Apr 142012
 

Baker Creek Heirloom SeedsI have always been an avid gardener, and no matter where I live or how little space I have, I will find a spot to make a garden. Right now I have lots of tomatoes growing in my small city garden, and this year I was hoping to start growing heirloom tomatoes. Unfortunately, my local garden centers did not have a good variety of heirloom seeds, so I turned to the Internet. This is when I discovered Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and they impressed with their large selection and variety.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds offers around 1300 different heirloom seeds, and there are many rare seeds in the collection. To keep the heirloom seeds from being contaminated, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds grows the plants in cages, and they are very careful with isolating the different plants from each other plants.

Last weekend I started planting my first heirloom tomato seeds, and I am very excited to see how the tomatoes turn out. I have carefully labeled everything, so that I can see how each plant will grow, and growing heirloom tomatoes will take a little more planning and organization than I usually use when I am gardening. Still, I am excited, because these heirloom tomato varieties look fantastic.

Growing Heirloom TomatoesA week later, the heirloom tomatoes have slowly begun to sprout, and I am very excited to see the first seedlings appear. I only planted 2 – 3 seeds in every soil pellet, because it is a bit late in the season to start planting here in South Florida. I will start up a new batch in August, and thankfully there are a minimum of 20 – 25 heirloom seeds in each package of heirloom tomato seeds from Baker Creek.

Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato SeedsThe Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato seeds were some of the first seeds to turn into seedlings

I have started planting eight different varieties of heirloom seeds including the Great White Tomato, the Ozark Pink Tomato, the Carbon Tomato, the Spear’s Tennessee Green Tomato, the Marmande Tomato, the Dad’s Sunset Tomato, the Yellow Riesentraube Tomato and  and the Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato.

 

 

 

 

 About the Heirloom Tomatoes In My Garden:

  • The Great White Tomato produces large, 1-lb giant, creamy white fruits.
  • The Ozark Pink Tomato Fruits are medium to large in size and are produced in abundance on very productive, disease resistant plants. This is the perfect tomato for all hot, humid areas.
  • The Carbon Tomato, is the winner of the 2005 “Heirloom Garden Show” best tasting tomato award.
  • The Spear’s Tennessee Green Tomato has been grown by the Spear family of Tennessee since the 1950’s, and it was brought to Baker Creek by a local customer who had been preserving it in his garden.
  • The Marmande Tomato is a popular old French variety developed by the Vilmorin Seed Co, it produces medium-large sized fruits even in cool weather.
  • The Dad’s Sunset Tomato is the perfect orange tomato with large 10 oz. fruits.
  • The Yellow Riesentraube Tomato produces clusters of golden grape tomatoes.
  • The Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato produces 1-lb fruits with yellow-and-red mottled flesh, and it has a sweet, fruity and somewhat pineapple-like taste.

 

I am very surprised at the fair price of the heirloom seeds, because regular seeds usually cost between $1 – $3 per bag at our local garden stores, and the heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds only cost around $2-3 for a pack containing a minimum of 20 – 25 seeds.

About Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed was started by Jere Gettle at the age of 17, when he printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog. Since then the company has grown to include more than 1300 varieties of heirloom seeds from more than 70 countries. All of the heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. The company and farm is located 45 miles east of Springfield, Missouri, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has retail stores in Mansfield, MO, Petaluma,CA & Wethersfield ,CT.

If you want to know more about heirloom gardening, you can also read The Heirloom Life Gardener, a book written by Baker Creek owners Jere and Emilee Gettle.

 

Buy It

You can order a free copy of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog,

or you can order directly from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds website.

Win It

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has generously offered a giveaway prize of an assortment of heirloom seeds to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers.



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This giveaway will end Wednesday May 9th at Midnight EST.  

The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years old or older – only one entrant per household. I will chose the winner via Random.org, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. 

Disclaimer: I received complimentary heirloom seeds samples for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on my experience with the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds products.

