We realize our focused inventory won’t satisfy all your seed desires. Please consider supporting these companies in our Great Lakes bio-region to meet those other needs. (Yes, I am aware of quite a few additional worthy seed houses that are not on this list. Their omission is purely the result of an intentional focus on producers in our Great Lakes bio-region.)
John Sherck, Indiana seedsman, mentor and friend, of Sherck Seeds truly is the Gold Standard when it comes to upland rice cultivated in cold temperate climates. Although he retired from seed sales May 2021, his website is a wealth of information worthy of your perusal.
Charlie of Wisconsin’s Anarchy Acres is a good source for regionally appropriate wheat in quantities larger than we can supply.
Looking for larger quantities of beans than what we offer? We highly recommend contacting the good folks at Sheridan Acres. Fellow bean enthusiast Kevin represents the 4th generation to grow heirloom beans on his family’s farm in Michigan’s Thumb region.
Hang on – didn’t I just list my competitors. No, I list wonderful regional small-scale seed houses whose passionate labors of love result in the finest selection of top quality, regionally appropriate seeds, well deserving of their space in our gardens.
Alliance of Native Seedkeepers – Native-American owned, AoNSK is more than just a seed store, it’s a revolution. Unity cannot happen until we place our hands into the soil and feed each other.
Native Seeds/SEARCH – Native Seeds/SEARCH seeks to find, protect and preserve the seeds of the people of the Greater Southwest so that these arid adapted crops may benefit all peoples and nourish a changing world.
“Excellent mission, seeds, and connection with other gardeners.” – @hundred.year.house
Territorial Seed Co
“Heirlooms! So many varieties and they’re unmatched when it comes to vitamin content and flavor.” – @fishngypsy
“It’s important to have locally-adapted seed supply so I appreciate this small business.” – hundred.year.house
Snake River Seed Co-Op – A collective of family farmers in the Intermountain West who work together to produce a wide diversity of locally-adapted seeds.
Ferry-Morse – Ferry-Morse is one of the oldest seed companies in the United States, having been in operation since 1856. They guarantee fresh, non-GMO seeds and offer heirloom and organic varieties.
To advertise and legally sell a hybrid product, the parent plants must be identified and the pollination controlled. Hybrid seeds generally cost more but will not produce consistent characteristics after the first generation.
For example, a breeder (or grower) may be interested in a plant that has an increased size or is more resistant to disease. To achieve this, breeders will select parents that will potentially contribute a quality to their offspring, such as uniformity. This process can be repeated until the desired characteristic is achieved.
Self-pollination occurs when the male and female reproductive parts are contained within the same plant and can therefore initiate pollination without travel. Beans, lettuce, peas and tomatoes are self-pollinated vegetables and do not require isolation in the field like cross-pollinated vegetables. These varieties are also the easiest for growers who want to save seeds from year to year.
High Mowing Seeds
They offer 100% organic seeds on line since 1996.
Albert Lea Seed
Based in Albert Lea, Minn., this family-owned seed store offers a selection of Viking Brand seed, farm and organic seed – seed corn, soybeans, cool-season grasses, pasture mixes, alfalfas, small grain, annual forages, native grasses and forbs. Visit the site for product lists as well as crop and seed resources. You can call 507-373-3161.