Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds was founded in 1998 by Jere Gettle, but the company has grown into the largest heirloom seed company in North America. Heirloom seeds are varieties that are open-pollinated and have been in cultivation for at least 50 years.
Every year, Baker Creek releases a free seed catalog that's more than 200 pages long that can be shipped to your home between December and March. The catalog is only available to U.S. residents. It features seeds for more than 1,000 varieties of vegetables, flowers, and herbs from across the globe.
How to Order a Seed Catalog
You can order yourself a free catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds by visiting their website's Request Catalog page and filling out the online form.
- Using your web browser, visit the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds website. Click on "Free Catalog" at the top of the page.
- Enter your first and last name, your full address, and your email address. If you don't want to share your email address, leave the space blank. You can still get the seed catalog without providing your email.
- Click the "Submit Form" button to send in your information for the catalog. You should be taken to a page that says "Thank You" and confirms a seed catalog will arrive in the next few weeks.
At the end of the catalog request form, there is an option to sign up for a newsletter from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. The option is selected by default, so uncheck "Receive Newsletter" if you don't want it.
Other Ways to Shop
The Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog can also be viewed online on its website at Rareseeds.com. Though you can still order by mail or fax, shopping online is much faster and easier—plus, all North American orders get free shipping. The company also ships internationally, but the buyer is responsible for check with their local customs office to see if there are regulations surrounding shipping seeds into the country. Some may require a phytosanitary certificate, which Baker Creek cannot provide, and will seize or destroy any seeds shipped into the country without it.
To find what you're looking for on the website, click on the "Shop" tab to see a drop-down menu of options: Heirloom Seeds, Live Plants/Bulbs, Gifts and Tools, Whole Seed Catalog, and Raised Beds. Click on the category you're interested in, and you can then select from a variety of subcategories. Depending on the category you're viewing, you can also sort the results by best-sellers, newest, alphabetically, packaging type, and price to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
If you live in or are visiting the Mansfield, Missouri, region, the Bakers Creek headquarters features gardens, greenhouses, a pioneer village, and a seed store that the public can visit. The company also hosts the National Heirloom Exposition, a Spring Planting Festival, and smaller monthly festivals. Double-check the company's website to ensure that the headquarters are open when you want to visit.