  184 Responses to “Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Review & Giveaway”

  1. I’d love to plant Basil. I noticed several varieties, including lemon and Greek dwarf.

  2. Amazon Chocolate Tomatoes

  3. Would love to get the Rossa di Verona Dragon Radicchio!! grammypenny@frontier.com

  4. Heirloom Tomatoes or White Corn

  5. I’f like to plant Cosmic Carrots and Malasian Red Eggplants.

  6. I’d love to plant cucumbers!

  7. I would love to plant some Roma tomatoes!

  8. So many I want but the Orange Banana Tomato
    caught my eye

  9. Tall Double Mix – Strawflower would look good in my front yard.

  10. I’d love to plant Hawaiian Pineapple Tomatoes!

  11. I’d love to plant cilantro, oregano, and basil!

  12. I’d like to try the Bidwell Casaba Melon and Delicious 51 Melon. So many great seeds to chose from. Thanks!

  13. I’d love to have the Cosmos and any of the Hollyhock flower seeds.
    crochet4hats[at]gmail[dot]com

  14. I would like to try the Blacktail Mountain Watermelon

  15. I have never grown heirloom varieties, so I would love to try any of them.

  16. liked on fb x3!
    They’re out of catalogs!
    I would like the entire herb section!
    lokigsd@yahoo.com

  17. I’d like to plant some Lavender seeds.

  18. I want to plant carrots this year…every year I have planted them the gophers get to them though :/

  19. I actually would like to plant some cool gourds.

  20. I would love to try the Tigger Melon. Not only is it pretty to look at, it sounds like it would be an awesome addition to any fruit Salad!

  21. Chinese 5 Color Pepper or Goat Horn Peppers. We love cauliflower but I just can’t seem to grow it.

  22. I’d love to plant Gibsonii – Castor Bean, Five Color Silver Beet Chard, and Pineapple Tomato! Thanks.

  23. AUNT RUBY GERMAN GREEN TOMATO

  24. I’d love any of the flowers & Monstrueux De Viroflay Spinach.

  25. I would love to try the different varieties of Broccoli and Cauliflower. It all looks so yummy and interesting. So many items I had never even heard of! I requested a catalog.

  26. I would like the Roma tomatoes

  27. southern night tomato

  28. the orange banana tomato looks fab

  29. i’d like to plant some Hibiscus

  30. Long Island Brussels sprouts

  31. I would love to grow some heirloom Copia tomatoes. Thanks!

  32. I’d like to get some Chinese Chives Mixed seeds.

  33. Oh, I’d like to plant Snapdragons! 🙂 http://rareseeds.com/flowers-n-z-1/snapdragon.html

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. I would like to try the carrots. i have never tried to plant it before and i see there are a few varieties.

  35. I would try to plant the A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomatoes plus the usual basil,oregano and chives

  36. I would love to grow the Pearly Pink cherry tomato…of course, they’re out of stock…just my luck!

  37. Looking forward grow tomatos that taste like the ones in my youth

  38. The Pineapple Tomatoe looks so interesting.

  39. I would love to try the black cherry tomatoes

  40. Too many to choose from! Love heirloom tomatoes, they have so much flavor.

  41. The Eggplant seeds

  42. I would get the cherokee purple tomato.

  43. Oh this would be SO awesome right now! I am just getting started on making my garden. Got the wood over the weekend!

    I would get some watermelon, and those Hawaiin tomatos, those look amazing!!!!!!!

  44. ozark pink tomatoes

  45. Rue, Herb O’Grace

  46. Everything, but especially A Grappoli D’Inverno Tomatos!

  47. I’m planning on planting artichokes this year so Violetta Precoce Artichoke is what I would be looking at getting, they look so pretty and taste so good, a perfect combination for the garden.

  48. I would love to try the non-GMO corn.

  49. Greek dwarf basil. Mmmm good.

  50. Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach…I love spinach 🙂

  51. I want to plant some melons

  52. My husband would love the beefsteak tomatoes

  53. I would love the lima beans!

  54. i like the Ballerina Double Mix California Poppy Seeds ans the Fire Chief Petunia Seeds

  55. I am a roma tomato fan myself (nothing heirloom about that!) But mom wants to grow them in her 1/4 acre garden. Can’t discourage that variety for cooking and eating, eh?

  56. Malasian Red Eggplants

  57. I’d like to try growing the Christmas Pole Lima beans.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  58. wild strawberries or pink bananas!

