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 world’s 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.
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.
Baker Creek was very professional and prompt with the seeds. I received them well before the stated delivery time and had no problems with germination. Also, the complimentary seed packet was much appreciated. I can't wait to try them.
The majority of my seeds from this company did not germinate. I have had to replant all of my beans with other seed and over half of my melons. I started many pepper varieties indoors and got average germination on them but not excellent by any means. I am very disappointed...I have never had this many seeds not come up before. I am sure it is not a planting mistake of mine or an issue of timing because I planted other seed at the same time from elsewhere and all of that stuff came up while the Baker Creek seed did not! I would love to be able to give this company my support in the future by ordering from them again because I believe in their mission, but unfortunately I am not confident in their seed. Company representative comment on July 5, 2013: On Jul 5, 2013 8:18 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We are so sorry to hear that you had trouble with our seeds germinating! We have found that many things can happen to the seeds once they leave our warehouse, which can affect the germination of the seeds. This is why we guarantee germination for one year from the date of purchase. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to send you replacement seed, substitute seed, or a refund for any seed you had trouble with.
I am greatly satisfied with my order. The shipping was fast, packed well, and the complimentary packet of extra seeds was a very thoughtful act. I appreciate all you guys do, and will definitely purchase more in the future.
plantlover13 new york United States (4 reviews) June 28, 2013
I ordered a good amount of heirloom seeds from this company. The order was shipped promptly and contained MUCH more seeds than stated. One pack contained 60 seeds, and was only supposed to contain 10! I had great germination and all my plants are growing well. Will definitely order again!!
NOTW Portersville USA Minor Outlying Islands (1 review) June 17, 2013
I always order through Baker Creek because they have the highest germination rate of all the seeds I plant. I can't wait to receive their beautiful colored catalog each year. Fantastic international and hard to find selections. I have never had a problem with shipping and their rate is very cheap. I also appreciate that the staff personally signs my order and says thank you. This truly American company is really something special!
cdverson Atoka, TN (Zone 7b) (1 review) May 31, 2013
I got my seeds in five days! Plus, they sent me a free pouch of red romaine seeds, which coincidentally I have been using a lot in my smoothies. I am very pleased to say the least. I will be continuing to use this site to order my seeds from now on.
I ordered some seeds from Baker Creek and received them within 9 days. I received every seed type ordered and they added in a free Carrot (Parisienne) seed package. Thank you for a good experience and I will be using you again.
I first heard about this company during the campaign for Prop 37 in CA (Baker Creek gave tomato seeds packets out in support of the proposition). I figured any company willing to do that is one I wanted to buy from. I bought a variety from them- tomatoes, basil, peppers, chives, lettuce and they gave me a packet of carrot seeds as a bonus gift. I have never had so much success with my garden. The seeds are healthy and hearty and the vegetables are amazing. I decided to order from them again this year and expand my garden and I am so excited to see the fruits of my labor this year. I love all of the variety they have on their site and their customer service is perfection. I can't recommend this company more.
I ordered seeds from rareseeds.com back in April- its May 10th and I still have received NOTHING. It is now too late to start the tomatoes and peppers I ordered so the growing season is wasted as is my money and the supplies I bought to grow these seeds. This is my first experience with this company and it will also be my last. Extremely slow shipping and lousy customer service. I DO NOT recommend this company and next year I will return to Burpee for my plant and seed needs.Company representative comment on May 13, 2013: On May 13, 2013 3:04 PM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We apologize for the delay in shipping your order that we received on the evening of April 30th. Due to our Spring Planting Festival, we did not get it shipped until May 7th. Please follow the instructions our customer service representative gave you when you called, and we will get your money refunded to you.
My experiences with Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds have been nothing but great. In addition to their philosophy, their products are always superior to other seed companies in germination and performance.
Though I am in Texas, I feel like I am dealing with my neighborhood farm store. Such customer service and attention to detail is rare. At age 70 I don't write too many fan letters, but consider this one.
Received my order in a very timely manner. Quite pleased with the selection and service. I won't comment on germination rates because I believe there are more factors involved than Baker Creek has control over. I will more than likely order from them again.
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!
Their prices are reasonable. Their delivery is prompt. Their seeds germinate. Their collection of seeds is very extensive and diverse, which is fun and adventuresome. It is also most useful, as I garden in a somewhat difficult environment (central Texas, with drought, heat, etc.) I am able to find seeds from plants which thrive in similar environments, and expand the range of what I can grow here.
This is without a doubt the #1 seed company around. Great seeds.Great and fast service. The most kind and friendly people around. They also care about preserving our foods. These things speak well of the character and morals of this company and its people! Oh I 've been gardening since the early 60's when my dad made me. I miss him.
Posted on January 28, 2011, updated April 19, 2013
Excellent customer service, super-fast shipping and high quality products. This is my second year ordering from Baker Creek. Besides, their catalog is so superb that I keep it handy all year long. Can't wait to start this year's seeds!On April 19th, 2013, Ludwigsfriend added the following:
This is my third year ordering and I couldn't be more satisfied. ALL of the seeds I purchased germinated--I had to compost some seedlings because I would need a farm to grow them all to maturity! The rest are already big and healthy and going into my (small) garden or being given to friends and neighbors. Their publications are inspiring and I found their customer service to be excellent.
linzelu100 HUDDLESTON, VA (5 reviews) April 18, 2013
I like shopping at Baker Creek and I trust in the customer service. I buy from a few places, but the bulk of my seed comes from Baker Creek. I have the best germination rates here, the shipping is affordable, the selection wide and the customer service great. I have only had a few, small issues, over the years here. Once there were weavils in my beans, but within 3 days the company had replaced the pack with 2 packs free from weevils. Every seed company I have bought from has had some small issue here and there- that happens; I don't mind as long as it is fixed and I am acknowledged. This is the main reason I shop at Baker Creek. I do wish the company would add more planting information on seed packets. I know DTM is not supposed to be accurate, but I find those numbers useful as a guide. They should be on the packets of seeds.
