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Top 10 Heirloom and Open Pollinated Seed Farms

Since garden season is coming closer every day, and in some parts of the country has already started, I thought I’d throw out a list of good places to get quality seeds.

These seeds aren’t your average hardware store seed, but are high quality seeds. Most of these places have both open pollinated and heirloom varieties, and I think some of them also have a number of non GMO hybrid varieties as well.

I’m not necessarily endorsing any of them, but if you’re looking for new genetics or have no idea where to even start, these folks are a good starting point.

Oh, and these are in no particular order!

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Most gardeners are familiar with Johnny’s. They have a huge variety of seeds, and a big selection of tools and supplies as well. They’ve got a fairly comprehensive library of planting guides, comparison charts, and too manuals. They even have recipes!

You can find Johnny’s at http://www.johnnyseeds.com

Annie’s Heirloom Seeds

Annie’s is a small family run business that specializes in nothing but heirloom vegetables. They’ve got a pretty good mix of varietals that cover most of the main categories.

This would be a great place to find a few new varities of old favorites and fill out your garden genetics!

You can find Annie’s at http://www.anniesheirloomseeds.com

Territorial Seed Company

The Territorial Seed Company is another place with a huge variety of different seeds. They have a pretty neat gardening planner and some interesting videos.

One thing I like about these guys is that they also sell plants. This is good if you’re not ready to start from seed when you’re just starting out.

You can find Territorial at http://www.territorialseed.com

Whatcom Seed Company

If you’re looking for something esoteric, Whatcom is the place to go. They’ve got everything from cactus, to bonsai trees, to edelweiss, and everything odd in between.

Whatcom Seed Company is one of the only places I’ve found to buy true mint seeds. Most of the seeds you can buy elsewhere are a cross between different kinds of mint.

You can find Whatcom Seed Company at http://seedrack.com

Amishland Heirloom Seeds

Amishland Heirloom Seeds is a one woman shop based in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Everything available from Amishland is grown by the owner and hand selected for best results.

Just take a look at some of the rare varieties you can find here … Nutmeg Canteloupe, Strawberry Spinach, Tuscan Black Palm Cabbage … crazy!

You can find Amishland Heirloom Seeds at http://amishlandseeds.com

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Baker Creek is another well known seed shop offering only heirloom seeds. I love flipping through my Baker Creek catalog and daydreaming…

The folks at Baker Creek (another small family owned shop, by the way) have branched out into other areas as well, with a magazine, hosting food festivals, and they’re even writing books about heirloom vegetables.

You can find Baker Creek at http://rareseeds.com

High Mowing Organic Seeds

High Mowing is one of my favorites. I have quite a few of their seeds and they’ve always done quite well for us. They have a broad variety available.

They’re based in Vermont, so climate wise they’re not off in some zone 8 area where anything will grow… Definitely check them out.

You can find High Mowing Organic Seeds at http://www.highmowingseeds.com

Victory Seeds

Victory seeds is another small, family owned and operated, seed farm. Sense a trend here? Offering mainly heirloom varieties you can find interesting and unique vegetable varieties here that you won’t find anywhere else.

You can find tobacco seeds here, which is pretty rare. Regardless of what you think about tobacco, it’s an interesting crop, especially for potential barter in an emergency situation. They also sell composting redworms, which can be hard to find sometimes.

You can find Victory Seeds at http://www.victoryseeds.com

Seed Savers Exchange

The Seed Savers Echange is a unique organization. While they certainly sell a huge variety of seeds, they also have a membership area that lets you coordinate trades between other gardeners. What this means is that if you have your own varieties that you love, or are adapted for your area, you can find other folks to trade with.

You should definitely check them out, and peruse what they offer. If you save your own seeds and breed your own heirloom vegetable varieties, then you should also join the membership and trade with others!

You can find Seed Savers Exchange at http://www.seedsavers.org

Uprising Seeds

Uprising Seeds is my first stop for seeds. Not because they have a massive variety or anything but I love them because they grow everything here in the Pacific Northwest. That means that anything I buy from them is optimized for our climate and will do well.

I include them here because they’re local. And we should all be thinking about local. You’ll get better varietals if you buy local, and supporting your local farmers is a wonderful thing. And important…or they’ll go away.

You can find Uprising Seeds at http://uprisingorganics.com

What Are Your Favorites?

While I’ve covered ten seed sources here, that’s definitely not all of them. So tell me in the comments where YOU like to buy your seeds.

And if you have any local places you buy from that grow their seed stock locally, share that and your region with others!

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12 Responses to Top 10 Heirloom and Open Pollinated Seed Farms

  1. Sow True Seeds in Asheville, NC has an excellent selection heirloom seeds and organic seeds. I have bought their seeds and have been very satisfied with their service and product.

      • A whole 84-square-foot garden’s worth :) Several varieties of tomatoes, odessa squash, waltham broccoli, cabbage, a couple of spinaches, a couple of radishes, cauliflower, winter squash, chard, turnips, onions, chives, about four lettuces, arikara sunflowers, cucumbers, blue lake bush beans, dragon’s tongue beans, peas, little finger carrots, kohlrabi, leaf celery, tam jalapenos, oregano, basil, thyme…that’s all I can remember…that might be everything.

        I don’t know if it was because I had a large order or not, but they gave me a free gift of some red lettuce seeds.

        The seeds I didn’t use by the end of the season, I froze. I’ve already got some seedlings started for this spring, and so far they are doing nicely.

    • I’m definitely looking at some of the rarer varietals to add to our seed stock. Can’t hurt, right?