It all started in 1998 with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, the company that now offers one of the largest selections of heirloom seeds in the U.S. with over 1,300 varieties of tasty vegetables, fragrant flowers, and spicy herbs. Groovy seeds for all your home and market garden needs. Jere collects many ethnic varieties each year through his extensive travels. We offer the most unique, colorful and flavorful varieties. Our varieties have been grown in many major gardens, including Disney World, the U.S. National, Chicago, New York, St. Louis Botanic Gardens, Monticello, Living History Farms, and Colonial Williamsburg, to name a few.
Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. Jere Gettle founded the company in 1998 as a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. Our varieties have been featured in Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, Martha Stewart, and many others. Gardeners can request a free 124-page color catalog that now mails to over 250,000 gardeners nationally.
Over the past dozen or so years, Baker Creek has branched out into other related projects as well, including The Heirloom Gardener magazine, which is now in its seventh year of publication. The Gettle family has also expanded to a location in Sonoma County, California, in the beautiful town of Petaluma. In June 2010 they expanded to Connecticut, buying and preserving the near 200 old Comstock, Ferre & Co. One of America's first seed companies.
We started hosting festivals in 2000 as an idea to bring gardeners, homesteaders and natural food enthusiasts together to exchange thoughts, seeds, listen to speakers and enjoy vendors, old-time music and much more. These festivals gave birth to the idea for our pioneer village, Bakersville. Other projects include our trial gardens, seed collecting expeditions, our popular online forums at idigmygarden.com, and educational produce exhibits.
We also work extensively to supply free seeds to many of the worldís poorest countries, as well as here at home in school gardens and other educational projects. It is our goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered Frankenfood and the companies that support it.
lkpinette Deerfield, MA (Zone 6a) (5 reviews) March 8, 2014
Great selection. Especially eggplant. I've never seen such a variety of eggplant. They also have a good variety of Middle Eastern vegetables, which excited me. I've ordered a couple of Syrian varieties that seem similar to some of those that I had in Gaziantep (a Turkish city on the Syrian border); we'll see if they grow in New England. Our growing season is long enough, but it gets *hot* out there in a way it never does here.
Prices are on the high side of average, but nothing that would make you cringe if you can't find something elsewhere, and shipping costs are reasonable.
I will have to order even earlier next year, as by February, some of their more popular items were already out of stock. While nothing seems to be out of stock for more than about ten days, other things go out of stock in the mean time, and by March I ultimately gave up trying to get everything I wanted in the same basket and just ordered what I could.
They were reasonably efficient about processing my order during a busy period, shipping two business days after I ordered, and seeds arrived three business days after that.
The best thing about their site is that they have a rating/review system for each variety, and it's one which customers actually use. Most products have multiple reviews, which makes it an invaluable tool in choosing between similar varieties.
sfan Macedonia-Thessalonikh Greece (1 review) March 6, 2014
Great company, i have order many times, very satisfied from seeds and customer service.
roho745 WINDYVILLE, MO (1 review) February 24, 2014
I have ordered from this company for several years now and have only praise for them. Always fast to ship and everything I ordered in a neat package well wrapped. I have over 300 seedlings under grow lights right now with all most 100 percent germination rate.
Placed a mail order February 4 and received the seeds within a reasonable time period with a cash refund for a flower seed that had already sold out. They have a beautiful color photo catalog that I refer to throughout the year. I have had only one questionable vegetable seed from them through the years and they made good on that. I don't think there's a better seed company around.
daisyangel Columbia, TN (1 review) February 21, 2014
This year was my second year ordering from Baker Creek, and I must say I love it and will not be ordering my seeds from anyone else. I have already gotten 2 of my friends to order from them this year for their gardens. The ordering is easy online and they sent out my order right away, with email updates.
I love that they are a family oriented business and I LOVE receiving their catalog every year. I really love that they are based here in the US and if I was closer I would definitely be trying to visit their festival they have every year! Yes, you can visit them if you are able. Which is just awesome.
