The Kitchen Goddess and I are on vacation in Northern California's Wine Country. We both love wine, but she's a wine geek. And I'm a gardening geek. She graciously allowed me an interlude away from the vineyards. So how about a visit to a "seed bank?"
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has a retail outlet in nearby Petaluma (40 minutes from Napa). It's in a beautiful 1920s-era bank building. So it's a seed...bank, get it?
Walking through the doors, I was instantly a kid-in-a-candy-store.
I can't say for certain, but it looks like they have every variety in their standard free catalog, maybe even their full for-purchase "Whole Seed Catalog."
Maybe 2 1/2 full racks of tomato varieties.
I was able to find everything on my list, and of course bought more than that.
The prices ranged from $1.75 to $4 per packet, with most in the $2 to $2.50 range. The sales tax is weird--food seeds are tax-free, but not flower seeds. How do they determine what constitutes food? Some people eat marigolds.
Baker Creek is a fine, environmentally-conscious company. It was great to visit one of their stores. I strongly recommend coming here if you're ever in Wine Country.
I've wanted to go to their store in Missouri ever since I saw it on the web - I didn't realize they had other retail locations. Love the old world feel - I wouldn't have been able to stick to my list either!ReplyDelete
It was a great experience. Go if you get the chance!Delete
That sounds like a fun shopping experience. Their catalog is almost intoxicating to look at, and I can't imagine seeing all those selections in a retail setting. I can see me loading up my luggage with seed packs!ReplyDelete
It was great, Dave. I feel I showed remarkable restraint, only buying twice what I set out to!Delete
Their store in Old Wethersfield is great and the farm in Missouri likewise. Didn't realize their CA location was that close to Napa. Another reason to justify a Napa trip.ReplyDelete
oh my! I'd be in so much trouble in that store!ReplyDelete
I buy my seed from this place!! Maybe this year my garden will grow a little better. I'm buying seeds to start inside this weekend.ReplyDelete