no longer be intact under the water. Never drive around a barricade, they are placed there for your protection! If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and move to higher ground before water sweeps you and your vehicle away.
DO NOT try to walk, swim, or play in flood water. You may not be able to determine if there are holes or submerged debris, how quickly the water is flowing, and you may be swept away. If water is moving swiftly, as little as 6 inches of water can knock you off of your feet! There is also a danger of hazardous materials polluting the water. Also remember that water is an electrical conductor, if there are power lines down, there is a threat of electrocution.

Always continue to monitor the situation through the National Weather Service website, your NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards, or favorite local television or radio stations.

Why is “Turn Around - Don’t Drown” so important?
On average, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring is here at the Library

The following is the weekly column that we post in the Dakota County Star.

Spring is here at the Library
Spring has finally sprung.  The library has everything that you would want to see or do during the spring. 

Technology Classes
We have a full schedule of technology classes this week.  Monday Mar24th we have E-book Reader at 3:00 p.m.; Microsoft Word 3 at 5:00 p.m.; and E-book Reader at 6:00 p.m.  Tuesday March 25th we have Windows 3 at 10:00 a.m.; E-book Reader 12:30 p.m.; Microsoft Excel 2 at 2:00 p.m.; Microsoft Word 1 at 3:00 p.m.; Power Point 2 at 3:00 p.m.; Clean Up Your Computer at 5:30 p.m.  On Wednesday March 26th we have Setting up an Email Account at 5:30 p.m.  On Thursday we have Yahoo Messenger at 10:00 a.m.; Internet Privacy at 11:00 a.m.; Facebook for Business at 2:00 p.m.; Search Engines at 3:30 p.m.; Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-Book Reader at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Activities:  Our regular youth activities are Monday:  Preschool Story Time at 1:30 p.m. and Monday Movie at 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday:  Night of Fun 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Preschool Story Time 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.; Technology Kids (for kids from grade 3 to 6) at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday has Pat-a-Cake Pals at 10:00 a.m., Friday:  Toddler Time at 10:00 a.m.; and Saturday Movie at 11:00 a.m.

Book SaleOur monthly book sale is held on March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

March is National Nutrition Month.  The following are some of the most popular books on nutrition.

Food as Foe:  Nutrition and Eating Disorders by Lesli J. Favor.  "Provides a basic, comprehensive introduction to eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, with a review of where to find help and how to make wise food choices to become healthy"--Provided by publisher.

Body Fuel:  a Guide to Good Nutrition by Donna Shryer.  "Provides a basic, comprehensive introduction to human nutrition, including information on how nutrients fuel the body, with a review of the food pyramid and how to read labels to make healthy food choices"--Provided by publisher.

Weighing In:  Nutrition and Weight Management by Lesli J. Favor. "Provides a basic, comprehensive introduction to weight management, including information on using the body-mass index formula and the food pyramid to make healthy food choices"--Provided by publisher.

March 25th is Natural Agriculture Day.  The following are some titles related to agriculture.

How to Restore Your Farm Tractor by Tharran E. Gaines is a "Detailed step-by-step guidebook to restoring all types of vintage farm tractors"-- Provided by publisher.

The Wisdom of Hen Keepers:  500 Tips for Keeping Chickens.  the city, is all the rage these days. In this delightful collection of 500 chicken-raising tips, expert poultry fancier Chris Graham provides all you need to know to get started in this rewarding hobby. For easy reference, the tips are divided into ten chapters, covering all aspects of chicken keeping, from coops and equipment through choosing chickens for eggs and meat to feeding chickens and breeding and showing. The tips are grouped logically so that beginners can build their knowledge gradually, while old hands might prefer to dip in and out at random or refer to the index to access specific topics. The tips are accompanied by simple annotated diagrams where required, and a series of specially commissioned linocut prints by printmaker Melvyn Evans rounds out this charming package"-- Provided by publisher.

