Whenever anyone asks me to recommend a place to buy non-GMO or organic seeds, one of the first places I suggest is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri. We’ve been buying seeds from them for about 14 years, and we’ve always been very happy with the seeds, as well as the customer service.
Jere Gettle started the company as a spunky 17-year-old in 1998. Today they have the largest collection of open pollinated seeds in the U.S. The beauty of open pollinated is that unlike hybrids and GMOs, you can save the seeds from your vegetables and plant them next year. Rather than employing a large staff of scientists to create the newest seeds, Baker Creek has a staff of gardeners dedicated to preserving seeds from our past. Not only do those seeds provide us with safer food, but they also give us more food security because we can produce and save our own seeds and become more self-reliant.
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In addition to their original location in Missouri, Baker Creek also has stores in California and Connecticut. They also host an annual gardening festival in California in September. Jere and his wife Emilee have also written two books: The Heirloom Life Gardener and The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook.
I asked the nice people at Baker Creek if they would provide seeds for a giveaway, as I thought it would be a great way to introduce their company to you. They agreed to give the Heirloom Seed Collection to one of our readers. It includes 27 different packets of seeds, including some of my favorites, such as Bloomsdale long standing spinach, Sugar Baby watermelon, purple top white globe turnip, French breakfast radish, purple jalapeños, orange banana tomatoes, and Marketmore cucumbers. It’s a wonderful collection!
This post originally included a giveaway, which has ended. Congratulations to Nicole L., who was the winner.