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All Michele's Heirloom Seeds
5222 Bridget Ave. S.E.
Auburn WA. 98092

Phone: 253.939.6854
Internet: http://pages.hotbot.com/gard/77seeds/index.html
Email: 77seeds@hotbot.com

Ordering info: Check or money order accepted. Ordering is by snail mail only. Prices are listed for some things, but not others, email Michele for prices. Paper catalog is $2.00, requesting it entitles you to a 25% discount. Willing to exchange seed in kind for another heirloom variety in lieu of funds.

Comments: This is a small family operation I found doing an Altavista search. Has a nice little selection, many are rare and not on my lists. If you are looking for rarer varieties to grow and preserve, check out Michele's page.

Aurora Biodynamic Farm

Canadian address:

3492 Phillips Rd.
Creston, British Columbia, Canada VOB 1G2

U.S. Address:

P.O. Box 697
Porthill, ID 83853

Phone: 250.428.4404
Website: http://www.kootenay.com/~aurora/
E-mail: aurora@kootenay.com

Ordering info: Check or money order only. Orders may either be snail mail or e-mail, please send all payments with printable order form at the bottom of their catalog. All quantities are packets and are $3 regardless of seed, garlic is $16 per lb with a $2 surcharge. They do not sell in bulk. Standard $4 shipping and handling charge on all orders. Paper catalog is $3, free to previous year's customers.

Comments: Aurora is a Canadian company that grows only open-pollinated varieties. All seeds are untreated. They give a description of their growing philosophy, which centers around biodynamics:

"Biodynamics is an agricultural practice initiated by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920's. The farmer focuses upon stimulating life forces in the soil through the application of Biodynamic preparations. Our permanent beds are enlivened each year with composted manure -- which has been treated with these special preparations made from 6 plants: chamomile, dandelion, oak bark, stinging nettle, valerian, and yarrow--and then mulched. We list seeds according to the part of the plant which is mainly utilized. Plants are viewed as fourfold in nature: root, leaf, flower and fruit which correspond to the four elements: earth, water, air and fire. Seeds are planted and harvested according to this four-fold principle. We use the STELLA*NATURA calendar. For instance, carrot seed is worked only during "root days". This allows the cosmic forces to penetrate and stimulate an elemental balance between soil, plant, and animal life resulting in optimal nutrition, flavour, and keeping qualities."

For those who are into biodynamic gardening and are looking for seeds grown in this manner, Aurora is worth checking out. They have a decent selection of vegetables and herbs, organized into 4 sections: Root, Leaf, Fruit, and Flower, with herbs and vegetables mixed together. Specials include an herb package for $24 and a gift package for $60. Note: They are planning to move their farm for 2001, and cannot guarantee the availability of their seeds for next year. They recommend buying enough seed for 2 years if you don't want to risk a break in supply. Also, check out their Free Our Seeds club, which is structured to encourage people to save their own seed and pass them on to family and friends. It's kind of similar to the Nike slogan 'Just Do It!.' Rather than a formal organization with dues and meetings, they just want you to make an internal committment to grow and maintain open-pollinated varieties for yourself and others, and write to them about what you are doing.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Rd.
Mansfield, MO 65704

Phone: 417.924.8917
Website: http://www.rareseeds.com
Email: seeds@rareseeds.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard. Ordering is by telephone, snail mail, and e-mail. Printable order form is provided. Shipping and handling $1.25 for packets, for bulk or non-seed orders a shipping table is provided on the order page. International orders are packets only larger int'l growers please contact them to work out a shipment. Bulk sales available. Print catalog is free.

Comments: Baker Creek is a small private seed company owned by Jeremiath Gettle in their third year of business. They focus entirely on preserving heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers, with the goal:

"to preserve and promote as many old-time varieties as possible, refusing to sell even a single hybrid or patented variety. Also we are doing our best to help stop all Genetic Engineering of plants and animals - a highly unsafe technology that is making rapid steps to control the seed market. It is being promoted by the huge chemical/agriculture Companies and by the USDA...This gives gardeners all the more reason to grow their own food, and preserve the old-fashioned varieties, that are so delicious and flavorful they can not even be compared to the modern hybrids of today, We have also found many heirlooms yield just as well, if not better than hybrids, under tough, rugged garden conditions."

They carry an amazing array of heirlooms, many very rare. Their eggplant selection is absolutely incredible, with over 45 varieties offered. It appears that Baker Creek has taken varieties from the seed saving organizations and have grown them to make them commercially available again to help preserve them for future generations. Not only are they completely focused on heirlooms, but as stated above they have taken an activist stance against genetically engineered food. Mr. Gettle, like me, has a very hardcore attitude towards heirlooms, believing that they are superior in taste and nutrition to the hybrids without sacrificing yield or pest resistance, and really a much better choice for the home gardener. Their site includes a seed saving page and a book list as well. Also, they have a seed store for those who wish to buy seed over the counter, which also includes displays of 19th century seed catalogs and gardening antiques. If you are in the area, ome to their 1st annual Heirloom Taste and Garden Show on August 6, 2000, 10am - 7 pm. Baker Creek to me is one of the small seed companies at the forefront of bringing back and promoting the heirloom varieties.

Beltane Gardens
157 Gayton Rd
Lewiston, ME 04240-1301

Website: http://members.aol.com/SeedSwappa/index.html
Email: BeltaneGardens@aol.com

Ordering info: Check or money order only, please send payment with order. Ordering is by snail mail only. Provides a printable seed list so you can circle the items that you want and send in. Ships orders USPS, which allows orders to be sent to a PO box. Pricing structure for all seeds based on total quantity of packets purchased, and they allow you to mix and match. No bulk orders. Does not charge for shipping, and all orders are shipped within 48 hours. They ship internationally but charge shipping. Also offer gift certificates. No paper catalog.

Comments: Beltane Gardens is a seasonal retail nursery that also has a year-round mail order business specializing in heirloom seeds. Has a decent selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Gives a little historical and cultural information with each variety "for those of you who wish to plant authentic heirloom gardens." If you are getting into heirlooms for the first time, and want to get your feet wet, this might be a good place to get your seed and trial various varieties.

Bountiful Gardens
18001 Shafer Ranch Road
Willits, CA 95490

Phone: 707.459.6410
FAX: 707-459-1925
Website: http://bountifulgardens.org//
Email: bountiful@zapcom.net

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover accepted. Orders can be sent by phone, fax, and snail mail. Orders are usually processed within 7 - 10 working days. Shipping and handling based on chart provided at the site. Able to sell in bulk quantities. Ships by USPS and UPS, rush delivery available. Hours are Jan-April: 10AM - 5:15PM Mon - Fri. Pacific Time, May-December: 12 -- 4PM Mon - Fri. Pacific Time. Paper catalog is free to US addresses, $2 to foreign addresses.

Comments: Bountiful Gardens is a project of Ecology Action, a non-profit organization which was originally started to research and develop ways of "growing more food in a small area, using simple tools and seeds, while maintaining or increasing the health and productivity of the soil." Bountiful Gardens is an offshoot of that, it seeks to preserve heirloom varieties, of which it has done with great success. Normally I wouldn't include a non-profit organization in this list, but since they operate in much the same manner and have accumulated such a diverse inventory, I decided they would be a valuable source for people to find a particular strain that isn't commonly sold. They have an amazing array of rare varieties for nearly all vegetables, and might be a good place to look if it isn't commonly offered.

