Could there be anything better than picking a warm, sweet tomato in passing whilst meandering through the garden? Irrespective of skill level, all gardeners reap harvests, as nature is both forgiving and generous. One finds that even with just a few tomato plants one can have more tomatoes than one could possibly eat. But what better present to share with family and friends than one’s own home-grown produce?


Why Grow Your Own?

We are all familiar with the current modern-day challenges facing us when trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and purchase fresh produce:
  • Pesticide Contamination
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Foodborne Infections
  • Lack of Flavor and Aroma
  • Produce being Unripe
  • High Expense of Organic Produce
The only way to truly know what you are eating is to grow it yourself. For this very reason we start almost all our vegetable plants ourselves. This way we are 100% certain that no synthetic pesticides or hormones are ever used on our plants.

The Joy of Growing One’s Own

The one reason we have not mentioned, and yet perhaps the most important for many of you, is the sheer joy one receives from growing one’s own vegetables. It is extremely rewarding and fulfilling, as with all forms of gardening, regardless of what level it is practiced at. Some are content with a mere tomato plant on their patio, whilst others enjoy a full-blown spring, summer and autumn crop schedule! Whatever level best suits you, we are here to help you be successful in your endeavors. And don’t forget, vegetable gardening is a great way to teach children and get them outdoors; be sure to involve them in the whole process from start to finish.

Simply Better Quality

At Pesche’s we believe in providing our customers with not only aesthetic plants, but also plants that are strong, healthy and resilient. Why? Because we know that ultimately this is the key factor to the success of any gardener. For this reason, Chris Pesche uses the same growing methods as did his father and grandfather before him; namely to grow plants cool and slow, thereby ensuring that plants are strong and robust. Too many growers try to cut corners and grow plants warm and fast, resulting in tall and spindly plants that are prone to breakage, cold damage and pest occurrence.

Our Guarantee to You

What sets us apart from other growers and suppliers? We ensure that our vegetables are:

  • Free of synthetic pesticides
  • Free of synthetic growth hormones
  • Non-GMO
  • Plants grown on-site
  • Plants locally sourced
  • Largest selection in the Northshore
  • Large selection of heirlooms
  • Qualified staff on hand to advise
  • All plants displayed with detailed signs
  • All plants come with plant info tags
  • Different plant sizes available (Multipack, 4” pot, 1-gal pot)
  • High quality plants
  • Plants grown from high-quality seed


Best Selection in Town

At Pesche’s we are proud to offer an extensive catalogue of vegetable varieties for our customers.

  • 70 varieties of tomatoes
  • 30 varieties of peppers
  • 50 types of vegetables
  • 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes

Scroll down to find complete listings of all our vegetable plants for 2020.
Please keep in mind that the varieties Pesche’s carries will diminish throughout the growing season, and this list may not be reflective of current stock. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment if you are looking for a specific variety (847) 299-1300.


Tomato Selection 2020

  • Black Cherry
  • Chello
  • Indigo Rose
  • Jolly
  • Ladybug Cherry
  • Rapunzel
  • Sweet 100
  • Sweet Million
  • Red Cherry – Large
  • Red Cherry – Small
  • Sweet Chelsea
  • Sun Gold
  • SunSugar
  • Tidy Treat
  • Yellow Pear
  • Black Mauri Grape
  • Cupid Grape
  • Juliet
  • Solferino
  • Sugar Rush
  • Sugar
  • Amish Paste
  • Early Girl
  • New Girl
  • 4 th of July / Independence Day
  • Sir Speedy
Bush (Containers)
  • Better Bush
  • Husky Red Cherry
  • Megabite
  • Patio
  • 444
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Beefmaster
  • Beefsteak
  • Beefy Boy
  • Better Boy
  • Big Beef
  • Big Boy
  • Black Krim
  • Black Prince
  • Box Car Willie
  • Bradley Pink
  • Brandywine – Pink
  • Carnival
  • Caspian Pink
  • Celebrity
  • Champion
  • Chef’s Choice Orange
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Delicious
  • Golden Jubilee
  • Green Zebra
  • Heartland
  • Homely Homer
  • Jetsetter
  • Jet Star
  • Big Mama
  • Roma
  • San Marzano
  • Striped Roman
  • Viva Italia
  • Yellow Plum

Lemon Boy

  • Marglobe
  • Mortgage Lifter
  • Mr. Stripey
  • Old German
  • Oxheart Orange
  • Oxheart Pink
  • Pesche’s Select
  • Rutgers
  • Steakhouse
  • Super Fantastic
  • Super Steak
  • Sweet Cluster
  • Toma Verde Tomatilo
  • Whopper
  • Wisconsin 55

For complete descriptions of Pesche’s 2020 tomatoes, please download our Tomato description PDF. 


