Over 150 varieties of heirloom tomato, pepper, vegetable & herb plants grown on the north shore of beautiful Lake Erie, in Selkirk, Ontario
At BeachHouse Farms, we grow heirloom tomatoes, heirloom and exotic peppers, herbs and vegatables. All our products are organically grown from open pollinated, non-gmo, untreated seed. We are located on the north shore of Lake Erie in Selkirk, Ontario.
We sell heirloom bedding plants, perennials, produce, fresh and dried herbs, at the Port Colborne, Ridgeway, Ancaster and Simcoe farmers markets, sometimes other events in Southwestern Ontario, or directly from our gardens.
Fresh heirloom tomatoes, heirloom peppers and rare varieties of hot chiles from around the world are also available once bedding plant season is over. We also grow a selection of other heirloom vegetables such as beets, leeks, swiss chard, potatoes, okra, ground cherries, tomatillos, beans etc.
What’s New for 2016
This year we are really excited to bring you the biggest selection of new items since we began this adventure 6 years ago! We have an entirely new section, Fruits and Vegetables, where there are 22 new products, and overall we have 32 new items for you to choose from.
Over the last few years we have concentrated on Peppers and Tomatoes; last year we expanded our herb production with a number of new varieties and greatly increased production. However, customers kept asking us for other types of vegetables and most growers are now offering many bedding plants for vegetables which are traditionally grown from seed. Often this seems like a waste of money, as you don’t get much off one or two bean or pea plants. On the other hand, it sometimes seems like a waste of money to buy 4 packets of cucumber or squash seed when a family only needs one plant of each kind. Lettuce is usually directly sown in the garden, but will actually do better from transplants in the summer as the heat inhibits seed germination and even if they do sprout, the tiny seedlings don’t do well in the heat either.
So, last year we brought a few experimental lettuces to market; the plants held up well in their four packs, and transplanted well into the garden, giving us a good crop of fresh lettuce for market from July right though to Thanksgiving. We have been growing celery for a number of years, as well as squash and cucumbers.
This brings us to the 2016 season, where we are offering bedding plants that are proven performers in our own garden and will give you better results than you can get from seed. The selection consists of 4 types of celery, including Pink Plume, an heirloom celery actually introduced in 1894, with purple stalks that taste like fennel or licorice, as well as cucumber, melons, squash and six varieties of lettuce. The cucumbers include Lemon and Jelly Melon, which is possibly the weirdest looking cucumber we have ever seen.
Even though we already have one of largest selections of tomato and pepper plants available, we couldn’t resist adding a few more, including Miniature Red Bell, which produces 2” red bell peppers, and is actually a family heirloom from Ohio. We have Blue Beauty tomato, because we couldn’t resist a blue beefsteak (most of the new blue tomatoes are pretty small) and Chocolate Stripes, because it just sounds so good. Of course all of our new selections are still open-pollinated, non-gmo, from organic seed where possible and grown organically at our farm.
We also added Carolina Reaper, which looks like a cross between a Trinidad Scorpion and a ghost pepper, and according to the Guiness Book of Records is still the hottest pepper in the world:
“The hottest chili is Smokin Ed's 'Carolina Reaper', grown by The PuckerButt Pepper Company (USA), which rates it at an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina, USA, throughout 2012.”
Please check out the New for 2016 page to see all of our new products.
Finally, we will be shipping bedding plants this year (within Canada only). Details are in the on-line catatlogue.
Hi - We are moving to Costa Rica as of May 1, 2017, to a 15 acre property near San Vito, in the far south of Costa Rica, near La Amistad national forest and the Osa Peninsula. We will intially be "homesteading" or camping depending on how you look at it.... and learning to grow bananas and coffee and a host of other fruits and veggies, while we figure out what kind of house and cabins we will build.
Our natural make-up line, which has been renamed Dos Besos (Two Kisses), will be coming with us, and will be created in this natural setting. Our plan is to build a place where guests can stay and enjoy life in an off grid nature retreat. Pictures of our new home will be up shortly.
In the meantime, we have sold our equipment to two local growers who would be happy to help you fill up your garden this spring!
Many thanks to all of our customers- you made this venture a wonderful experience, which helped us along the path to where we are now. Please keep in touch at email@example.com.
Ray and Barb
3417 Bethesda Road, Jordan, ON
Tomatoes - 70 varieties Mostly heirloom varieties
Peppers (|Sweet and Hot) - 50 varieties
Sweet Potato slips, Zucchini, Cucumber, Melon, Watermelon, Beans, Swiss Chard, Eggplant, Lettuce, Kale, Mustard, Kholrabi, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Tomatillo, Onions, Leek, Celery, Peanut Plants, Ground Cherry and more.
Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Mint, Savoury, Chives, Chamomile, Sage, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Dill, Cilantro, Lavender.
For more information on varieties, prices and selling dates please contact Susan at
Marlene and Mark Neufeld
Marlene and Mark farm just outside of Ridgeway and will be bringing bedding plants and produce to the Ridgeway Farmer's Market Saturday mornings. "We will begin with heirloom type vegetable and herb transplants. Primarily Cilantro, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, tomato, leek, onion, peppers, celery. Followed by all types of vegetables and fruits in season, all season long. Asparagus, strawberries, pineberries, carrots, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, goji berries, seabuckthorn, raspberries, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, leeks, watermelon, pumpkins and squash of all sorts. We will be specializing in cut flowers every week, zinnias and dahlias of all colours.
Contact Marlene at 905 327 6140. "
They can be found right at the market entrance in our former spot... We'll miss all our customers, and are truly thankful to have been part of Ridgeway Market- but feel free to visit us in San Vito :)