Eden Organic Nursery Services
P.O. Box 4604
Hallandale, FL 33008

Phone: 954.455.0229
FAX: 954.458.5976
Internet: http://www.eonseed.com
Email info@eonseed.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover accepted. Orders can be placed by internet, phone, email, or snail mail. Phone hours are: Monday - Friday: 9AM to 4PM EST. Seed pricing is $2.20 per packet on 1-10 packets. Ask about Quantity Discounts when ordering more than 10 packets of seeds. Gift Certificates Available! They will also package and gift wrap any order (nominal fee). Most orders are shipped in 7-10 days, but please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. No paper catalog.

Comments: EONS is a small nursery that sells a diverse array of seeds from vegetables to companion and medicinal herbs to tobacco. Quite a few heirloom varieties and interesting herbs and tropicals. Some of their inventory is rare, so look here if it is not commonly sold.

Eternal Seed
Box 1301, Station B
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5R4

Phone: 819.827.2795
Email: edecas@travel-net.com

Ordering info: Check or money order only. Order is by email or snail mail. Catalog is free.

Comments: Finally, another Canadian company dedicated to heirlooms!! Eternal Seed is a family operation that evolved out of a personal interest in heirlooms. They like me fell in love with their family-garden-friendly characteristics of taste and nutrition. For a startup they have an incredible selection of stuff, some not on my list, and some I have never even heard of. For a startup they have a great inventory. They also have an Adopt-an-Orphan program where they will send you a few seeds of a particular rare variety and help grow and preserve it. For you Canadian heirloom growers, definitely check them out! Catalog is free.


Good Seed
P.O. Box 1485
Tonasket, WA 98855

b>Phone: 509.486.1047
Website: http://www.goodseed.net/
Email: moonmt@televar.com

Ordering info: Checks and money orders only are accepted. Orders can be placed by email or snail mail. Printable order form with shipping table provided. Sells in packets only, all packets are $1.75. No paper catalog.

Comments: Good Seed's philosophy is "to supply the seeds that a homestead would need." All their seeds are open pollinated, and many are heirlooms, and they are also chosen to grow well in northern climates. They have a good selection, mostly common ones, but a few surprises. They also carry garlic and herbs. If you are a small northern gardener, they are worth looking at. A great little company promoting heirlooms and self-sufficient homesteading, two of my favorite topics.

Heirloom Seeds
Box 245
West Elizabeth, PA 15088-0245

Phone: 412.384.0852
Website: http://www.heirloomseeds.com
Email: mail@heirloomseeds.com

Ordering info: Online, phone, or snail mail ordering. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex, and Bravo accepted. Orders can be placed online, snail mail, or phone. Orders are shipped within 1 or 2 days, and shipping is free, handling is $2.75. Orders are confirmed via email. Printed catalog is $1, they also have a weekly internet newsletter.

Comments: Heirlooms Seeds is a small family run seed house that has been in business since 1988. They are completely dedicated to heirlooms, they believe like me that they are superior in taste and quality without sacrificing all that much disease resistance and yield. They have a network of gardeners that test their varieties in the gardens and give feedback to them, to make sure that what they sell does good in a backyard garden setting. Many of their seeds came from those saved by home gardeners. They are another of my favorite small companies really committed to maintaining and spreading heirlooms. They also have a regular newsletter which you can subscribe to by email. They also carry package deals, including a 19th Century Vegetable Garden, Deluxe Garden, Old Fashioned Flower Garden, Southern Favorites Garden, and Tomato Lovers Special. You can purchase gift certificates from them as well. They sell in packets only.

New Pioneer Hardware
P.O. Box 389164
Cincinnati, OH 45238

Phone: 513.471.9674 or 513.956.8236 (voicemail)
Website: http://www.new-pioneer.com
Email: They have an online contact form.

Ordering info: Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Orders can be placed by phone, email, and snail mail. They have a printable order form on their site. Allow 3-6 weeks for delivery. Catalog is $2.

Comments: They are a small mom and pop owned by Shawn and Nicki Dwyer. New Pioneer isn't a seed company, they actually sell non-electric items for homesteaders and Amish. However, they have such an excellent line of heirlooms I had to include them. They have some of the rarer ones that are hard to find in sizes larger than packets. They also carry grains. I have bought some of their equipment and seeds, and they have excellent and friendly service, and everything I have bought has been quality stuff. For those homesteaders out there, they are a good for one stop shopping.

Redwood City Seed
P.O. Box 361
Redwood City, CA 94064

Phone: 650.325.7333
Website: http://www.ecoseeds.com

Ordering info: Check or money order only. Order by snail mail only, order form can be printed from their website. Minimum charge of $2.50 per item, quantities of 1/2 lb. will be sold at lb. rate, quantities of 1/4 to 1/2 oz. will be sold at the ounce rate. Shipping table on site. Postage and packaging are double for air delivery. Free catalog.

Comments: Redwood City was started in 1971, and bills itself as the oldest operating alternative seed company. The probably have the widest inventory available, a little better even than Bountiful Gardens. They specialize particularly in Native American varieties of corn and peppers. They carry all the strains of Hopi corn, including the very rare pink and purple, as well as gourds, herbs, and an excellent, excellent selection of peppers. Fairly good value for the dollar, and I would definitely search there if you can't find it anywhere else. Has collections for small, medium, and large growers.

Salt Spring Seeds
P.O. Box 444
Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia V8K 2W1
Canada

Phone: 230.537.5269 (inquiries only, no orders please)
Website: http://www.saltspring.com/ssseeds/

Ordering info: Check and money order only. Orders placed by mail order only. All packets are $2.50, and there is a shipping charge of $3 on all orders. No paper catalog.

Comments: Salt Spring carries varieties suited for northern climates, with the goal of "providing untreated seeds to grow high-protein, good yielding, and great tasting crops. We encourage seed-saving by offering only open-pollinated seeds. It is our hope that the grains, beans, vegetables, and herbs featured here, through their reliability & nutritional, medicinal, & aesthetic benefits, lead to increased community self-sufficiency and personal satisfaction." They grow 90% of their own seed, which are all untreated and organically grown. The words of Dan and Donna Kuprowski, the owners, in their letter at the beginning of the 2000 catalog say it all:

"It is hard to believe that corporations spend most of their expertise creating inhumane glitches, such as designing seeds that will self-abort or that will only work with applications of the poisons which they themselves manufacture. Tens of thousands of farming generations have fed people by maintaining simple saveable seeds. Now transnational corporations, supported and encouraged by our national governments, are close to ending it all with the likes of gene modified seeds and Terminator seeds. And they have the effrontery to tell us that engineering genes from unlike species into our seeds and food is good for us. How can we not buy into the chicanery of transnational organizations that preach progress and prosperity while delivering destruction and domination?"
Exclusively carries various seed varieties, with an outstanding line of dried beans and garlic available. Also one of the few companies I have seen that carries OP grains, including wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, and amaranth. Unfortunately they only sell in packets, but still they are an outstanding company preserving seed strains. Could be a good outlet for far northern gardeners.

Seeds Blum

Comments: The only reason I have included Seedsblum here is to warn people about them. Since I have started this page I have received no positive emails about them. Orders take 3-12 months to fill, are lost, they won't answer emails or phone calls. As much as I hate to slam on a company dedicated to heirlooms, they have some serious logistical problems. I guess to me it is simple: process the seed, store it, take the order, print it out, fill the packets with the correct seed, check them off, box it up, put on the label, ship it out, and don't forget to make sure the payment clears before you do. 1 person should do a minimum of 50 orders a day, so I really don't get it. Apparently it has been this way since their inception. I won't provide any info to contact them as I don't want to mistakenly lead someone to purchase from them. If you want to take the chance you can find them in Altavista. And if you do decide to buy from them, order at your own risk.

