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WoooHoooo ……It is that time of year again…..time for Contrary Mary to open for the season!!! Opening day will be (drum roll please) Friday April 28,2023!!!!!!!! I can HARDLY wait to see all of my Plantheads again as it has been a lonnnnnggg winter. We will continue our regular hours of Wednesdays thru Sundays 9am to 5pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). We will also be offering our preorder/pick up option, so feel free to call (815)521-9535, text or email me with your wishes! Just remember, all of our babies may not be ready at the same time (patience IS a virtue after all!).

WARNING……..TEASER AHEAD………I am also going to be growing a VERY limited amount of exotic and tropical annuals, tons of herbs and pollinator attractors, and of course our extensive offering of Heirloom, open pollinated, organically grown (not certified) tomatoes, peppers, and other yummy veggies. MORE TO COME SO PLEASE STAY TUNED AND CHECK BACK OFTEN!!!!!!!!

Our opening day for the 2023 season is:

Friday, April 28, 2023.

Our hours will be as follows (please note we are CLOSED both Mondays and Tuesdays):

Hours of Operation




Some maaaahvelous news….our Hardworking Honeybees have provided us with a crop of Nectar From The Bee Gods (aka raw honey)! OUR HONEY IS NOW AVAILABLE, BUT IT WON’T LAST LONG SO IF YA SNOOZE YA LOOZE!!!. It is yummy-niciousness in a bottle and fabulous health wise for you. If ya never had raw honey ya know not what ya miss!

And please remember….if you are coming for anything special, CALL OR EMAIL FIRST!!!!!!!!!! Just because it is listed on the website does not mean it is currently available. WE DO SELL OUT AND I DON’T WANT YOU TO BE DISAPPOINTED!

In the meantime, check out our ANNUALS 2023 page, TOMATO page (over 100 varieties available….I know, a wee bit over the top, plus I finally updated my new top ten-ish list), PEPPER page, our egg-celent EGGPLANT page, our Mountains of Marvelous MELON page (with a new introduction), our Gobs of Crispy and Quirky CUKES page, our Herds of Handy HERBS page, our Sassy and Stupendous SQUASH/ZUCCHINIpage, and our miscellaneous (but of course “gotta-have”) OTHER VEGGIESpage.

I am soooooo looking forward to hearing from and seeing (safely) my precious Plantheads! PLEASE take care of yourselves, and remember to be extra kind. We so very much appreciate and are grateful for your support and patronage. Chins Up, Trowels Out, and Smiles On….Stay Safe and Think Green!!!

2023 Summary:

Our opening day for the season is Friday, 4/28/23

Please note that OUR HOURS HAVE CHANGED.


9:00 am to 5:00pm (CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays).

Appointments CAN be made outside our normal opening hours.

You can place a telephone order at (815) 521-9535 or,
order via email

Order pickups can still be arranged even when we are open for walk-ins.

Contrary Mary
Contrary Charlie
Lexi, Finnegan, Geordie, and Lily