I have only good things to say about this company, so glad that I found them online!
mbmarshall Killen, AL (1 review) February 20, 2014
I've been a customer for 3 years. Beautiful catalog, amazing variety, reliable seeds, and nice people who provide impeccable customer service.
MaryAnnPyl Kiev Ukraine (1 review) February 19, 2014
That was my first try to order seeds from abroad. Today I received my package. Everithing is just fine. Thanks a lot!
agmama Jefferson, TX (2 reviews) February 18, 2014
I live in NE Texas and it is hard to get the items I want to plant as soon as I want. I love their prompt service and the seeds are guaranteed NON GMO . They sprout and grow well.
This is my third time ordering from Baker Creek, and I love them. I love the gorgeous catalogs that I moon over day after winter day dreaming of gardens to come, and I love the products. The variety is fantastic. There is always something new and unusual I want to try.
I have not had any problem with germination rates, even though the first time I ordered from them I did not plant the seeds that year AT ALL, and they waited around the house until the next season. And, because I am a household of one, I don't plant all my seeds at once, I hold onto them and use a little bit each year, and so far, nothing has failed to provide me with something. ( I always plant a couple extra seeds, to be on the safe side)
I love their company, and I will continue to use them for the foreseeable future.
byrnet Gloversville, NY (1 review) February 14, 2014
First time ordering from this company and would highly recommend them. Seeds arrived very quickly with plenty of information for planting. Appreciated the feed seeds that came with my order.! I looked through the catalog and then ordered on-line which was very simple to do.
Looking forward to see how my plants do from seeds. I will be ordering again from Baker Creek.
I have ordered seeds from Baker Creek Seeds 3 years now. I thoroughly enjoy their beautiful catalog, which is packed with many varieties along with info on how to take care of your plants, plus recipes for your bountiful harvest. My order always arrives in a timely fashion and the customer service is wonderful. I recommend this company to all of my friends.
Posted on April 26, 2013, updated February 10, 2014
I have ordered from Baker Creek three times since December 2012.
Germination rates have been quite good; there were a couple of herbs that took a couple of tries but I am happy with the results especially compared to the price of 4" herbs at the nursery! Rue, summer savory, salad burnet, basils, parsley, orach, and so on are all growing merrily. I ordered lots of Spring/Summer veggies and they are going well too.
The quantity of the seeds is excellent which is one of the reasons that I ordered from Baker Creek; also the larger packets of lettuces, beets, and carrots are super economical and allow us backyard folks to produce solid crops for a good price rather than $2.39 for a small packet. Thanks Baker Creek.
While I agree with some reviewers that there is a bit of hype around Baker Creek, my experience proved to me that the hype is founded. My Baker Creek catalog is well-thumbed and marked up and is a pleasure to read through.
Well worth giving Baker Creek a try.
Also, when a packet of seeds was missing from my order, they more than made up for the missing packet! On February 10th, 2014, gardensoiree added the following:
I've placed three orders for 2014 growing season.
Customer Service: One order included a seed that showed in stock and then didn't ship. Baker Creek sent out a packet of the missing seed a bit later. One packet of melon seeds wasn't true to type when I grew it last Summer and a quick and easy refund was issued.
I've found that even with all the hype, all the attention, and all the growth that overall Baker Creek is holding up well with the growing pains.
Baker Creek actively includes and supplies seeds from seed producers that I now order directly from--> so they are doing a great service by growing demand for specialty seed producers. This is terrific!
Some prices are a bit high compared to some other seed sources but that's how it goes. For example: 10 seeds for $4.00 versus 50 for $2.50 or 150 seeds for $3 versus 500 seeds for $3. But, most prices are terrific and many of us don't need 500 seeds.
I recommend Baker Creek for growing your seed collection for the mainstays of the garden but do read those seed descriptions and learn about the seed producers!
ricknovascotia Bedford, Nova Scotia Canada (1 review) February 10, 2014
This was my first time ordering from Baker Creek Seeds. I started with ordering their Whole Seed Catalogue and placed an order after the catalogue arrived. Both the catalogue and seed order arrived at my home in Nova Scotia, Canada in a very quick and reasonable time frame. My order arrived in full and was as described in the catalogue offering (ordered Jan 22 arrived Feb 10). Shipping expense is extremely reasonable at $3.50 (my order- 46 packets of seeds)
Seed packets have a lot of useful information on them. Can't wait to get growing. Thank you for the great mail order service.