Read a great book this week.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

State Monitors River Conditions for Potential Flooding

The following is from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
State Monitors River Conditions for Potential Flooding

(Lincoln, Neb.) Potential for 2014 flooding is currently being monitored by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and its partner state agencies. As mountain snowpack begins to melt, potential flooding could occur. NEMA is gathering information and aggressively monitoring conditions to identify and ready potential flood response resources, if needed.

“The historic flooding of 2011 caused significant damage to homes, farms, ranches, businesses and infrastructure,” said Gov. Dave Heineman. “After that flooding, I invited Governors from the basin states directly affected by the Missouri River flooding to discuss the impact of flooding. As a result of our meetings, we reached a consensus that flood control must be the highest priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the operation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System.”

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has notified us that the storage capacity in the reservoirs is greater than normal,” said Earl Imler, response and recovery section manager, NEMA. “The upper three reservoirs in the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System remain 5 to 11 feet below target levels according to the Corps. With this additional space available, the Corps advises that flooding like 2011 is unlikely. Localized weather events could increase the chance for flooding, and we will continue to monitor the river and weather conditions.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled six public meetings in the Missouri River Basin to provide information and updates on current Missouri River Basin conditions. For Nebraska residents, the two closest meetings are:
·         April 8, 7:00 p.m. (CDT), Lewis and Clark Center, 100 Valmont Drive, Nebraska City
·         April 9, 11:00 a.m. (CDT), Capitol Lake Visitor Center, 650 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D.

Gov. Heineman has instructed NEMA to continue to do risk assessments on the potential for flooding and to be ready to respond, if necessary.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chilton Library Accessing Bulletins, Recalls etc

Even if you do not lean to the mechanical, the Chilton Library allows you to find bulletins and recalls and other information about your vehicle.

Chilton Library Selecting a Vehicle

Since we are featuring the Gale Chilton Library this video shows you how to select a vehicle on the Library.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Navigating Twitter Part II

We are continuing to look at the navigation bar of Twitter.  Today we will look at the "home" and "discovery"  buttons on Twitter.

Home:  The home button is the place where you will find your timeline, or news feed to use Facebook terminology.  Here you will be able to read the tweets coming in from those you are following in real time.  This is the place where you can find out what your friends are doing in real time.

This is an example from the SSC Library news feed.

Home brings posts from your feed in real time.  

Discovery is where you find what your friends are retweeting. It gives you trends, which topics are the most popular in Twitter at any given moment.  The trends are where the hash tags # are so popular.  You can also get recommendations of people who you may want to follow.  

Note since I started this series some things have changed again at Twitter.  This is one of the big truths we have to understand.  In today's world we are always re-learning.  So get started and look for part three of this article at a later time.

Go Green at the SSC Library

This is our weekly column published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

Go Green at the SSC Library
The birth of Patrick of Ireland is celebrated on March 17th.  With that comes the wearing of the green.  Later this week, spring comes in its fullness, and with that the earth’s greening.  The library offers many opportunities to go green at the library.

The SSC Scribes is a group of writers who get together to challenge and encourage one another in their writing.  They next meet on Monday March 17th at 6:00 p.m.  Join us in the fun.

Real to Reel Movie:  Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 13th for a film starring Domhnall Gleason and Rachel McAdams, in which a time traveler finds that it is not easy to go back in time and get a girl friend. 

Technology Classes:  We have another full week of technology classes scheduled for this week:  Monday:  E-book Reader 3:00 p.m., Microsoft Word 2 at 3:00 p.m., E-Book Reader 5:00 p.m., E-book Reader class at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday:  Windows 2 at 10:00 a.m., E-book Reader class at 12:30 p.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 2:00 p.m., Windows 3 at 3:00 p.m., Power Point 1 at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday:  Clean up Your Computer  5:30 p.m., Pinterest 6:30 p.m., Thursday:  Job and Career Accelerator 10:00 a.m., Blogging Basics 11:00 a.m., Twitter Basics 2:00 p.m., Nebraska Access 3:30 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and E-Book Reader at 6:00 p.m.

