Madison Farmers' Market Peanut
(Arachis hypogaea); Sold in shell; Minimum 1 ounce
October 2019 afforded us the wonderful opportunity to attend the inaugural Upper Midwest Seed Summit in Madison Wisconsin. In the after-glow of the conference sessions we visited Madison's Producers' Only Farmers' Market which stipulates that what is offered for sale must be grown or produced by the vendor. We were quite excited to find a vendor offering peanuts and reasoned if they were grown in Wisconsin, they'd do well for us in southeast Michigan. Of course some came home with us and they didn't disappoint!
The peanuts were direct-seeded in early June when the beans were sown. Robust plants pegged consistently throughout the season, remaining green until their digging in early October. We did have an early frost mid-September but we opted to cover the plants, keeping them in the ground. Assessing plant vigor, productivity, and quality of pods and nuts, these peanuts demonstate impressive potential for northern gardeners.