Day 14 – Heirlooms and a Baker Creek Seed Giveaway

Curious about heirloom plants? Or maybe you are already on board the heirloom bandwagon and are just interested in something really unique to grow this season? Well, today’s post features a giveaway of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek! (The giveaway is over, but there is still great info below on heirlooms!)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

What is an Heirloom?

Although there is not a universal definition of what constitutes an heirloom plant, most agree that an heirloom is a plant that is non-hybrid and open pollinated. It is something that stays “true” or grows out as exactly the same fruit each year. It is also a plant that because of it’s ability to stay naturally “true”, is handed down through generations and is beloved by gardeners for some of its special qualities not found in modern or GMO produce.

Basically, an heirloom is a treasure – in the same way that a family heirloom is (i.e. furniture, jewelry, book, etc). It carries a story and a long history. It has a rich heritage.

Why Should We Grow Heirloom Seeds?

Baker Creek Heirloom Tomato

Yellow Pear Tomato

Over the years, heirlooms have been disappearing at a rapid rate as they were cast aside for plants that did better for market (longer lasting, more durable during transport, etc.). When they became less popular, companies quit selling the seed and many were lost. By growing out and saving seed, we are keeping these plants on the planet. It is a matter of preservation.

But also, these plants have incredible value. They have flavors and colors that today are making them the darlings of the garden. Really, sometimes they are indescribable.

I think most people get hooked on heirlooms via tomatoes. And why not? I for one, used to think I didn’t like tomatoes. Until one day, I tasted an heirloom and I was speechless. It didn’t have the bland, nondescript flavor I was used to in the grocery store. It was sweet – like candy – and tasted like pineapple. I don’t even know what variety it was. But I was hooked for life and get a kick out of trying several new ones each year in my own garden.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

And there is the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed - a company with a focus on heirloom seeds, their history and value. Their catalog is filled with gorgeous photos and thumbing through it will make you drool.

The owners Jere and Emilee Gettle currently have two books out, The Heirloom Life Gardener and The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook.

They are also the people behind The Heirloom Gardener Magazine and several garden festivals, including the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA. These people live and breath heirlooms.

The Giveaway – Tomatoes of EVERY Color

The giveaway has closed and the winner will be announced as soon as they respond to my email. Thank you EVERYONE for all for playing along. I loved all of your wonderful answers! I hope you had fun too. I will leave comments open in case anyone wants to add their favorite tomato, but the contest is over. Thanks so much!

The nice people at Baker Creek have agreed to give one lucky reader a variety pack of 8 different tomato seeds to try this season. Not just any variety pack! No.

Each tomato is a different color! The winner gets: green, orange, pink, purple, red, striped, white and yellow. You will NOT find these tomatoes in your standard grocery store. The best way to experience these is to grow them yourself.

Baker Creek Green Tomato

Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato

So be sure to enter below!

The variety pack includes:

  • Aunt Ruby’s German Green (green)
  • Dr. Wyche’s (orange)
  • Pink Brandywine (pink)
  • Cherokee Purple (purple)
  • Cour di Bue (red)
  • Casady’s Folly (striped)
  • Great White (white)
  • Yellow Pear (yellow)

 

Details on Entering:

There are several chances to win. Just do one or all three of the following:

  1. COMMENT: Leave a comment below naming your favorite tomato variety and why you like it. If you don’t have a favorite, just say “I can’t decide!” and we will count that.
  2. SUBSCRIBE: Sign up for our newsletter. No need to comment that you did so. (I get a notification automatically) And if you are already a newsletter subscriber, there is NO need to sign up again. You are already entered.
  3. SHARE ON FACEBOOK: Post and link to this giveaway on Facebook and then comment below that you did. Make this a separate comment from item 1 (above) so that you are entered separately for doing it. Please only do this one time.

The contest ends at Midnight (PST) on Friday, January 18th at which time I will randomly pick and notify the winner. Once I have the winner confirmed, I will post here and on Facebook. Then Baker Creek will mail out the seeds. Sorry, but the winner must live within the United States.

Thanks for playing and good luck!  You will LOVE these seeds and I’m excited for the reader who gets them. And thank you for all of your wonderful comments and the compliments on my blog, etc. I really appreciate it. I wish I could directly answer all of you, but that would mess up the comment count. So just know I am reading each and every one of you comments! Thank you! ~Theresa

The winner of the seed variety pack was:

Tami S. of California.

Congratulations Tami!!! Thanks to everyone who participated too. That was FUN!

NOTE: All the beautiful photos used in this post were courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation whatsoever for this post. My opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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