Seeds of Change
P.O. Box 15700 Santa Fe, NM 87506.5700

Phone: 888.762.7333

Website: http://st4.yahoo.com/seedsofchange/
Email: gardener@seedsofchange.com

Ordering info: Ordering can be done online, and by phone. Phone ordering 24 hours a day. Visa, Mastercard accepted. 5% discount for web orders. Most products shipped within 24 hours, same day if received by 12pm MST. They only ship to the US and Canada. Catalog is free.

Comments: Seeds of Change is a small company with the goal of "offering 100% Certified Organic seeds, plants and foods. We grow all of our seeds on our own research farms and with our committed network of Certified Organic family farmers. Our mission is to improve the lives of this and future generations by preserving biodiversity and promoting the use of sustainable organic agricultural practices." They feel that:

"Heirloom and Traditional varieties are time-tested, open-pollinated varieties that have been saved for generations because of their treasured traits such as flavor, vigor and hardiness. Heirlooms have generally been passed on from Europe and Traditionals by native/indigenous peoples. They are repositories of unusual characteristics that are important in the preservation of genetic diversity. The best are survivors that were successful during difficult times, sustaining us when it was essential. This tradition is an important feature of our seed lists, and we seek out the best Heirloom and Traditional varieties."
They carry an excellent line of heirloom and traditional vegetables, and this year are now offering in bulk. Seeds of Change is another small company on the cutting edge of preserving and propagating heirlooms on the commercial market. I have ordered from them and their service is prompt and professional.

Seeds Unique
1125 Barboa Ct.
Belen, N.M. 87002

Phone: 505.861.0146
Internet: http://www.seedsonline.com
Email: info@seedsonline.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Monday - Saturday 8:00 - 5:00 MST. $3 with seed orders for shipping and handling, $3.75 for international orders, $8 for registered mail. Free shipping on seed orders over $40.

Comments: Carries alot of open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Alot of the standard ones and a few suprises too, some not on my list. Nice selection of beans.


Seeds West
317 14th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Internet: http://www.seedswestgardenseeds.com
Email: Seeds@nmia.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa and Mastercard accepted. Orders accepted by snail mail. Standard shipping and handling charge of $2.50. Catalog is $2

Comments: Seeds West specializes in heirloom and open pollinated varieties that grow well and the arid and variable desert climate. The have a great selection, alot of native and tribal varieties, many of which are rare. They also try to offer varieties with gourmet appeal. For those trying to garden in that area, they are worth taking a look at.


Southern Oregon Organics (Sow Organic)
1573 Wilson Ct,
Eugene, OR 97402

Phone: 888.709.7333
Website: http://www.organicseed.com
Email: organic@organicseed.com

Ordering info: Ordering is by email, snail mail, or phone. Phone orders accept credit cards, but by mail is only by check or money order. Phone house are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm PST. They have an online order form which can be printed off. All seeds $2 per pack. Catalog can be printed from site.

Comments: Sow Organic is an organic certified farm that grows 85% of it's own seed and are involved hand on in every step of the process. This they say helps them to deliver superior quality seed. All their seeds are untreated, and they encourage seed saving. They offer over 170 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They are oriented toward the small home and market gardener, they discuss their philosphy this way:

"We do not offer each year's "prize" hybrid winners. For commercial producers this is an ever changing array that keeps novelty in the market place and occasionally produces a variety that is offered more than a year or two. The directions of hybrid developments are often centered on production and shipping, not on flavor. Large farm producers may appreciate a bean or broccoli that matures all at once . A home gardener may well prefer crops that set food for many weeks and have interesting tender flavors. Vegetables too fragile for commercial processes are often excellent for the home gardener."
Sow Organic is another of the small seed companies on the forefront of maintaining and propagating heirlooms to the public. They also promote organic methods and small farms/homesteading, and I think they are an excellent choice for small gardeners deliving into these areas.

Swallowtail Garden Seeds
122 Calistoga Road, #178
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Phone: 707.538.9716
FAX: 800.723.1771
Internet: http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/
Email: info@swallowtailgardenseeds.com

Ordering info: Visa and Mastercard accepted. Ordering is by internet, phone, and FAX. Shipping is free. Business hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Comments: Small regional company with a nice selection of open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Has a special selection of heirloom tomatoes.


TLC Greenhouse
3976 M-50 Lane
Paonia, CO 81428

Phone: 970.527.3375
FAX: 970.527.6221
Internet: http://tlchub.com/index.htm
Email: webmaster@tlchub.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard accepted. Orders can be placed by FAX and snail mail. Standard shipping charge of $3. Free booklet of your choice with each $25.00 you spend

Comments: Local greenhouse that also sells seeds. Dedicated to open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Mostly the standard ones, but a couple of surprises too.


Underwood Gardens, Ltd, a.k.a Greenseeds.
4N381 Maple Ave
Bensenville, IL 60106
Phone: 630.616.0268 (customer service) 888.382.7041 (ordering)
FAX: 888.382.7041
Website: http://www.grandmasgarden.com
Email: underwoodgardens@ameritech.netm

Ordering info: Ordering can be done online, fax, or snail mail. Check money order, Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX are accepted. Catalog is online now, paper catalog is $1.

Comments: Mother and daughter run company dedicated to heirlooms. They specialize in the harder to find varieties. In the 'About Us' section they write:

Underwood Gardens wants to be a resource for backyard gardeners and small-scale growers. We strive to save as many old varieties as possible. Our greenseeds™ represent a rich heritage of plants which have produced tried and true results for generations. They are ideally suited to home gardeners who grow for flavor and ongoing harvest. These "old-timers" provide flavor, nutrition, fragrance, varied shapes and adapt to their environment (your climate, soil, watering habits, etc.), actually improving as their seeds are saved and replanted. Hybrid seeds, produced by inbreeding and hand-crossing, do not adapt; they do not even reproduce themselves. (Not what nature intended...)
They have an extremely beautiful site, with full color pictures and artwork. The are one of my very favorite companies, because of their hard core stance for heirlooms over the bland hybrids. Please check out the section on their web site 'About Us,' it gives one of the best arguments for heirloom varieties that I have ever seen. Like Baker Creek and a few others in the list, they are dedicated to specifically trying to grow very rare varieties to try an get them into the commercial market again. They offer many rare varieties, and also offer two levels of membership that entitles subscribers to even more varieties. The first is a $20 membership gives you access to 13 vegetables in the catalog, and they also have a $150 membership which entitles you to seed from the collection of William Woys Weaver, who wrote Heirloom Vegetable Gardening, and maintains over 2,500 different varieties of vegetables. They also participate yearly in the Heirloom Garden Show, held each August at the Garfield Farm, a living history farm 1 hour west of Chicago. Underwood is one of those companies on the cutting edge of bringing back biodiversity by reviving the old varieties.

Victory Seed
P.O. Box 192 Molalla, Oregon 97038
Molalla, Oregon 97038
Phone: 503.829.3126 (voice)
FAX: 503.829.3126
Website: http://www.victoryseed.com
Email: orders@VictorySeeds.com (inquires only)

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Amex accepted. Ordering can be done online, FAX, and snail mail. Phone number is a voice mail, not direct ordering (except for FAX). Business hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 6 pm PST. fill and ship orders within two business days. Order form provided on their site. Please allow 10 - 15 business days for delivery. Offer several package deals and gift certificates. Catalog is free.