Shanafaithrn Charleston, WV (Zone 6b) (3 reviews) February 8, 2014
First time ordering from this company and would highly recommend them. Seeds arrived very quickly with plenty of information for planting. Looking forward to see what kind of results I get! And thanks for the free seeds, as well!
BarbK_FL Indialantic, FL (6 reviews) February 7, 2014
First time ordering from Baker's Creek - received package really fast. Loved the website and reading through the Explorer Series - ordered some tropical & nematode resistant varieties and will report back on how they fare. Appreciate the free packet of seeds - Thank you.
First time to order from this company. The seed selection is impressive as is the value for money. I was particularly pleased with the European seed availability. The catalog (both online and paper) is full of useful information and very easy to use. The order was received very quickly despite all the winter storms hitting so many areas right now. The tracking of the order was very helpful.
Jgardener7 Lakes of the Four Seasons, IN (1 review) February 6, 2014
I order from them all the time, sometimes place several orders a month during peak season. All my orders arrive promptly and of the highest quality. That's why I knew after two weeks something was wrong when my small order didn't arrive. I contacted the customer service and there record was it shipped. We have had bad weather so I'm wondering if it's in a snow bank somewhere, lol. However, their customer service is top notch, they are sending another. I can't recommend this company enough, fantastic! They are the best company out there.
boomboom64 Fort Scott, KS (1 review) February 1, 2014
They get your order filled and shipped out fast . I ordered my seed on a Sunday and received my order the following week.
natrunner Allentown, PA (Zone 6a) (2 reviews) January 31, 2014
I really enjoy your comprehensive and colorful seed catalog, and the seeds I recently ordered arrived in a timely manner. The gift seed packet is a wonderful bonus - thank you very much for the Ananas D'Amerique A Chair Verte melon seeds!
I'm looking forward to growing this historic melon which you indicate that Thomas Jefferson grew! Thanks for preserving and sharing these wonderful heirlooms.
dakast Glendale Heights, IL (1 review) January 31, 2014
This is our 2nd year ordering from Baker Creek. Really like everything about the company and am happy with their seeds. We did get some different tomato seeds mixed in with the ones that we had ordered but this turned out to be a blessing and we have ordered the mix-up seeds this year because we liked the tomatoes so much.
Plan on visiting them sometime and my wife & I are very pleased to do business with them.
Dave & Wendi
west of chicago
NIKONOGO Warr Acres, OK (1 review) January 30, 2014
I want to say that I am new to gardening, but Baker Seed has made my start rewarding and so much fun. the people at Baker Seed are so friendly and helpful. I tell everyone about this fabulous company. I hope to visit them in person soon. The information they give me on the seeds is so helpful. I never knew that there are so many varieties of seeds. The only problems I have had we of my own fault from my lack of experience but I am learning. I have made my garden bigger for the last three years because I want to try something new in the way of plants. This has turned out to be a wonderful hobby for me. Thanks for everything Baker Seed Company!
pvilleblue Pflugerville, TX (1 review) January 29, 2014
My first time ordering from them and I'm very pleased with the delivery.
devinevegan Igo, CA (Zone 9a) (6 reviews) January 28, 2014
Great selection of rare heirloom varieties. They have a very interesting catalog with fantastic photographs. My order arrived super fast and they even included bonus seeds. They are not certified organic, but offer untreated seeds that are all open-pollinated with no PVP or hybrid varieties.
Just starting with an Heirloom Garden, and found these guys. There shipping was prompt, and I received them perfectly. I hope I get a good germination result from these seeds, and will definitely will be ordering from them again.
I think this company is the BEST! Incredibly fast to ship the seeds, I have always been sent 1 or 2 free packages of complimentary seeds, have had good luck with everything, and they stand behind anything they send. Non -GMO is important to me, and this company is doing an amazing job at promoting that...thanks so much!!!