Irish Music:  Get your Irish spirit on with the following Irish movies and music:  Heritage by Celtic Thunder, Storm by Celtic Thunder, Special Reserve by Gaelic Storm, Songs from the Heart by Celtic Woman, Voice of Ages by the Chieftans, Water from the Well by the Chieftans, and The Essential Chieftans.

Green Living: Going green is not just about expressing your Irish self, but going green has a lot to do with living a green lifestyle.  The following books will help you to live the green life.

365 ways to live green: your everyday guide to saving the environment by Diane Gow McDilda gives readers an idea per day for being and living green.

Green plans: blueprint for a sustainable earth by Huey D. Johnson deals with plans for developing a greener world.

The Naturally Clean Home:  150 super-easy herbal formulas for green cleaning by Karyn Siegel-Maier bring green living to home cleaning.

Green ReadingMany great writers and stories have come from Ireland.  The following are three of our most popular titles from Ireland or Irish authors.

Dubliner by James Joyce is one of the greatest books of the twentieth century from Ireland’s greatest author.

Dark House by Alex Barclay is the first in a series.  This volume deals with the problem of missing children.

The promise of Light by Paul Watkins tells the story of the son of an Irish immigrant sets out for Ireland to learn the truth about his family and his past. 

Cool Stuff Online:  A person can get help from the library, without being entering our doors.  You may visit the library’s website for these and other important pages.

Your Tax CenterThe filing date for 2013 income taxes gets closer everyday. The library has links to help you get your W-2, federal tax information, Nebraska state tax information, and links to other state revenue departments.

Student Financial Aid:   This offers all sorts of information on applying for student financial aid.

Gale Chilton  This database offers user friendly instruction on how to do most basic auto repair tasks.

Gale Testing & Education Reference CenterThe database is the online resource used by millions of people looking for help in making confident decisions that will shape their future — has been updated with new features, a more user friendly interface and enhanced functionality. 

Ask a librarian about these online resources.

Have a great, green week.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

South Sioux City Seed Saving Library list

Library Director, Dave Mixdorf has announced the seed varieties that are available at the South Sioux City Public Library.

Brandywine Pink (Sudduths Strain): This strain was obtained by tomato collector Ben Quisenberry of Big Tomato Gardens in 1980 from Dorris Sudduth Hill whose family grew it for over 100 years. Large pink beefsteak fruits to 2 pounds. Incredibly rich, delightfully intense tomato flavor. Indeterminate, 90 days from transplant

Dester: Winner of SSE’s 2011 Tomato Tasting and runner-up in 2012. Donated to SSE by Missouri farmer Larry Pierce, who received his seeds from an Amish woman in Seymour, Missouri. She originally got her seeds from a doctor she worked for whose family had brought the seeds with them from Germany. Luscious pink beefsteaks weighing up to one pound. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.

Mortgage Lifter Radiator Charlies: Developed by M.C. Byles in the 1930s, this heirloom tomato remains very much in demand in the Mid-Atlantic states. Mr. Byles, affectionately known as "Radiator Charlie" earned his nickname from the radiator repair business he opened at the foot of a steep hill on which trucks would often overheat. Radiator Charlie, who had no formal education or plant breeding experience, created this legendary tomato by cross-breeding four of the largest tomatoes he was able to find and developed a stable variety after six years of pollination and selection. He then sold his heirloom tomato plants for one dollar each (in the 1940s) and paid off the six thousand dollar mortgage on his house in six years. The large, slightly flattened, pink-red fruits that range from 1 pound to more than 3 pounds, are meaty, very flavorful and have few tomato seeds.

Abe Lincoln:  Indeterminate, 80 days. A popular heirloom tomato introduced in Illinois in 1923 by the Buckbee Seed Co. These organic tomato seeds produce brilliant red, round, medium-sized, 12 oz. tomatoes in clusters up to 9. A good disease resistant tomato. Delicious, rich, slightly acidic tomato flavors

Arkansas Traveler: Heirloom. Originating before 1900 in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas Traveler is prized for very flavorful, medium-sized tomatoes that resist cracking and keep on coming, even in drought and hot weather. Taste is mild, like the pink color of the fruit. Popular in its home state and beyond. Indeterminate vines do best in tall cages. Fruit size: 6 to 8 oz  Matures: 75 days

Costoluto Genovese: The fluted, old Italian favorite that has been around since the early 19th century. Fruit are rather flattened and quite attractive with their deep ribbing. This variety is a standard in Italy for both fresh eating and preserving; known for its intensely flavorful, deep red flesh.