Comments: Another new company on the list this year. Small family operation that has recently started up. They farm on the same land that has been in their family for 5 generations, and are dedicated to heirloom varieties. They have a nice selection of stuff, a few rarities, and offer both sampler and packet sizes. They are one of the many seed companies that have 'sprouted' up dedicated to heirlooms. I really hope companies like Victory will flourish and be able to expand their inventory of rare heirlooms in the years to come.



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Berlin Seeds
3649 State Rt. 39
Millersburg, OH 44654

Phone: 330.893.2091

Ordering info: Check or money order accepted. Orders can be placed by phone or snail mail. Shipping table provided. Hours are February, March, July - December, Monday - Friday 8am - 6 pm EST, April - June, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am - 8 pm, all Saturdays 8am - 5pm.

Comments: Middle of the road in terms of number of heirlooms and prices. A few surprises. Might be a good place for those looking for locally adapted seeds.

William Dam Seeds Ltd
Box 8400
Dundas, Ontario L9H 6M1
Canada

Phone: 905.628.6641
FAX: 905.627.1729
Website: http://www.damseeds.com
Email: willdam@sympatico.ca

Ordering info:Order by phone, fax, and mail. Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard and COD accepted.

Comments: If you are a Canadian gardener looking for heirlooms, check out William Dam. They usually have one for each vegetable, and also have a section for organic seed. Prices are reasonable as well.

Drysdale Seed Company
P.O. Box 1166
Arnold, MO 63010

Phone: 800.464.8272 (orders) 636.282.0262 (customer service)
Fax: 314.282.0262
Website: http://www.keepsmilin.com/dryseed.html
Email: seeds@keepsmilin.com

Ordering info: Check, money orders, cash, Visa and Mastercard, American Express, and Discover are accepted. Ordering is by internet. fax, or snail mail. You can use their shopping cart system to order, and they provide a printable order form as well. You can also use the shopping cart and then request the fax or mail order option. Shipping and handling is $3.50 US and Canada, $10 overseas. No paper catalog available.

Comments: Carries an amazing range of seeds. They sell primarily in packets, though they do have a bulk section. Divides seeds into speciality categories, notable ones are Native American Plant Seeds, Insect Repellent Plants, Medicinal Herbs and Healing Plants, and Seeds for Medicinal Chinese Plants. Their selection of herbs is pretty extensive between all the categories, if you are heavy into herbal healing. Good selection of tobacco. They now have seeds in inventory, so delivery time has dropped from 4-6 weeks to 7-10 working days. I would look here for those rare herbs and unusual stuff.

Early's Farm and Garden Centre
2615 Lorne Avenue
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada SJ7 0S5

Phone: 800.667.1149
FAX: 888.449.1998
Email: earlys@getthe.net

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Ordering is by walk-in, phone, fax, snail mail. Shipping table provided on order form. Store hourse are Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Thurday to 9 pm, Sunday Noon - 5 pm. Ships to Canada only I believe. Catalog is free.

Comments: Old seed company that carries short season heirlooms. Similar to William Dam in selection of heirlooms, mostly the more common ones. They also sell potatoes, nice for Canadian gardeners since potatoes cannot be shipped across the border I believe.

Garden City Seed
778 Hwy 93 North
Hamilton, MT 59840

Phone: 406.961.4837
FAX: 406.961.4877
Website: http://www.gardencityseeds.com
Email: seeds@montana.com

Ordering info: They accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, check, money order, and COD.Garden City accepts orders by online, walk-in, email, phone, fax, and mail. Orders can be phoned 9-5 M-F MST. Their internet ordering is by the shopping cart. Minimum order size is $10. Shipping table is provided, rush handling is $3 per $100. Postpaid and walk-in orders have a $2 handling charge. Cash discounts are 5% for more than $150 10% for orders more than $500, credit card discounts are 2% for over $150, 5% for over $500. Canadians orders are an additional $3.50 for handling. International orders are an additional $20. Catalog is free.

Comments: Garden City specializes in varieties that do well in northern climates and high altitudes. Located in Montana's Bitterroot valley, they trial all their varieties on their farms to make sure that they will do well in the climate. They are one of my favorite companies out there, not only do they produce their own seed stock, but the carry mostly open-pollinated strains that you can save your own seed from. All their seeds are untreated and I believe most of them are organically grown. I have ordered from them numerous times, their prices are competitive and you can order in large quantities, and have always had good results with germination and growing. They have excellent and polite customer service and have always been real nice about my order additions and subtractions after the fact. Particularly if you are a northern gardener, I would make them one of your main companies, I always check and compare prices with other companies, several times they have had the best deal.

Halifax Seed Co. Ltd.
P.O. Box 8026, Stn. A
5860 Kane St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3k 5L8

Phone:902.454.7456
FAX:902.455.5271
Website: http:/www.halifaxseed.com/
Email: info@halifaxseed.ca

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard accepted. Can order by fax, email, snail mail, and very soon by internet. Standard shipping and handling charge of $3.50. Orders shipped by Canada Post Parcel Service. They do not say if they ship to the US. Free catalog.

Comments: Established 1866. Not a ton of heirlooms, and what they have are pretty common, but because of the relatively few Canadian seed companies, I have included them. Still, you could put together a pretty good garden just from their catalog, and you can order in large quantities. Decent section of herbs as well.

Harris Seeds
60 Saginaw Dr., P.O. Box 22960
Rochester, NY 14692-2960

Phone:800.514.4441
Fax:716.442.9386
Website: http://www.harrisseeds.com
Email: orders@harrisseeds.com

Ordering info: Mastercard, Visa, Amex, and Discover accepted. Order online, email, phone, snail mail and fax. Standard $2.50 shipping on all orders. Catalog is free.

Comments:Harris has been in business since 1879, they have a seperate heirloom section in their catalog, as well as carrying other ones in the main section. It looks like they sell in packets only, so they look like they would be of interest to the small gardener.

Jung Quality Seeds
335 S. High St.
Randolph, WI 53957-0001

Phone: Orders: 800.247.5864 Customer Service: 800.297.3123
FAX: 800.692.5864
Website http://www.jungseed.com
Email info@jungseed.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover accepted. Ordering is by internet, phone, FAX, or snail mail. Order hours are: May 16 - March 14: 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday, March 15 - May 15 8am to 9pm Monday - Friday, 8 am to 3 pm Saturday. Shipping table provided. Gift certificates available. Catalog is free.

Comments: Jung is another of those old time seed companies that didn't throw away the old varieties for hybrids in their inventory. They have quite a few of the common heirlooms and a few surprises. Notables are a good selection of garlic, beets, squash, radishes, and a section of heirloom tomatoes. Prices are decent too. Definitely worth checking out.

Orol Ledden & Sons
195 Centre Ave., P.O. Box 7
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: 888.783.7337
Fax: 856.464.0947
Website: http://www.leddens.com
Email: seeds@leddens.com

Ordering info: Online, phone, fax, and mail ordering are now available. Check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Phone hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Eastern time) Monday - Friday. $5 minimum for online orders. Free shipping on orders over $100. Ships to Canada. Catalog is free.

