My favorite seed catalogue is the Seed Savers. They are a non-profit seed company with the mission to save and disperse heirloom seeds. Seeds that have been handed down by generations and are donated to them for preservation.
Imagine you have tomato seeds that your grandmother brought to America from Italy and have been in her family for generations. They are the best tasting tomatoes you ever ate and they are very disease resistant. You share them with friends and relatives who always look forward to your harvest. These are heirloom tomatoes and their continued existence is dependent that you will continue to save those seeds.
I actually had an aunt who had seeds from her family in Italy. It was the same scenario. She would proudly bring us her surplus and they were amazing. She is now in a nursing home and I do not know if anyone saved her seeds. If not the variety is gone.
The Seed savers catalogue is fun to read. They give the heritage of the seeds along with the descriptions. It makes me feel good that by selling their seeds I can help disperse them and share the uniqueness of heirlooms with my customers. You can even save the seeds from your plants for next year. The catalogue offers guidance for doing this. I have put a link and more information on the website so if you are interested check it out.
If you have tried any of the heirloom varieties we would love to hear from you. If someone tells me they loved a variety we do not have I try to carry it and vice versa, negative information helps us weed thru the many choices that are out there.
Stay open to those hopefull signs of spring!!!!