Squillio Ashtabula, OH (1 review) January 18, 2014
Received my seeds and a hardcover book three days after placing my order. Faster than expected! They charged me $3.50 for shipping and it cost them $7.48. I can't complain. Great selection of seeds. I will be back for more next year.
I love this company, the seed always germinates, the packets are beautiful and the people are amazing. They make you feel like family and they care about you. I love that there are so many varieties to choose from, varieties you would not find in other catalogs. It's so much fun to try something new. I know that they care about how my garden produces and do their best to help. They have the best work ethic ever! I highly recommend them.
I have been buying from them for the last six years but this is my first review of them. This is a great company to do business with. For me their shipping has always been fast but I try to order very early in the season so I donít get caught in the spring rush. This past order arrived in just 4 days after placing it. Their customer service has been outstanding! If you do happen to have a problem with an order they will fix it. They are one of the most honest companies I have ever dealt with and thatís why I keep going back :)
I donít mean to be rude but to those that have had a germination problem Iím sorry to hear that but some seeds are just plain hard to start. If you start indoors use a heat mat it will help drastically. I planted habanero seeds from Baker Creek that were 3 years old and the germination rate was still very respectable.
Thank you to all at Baker Creek! See you next year.
My order came very quick. I am excited, this will be my first year at our "farm" and my second garden since I did a quick one while moving in last May.
I was a bit puzzled by my order, the catalog said $3.50 shipping but my online order was charged $7.95 (with no other options). Huh.Company representative comment on January 9, 2014: On Jan 9, 2014 4:34 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
Thank you for your feedback! There should have been a standard shipping option for $3.50 :( We are so sorry about that, it must have been a glitch. Please email email@example.com with ATTN: Lisa in the subject line, and she will make this right.
I have ordered from Baker Creek for 2 years now and am getting ready to order some more seeds this year. My experience with BC has all been awesome. I received my packages quickly both times I ordered and had amazing results of germination. The only thing that would probably help with a first time gardener (which is what I consider myself) would be a little bit more detail on growing instructions. Most had pretty good instructions, and even if they didn't it only tooks a few minutes to google what I had questions about. The things that attracted me to BC in the first place was that all the seeds were GMO free, heirlooms and that even though they were not labeled organic, they have said that all of their growers use organic growing methods. A good potion of their growers just can't afford the price tag that comes with being certified. I also feel that the seeds are a good deal. The seeds stay good even if they aren't that years seeds. The first year I didn't realize that you could store your unused seeds in a sealed container in your freezer, and I thought the seeds wouldn't be any good. Everything produced, and I am going to try the seeds I have left over from my first and second order to see if they grow. All in all, they are an amazing company that I have talked to all my friends and family that would listen. Way to be awesome Baker Creek!
HomerHickam Gainesville, GA (2 reviews) January 4, 2014
I ordered seeds from Baker Creek and three days later, they arrived in my mailbox! Talk about fast shipping! They even gave me a free packet of Melon seeds on a $8.50 order. This is such a fabulous company! I will be ordering all of my seeds from them in the future! Thanks a lot Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!
This is my forth year dealing with Baker Creek. They have always shipped fast. I always get what I ordered. And have never had any problems with germination. I will continue to buy from them.....probably forever
Sumatra01 Washingtonville, NY (2 reviews) November 25, 2013
This is a fantastic seed company. Out of all companies around selling seeds, Baker Creek has the best germination rate, highest quality, and definitely the largest collection of seeds offered. What brought Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to my attention was the fact that they signed the non-gmo seed pledge, and over the past summer I certainly was not disappointed. Thank you so much for all the work you do in providing these seeds to the public.
I dislike rating any seed company negatively. Maybe they have too many irons in several worthy fires.
On Jan 4. 2013 I ordered several varieties of tomatoes, winter squash, and peppers from Baker Creek. I am an active member of another site where we grow and discuss processing the hottest peppers in the world. "Supers" or super-hot peppers, are often very difficult to germinate. I'm also a member of another site where we grow and discuss tomatoes. I've been growing from seed for a long time. I order seed from a lot of companies. I do save seeds. However, in order to be able to save and share seeds, the seed has to germinate and grow into a plant. Baker Creek seed did not germinate; when I recently contacted the company via email they said they'd refund, substitute, or reimburse me for the seed order, as they will do that for one year within date of purchase.
