more seeds in the mail! - mail order seed sources
If you're mail-ordering seeds for your garden soon, here's a list of US companies offering all heirloom open pollinated seeds:
SOURCES FOR ALL OP SEEDS:
Baker Creek Seeds
Fedco Seeds (Waterville ME)
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Sustainable Seed Company
The Garlic Store
The Victory Seed Company
High Mowing Organic Seeds (Wolcott VT)
Turtle Tree Seed
Ohio Heirloom Seeds (check out my tomato photo!)
I like to grow a mix of heirloom and hybrid (F1) varieties in my garden. So I'll also list my favorite hybrid seed sources, too:
SOURCES FOR HYBRID AND OP SEEDS:
Johnny's Selected Seeds (Winslow ME)
Another seed order arrived today. This one is from Sand Hill Preservation Center, a small family run farm that grows their own seed and strives to protect heirlooms varieties. They offer many rare and unusual varieties. I'm always amazed at the length of their list of tomato varieties (567 this year!).
Well, I'm amazed at my package too. I ordered A LOT this year. 21 packages. Guess I'll have no trouble filling up my extra garden space.
... Blue Pod Capucijners peas, Oxheart carrots, Prizehead lettuce, winter radish mix, Crane muskmelon, Tall Telephone peas, White Detroit beets, etc .... Also two types of popcorn (Faribo White Hulless and Tarahumara White), plus they threw in an extra package of free seed: Baby Golden popcorn. How great!
Anyway, Sand Hill is definitely one of my favorite seed sources. Some day I'll try their sweet potato slips, which look great too. Still wish I had the time for their chickens. I almost ordered a few buff Orpingtons last year. Maybe some day....
I was interested to read a recent post about seed sources at one of my favorite blogs, Bifurcated Carrots. He points out the importance of supporting sources that preserve open pollinated heirloom seeds. Fedco Seeds also has an informative page about supporting non-Seminis seed sources.
This year, I'm looking forward to saving my own seed from several heirloom open pollinated varieties and participating in the Seed Savers Exchange. Bifurcated Carrots has a post about this organization too.