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Lots of Changes in the Works

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and Bakersville Pioneer Village have many new and exciting things to offer in 2013. Harriet's Mercantile is taking on the look and feel of a real old-time store and now offers a wider variety of goods. Our largest barn, which has been used for a speaker barn during past festivals, is being transformed into a seed bank and garden resource/research area. The seed order fulfillment process has been moved out of the seed store and to the warehouse where it works more efficiently. Retail customers can now shop for seeds leisurely without interruption by employees filling and shipping orders. We have many new ideas to implement during the next few months and know that you will want to come and check us out. Even our website will have a new look soon!

Business is Booming

We are so excited to see the increased interest in gardening with heirloom seeds. We are having record numbers of orders this season, making it a fun challenge to keep up. Our goal is to get your seeds to you quickly, and we are doing that in most cases.

We still have 2013 catalogs to offer in appropriate quantities to garden clubs, garden and seed classes, and others holding gardening events. Please email seeds@rareseeds with your request for catalogs to distribute at your gardening affair.



You Won't Want to Miss Our Festivals

Here it is mid-February already, meaning that Spring is just around the corner. At Bakersville, Spring means festivals. Our first Heritage Festival of 2013 will be Sunday, March 3. That is an ideal time to stock up on your seeds for spring planting. Come on out and visit our old-time mercantile, herbal apothecary, natural bakery, garden museum, blacksmith shop and more. Spend the day listening to the old-time musicians entertain with bluegrass, country, western, gospel, and other types of old-fashioned music. Visit our many vendor booths that offer a multitude of homemade and handmade items. Plan to have a vegetarian meal in our Asian-themed restaurant. Crafters and vendors are always welcome. Please email or call 417-924-3917 for more information. Admission to our Heritage Festivals is free!

Make your plans now to participate in our huge and exciting 2-day Spring Planting Festival on May 5 and 6. Our 13th annual Spring Planting Festival will feature nationally and internationally renowned guest speakers, 150 vendors, 75 old time musicians, and more than 40 craftsmen. Visitors will enjoy a sense of community with fascinating seed collectors, historic demonstrators, food activists, home schoolers, western re-enactors, organic growers, gourmet chefs, and so much more. Bring your tent or RV and take advantage of our offer of free camping on our farmstead. Adult admission is only $5, and children are admitted free.


We once again are looking for musicians to compete in our National Folk Music Contest at the Spring Planting Festival. Old-fashioned musicians, solo acts or groups are encouraged to bring your instruments or voices for a chance to win big prizes. (Some restrictions apply; not open to our contracted musicians or those who have won in the last 25 months. Please email for entry rules.)




Social Media

We now boast more than 60,000 fans on Facebook. If you aren't one of them, you probably want to check us out. We are currently running a Facebook campaign where you can get a free pack of seeds each day during this entire month! Follow us on Twitter!

Introducing the Garden Planting Calendar, brought to you by and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!

The new year has begun and the 2013 gardening season is getting ramped up. It's time to start thinking about your vegetable garden: what you'll order and when you will plant. But when is the right time for you to plant your seeds?

The Garden Planting Calendar is a free browser-based app where you enter your location and it will tell you exactly when you can expect your frosts to end in the spring. It will then give you detailed timing information on all the common vegetables: when should you start the seeds indoors, when to transplant them out, or when to direct sow the seeds into your garden.

Each vegetable will then link to the custom databases at ATP where you can view the varieties in cultivation, view photos, and discuss these plants with other members of the site. When you've made your decisions, head over to our online catalog and place your order!

The app can be accessed at:


Seed: The Untold Story

We are pleased to introduce you to the documentary, Seed: The Untold Story. Directed and produced by Jon Betz of Collective Eye Films, this documentary is the third film in a trilogy that includes The Real Dirt on Farmer John and Queen of the Sun—What Are the Bees Telling Us? Collective Eye Films is a non-profit film productions and distribution company. Seed: The Untold Story features many seed preservationists, including Jere Gettle. Check it out and support the preservation of seed diversity.


We wish you a great start to your 2013 growing season!



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