Comments: Ledden's was founded in 1904. Ledden's recently got their online ordering up and running, so they are still building the site, but they have a few offerings there, some are heirlooms. They do carry a full line of beans, including fava, soy, mung, garbanzo, and limas, and also carry rye, wheat, oats, and winter barley at $3.29 for 5 lbs., as well as several kinds of soybeans. They consider themselves a traditional seedhouse, and contract out for seeds, with varieties grown "especially for us by the most reliable growers throughout the world so that it may be produced in the section that is best suited for variety. For example, our Lima Bean seed is grown in California; Beans in Idaho; Cantaloupe in Colorado; Spinach in Holland; Turnips in Washington; Peas in Idaho; Onion sets in Illinois, etc." They believe that this produces the freshest and highest quality seeds possible. Prices are excellent. I had some problems getting an order and getting catalogs, but would have to order a few more times to see if this is a pattern or not.

Liberty Seed Company
P.O. Box 806
New Philadelphia, OH 44663-7501
Phone: 330.364.1611
FAX 330.364.6415
Website: http://www.libertyseed.com
Email: info@libertyseed.com

Ordering info: Takes check, money orders, Visa and Mastercard, customer accounts, and COD. Orders can be placed by walk-in, online, phone, fax, and snail mail. Phone hours are 8:30 to 6 pm EST Monday-Friday. Order minimum is $20, all cash orders over $100 receive 3% discount. Standard handling charge is $3.95. Ships overnight, shipping chart provided. Cash orders discounted according to amount. Catalog is free.

Comments: Liberty was founded by Bill and Connie Watson in 1981. They carry quite a few heirlooms Has a decent selection of tomatoes and ornamental corn. Seperates hybrids from open pollinateds in the catalog. Prices are middle of the road on most items. Carries a number of garden supplies too.

Nichols Garden Nursery
1190 Old Salem Rd. NE
Albany, OR 97321-4580

Phone: 541.928.9280
Fax: 800.231.5306
Website: http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com
Email: info@gardennursery.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover. Orders may be placed by phone and fax. Orders may be phoned in 8:30 am to 4:30 pm PST. All orders have a $2.75 handling charge, no shipping charge unless buying plants. Express delivery is available. Catalog is free.

Comments: Nichols is a nursery and seed company that has been in business for over 50 years in Oregon's Willamette valley. They carry some of the more common heirlooms, and have a nice selection of lettuce, but their strength is the herb inventory. They have items I have not seen anywhere else, and some I am not even that familiar with. If you can't find it, look here.

Pinetree Garden Seeds
616A Lewiston Rd.
New Gloucester, ME 04260

Phone: 207.926.3400
Fax: 888.527.3337
Website: http://www.superseeds.com
Email: superseeds@worldnet.att.net

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, or Diner's Club accepted. Orders can be placed online, by email, snail mail, phone, and fax. Standard shipping charge of $1.50 for seeds. Rush processing available for $3.50. Expect 2-3 week delivery times between Februrary and May, as little as a day or two in December. Int'l orders only can order online with a credit card. Catalog is free

Comments: Pinetree was started in 1978 by Richard Meiners, built toward customers who only want to buy a few seeds of a particular variety at a time. Pinetree is dedicated to the small gardener and has their seeds in small quantities at affordable prices. They have an awesome catalog with a wide range of heirloom offerings, including a French, European, Oriental, Latin American, and Native American varieties. If you are a small gardener wanting to try a new variety, or are on a limted budget, I would probably go here first.

Shepherd's Garden Seeds
30 Irene St.
Torrington, CT 06790-6658

Phone: 860.482.3638
FAX: 860.482.0532
Website: http://www.shepherdseeds.com
Email: custsrv@shepherdseeds.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX accepted. Can order online by phone, or mail. Phone hours are M-s 9-9. Shipping table provided. Orders processed in 3 to 4 working days. Catalog is free.

Comments: Shepherds is oriented to the European model of food production, small acreages producing high quality crops for local markets and gourmet cooking. As a result they select varieties that fit into those parameters. And of course alot of those varieties happen to be heirlooms that were created for the market garden at the turn of the century and never improved on. They have a decent amount scattered through their catalog, some rare.

Virtual Seeds
P.O. Box 684
Selma, OR 97538

FAX: 800.859.6911
Website: http://www.virtualseeds.com
Email: seeds@cavenet.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard are accepted. Ordering is online, email, or snail mail. Order form provided online, shipping table provided on the site. Free shipping on orders over $30. Orders processed in 7 - 10 working days. They ship by USPS, so PO boxes are acceptable. They ship to Canada, UK, and Western Europe. No paper catalog.

Comments: Virtual has split off their heirloom varieties into a site called HeirloomEdibles.com. It was created because of the owner's special interest in preserving and spreading heirloom varieties. They have an excellent selection, especially corn, including the rare Mandan Bride. Carry two 'Heritage' packages, collections of various varieties sent as one unit. Another good company promoting and spreading heirlooms back into the commercial market.



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W. Altee Burpee & Co.
300 Park Ave
Warminster, PA 18974

Phone: 800.888.1447
FAX: 800.487.5530
Website: http://www.burpee.com
Email: burpeecs@surfnetwork.net

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, AMEX, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Orders can be placed by phone, mail, or website. Phone hours Monday through Friday, 9am to 8pm Eastern Time and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm Eastern Time. Customer service hours are: Monday through Friday, 9am to 6 pm Eastern Time. Saturday, 9am to 5pm Eastern Time. Internet orders are in shopping cart format. Both paper catalogs are free.

Comments: Burpee I believe is the largest home gardening seed house in the U.S, established in 1876. They are a popular well known company responsible for quite a few of the popular heirlooms still in existence. They have a seperate (and beautiful) catalog specifically dedicated to them, that carries a nice selection, and a few rare ones. They sell in packets, and unless they are also sold in the main catalog, I believe that is the largest amount they can be bought in. That makes them worth the attention of small gardeners and those trying an heirloom for the first time. I have had good ordering experience with Burpee, they are accurate and prompt, and go out of their way to fix any mistakes they do make.

Comstock, Ferre, & Co.
253 Wethersfied, CT 06109

Phone: 203.571.6590
FAX: 203.571.6595
Web page: http://www.comstockferre.com
Email: comstock@tiac.net

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, and customer account are accepted. Ordering is by phone, fax, email, and snail mail. UPS delivery over 1/2 lb., USPS under 1/2 lb. Shipping table is included on the site, as well as a printable order form. Growers can get a 15% discount by providing their state tax ID number. Most seeds are untreated. Catalog is $1 and can be ordered on their site.

Comments: Comstock is one of the oldest seed companies in the US, established in 1820 by James Lockwood Belden as the Wethersfield Seed Company, and has been in continuous operation since. Comstock is one of those venerable old seed companies that haven't let the years change the way it does business, in fact their packets still carry the original design on their packets developed before the Civil War. They carry many heirlooms at good prices, but by far their biggest strength is herbs, they have an incredible selection at the best prices I have seen. I have ordered from them several times and have gotten prompt and accurate service, and good germination. I consider them my main source of herb seed. They are an incredible value and I am glad to see companies like this still around who haven't given in to the temptation to dump their heirloom inventory for a 'modern' all-hybrid offering.

Ferry-Morse Seeds
P.O.Box 1620
Fulton, KY 42041-1620

FAX: 800.283.2700
Website: http://www.ferry-morse.com
Email: webmaster@ferry-morse.com

Ordering info: Visa or Mastercard only accepted. Orders can be over the internet, by email, fax, and snail mail. They have a printable order form on their site. Shipping and handling is $4. No paper catalog.

