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.
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.
The catalog is full of information about each variety of pumpkins or squash.
He throws in little quotes from the Bible or Thomas Jefferson.
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.
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.
Order your catalog here.