Winter Squash: Cheese Types

 A group that is perhaps the most heirloom group we offer  as most of these can trace their history back a number of years. They usually are large and  have a tan skin and orange flesh. In many cases they were used when families were large and for stock feed. All in this group are C. moschata


Cow- 110 days- cheese type, orange flesh.  Originally developed for  stock feeding, but good for pies.  UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020


Dickinson -  115 days -    A nice, blocky, oblong cheese type.  Fruits are a buffy tan, slightly ribbed and grow to 40 pounds.  Flesh is sweet, orange and excellent for pies.  Pkt. $2.00  Certified Organic Seed


Gray- 100 days-   Early, productive, blocky cheese type.  Medium orange flesh, in the 10 to 15 pound range for the fruits.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed.

Kimsey-Stephens Heirloom

Kimsey-Stephens Heirloom-  115 days- an amazing heirloom sent to us by a customer in Georgia. We planted 2 hills in an isolation garden and got almost 2000 pounds of fruit. Most weighed in between 40-50 pounds. As with all old types some shape variability from  large pear to  thick ribbed blocky cheese types. Productivity  per acre would be phenomenal.  Flesh is pale orange and very thick.  Linda made our Thanksgiving pumpkin pies from a small part of one fruit. Excellent stock pumpkin. Our pigs, sheep, cow and poultry devoured the seeded out  fruits.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Mrs. Amerson’s

Mrs. Amerson’s- 120 days-  Produces two distinct shapes.  Flesh is bright orange, has superb insect and disease resistance.  Pkt. $1.75

Old Time Buff Cow

Old Time Buff Cow- 100 days- Large (20 pounds and up), old fashioned oblong cheese type squash.  Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Old Timey Cornfield

Old Timey Cornfield- 110 days-   Old fashioned Southern heirloom, Tan skin, 15 to 30 pounds.  George McLaughlin sent  us this one which basically is a large  “Halloween pumpkin shape” but there are variable shaped ones. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed


Seminole- 110 days-  Vigorous vines, very productive, slightly bell-shaped, 6 to 8 inch sized fruits, buffy tan outside, orange inside.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed

Sweet Red

100 days. Obtained in the early days of the Seed Savers Exchange  one that I always thought was worthy but  always gave me fits when I went to hand pollinate to get pure seed. It is one of those that does not hand pollinate well. I found a few seeds in the freezer from 1987 and sent them to Annalissa in California and she got them to grow and pronounced this the tops of squash for eating and it survives her insect and disease issues of the year around growing season quite well. Fruit ripens tan as it matures. Pkt. $2.00  .

Tan Cheese

Tan Cheese- 125 days- 5 pound, flat cheese type, thin ribs with cantaloupe orange 1.5” thick flesh.  Pkt. $2.50  Certified Organic Seed 

Upper Ground Sweet Potato

Upper Ground Sweet Potato - 110   days   -  Extremely high yields even in poor soil and harsh conditions.  Tan colored skin, bell shaped for the most part, 4 to 6 pound fruits, some larger, nice orange flesh.  Some shape variations can be blocky, cheese box  with an occasional longer necked, bell shaped, tan skin.   Pkt. $2.75  Certified Organic Seed

Warty Cheese

Warty Cheese- 120 days-  Large, blocky, warty cheese box shaped, tan skin, 30-40 pounds in size with thick orange flesh. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2020

Wisconsin Cheese

100 days- A nice blocky tan skinned cheese type. Flesh makes excellent material for cooking and pies. Pkt. $2.00

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