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Growing the ultimate kitchen garden

Throughout the spring and summer seasons, we carry an extremely wide selection of vegetables for the kitchen garden. We also carry over 100 varieties of herbs to complement the kitchen garden, and continue to offer herbs throughout the year for windowsill gardens.


Have you visited our Herb Department?


Herbs delight the senses with their scent, flavor, texture and color. Having been used for thousands of years as medicines, dyes, decorations, symbols, food and flavoring, herbs have a fascinating history and possess a myriad of meanings. Simply put, herbs are some of the most useful plants in the garden and among the easiest to grow.

We offer a comprehensive HERB HANDOUT designed to help you prepare your herb garden, choose the right plants for your space and needs, and successfully maintain your garden throughout the season. Stop by the store for a copy!


The Foard family have been vegetable farmers in Baltimore County for four generations. We were growers of fresh produce for use by Baltimore food stores for many years prior to opening our store in Cockeysville in 1962.

Bill Foard, co-founder of Valley View Farms (with a B.S. in Agriculture from Cornell University), insists on growing the best vegetable plants possible to sell at our store. He starts by purchasing the best seed available to grow our transplants at our farm in Hydes, MD. He and our head grower select the best varieties to produce the strongest and most prolific plants.

Below is a list of the vegetable plants that we grow and sell:

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  • Over 65 varieties of tomatoes
  • Over 40 varieties of peppers
  • 7 varieties of eggplant
  • 7 different cucumbers
  • 5 types of squash
  • 5 varieties of melons
  • asparagus roots
  • rhubarb
  • horseradish roots
  • 3 different types of onion sets
  • shallots
  • garlic
  • artichoke
  • 5 different potatoes
  • okra
  • lima beans
  • snap beans
  • sugar snap peas
  • corn
  • beets
  • 3 types of carrots
  • leeks
  • 5 varieties of onion plants
  • spinach
  • 7 different lettuces
  • 2 varieties of broccoli
  • 3 varieties of cabbage
  • 2 cauliflower
  • collards
  • kale (red and green)
  • kohlrabi
  • radicchio
  • Swiss chard
  • celery
  • Brussels sprouts
  • pak choi (bok choy)
Please call for current availability. We do not carry all veggies at all times throughout the season...


Nothing says summertime like a hand-picked, juicy tomato right from the backyard garden or container. Our own farm greenhouses grow over 38 varieties of these fresh, ripe beauties, from the diminutive Sweet Million Tomato to The Guiness Book of World Record's biggest ever Delicious variety (7 lb 12 oz). We also grow an additional 33 varieties for our annual Tomato Tornado weekend.

Heirloom (H) varieties are extremely popular, and we carry 40 including the classic, Radiator Ray's Mortgage Lifter. Our healthy transplants are sold hardened off and ready for your garden.


  • Beefmaster
  • Ball's Beefsteak
  • Better Boy
  • Better Bush
  • Big Beef
  • Burpee's Big Boy
  • Black Cherry (H)
  • Black Krim (H)
  • Box Car Willie (H)
  • Brandy Boy
  • Brandywine Red (H)
  • Bush Early Girl
  • Celebrity
  • Champion
  • Cherokee Purple (H)
  • Delicious (H)
  • Early Girl
  • Fourth of July
  • Husky Red Cherry
  • Large Red Cherry (H)
  • La Roma
  • Lemon Boy
  • Lemon Cherry
  • Mortgage Lifter (H)
  • Mountain Merit
  • Patio
  • Pinapple (H)
  • Plum Crimson
  • Red Grape
  • San Marzano (H)
  • Sunsugar
  • Supersonic
  • Sweet Million
  • Tiny Tim
  • Tomatillo/Husk Tomato
  • Tomatoberry
  • Whopper CR

Let our staff and our informative signs help you choose the right tomatoes for your garden. Whether you are looking for big daddies, heirlooms (H), early fruiters, or tomatoes for container-growing, we are sure to have the right tomatoes for you!

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We go a little crazy over peppers at Valley View. Would you believe we have bell peppers in yellow, orange, purple, red and green? Our peppers have an international flavor too, with names like Cubanella, Hot Portugal, Thai Dragon and our eight varieties of Trinidad peppers.

With over 40 different peppers, there is definitely one sweet or hot enough for the most "seasoned" pepper connoisseur. But take caution-- we grow some of the hottest in the world, including Bhut Jolokia (Red Ghost pepper), and, the latest Guiness World Record holder, our very own Trinidad Scorpion, which was discovered on the island of Trinidad by one of our founders. FYI-- The Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) is the measurement used to specifiy the heat of a pepper. An average jalapeno pepper measures around 5000 SHU. The Trinidad Scorpion pepper measures in at an unbelievable 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Click here to view a video about the Trinidad Scoprion Pepper's origin.


  • Big Bertha
  • Cajun Belle
  • Calwonder
  • Cute Stuff Red
  • Early Sunsation
  • Orange Blaze
  • Purple Beauty
  • Red Beauty (Baron)


  • Ancho
  • Big Jim
  • Cayenne
  • Cherry Red Hot
  • Cubanelle
  • Fish
  • Garden Salsa
  • Ghost (Red)
  • Giant Marconi
  • Hot Portugal
  • Hungarian Yellow Wax
  • Jalapeno
  • Lunch Box (Orange, Red, and Yellow)
  • Pepperoncini
  • Pimento
  • Serrano
  • Super Chili
  • Sweet Banana
  • Tabasco
  • Thai Dragon


  • Tobago Seasoning
  • Chocolate Congo
  • Purple Coffee
  • Fatalii
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Scorpion
  • Habanero
  • Scotch Bonnet

Don't forget to pick up a copy of our VEGETABLE PLANTING GUIDE, an invaluable resource for gardeners compiled by the owners of Valley View Farms. To obtain your FREE copy, please stop by the store.

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