  59. I would like to plant Honeydew Orange Flesh Melons

  60. I’d like to plant the blue curled scotch kale.

  61. Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

  62. I would like to plant black beauty eggplant

  63. I love tomatoes and would love to try to plant Costoluto Genovese Tmatoes

  64. I’d love to have anything that can be canned. I did tomatoes last year and want to try another veggie this year – should be a good learning experience.
    liked on fb!
    lokigsd@yahoo.com

  65. I would like to plant the Florida Market Eggplant

  66. I love heirloom seeds! It’s all I will use to grow plants/food. I love sticking it to Monsanto’s evil butt 🙂
    My daughter wants to try goji berries so thats what we’d plant 🙂

  67. I’d love the onions – I’ve heard they are easy to grow!

  68. As I get older I am trying to get my garden more durable. This sounds like just what I’m looking for. I would like flowers, vegtables and herbs.

  69. I would like to try the Crystal Apple cucumbers…very interesting looking.

  70. The Old Italian Tomatos would be good. Wonder why no fruit? Berries.

  71. I love tomatoes fresh from the garden, so I’d love to try the Heirloom tomatoes.

  72. I want to try the Laurentian Rutubaga seeds and Soapwort!

  73. I would LOVE to try the Hawaiian Pineapple Tomatoes 🙂

  74. I would love to plant the African Horned cucumber melon

  75. I like their poppy seed to use for baking, and so many of their basil varieties for cooking.

  76. Would love to have the Chinese 5 Color peppers!
    Drat! they are out of catalogs for this year. 🙁

  77. Corn!

  78. The Rhubarb seeds that I planted didn’t make it through an unexpected frost, so I would love to try Baker Creek’s.

  79. really would like to try any tomato seeds

  80. Would love to try Heirloom Seeds when it is our time to plant (South Florida it is Aug not April). I have a small city lot, but I find room to tuck a plant in here and there.

  81. No better way to eat than plant heriloom seeds!

  82. I love the Perkin’s long pod okra. I order from Baker’s every year.

    chestnutyouth(at)hotmail(dot)com

  83. the orangeglo watermellons look fun

  84. I’ve always planted hybrids and I would love to plant heirlooms and safe the seeds for future plantings.

  85. basil!

  86. i’d love to try the Chocolate Stripe Tomatoes. i LOVE heirloom tomatoes, haven’t tried these yet though!! thanks for the chance!

  87. The Black Pineapple tomato’s look awesome

  88. tomatato

  89. Tomatos and Carrots

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  91. I would like the Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Pea

  92. Heirloom tomatoes

  93. Chocolate tomatoes sound interesting.

  94. The sugar ann snap pea.

  95. I want to plant Broccoli

  96. I am most excited about the tomatoes but especially the “chocolate” tomatoes. Who knew that was an option? 🙂

  97. I would like to try and grow the Chadwick Cherry tomatoe

  98. I would like to plant cosmic carrots

  99. I would like to try the seeds for the pretty Birds Eyes wildflowers.

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  101. Yellow prairie coneflower

  102. Candytuft

  103. Cilantro and tomatoes!

  104. I would plant borage for sure. I would love to plant Paul Robeson tomatoes, Mammoth Sandwich Island salsify, and Black Amber sorghum.

  105. I’d love to try the lime basil or verde basil!

  106. The Chantenay Red Core Carrots look great! I would love to plant them!

  107. i would like to plant some stripped tomotoes

  108. I would love to play some marjoram. So many uses.

  109. I would like to plant the purple tomatillo seeds. Thanks for the giveaway.

  110. Friariello Di Napoli Pepper seeds.

  111. I would like to get asparagus started, I guess it takes a few years before you can harvest it.

  112. I would like to try the Quadrato D’asti Rosso Pepper. I love roasting red peppers and putting them on sandwiches and pizza.

  113. Marina di Chioggia pumpkins!! I love how ugly they are!!

  114. I would love to start a garden! Haven’t had one since I was a kid, and oh how i love some fresh Veggies!

  115. I’d plant every vegetable in season. I’ve never had a house just an apt so I’d love to buy a plantern for some squash. Cool giveaway!

  116. I would like the Japanese long cucumber. I could eat my weight in fresh cucumbers. I’ve never had heirloom cucumbers, but if there is as much difference in them as it is in heirloom tomatoes compared to regular, look out. A definite winner.

  117. I would like to plant Costoluto Genovese Tomato

  118. like to try the european meselon mix

  119. I would probably chose the Southern Small Package. There are so many choices!

  120. the dwarf queeny mixed hollyhocks!