Got everything i ordered in 6 days plus a free gift pack of lettuce seeds. Very happy.
drthor Irving, TX (Zone 8a) (8 reviews) April 10, 2013
I have been a customer of Baker Seeds for years. I love their seeds and their magazine is just amazing. Occasionally I had some seeds that didn't germinate, so I called the customer service with the lot number and explain the problem and they always send a replacement package without me asking ... even if the seeds were older than one year.
I will keep ordering from this company.
I have ordered over several years- they have been wonderful!
The seeds are impeccable, excellent germination.
They even sent an email to verify if I had actually gotten the seeds (I live in a very remote place in Brazil)
I am definitely a fan of Baker Creek...
I am a advisor to our community garden and wanted rat-tail radish seeds for a scheduled planting date...pronto! We received the seeds within a week of the online order. Because many new gardeners haven't seen a picture of what they would be growing I especially appreciated the beautifully photographed seed packet.
I had a great experience with Baker Creek Seeds. I ordered via their website - the customer comments really helped me decide what seeds to buy. My order arrived within a week, nicely packaged. Not too expensive for heirloom seeds either!
After being introduced to them by my uncle, a loyal customer, I too have joined the ranks of the Baker Creek faithful. The catalogue is gorgeous, but that's not why. I love the history they include about each variety. I have always been pleased with the expediency and accuracy of shipping. And of course, the seeds are wonderful! I also appreciate their efforts to keep us informed about food issues in our world today - Monsanto, et. al.
If there was one thing I would change, I would ask that they include information about which varieties do well in which zones/seasons. Before purchasing, I always read the reviews on their website, but unfortunately not all reviewers disclose their growing zone.
Baker creek heirloom seeds has a colorful, well-designed catalogue with a large selection. Their online site is more up to date with current stock, but all but two of the offerings I wanted from the catalogue were available at the time I placed my order. I ordered on a Saturday and received my order the following Tuesday. Overall, I am very impressed with the service I received from Baker Creek and plan to place an order with them next year.
Posted on February 18, 2011, updated March 31, 2013
I placed a personal order and one for a business and they both came quickly. I like that they carry such a big variety of heirlooms/open pollinated seeds. The prices are reasonable. I feel some of the seed counts are small; some did come with generous amounts, but I think it's best to order according to how much they actually say on the listing. I'll update if I note any extraordinary good/bad happenings with germination and growth.On March 31st, 2013, judyinmound added the following:
Another year of ordering from this company that went well. I enjoy the more rare heirloom varieties available (a bunch of old time squash for me this year), and their stance against supporting anything affiliated with GMO companies. I appreciate the interaction on FB as well. Thank you. =)
Considering Mexican mail service, my orders have always arrived within 2 weeks and have always been correct. So many seed varieties are not available for purchase in Mexico and many that are, have been treated with dyes, among other things. Because of the climate; especially the rainy season, I am still in an experimental and learning stage. However, regardless of outcome, all seed have germinated. I am extremely pleased with the many choices, ease of ordering and international shipping.
gardendew Greenville, WI (1 review) March 28, 2013
I ordered 18 in-stock seed packets. They came quickly and with a free packet of red romaine lettuce. The packets are very nice and have full instructions.
I really like Baker Creek's website. You are able to keep track of many things after creating an account. They have a secure ordering site.
I really like the fact that each product on their site has customers reviews!
I am so mad at this company. After over a month when I origanally placed my order to get a head start in my greenhouse I finally received MY order that was over $100 worth of seed. First I received someone else's 12 dollar order that should have gone to Illinois instead of Georgia. Then I woman called me to let me know they were aware of the situation and were immediately reshipping my order that day. 2 weeks go by and no order. I finally demanded a refund and Louis who works for Baker Creek, did credit my Paypal account for the order. He calls me about a week later, probably waiting for me to calm down over the whole mess and apologized and asked if I was interested in reordering, to contact him personally so he could make it up to me. I gave him my CC info and All he did was charge me the exact amount as last time minus the seeds that were no longer available because they sold out during the 5 week mess up of my order. He did no kind of discounting whatsoever for my large order. Now that I know there are other quality heirloom seed companies available I doubt I will ever use Baker Creek again due to the way I was treated. I would highly reccommend stearing clear of this company.Company representative comment on March 27, 2013: On Mar 27, 2013 8:42 AM, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. responded with:
We clearly dropped the ball on this one, and we apologize. Filling as many orders as we do, once in a great while an order is going to be seriously messed up, and it looks like in this case, that was your order. We are very sorry.
We are taking a step back and evaluating our fulfillment system in order to implement changes to make a series of mistakes like this less likely in future.
As gardeners ourselves, we understand that it's not just about the seeds--timing is equally important. When orders get delayed, it affects that customer's entire season! By way of apology, we have applied a discount to your order, and issued a refund to your credit card for the difference, as you certainly should have received a discount and priority handling at that point. If you have any questions please contact me personally.