We started 2015 with about 200 varieties of heirloom seeds at Mary's Heirloom Seeds. Pretty exciting considering we started with 20 varieties back in 2011. Well, we have added so many exciting and unique varieties. Why do we continue to add heirlooms and we do we not carry hybrids? From our article WHAT IS AN HEIRLOOM SEED? (2013), For us, Heirloom Seeds are very important. It is preserving natural history. Did you know that at one time there were 288 Beet varieties available commercially? Now there are 17! How about Sweet Corn? In 1903 there were 307 varieties and now there are 12 varieties available. This is sad, scary and maddening all at the same time. We have lost 93% of seed varieties in 110 years. They are gone! We are protectors of seed diversity! We will continue to protect heirloom seed varieties and pass then down to the next generation.
What is an heirloom seed?
An heirloom seed variety has been saved and passed down from generation to generation. These seeds have been carefully cultivated and are considered a great value to the recipient. Some say an heirloom variety is 50 years old or more. Some heirloom varieties have been passed down for over 100 years and others for over 400 years.
100 days. A beautiful blend of brightly colored long ears, wonderful for fall decorations, and is great for popping. This beautiful corn was selected by Carl Barnes, a world-renowned Cherokee corn collector from Oklahoma
60-80 days. A Pre-1880 heirloom. Especially valuable variety for the sandy soil of the Atlantic coast and in places where it is difficult to grow cabbage successfully. It is resistant to heat and frost, and grows well on poor soil.