Somers Seed Lending Library

A Community Heirloom Seed Lending Project

If you would like to order seeds for pick up at the library, please fill out the online form.

To access the form please click HERE.

Seed List 2023 Listed Below

Somers Seed Lending Library is a free community heirloom seed lending project, demonstrating that libraries check out more than books! The idea is simple. Growers get enough seed to grow 3-4 plants from the seed catalog located behind the Reference Desk, record what they are taking with them as well as basic contact information for later in the season. Then they grow their plants during the season. At the end of the growing season for that plant, the grower harvests as usual, but saves some of the seed for next season, and returns a portion, usually 2-3 times the starting amount (or more) to the seed library to continue the cycle.

Our current list is subject to updates, so please check back often.


Somers Seed Library Selection 2023

Seed in GOLD can be planted in the fall!


Beans and Peas

Golden Sweet Snow Pea

Monte Gusto Yellow Bean

Royal Snap II Pea  

Velour Haricot Vert Bush Bean

Dragon’s Tongue Bean

Python [Asian Specialty Bean]


Lettuce and Salad Greens

Bauer Lettuce [Oakleaf]

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce (Leaf)

Deer Tongue Organic Lettuce [Bibb]

Ezflor Organic Pelleted Lettuce

Jericho Organic Lettuce (baby leaf)

Red Cross Organic Lettuce [butterhead]

Rouge d’Hiver Organic Lettuce [red Romaine]

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts [Cabbage family]

Clementine Cauliflower (orange head)  

Long Island Improved Brussel Sprouts

Piracicaba Broccoli


 Salad and Asian Greens

Benefine Endive [Frisee]

Mizuna (Japanese Green)  

Tendergreen Komatsuna

Britton Shiso



Root Vegetables (Beets, Carrots, Turnips) & Rhubarb

Babybeat Beet [Mini]

Chioggia Guardsmark Beet

Danvers Carrot

Dragon Carrot

Purple Top White Globe Turnip

Touchstone Gold Organic Beet

Victoria Rhubarb

Melons and Cucumbers

Banana Melon

Minnesota Mini Melon

Snow Leopard Melon (Honeydew)

Boothby’s Blonde Cucumber

Unagi (Asian cucumber)



Vision MXR Yellow Corn

American Dream BiColor Corn


Spinach, Chard and Kale

Asian Delight [Bok Choy]

Dino Kale

Kolibri Spinach

Oriole Organic Swiss Chard

Terek Kohlrabi



Eggplant / Peppers

Cupid Bell Pepper [Mini]

Fish Hot Pepper

Jimmy Nardello’s Sweet Pepper

Listada di Gandia Eggplant

Squash / Pumpkins

Black Futsu Japanese Butternut Squash

Cinnamon Girl Pumpkin

Multipik Yellow Summer Squash

North Georgia Candy Roaster [Hubbard Squash] 

Jester Delicata Squash


Basil Bouquet

Chinese Leeks/Garlic Chives  

Confetti Cilantro/Coriander


Florence Fennel

German Chamomile


Menuette Parsley [Fern Leaf]  

Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil

Salad Burnet Herb

Vertissimo Chervil  


Berkeley Pink Tie Dye Tomato

Blush Organic Tomato [Artisan yellow snacking]

Brandywine Tomato

Cherokee Green Tomato

De Milpa Organic Tomatillo

Gardener’s Delight Tomato (cherry)

Speckled Roman Tomato

Onions, Leeks and Radishes

Creme Brulee Shallot

Guardsman Bunching Onion  

King Richard Leek

Nelson Radish

Rossa di Milano Onion


Arikara Sunflower  

Broken Colors Four O’Clocks 

Hopi Red Dye Amaranthus

Love-In-A-Mist Nigella

Pleurisy Root Asclepias (Butterfly Weed)

Sparky French Mix Marigold


Our hope is that you will enjoy gardening and picking the fruits of your hard labor. Along with saving seeds, consider checking out some great books on gardening and cooking to experience a true culinary treat! 

Donations are gratefully accepted to help grow our seed library. Checks can be made out to the Friends of Somers Library, with a note in the memo field stating "For Seed Library." Also on our wish list: new packets of Heirloom Seeds.