A Treasure Trove of Heirloom Garden Seed

A Treasure Trove of Heirloom Garden Seed

Seeds of strange and wonderful vegetables fill the pages of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog.  How this cool grower managed to escape my attention for all these years remains a mystery.  Perhaps it’s because folks like Jere and Emilee Gettle love the earth and plants are not always the best at highbrow marketing, or they just grow slowly on a shoestring budget. 

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Jere Gettle is founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. and newly wed to Emilee.

The 2007 Pure Seed Book is a pleasure to behold with color photos and an incredibly broad range of kitchen garden crops.  What is a real knock out are the rare and unusual varieties they’ve assembled from around the world, many of them little known Latin American strains.  Never have I seen so many food crops I can’t identify!  For example, “Nipple Fruit” is a nighshade, Solanum mammosum from Thailand. 

The cool part about this catalog is that you can buy plants to test in your garden for a big surprise come harvest.  Their eggplants alone are awesome with Green Thai, Turkish Orange, and Chinese cultivars.  Tomatoes weird and wonderful include Pink Accordion, Green Sausage, Japanese Black Trifele, and purple Russian along with striped, white and yellow varieties.  And the winter squash…forget about it!  It’s a gallery of extraordinary shapes and colors that will turn your home and kitchen into a visual and literal feast.

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http://www.rareseeds.com/   Call: (417) 924-8917

A personal “thank you” goes out to the Gettles from all of us at MoPlants.com for their outstinading job.  Happy 10th Anniversary! 

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