The Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Catalog

My Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog came this weekend. This catalog is so awesome that I would have paid for it. I didn't have to. It was free.

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I heard about the company earlier in the year from a New York Times article. The company is run by a cute Mennonite family in Missouri. Jere Gettle has been collecting heirloom seeds since he was ten. Jere writes all the copy and takes all the photographs in the catalog.

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The catalog is full of information about each variety of pumpkins or squash.

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He throws in little quotes from the Bible or Thomas Jefferson.

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I'm in awe of anybody who accumulates so much knowledge on one topic. It's compulsive and obsessive, but the end product is gorgeous. He puts Martha Stewart to shame. I can't help but wonder if he's somewhere on the spectrum.

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This catalog makes us want to ditch our NYC suburban life and start our own organic farm in upstate New York. Steve could do the dirty work, and I would make big pots of black bean soup for my hippie friends in my restaurant in the converted barn.

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Order your catalog here.

8 thoughts on “The Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Catalog

  1. I’m curious–do they self-describe as Mennonite, or does soem profile identify them so, or what?
    (They don’t look Mennonite to me. I grew up Amish-Mennonite, so I usually will notice.)

  2. where do they get mennonite from?? They wear old fashioned clothes because they have a historic village and 2 seed store athat feature worker that dress that way. That doesn’t make them mennonite, not to mentions amish ad mennonite don’t allow women to have bare arms. BTW I love the catalog, it is so pretty and informative.

  3. We call it “garden porn”–catalogues with pictures of beautiful tomatoes that show up in December/January at our home in the upper Midwest.

  4. I can’t remember where I read that there were Mennonites. Maybe I imagined it. If he’s wearing all those clothes, because he’s into historical garb and not because of religious doctrine, that’s actually a lot funnier.

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