I recently took a trip up to Wethersfield, CT to visit the historic Comstock, Ferre & Co. which has sold heirloom garden seeds for 200 years. They are the oldest continuously operating seed company in the United States. The new owners are looking to preserve the historic building and its heritage – They are all about pure, natural, non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods that taste good and is readily available to the average home gardener.
The building is gorgeous! When you first walk in you can browse through a selection of local honey, cheese spreads, handmade soaps and garden tools. They have a room dedicated to antique gardening and farming tools and upstairs that have more antiques for sale.
And the seed selection… WOW…
There are rows and rows and ROWS of every type of garden vegetable you can think of as well as flowers and herbs. Each seed variety includes a description of the plant:
They also have a selection of seedlings that you could purchase if you got off to a late start:
Here are a few of the antiques they had on display:
They also have garden-related cards, posters and postcards for sale…
This place is definitely worth a visit if you are looking to buy some heirloom seed varieties for your garden!