I decided to give them another chance but not with the same seed that did not germinate this past spring. I communicated with "Randel" via email. He was grateful that I was giving them another chance and even though I was losing $1.75 on the substitution order, I just wanted substitute seeds. I didn't want the same things that didn't germinate upon repeated attempts at germination last spring.
Randel told me that he would be or a sales rep would be in touch with me when the new substitute order shipped. Yesterday, 6 packs out of the SAME ORDER, of 12 packs of seeds, that I placed on Jan 4., 2013 that 1. did not germinate and 2. I didn't want to try again (and again and again and again) came in the mail. Randel was not "in touch with" me; no "sales rep was in touch" with me: they just sent "something" out.
At this point, I just want them to reimburse me. I feel like Charlie Brown kicking a football that Lucy's going to jerk out from under me with this company.Company representative comment on November 25, 2013: On Nov 25, 2013 10:35 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We apologize for the mixup! Randel did communicate that you wanted a different list of seeds, and to inform you when it was done. The new person taking care of it did not pay enough attention to the email, and just saw seed replacement, and resent your original order. I have asked our accounting department to send a full refund to your paypal address immediately.
I have ordered several different types of seeds from different orders. I have never had a problem with the orders. The seeds have all germinated well. And I will be buying more seeds from them in the future.
donnyczech Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) (6 reviews) September 13, 2013
Posted on March 13, 2012, updated September 13, 2013
March 13, 2012
I purchased several packages of seeds from Baker Creek for a few years now. They are a great company and the product is good, better than some others that I have bought from and definitely better than what I can purchase locally. My friends are amazed that I am able to purchase seeds from all over the world, especially the tomatoes from Russia and the peppers from Asia and Europe. The Rampicante squash is particularly interesting and the only one that I have ever planted that is bug resistant. I have them growing on my 6 foot cedar fence from top to bottom. People walk by and stare at this unique plant, which is also very tasty especially grilled. I have my fingers crossed with the black tomatoes and will wait and see whether they are better than some of the hybrids I obtained from other seed companies.
The bottom line is that I like this company and hope they keep in business.On September 13th, 2013, donnyczech added the following:
This is a very good company. I know they are not wild about hybrids and so I buy them from other companies. The tomatoes and peppers are great, especially the hot and medium peppers. Try the Baklouti pepper for something different.
absinthe27 Albertville, MN (Zone 4b) (7 reviews) July 29, 2013
Ordered Scarlet Runner Bean and Tendercrisp Celery seeds from Baker Creek. Had high success with both types and am very happy with my purchase. They sent a bonus pack of melon seeds with my order which was a very nice surprise. Will definitely order from them again.
I have been growing vegetables from Baker Creek seeds for the last three years. I always have great germination rates even on seed I have saved from previous seasons. This spring I planted peas I had left over from 2011 with at least 90% germination rate! This year I planted over 50 melon and squash plants. I sprouted twice as many between moist paper towels placed on top the fridge, just incase some didn't make it. They all sprouted, every single one. No offence to anyone who has had germination problems but it must have been something you did. I really like their descriptions of the different varieties and they seem accurate to me. They have sent a free sample pack every year with my order. I don't know what else I can say except, I love Baker Creek and will continue to recommend them to family and friends.
Thanks Jere, Emilee & Sasha, keep up the good work!
great company ordered seeds from them back in January and the ghost peppers look great. the Cherokee purple tomatoes are awesome. and every other seed pack I ordered from the carrots and okra to the tomatillos are all doing great
the only tomato I was disappointed in was the solar flare tomatoes by wild bore farms plants grew good but they did not put any tomatoes off
My grandson gave me a gift certificate from Baker Creek. What a great company!! Their service was very prompt and the seeds nearly jumped out of the soil. This first-rate experience generated a second order and they came through like the first time. Professional, polite, and friendly.