Without heirloom seed companies, winter gardening would be a dull subject. We wouldn’t need to order ahead or debate between tomato varieties (‘Amish Orange Sherbet’ vs. ‘Black Brandywine’ vs. ‘White Wax’…), or otherwise find entertainment in bizarre vegetable names.
To join this increasingly-popular winter hobby, check out the following heirloom seed companies and begin ordering seeds for your garden:
Oldest American company (since 1917) – Kitazawa Seed Company
100% organic – High Mowing Organic Seeds
Tomato specialty – Gary Ibsen’s TomatoFest
Potato specialty – Wood Prairie Farm
Bean specialty – Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center
Rare varieties – Amishland Heirloom Seeds
Historically Native American – Native Seeds
Non-profit organization – Seed Savers Exchange
Based in Europe – Seeds of Italy
Large selection – Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Includes live plants – Territorial Seed Company
You can find a longer list of heirloom companies and descriptions here.