  121. I would like purple Habernero

  122. Heirloom Tomatoes

  123. I’d like to plant Beauty Queen tomatoes, Hillbilly or Flame tomatoes, Blue Speckled beans, Catskill Brussels Sprouts and Flame Lettuce. Lots of deliciousness and colors!

  124. The Atomic Red Carrots are cool. Love the retro family!

  125. Roma tomatoes

  126. I would like to try the white corn

  127. chadwick cherry tomato and pinepple tomato

  128. I would like to plant heirloom tomatoes, like Copia, Uncle Mark Bagby, Roman Candle and more.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

  129. Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli (among other things!)

  130. Heirloom Tomatoes

  131. Big Rainbow tomatoes

  132. We already grow lots of different herbs, tomatoes and variety peppers – but I would love to add Bok Choy and Japanese Long Cucumbers and I’d also like to an area of solid lavender.

    Also, we have this piece of land on the far side of the property that I have always wanted to turn into like a Wildflowers field or meadow – so I love a variety of Wildflower seeds, too

    (Also signed up for the Newsletter and the 2013 Catalog.)

  133. I would like the Country Gentleman Sweet Corn

  134. I would love to plant several of their different variaties of tomatoes and other plants like their golden delious squash

  135. cucumbers
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  136. I’d like to plant some Roma tomatoes! Thanks!

  137. I would love to plant cucumbers.

  138. I would like to try the Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard.

  139. I would love to grow asparagus!

  140. I would like to try the Granny Cantrell German Red Tomato seeds.

  141. i would like to plant the Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa Tomato

  142. I think I’d have to try the white corn.

  143. I want to try the Giant of Naples Cauliflower.

  144. would like to try Orange Sun Pansy seeds
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  146. The Tonda Di Parigi Carrot!

  147. I would most like to grow the Bhut Jolokia Pepper–my husband is obsessed with it!

  148. Tomatoes

  149. The Chris Cross Watermelon
    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

  150. For flowers , I would like Petunias and dianthus or Pinks. For Spring it would be Rhubarb.

  151. heirloom tomatos!

  152. To be honest I would like to try that small southern heirloom package.

  153. I would like to try the Shin Kuroda 5″ Carrot. Seems perfect for my square foot garden!

  154. I think I’d like to grow Asian bean Moonshadow, Lemon Cucumbers & Japanese White Eggplant.

  155. I’d love to plant Roma tomatoes but its too late in the year and we never get enough sun 🙁 I can’t wait to move to Florida so I can have a big garden full of tomatoes oranges and peppers…. yum!)

  156. I would plant my fav Zucchini Squash – Black Beauty

  157. I would love to plant the Brugmansia or Angel’s Trumpet.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

  158. I think I would try something different like the Ground Cherry. Thank you!!

  159. Japanese Pickling Eggplant, Japanese White Egg, Blue Curled Scotch Kale, and many more 😀 We love veggies!

  160. i would love to plant squash yum

  161. I would like to grow some dishcloth gourds

  162. I want the Purple Beauty Pepper

  163. I’d like to plant the Gold Medal tomatoes, Kolb’s Gem or American Champion watermelon, and the Tomatillo Verde.
    Michelle Tucker

  164. Violetta Precoce Artichoke

  165. I have their catalog, would love to win some seeds!

  166. I would like to plant the Red Wonder Wild Strawberry.

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  168. Heirloom Tomatoes

  169. I would love to try the Jalapeno- Craig’s Grande in my garden!

  170. Amazon Chocolate Tomatoes

  171. I would like to try to grow some carrots and some Candytuft flowers.

  172. Hawaiian Pineapple Tomatoes–never heard of them before until your post!
    *kelly
    kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

  173. I would like to plant the Crackerjack Mix – Marigold, African

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  174. I’d love to plant the dill, tomatoes, and flowers. Thank you for the generous giveaway…

  175. I would plant anything! I have been wanting to try these!!

  176. I’d pick the Creme Brulee Tomato from the Soviet Union, Stevia , and the tall strawflower 🙂 Great website! I could “browse” for hours!

  177. I would love to plant the Beefsteak Tomatoes.

  178. We eat lots of Spinach, so I would try that!

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