Marianna's Peace:  is a late season, indeterminate, potato-leaf variety (80-85 days) that produces relatively lower yields of 1-2 lb., pink/red, beefsteak-styled fruit. It's plant and fruit structure and the taste of it's fruit remind me of an old favorite, Brandywine. The sugary nectar of it's creamy, dense, flesh also reminds me of Sandul Moldovan, another great tasting variety originally from Moldova. Overall, it's flavors are exceptionally rich, with good sweet/acid balance and luscious complex flavors reminiscent of the finest of those "old-fashioned" tomato flavors, the memories of which is the stuff-of-dreams for all tomato lovers.

Rutgers: Determinate 60-100 days Good for canning; also good fresh; large red 8-oz. globes. Good yields and flavor on large vines. A fine New Jersey heirloom.

Wisconsin 55: Bred by JC Walker at the University of Wisconsin in the 1940s. Excellent all-purpose tomato, great for canning. Does best on rich soils. Remembered as one of the best home and market tomatoes in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.

Austin’s Red Pear: Introduced to SSE by Dale Austin of Washington. A real standout among all of SSE’s red pears due to its superior flavor. Large 2" red tomatoes with elongated neck. Very productive. Occasionally a plant with yellow fruit appears. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.

Beam’s Yellow Pear: Introduced to SSE in 1983 by John Hartman of Indiana. Our favorite when we compared 25 different yellow pears in 1998. Endless supply of 1½" fruits with great flavor. Ideal for salads. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.

Black Cherry: produce large, sprawling, indeterminate, regular-leaf, vigorous tomato plants that yield abundant crops in huge clusters of 1", round, deep purple, mahogany-brown cherry tomatoes. Fruits are irresistibly delicious with sweet, rich, complex, full tomato flavors that burst in your mouth, characteristic of the best flavorful black tomatoes. Beautiful to mix with other colored cherry tomatoes. Unique tomato variety. Disease resistant.

Mexico Midget: Hundreds of ½-¾" dark red cherry tomatoes on each plant. Huge tomato flavor for such small fruits. Great for salads or selling in pints. Plants produce throughout the entire growing season. Indeterminate, 60-70 days from transplant.

Tommy Toe: Exceptionally vigorous plants yield hundreds of large red cherry tomatoes throughout the season. The superb flavor won it top billing over 100 other varieties in an Australian taste test. Indeterminate, 70 days from transplant.

White Cherry: Early and productive pale yellow to ivory 1 ounce fruits; color will be paler with less sun exposure. An excellent color addition to cherry tomato mixes. Sweet fruity flavor. Indeterminate, 70 days from transplant.

Aunt Ruby's German Green:  70-85 days, Indeterminate, Regular Leaf, our strain does not always produce large fruits but fruits from this variety should be about a pound, somewhat spicy and sweet, fruits may be irregular in shape and show irregularities, family heirloom of Ruby Arnold of TN.

Zebra Rita: Another unique variety developed by Tom Wagner around in the mid 1900's. Named in 2008 "Zebra Rita" on his visit in Belgium and France, during which he stayed in the house of Rita Declercq. The seeds he had with him he named after her in appreciation. Seeds were passed on to me by Rita's friend and associate Gerd Fraeyman. Produce indeterminate plants that yield abundant crops of medium-sized, 8-12 oz., green-yellow zebra beefsteak tomatoes. (larger and slightly sweeter than Green Zebra).

Amana Orange: 70-85 days, Indeterminate, oblate, large 1 pound orange fruits. A sport that came up in Gary Staley's garden when he was working for Amana.

