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badger flame beet (100 seeds) $3.99 $5.00

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All the vegetal sweetness of the beet, without the polarizing earthiness—the brilliant Badger Flame is here to redeem the beet's dirty reputation. 80 days to maturity; 55 days for small beets.


Our Badger Flame beet seeds were produced in Oregon and Washington. Each seed sold supports public plant breeding research at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Growing

Days to Maturity

70-80 days 

Appearance

— 6-7" cylindrical orange-yellow beets. The flame-like colors deepen as the season progresses. 

Field Notes

— Soil Requirements: Light, workable, well-drained soils with an optimal pH of over 6.0.

— Boron deficiency can cause internal browning; confirm adequate boron levels with a soil test.

Spacing After Thinning/Transplanting

— Plant spacing: 3-4”

— Row spacing: 12-18”

Direct Seeding

— Sow seeds 1/2" deep well-worked soils, at least 55˚F. Can be seeded throughout the season until 8 weeks prior to hard frost.

— Sow seeds every 1”; thin seedlings to 3-4’’ apart depending on desired size.

— 5-8 days to emergence, slower in cold soil.

Transplanting

— Start seeds indoors 5-7 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds 1/2” deep. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 85˚F.

— Start seeds every 2-3 weeks for continuous harvest until 8 weeks before hard frost.

— Move transplants outdoors to harden off gradually for 3-5 days, protecting seedlings from wind, strong sun, hard rain and cold.

— Transplant outdoors when soil temperatures reach at least 45˚F.

Pest + Disease Info

Diseases: Cercospora leaf spot: rotate crops. Scab: irrigate well.

Harvest

Harvest when roots reach desired size, before hard freeze. Full size is 6-7" long.

Storage

Wash and dry before storage. Cut tops at 1" above the crown. Store at 38-42˚F and 95% humidity for best results. Will store up to 6 months. Monitor quality.

Seed Specs

Average 2,000 seeds/ounce, 30,000 seeds/pound.

Details

Beta vulgaris

This striking, flame-colored beet is the brainchild of breeder Irwin Goldman. Irwin is brilliant. In many ways, he thinks like a chef, and he’s passionate about focusing people’s attention on the characteristics in vegetables that typically go unnoticed. In this case, he wanted to create a visually striking beet, one with a vibrant orange-yellow interior and cylindrical shape. But he also wanted to take on the beet’s dirty reputation—the earthy flavor that many blame for their beet aversion.

It turns out, this signature earthiness is caused by geosmin, an organic compound produced primarily by microbes in the soil, but also by certain plants. Irwin's lab has spent years searching for the genes that produce this earthiness, and, in doing so, they discovered how to change the beet's flavor. Led by Irwin and technician Nick Breitbach, their team selected the Badger Flame over several years, combining laboratory analysis with old-school techniques (read: eating beets raw in the field). The result? A beet that is mild and sweet, and delicious raw.

Our Badger Flames’ story continued in the fields of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where Farm Director Jack Algiere trialled the beets for several years. His participatory breeding work—studiously selecting the best roots from each crop in tandem with seedsman Matthew Goldfarb— helped to improve our stock seed, year after year.

The Badger Flame Beet is a Plant Variety Protected Variety (PVP #201400381). Anyone interested in commercial seed production or sales of this variety should pursue a license from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (web: www.warf.org, email: licensing@warf.org). These licenses support future breeding efforts and respect the community investment in the beet's creation. Our Badger Flame seeds were produced in NY and WA.

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In between sizes? Keep in mind that swim fabric expands! If you're in the water A LOT, select the smaller size for a supported, secure fit. If you're more likely to dive into a great book than a pool, choose the larger size for maximum comfort in the sun.

SIZE
MEASUREMENTS
XS
00-0
SM
2-4
MD
6-8
LG
10-12
XL
14-16
XXL
18-20
XXXL
22-24


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Fit

In between sizes? Keep in mind that swim fabric expands! If you're in the water A LOT, select the smaller size for a supported, secure fit. If you're more likely to dive into a great book than a pool, choose the larger size for maximum comfort in the sun.

SIZE
MEASUREMENTS
XS
00-0
SM
2-4
MD
6-8
LG
10-12
XL
14-16
XXL
18-20
XXXL
22-24


TORSO SIZING

Using a soft measuring tape, measure the length of your torso from your shoulder (where a bra strap typically lands) to between your legs (where the inseam of your pant legs meet). If you are over 30," you might prefer Andie long torso fit.

Some women know they have a long torso because one piece swimsuits tend to ride up or dig into the shoulders, or even feel too deeply scooped in the bust...If you are often adjusting the length of the suit (tugging and shifting) you may be a long torso fit!