Comments: Ferry-Morse was established in 1856, making it one of the older seed companies in the US. Ferry-Morse has went to an all internet format this year and doesn't print a paper catalog anymore. They have also expanded their line of heirlooms and split them off into a different product line called 'Source of Nature,' which are also organically grown. Over 80 new items have been added, most are the standard varieties, but there are a few suprises. They sell only in packets, so they will probably be of interest to small gardeners and first time growers.

Henry Field's Seed & Nursery Company
415 N. Burnett
Shenandoah, IA 51602

Phone: 605.665.9391 (order), 605.665.4491 (Customer Service)
Fax: 605.665.2601
Internet: http://www.henryfields.com
Email: info@henryfields.com

Ordering info:
Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX accepted. You can order by internet, email, phone, fax, or snail mail. Phone orders can be placed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Customer service hours are: December 27 - June 3, Monday thru Saturday 8 am to 5 pm CST, June 4 - December 26, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CST. Standard $2.95 shipping and handling charge on all orders. Free catalog.

Comments: Century old company that at one time was the largest in the U.S., and has a long rich history. They look now to be owned by Gurney's, the two catalogs are very similar in layout, graphics, and varieties offered. Like Gurney's, they carry alot of heirlooms, for no other reason I think than that they haven't changed the way they do business over the years and sold out completely to hybrids. They have a wide selection including fruit trees, vines and bushes, which are the main highlight of the catalog in my opinion. We have ordered from them several times, their service is quick and accurate, and their fruiting plants arrive in good shape. Get their's and Gurney's catalog, and you will have a nice range of varieties to choose from.

Gurney's
110 Capital Street
Yankton, SD 57079

Phone: Orders: 605.665.1930 Customer Service: 605.665.1671.
Fax: 605.665.9718
Internet: http://www.gurneys.com
Email: info@gurneys.com

Ordering info: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, check, and money orders accepted. Orders can be placed by phone, internet, or snail mail. Phone orders can be placed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Customer service hours are: December 27 - June 3, Monday thru Saturday 8 am to 5 pm CST, June 4 - December 26, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CST. Standard shipping on all orders of $2.95. Free catalog.

Comments: One of the large seed houses, Gurney's has been in business since 1866. My mother, Grandmother, and Great-grandmother have all ordered from Gurneys. Like Henry Fields, it's associate company, it has chosen to keep operating in the same manner it has always done. Many heirloom vegetables, flowers, nut and fruit trees, vines, and bushes. Excellent service and good prices, especially on their sweet corn, which is very competetive. I planted some last year and it did real well. They are one of my main seed companies I order from.

Johnny's Selected Seeds
1 Foss Hill Rd., RR 1 Box 2580
Albion, ME 04910-9371

Phone: 207.437.4301
Fax: 800.437.4290 (credit cards only)
Website: http://www.johnnyseeds.com
Email: customerservice@johnnyseeds.com

Orders: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover accepted. Orders can be by walk-in, online, email, snail mail, phone, and fax. Phone orders shipped within 24 hours, all others are shipped within 48 hours of receipt. Shipping table provided with order form. Phone order hours are: January-May: Monday- Friday 8:00 - 7:00 (ET) Saturday 8:00 - 5:00 (ET), June - December: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 (ET). Customer Service hours are: January-May: Monday-Friday 8:30 - 5:00 (ET) Saturday 8:30 - 5:00 (ET), June - December Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 (ET), Store hours are: Monday - Friday 9:00- 5:00 (ET) March 18- June 18 9:00- 5:00, daily. The store is closed on all major holidays. They ship internationally. Catalog is free.

Comments: Johnny's, though a larger seed company, in my opinion operates like a much smaller one. First, they are certified organic, but take a perspective beyond just no chemicals, and also attempt to maintain high soil fertility. This I believe in one of the major factors in growing high quality seed. They carry quite a few heirlooms in their inventory, and have special sections of heirloom dry beans and tomatoes, and carry herbs that alot of companies don't carry in quantity, like valerian, elecampane, boneset, 3 types of coneflower, and joe pye weed. They really filled in alot of gaps in the herb garden inventory. They also carry a good selection of cover crops, grains, as well as tools designed by Eliot Coleman, one of the premier organic growers in the US. I have bought a few and absolutely love them, and they are of excellent quality. The have superior customer service, very polite and efficient, if you call them by noon their time they often can ship the same day. They are also very good about taking returns and exchanges hassle free. I use them as one of my main seed companies. They sell in bulk in most items.

D.L. Landreth Seed Co
180-188 W. Ostend St.
P.O. Box 6426
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: 800.654.2407
Email: 410.244.8633

Ordering info: Check, money order, customer account, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Ordering is by phone and snail mail. Cash terms are 1% 10 days, net 30 days. Quantity discounts available: 10% over $500, 15% over $1000, 20% over $5000. Business hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm EST.

Comments: I have rated this the top company overall for heirlooms because they offer both a wide variety of common and rare varieties at great prices, germination rate, and also the ability to order from small to very large quantities. They are the oldest company in continuous operation in the US, operating since 1784. They are so old that they have sold seed to both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They proudly have maintained these old varieties in the inventories stating in their catalog that:

"Landreth Seed Company, unlike any other member of the seed industry, is trying to bridge the four centuries in which we have operated. The tried and proven nostalgic varieties from the 1700's and on are being offered along with the current All American Selection winners from the 20th century. Our goal is to offer our customers a real choice at a good price."
I have ordered from them for two years, and have had incredible success with their seeds. I don't know what they do, but the literally leap out of the soil, even the leek seed that I bought in late '98 still came up strong this year. Their catalog is very simple and illustrated, but in terms of heirloom selection, a visual treasure. For each variety they carry at least 5 - 10 heirloom varieties, all of the common ones and usually several of the rarer ones, some not even listed in the tables. What distinguishes them from other companies though is that you can buy by both the packet and the pound, so both postage stamp and commercial farmers can find what they need there. Landreth definitely could be a one stop shopping company for your seeds. They are one of my main seed companies.

Mellinger's Inc.
2310 W. South Range Rd.
North Lima, OH 44452-9731

Phone: 330.549.9861
Fax: 330.549.3716
Website: http://www.mellingers.com
Email: melgarden@aol.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover accepted. Order by walk-in, online, phone, fax, email, and snail mail. Walk-in and phone hours are June 16th thru March 8:30 am to 5 pm, April thru June 15th 8 am to 6 pm. Shipping table provided. Free catalog.

Comments: Mellinger's is a full line seed company that carries a nice selection of popular heirlooms and a few rarities at great prices. Also carries cover crops at very affordable prices, as well they have an outstanding line of fruits, including many European and exotic fruits, some I have never seen anywhere else. Good selection of nut trees. Service is quick, reliable and friendly. I use them as a primary source for seeds.


R.H. Shumway, Seedsman
P.O. Box 1
Graniteville, SC 29829-0001

Phone: 803.663.9771
FAX: 888.437.2733

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Ordering can be done online, email, phone, fax, or snail mail. Minimum charge order of $15. Phone hours are 8:30 am to 4 pm EST. Non-bulk orders have a standard $1.95 packing and handling charge, shipping is free. For wholesale and bulk orders, shipping and insurance must be added to the cost of the order.