Brandywine Yellow: Since 1991 Yellow Brandwine has become an American favorite heirloom tomato. The strain we carry is considered to be the original and best tasting strain, the Platfoot Strain from Gary Platfoot of Ohio. Our TomatoFest organic tomato seeds produce big, indeterminate, potato-leaf tomato plants that yield large amounts of 1 lb., 3 to 5-inch, yellow-orange (gold), flattened, slightly ribbed shouldered beefsteak tomato with delicious, intense sweet flavors balanced with a slight tartness.

Large Yellow Amish: BEAUTIFUL, 4-inch, yellow-orange heirloom tomato with apricot-colored flesh, unique sweet flavor with a good amount of acid for balanced flavors. 78 days, Indeterminate.
Nebraska Wedding: 70-85 days, Indeterminate, 6 to 8 oz. globe, orange flesh and skin, above average yield.

Regina’s Yellow: From Regina Yanici, Mineral City, OH. A very productive plant producing large, 1-lb., red and yellow, blemish-free beefsteak tomatoes with big, sweet and delicious fruity flavors. Does well in high-heat climates

Yoders German Yellow: 80-90 days. This regular-leafed variety produces large yellow/pale orange beefsteak type fruit. Fairly crack resistant and can grow as large as 1 pound. Good flavor. From Amish lady Mrs. Yoder, whose family grew this tomato for over half a century in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Waspipinicon Peach: (aka Yellow Peach, White Peach) Originated with Elbert S. Carman in 1890 under the name White Peach. This strain came from Dennis Schlicht and is named after the Wapsipinicon River in northeast Iowa. Heavy producer of 2" round fuzzy yellow fruits. Sweet, juicy, well-balanced flavor. Winner of SSE’s 2006 Heirloom Tomato Tasting. Rot resistant. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.

Akers Plum: family heirloom tomato of Craig Lehoullier's friend, Carl Aker of Pennsylvania. These tomato seeds produce a healthy, long-lasting, regular-leaf tomato plant that yields abundant crops of 2.5 x 3.5-inch (6-8 oz.) brilliant red, jumbo plum-shaped tomatoes.  These tomatoes have thick, meaty walls with excellent taste. A fantastic multi-purpose tomato suitable for juice, cooking, salads. Indeterminate, 85 days

Amish Paste: 80 days Many seeds savers believe this is the ultimate paste tomato. Giant, blocky Roma-type tomatoes have delicious red flesh that is perfect for paste and canning. World class flavor and comes from an Amish community in Wisconsin.

Italian Heirloom: Outstanding heirloom from Italy. Plants are loaded with red fruits weighing over a pound. One of the most productive varieties we have grown at Heritage Farm. Excellent full tomato flavor. Ideal for slicing and canning—very little waste and easy to peel. Indeterminate, 70-80 days from transplant.

Roma: Determinate 70-75 days A quality paste variety with very thick flesh. A popular old favorite with good yields.

Costolato Genovese:  over 85 days, Indeterminate, Regular Leaf, blocky red stuffing type.

Novogogoshary:  70-85 days, Semi Determinate, red fruits, 6 oz., 4 lobed, huge yields.
Zapotec Pleated: Unusual large flat deeply ribbed pink orange pear shape. Slightly hollow interior, fun as a stuffer. From Zapotec Indians of Mexico.  Indeterminate, over 85 days

Bull Nose: 75 days. Capsicum annuum. Plant produces good yields of sweet bell peppers. Peppers turn from dark green to red when mature. This heirloom variety was grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson in Virginia.

Orangeglo: An extraordinary watermelon offered by the Willhite Seed Company in the early 1980s. Fiery orange flesh is sugary, delicious, and crisp. Large oblong fruits average 25 pounds. A reliable producer and Heritage Farm favorite. 90-100 days.

Moon and Stars:  (Cherokee Strain)  A moon- and star-studded strain of the classic Moon and Stars watermelon. Eye-popping and scrumptious. Fruits are about 2' long and weigh 10-16 pounds. Bright pink sweet flesh, black seeds. Keep plants continuously well watered to achieve uniform elongated fruits. 95 days.