Pepper Selection 2020



  • Better Bell
  • Big Bertha
  • California Wonder
  • Chocolate Bell
  • Corno di Torro
  • Cubanelle
  • Giant Marconi
  • Golden Bell
  • Gypsy
  • Lilac Bell
  • Melrose (Friariello)
  • Orange Bell
  • Red Beauty Bell
  • Sweet Banana
  • Whooper
  • Yellow Bell


  • Anaheim Chili
  • Garden Salsa
  • Pepperoncini
  • Poblano
  • Shishito


  • Caribbean Red Hot
  • Carolina Reaper
  • Cayenne Long Slim
  • Ghost
  • Habanero
  • Hungarian Hot Yellow
  • Jalapeno
  • Mucho Nacho Jalapeno
  • Scotch Bonnet – Orange
  • Serrano
  • Sport Pepper
  • Super Chile
  • Tabasco
  • Thai Dragon
  • Trinidad Scorpion

For complete descriptions of Pesche’s 2020 peppers & vegetables, please download our Vegetable/Peppers description PDF.


Vegetable Selection 2020

  • Bean: Blue Lake Bush
  • Bean: Chinese Yard Long
  • Bean: Edamane Soy
  • Bean: Italian Jumbo
  • Bean: Kentucky Wonder Pole
  • Bean: Pencil Rod Black Wax
  • Bean: Royal Burgundy
  • Beets: Detroit Dark Red
  • Beets: Golden Globe
  • Bitter Melon: Long Fruited
  • Bitter Melon: Short
  • Broccoli: Arcadia
  • Broccoli Romanesco
  • Broccolini (Aspabroc)
  • Brussel Sprouts: Jade Cross
  • Cabbage: Charmant Early
  • Cabbage: Ruby Perfection
  • Cabbage: Savoy King
  • Cabbage: Stonehead
  • Cauliflower: Snow Crown
  • Celery: Celeriac
  • Celery: Summer Pascal
  • Collards (Georgia)
  • Corn: Sweet Surprise
  • Cucumber: Armenian White
  • Cucumber: Burpless # 26
  • Cucumber: Burpless Bush
  • Cucumber: Bush Pickle
  • Cucumber: Chinese Suyo Long
  • Cucumber: Cucamelon
  • Cucumber: English (Diva)
  • Cucumber Homemade Pickles
  • Cucumber Hybrid II
  • Cucumber: Lemon Apple
  • Cucumber: Marketmore
  • Cucumber: Martini Slicing
  • Cucumber: Parisian Gherkin
  • Cucumber: Patio Snacker
  • Cucumber: Pick-A-Bushel
  • Cucumber: Pickling Pioneer
  • Cucumber: Slicing Salad Bush
  • Cucumber: Straight Eight
  • Cucumber: Summer Top
  • Cucumber: White Miniature
  • Eggplant: Black Beauty
  • Eggplant: Classic
  • Eggplant: Epic
  • Eggplant: Fairy Tale
  • Eggplant: Ichiban
  • Eggplant: Long Purple Italian
  • Eggplant: Millionaire
  • Eggplant: Patio Baby
  • Eggplant: Pinstripe
  • Eggplant: Snowy White
  • Eggplant: Vittoria
  • Eggplant: Whopper
  • Garlic
  • Kale: Black Magic
  • Kale: Dwarf Green Curled
  • Kale: Lacinato Tuscan
  • Kohlrabi: Winner White
  • Leek
  • Lettuce: Black Seeded Simpson
  • Lettuce: Buttercrunch
  • Lettuce: Butterhead Little Jem
  • Lettuce: Duet da Taglio Mixture
  • Lettuce: Endive Bianca Salad
  • Lettuce: Endive Full Heart
  • Lettuce: Gourmet Head (Escarole)
  • Lettuce: Mesclun Mix
  • Lettuce: Paris Island COS
  • Lettuce: Red Sails
  • Lettuce: Red Salad Bowl
  • Lettuce: Romaine
  • Lettuce: Romaine Rouge de Hiver
  • Melon: Honey Dew
  • Melon: Cantaloupe
  • Mustard Greens: Green Wave
  • Mustard Greens: Giant Red
  • Onion: Bunching
  • Onion: Red Burgundy
  • Onion: Vidalia
  • Onion: White Sweet Spanish
  • Bok Choy Green Stalk Baby
  • Dwarf Choy Sum
  • Okra
  • Pak Choy
  • Parsley Hamburg Root
  • Peanut
  • Peas: Oregon Sugar Snap
  • Peas: Sugar Pod Snow
  • Peas: Sugar Snap
  • Pumpkin: Jack O Lantern
  • Pumpkin: Small Sugar Pie
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash: Acorn Table Ace
  • Squash: Butternut
  • Squash: Crookneck Yellow
  • Squash: Cucuzzi
  • Squash: Opo (new 2016)
  • Squash: Patty Pan Summer
  • Squash: Peter Pan
  • Squash: Scallop Yellow Bush
  • Squash: Spaghetti
  • Squash: Yellow Neck
  • Squash: Zucchini Aristocrat
  • Squash: Zucchini One Ball
  • Squash: Zucchini Green Griller
  • Squash: Zucchini Spineless Beauty
  • Strawberry: Everbearing
  • Strawberry:  June Bearing
  • Swiss Chard: Green
  • Swiss Chard: Bright Lights
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon: Super Baby
  • Watermelon: Sweet Baby

For complete descriptions of Pesche’s 2020 peppers & vegetables, please download our Vegetable/Peppers description PDF.