Comments: If Shumway's was a little cheaper on their smaller quantities, they would be my number one choice. They are probably the largest company dedicated to heirlooms in the United States that I have heard of. There are very few hybrids listed in the pages of their catalog, which is a beautiful work within itself, full of antique style pencil and full color drawings of their varieties. Also, they have sections at the front of rare heirloom vegetables, and at the back rare heirloom flowers. Some that they offer I have seen nowhere else, or nowhere else in quantities greater than just a few seeds. Most notable is their selection of field corn, they offer 11 varieties. Great selection of cover crops, including hard to find clovers, trefoil, and millet. I have ordered from them for two years and have had great luck with their seed. The only complaint I have against them is that they are hard to get ahold of and seemed to be understaffed in the order taking department. Probably though the website will take off some of that load I would imagine. I don't think you can go wrong ordering from Shumways. They are one of my main seed sources.

Territorial Seeds
P.O. Box 157
Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0061

Phone: 541.942.9547
Fax: 888.657.3131
Website: http://www.territorial-seed.com
Email: tertrl@srv1.vsite.com

Ordering info: Ordering can be online, phone, fax, snail mail, and email. Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, and COD accepted. Phone hours Monday - Friday 7 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm PST. Phone orders by noon ship out next day. Int'l orders accepted, credit card only. Insurance and handling $3.75 for all orders. No extra charges for seed or lightweight non-seed items (5 lbs. or less). Must call by noon PST to ensure arrival by next day. Printable order form at their website with shipping table. One or 2 day rush delivery available within the US. Gift certificates available. Free catalog.

Comments: Though they carry alot of hybrid's, they carry many heirlooms too. Territorial is another of the cutting edge seed companies in my opinion, they have a philosophy of:

"to improve people's self-sufficiency and independence by enabling gardeners to produce an abundance of good tasting fresh-from-the-garden food twelve months a year".
. With that and their committment to organic gardening methods and building soil health (they offer many organic and soil-building products, and have an excellent line of herbs), Territorial is another of the several excellent seed companies at the forefront of quality gardening. You can even visit their trial grounds 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays August 19 - September 16. I have ordered from them and they are very helpful, efficient, and accurate. They are one of my main seed companies.

Vesey's
York, Prince Edward Island
Canada C0A 1P0
Phone: 800.363.7333
FAX: 800.686.0329
Website: http://www.veseys.com
Email: veseys@veseys.com

Ordering info: Ordering is online, email, phone, or mail. Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard are accepted. Order desk hours: January - February, 7 am to 8 pm, March - May, 7 am - 9 pm, June - September 7 am - 6 pm, October - December, 7 am - 4 pm, Saturdays 8 am - 3 pm all year around. Local orders shipped USPS. Catalog is free.

Comments: Vesey's does not carry alot of heirlooms, but I have so few Canadian companies on the list I thought I would include them for those who are looking for a company in their locality.


Willhite Seeds
P.O. Box 23
Poolville, TX 76487
Phone: 800.828.1840
Fax: 817.599.5843
Website: http://www.willhiteseed.com
Email: info@willhiteseed.com

Ordering info: Ordering can be done online, by phone, fax, and mail. Cash, check, money order, COD, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Monday - Friday 8 am - 12 noon & 1 pm - 5 pm CST. Their online catalog is at Catalog City.

Comments: Willhite was started out of a watermelon growing operation in Parker County Texas. They have a great selection of heirlooms, a few rare, at some of the best prices available. Basically, like a few other companies they have simply not abandoned the time tested varieties for an all hybrid inventory. I have bought from them for a couple of years, and have saved myself alot of money by ordering through them. Their catalog divides varieties by hybrid and non-hybrid, which makes them easier to find, and they sell from packets to lbs. of seed. Have had good germination with their product, and good production. The only drawback is that some of their seed comes treated, meaning if you are organically minded you'll have to wash them thoroughly. Though I know they aren't directly promoting heirlooms, they are invaluable to market gardeners like myself who need larger quantities of seed at affordable prices. They are one of my main seed sources.



Specialized:

The companies listed below specialize either in a particular vegetable, those that grow well in a particular region, or are native to a certain region or ethnic group.





Boone's Native Seed Company
P.O. Box 10363
Raleigh, NC 27605

Ordering info: Check and money order only accepted. Ordering is by snail mail only. All packets $1.50 except as indicated. Postage and packing charges are $2.75 US$, Mexico and Canada $5, Int'l $8. No delivery charges on orders of $20 or more. Catalog is $2

Comments: In their catalog Boone's writes that they are "committed to the preservation of the genetic diversity of plants and the concept of Public Domain Seeds as to the patenting and ownership of the earth's economic plants." As far as vegetables, they carry only tomatoes and peppers, with a few interesting varieties of each in addition to commonly offered ones. Have a selection of native herbs and wildflowers too, some very rare. I believe all are native to the Americas. Planting instructions are in the catalog only, not on the packets. Very interesting catalog.

Filaree Farm
182 Conconully Hwy.
Okanogan, WA 98840

Phone: 509.422.6940 (message only)
Website: http://www.filareefarm.com
Email: filaree@northcascades.net

Ordering info: Ordering is by online, email, phone, and snail mail. Check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Orders can be placed in advance, and are reserved first come first serve. Quantities are limited on many items. Orders can be up 8 working days, they recommend setting a ship date 3 to 4 weeks in advance of desired planting time. Shipping charge is 15% with a $3.50 minimum. Catalog $2, free to previous customers.

Comments:The widest selection of garlics in the U.S., all organically grown. They have a mindblowing inventory of varieties, far more than I could ever list. Their catalog is arranged botanically by family, which is nice. Evidentally they have done alot of pioneering in naming and classifying subvarieties. They describe it on both their site and catalog. Interesting reading. If you are a garlic nut like me, they are the place to go. They have taken garlic to a high art.

Heirloom Tomatoes
5421 Princess Drive
Rosedale, MD. 21237

Phone: 410.687.8665
Internet: http://heirloomtomatoes.net
Email: ChuckWyatt@Compuserve.com

Ordering info: Check or money order accepted. Orders can be placed by phone and snail mail. All varieties $1.50 per pack. Standard $1 shipping and handling charge.

Comments: Small family owned company owned by Chuck Wyatt that specializes in tomatoes. Has over 300 varieties that he grows, many are not on my list. Another great source for rare and hard to find tomatoes.


High Altitude Gardens
P.O. Box 1048
Hailey, ID 83333-1048

Phone: 208.788.4363 (orders, catalog requests), 208.788.4419 (questions)
FAX: 208.788.3452
Website: http://www.seedsave.org/hag/hag.html
Email: orders@seedsave.org

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover accepted. Ordering can be done by internet, email, phone, fax, or snail mail. They extend credit and C.O.D. privileges to established, commercial accounts. To open an account, please request a commercial credit application. Terms are net 30 days. A charge of 1.75% (minimum $5.00) per month is added to all overdue accounts. For seeds shipping charges are $2.00 for orders less than $10.00. Add $3.50 for each order totalling $10.00 or more. Add a total of $6.00 handling charge to each order shipped to Canada. Add $20.00 to all other foreign seed orders for U.S. government phyto-sanitary certificate. Catalog is free.