Blacktail Mountain: Bred by SSE member Glenn Drowns in the 1970s when he lived in northern Idaho, where summer nights average 43°F. Gorgeous green-black round fruits weigh 6-12 pounds. Deep scarlet flesh is super sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Perfect for short season areas; also does well in hot humid climates. 65-75 days.

Tom Thumb: 34 days. This unusual miniature butterhead lettuce produces heads about the size of a baseball, ideal for individual salads. Dark green, somewhat fleshy outer leaves wrap around a creamy yellow, mild-flavored interior. Tom Thumb is an excellent summer lettuce as it tolerates high temperatures at maturity and resists bolting better than larger varieties. An outstanding choice for home gardeners and specialty market growers.

Tennis Ball: Small rosettes of light green leaves measure only 7" in diameter and form loose, tender heads. Grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. According to Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by SSE member William Woys Weaver, tennis ball lettuces were often pickled in salt brine during the 17th and 18th centuries. Black-seeded. Butterhead, 50 days.

Lolla Rossa: Beautiful magenta leaves with tiny frills, light green bases. Mild flavor. Small 5-8" leaves. Excellent for cut-and-come-again lettuce when thickly sown. The leaves make a wonderful garnish. Looseleaf, 55 days.

Grandpa Admirers: In 1977, 90-year-old Chloe Lowry gave this family heirloom to SSE. It is named after her grandfather, George Admire, who was a Civil War veteran. Bronze-tinged leaves form large, loose heads. Mild flavor, slow to bolt, even in extreme heat. Butterhead, 60 days.

Amish Deer Tongue: Amish variety valued for its ruggedness and heavy production. Thick compact plant great for a cut-and-come-again lettuce when thickly sown. Thin midrib, good texture, pleasant sharp flavor. Looseleaf, 45-55 days.

Gold Rush: Lime-green leaves are strikingly frilled, curly, and crinkled. Adds unique texture to salads. Holds without bolting for an extended period. Mild, fresh flavor. Looseleaf, 60 days.

Fin de Bagnol: Old gourmet variety of French string bean with delicious round slender pods. Best for eating when picked every 2 or 3 days while still very young and before strings develop. Does well in cool soil. Attractive as tiny gourmet green beans. Commands a high price at market. Bush habit, snap, 50-60 days.

Blue Lake Bush: 53-58 day.   With nice yields of long, straight, green pods, Blue Lake is one of the old standards, and for a good reason.  Nice flavor, and great yields, making it still used as one of the main commercial varieties.

Purple Podded Pole: This delicious heirloom was discovered in the Ozark mountains by Henry Fields in the 1930’s and is still requested by many old-timers of this region. The pods are bright purple, stringless, and tender. Plants grow to 6’ and produce heavy yields.

Zebrune: Heritage shallot from France where it is called Cuisse de Poulet du Poitou, which translates as leg of the chicken. A type of Eschalion, or banana shallot, so named for its distinctive torpedo shape. Pink-brown bulbs are sweet, mild, and a must for gourmet cooking. Bulbs keep well in storage. Productive and resistant to bolting. 100 days from transplant.

Cylindra: 55 days. A wonderful heirloom from Denmark, this one is famous for slicing with its long, cylindrical roots. Produces much more uniform slices than round beets. This tender and sweet variety is also known as “Butter Slicer” because of its wonderful texture.

Early Prolific Straightneck Summer: 50 days. AAS Winner from 1938; uniform lemon-yellow, club-shaped fruit; firm flesh is of excellent quality, tasty.

Zucchini Black Beauty: 50 days. The classic dark-green summer squash that has made modern zucchini of this type popular. Introduced in the US markets in the 1920's, and seed companies started listing it in the 1930's. Delicious fried or baked; best picked young.

Crookneck- Early Golden Summer: 50 days. An old favorite heirloom, this is one of the oldest types of squash dating back to pre-Columbus times and has been popular ever since. Easy to grow and good tasting.