Comments: High Altitude Gardens specialized in varieties that will do well in short season, high altitude climates. Dedicated to open pollinated seeds, seed saving, and natural farming, they are another of the small companies bringing back popularity of the heirloom strains. They describe themselves on their site:

"We are a sixteen year-old bio-regional seed company dedicated to saving and expanding the genetic resources. Located at 6,000 ft., surrounded by towering, snow-capped peaks, we focus naturally on the challenge of gardening in harsh climates. We have developed a deep love for the plants, both native and cultivated, strong enough to survive (even thrive!) in our mountain climate. By finding, growing and documenting the characteristics of varieties from around the world, we act as a resource for thousands of gardeners looking for diversity and reliability."

They have some neat features on their site. In addition to information about them and their philosophy, they have printable brochures on growing at high altitudes, planting charts, and stories of how they found some of their seeds. For those living in mountain climates looking for varieties adapted to that type of climate, they are worth checking out. They have a decent inventory to choose from.

Irish Eyes with a Hint of Garlic, formerly Ronninger Seed Potatoes
P.O. Box 307
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Phone: 509.925.6025
Fax: 800.964.9210
Website: http://www.hintofgarlic.com
Email: potatoes@irish-eyes.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard accepted. Order by internet, email, phone, fax, or snail mail. Able to make bulk purchases in many items, so call far larger orders. Minimum order $15. You can specify when you want your order shipped in spring. 10% discount for orders over $60, or if you are over 62 years old. No discount for phone orders via credit card. Phone hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm PST. Shipping table provided. Paper catalog $2.

Comments: This company was formerly called Ronningers, a legendary seller of modern and heirloom strains of potatoes. It sells other root crops like jerusalem artichokes, garlic, and sweet potatoes, but it's meat and potatoes are, well...potatoes. If you have been planting the commonly offered varieties like Butte and Pontiac, try one of their Green Mountains. And that's only just one of over 20 heirloom potato varieties they sell. These potatoes are so excellent they just blew my parents mind when they ate them. I have ordered from them for a couple of years and they put out excellent tubers. They ship them egg sized so you can plant them whole and avoid rot. Skins were great with no cuts, gouges, or disease patches. They have a great quality product.

Plants of the Southwest
Agua Fria Rt. 6, Box 11a
Santa Fe, NM 87501-9806
Phone: 800.788.7333 (orders), 505.471.2212
Fax: 505.438.8800

Website: http://www.plantsofthesouthwest.com
Email: contact@plantsofthesouthwest.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Orders can be placed walk-in, online, phone, fax, and snail mail. Handling charge is $2.50. Less than 1 lb. no additional UPS charges. First whole pound $2.50. Each additional whole pound $.50. Catalog is $3.50.

Comments: Specializes in an interesting line of seeds for the arid areas of the Southwest, with hard-to-find varieties of corn, beans, and peppers. Carries only open-pollinated and heirloom varieties and has a nice overall selection, including a few surprises, all of which according to them do well in arid climates. Carries grains and cover crops as well. If you have this type of climate, they might be worth checking out.

Tomato Growers Supply
P.O Box 2237
Fort Myers, FL 33902

Phone: 888.478.7333 (orders) 941.768.1119 (customer service)
FAX: 888.768.3476
Website: http://www.tomatogrowers.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, and Mastercard accepted. Ordering cab be done by phone, fax, or mail. Online order form can be printed out. Standard shipping charge of $2.50. Catalog is free.

Comments: The company is only 15 years old, but it carries over 500 varieties of tomatoes and peppers. Page after page of every size, shape, color, texture, and use of tomato and pepper you can imagine, both hybrids and heirlooms. If you can't find that particular variety, look here.

Totally Tomatoes
P.O. Box 1626
Augusta, GA 30903-1626

Phone: 803.663.0016
FAX: 888.477.7333
Website: http://www.totallytomato.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Orders can be placed by internet, email, phone, FAX, or snail mail. Phone order hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST. January - April they are open Saturdays 8:30 am to 12 EST. No shipping charges, standard handling charge of $2.25. Can ship by priority shipping. $20 for next day, $10 for 2 day, 2 to 3 day Priority Mail for $5. Cash discount of 5% for orders over $300, seeds only. Catalog is free.

Comments: A division of Shumways, they have the same format as Tomato Growers Supply - tomatoes and peppers. Tons of heirlooms, one thing I do like is that they offer more than just packets, nice for market gardeners. Like Shumway's main catalog, they have a beautiful combination of color and black and white pictures.

Vermont Bean Seed Co.
Garden Lane
Fair Haven, VT 05473-0250

Phone: 803.663.0217 (SC), 802.273.3400 (VT)
FAX: 888.500.7333
Website: http://www.vermontbean.com

Ordering info: Check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Orders can be placed by internet, email, phone, FAX, or snail mail. Phone order hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST. January - April they are open Saturdays 8:30 am to 12 EST. No shipping charges, standard handling charge of $2.25. Can ship by priority shipping. $20 for next day, $10 for 2 day, 2 to 3 day Priority Mail for $5. Cash discount of 5% for orders over $300, seeds only. Catalog is free.

Comments: Also a company owned by Shumway, Vermont Bean carries a full vegetable line, and have even added quite a few heirlooms this year. But their claim to fame is beans, snap, shell, and dry. They have dozens of varieties, some that are exclusive, and some that only they offer greater than packet size. Prices are a little higher than a Landreth or Willhite, but on the rarer stuff they are quite reasonable. If you have a favorite variety that you like and want to plant alot of, take a look at this company.



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Allen, Sterling, & Lothrop
191 US Route 1
Falmouth, ME 04105-1385

Phone: 207.781.4142
FAX: 207.781.4143

Ordering info:Waiting on catalog.

Comments: Waiting on catalog.

Butterbrooke Farm
78 Barry Road
Oxford, CT 06478-1598

Phone: 203.688.2000

Ordering info:Waiting on catalog.

Comments: Waiting on catalog.

Becker's Seed Potatoes
RR#1
Trout Creek, Ontario POH 2LO
Canada

Phone: 517.223.8750

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

DiGiorgi Seed
6011 North Street
Omaha, NE 68117

Phone: 402.731.3901
FAX: 403.731.8475

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

Down on the Farm Seed
P.O. Box 184
Hiram, OH 44234

Ordering info: Waiting on catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

D.V. Burrell Seed Growers Co.
P.O. Box 150
Rocky Ford, CO 81067
Phone: 719.254.3318
FAX: 719.254.3319
Web page: http://www.watermelon.com/burrell/index.html
Email: scott@watermelons.com

Ordering info: Waiting on this catalog.

Comments: Have no information on them till I receive a catalog.

Howe Sound Seeds
P.O. Box 109
Bowen Island
British Columbia VON 1GO
Canada

Phone: 604.947.0943
FAX: 604.947.0945

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

J.L. Hudson, Seedsman
P.O. Box 1058
Redwood City, CA 94064

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

Fedco Seed & Moose Tubers
P.O. Box 520
Waterville, ME 04903-0520

Phone: 207.873.7333

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

Fox Hollow Herb & Heirloom Seed Co.
204 Arch
Kittanning, PA 16201

Phone: 724.548.7333, 888.548.7333 (orders only)
Email: seeds@alltel.com

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

Gleckler's Seedsmen
104 Meadow Lane
Metamora, OH 43540

Phone: 419.644.2211

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

Kalmia Farm
P.O. Box 3881
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.

Prairie Grown Garden Seeds
Box 118
Cochin, Saskatchewan SOM 0LO
Canada

Phone: 306.386.2737

Ordering info: Waiting for catalog.

Comments: Waiting for catalog.