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Annie's Heirloom Seeds
We are a family owned business selling high quality heirloom vegetable seeds from our farm in Central Michigan. We believe in organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and great food.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Scott. My wife, Julie, and I run Annie's Heirloom Seeds, not just as a business, but as a labor of love. We are passionate about all of our food, but vegetables seem to have a special place in our hearts.
When I stop to think about why that is, I realize that it is because every other food can be preserved reasonably well. Meat can be frozen, fruit can be made into jam, honey can be crystallized and put aside for years.
But tell me... does anything compare to the taste of fresh cherry tomatoes, straight off the vine? How about stir-fried broccoli, fresh from the garden? Or lettuce salad, picked five minutes ago?
Wow, my mouth is watering just talking about it. Good thing we can start harvesting the lettuce soon, I need my vegetable fix.
We have chosen to grow heirloom vegetables for a variety of reasons. The heart of the matter is that Julie and I choose to honor the influence that our grandparents had in our lives. Julie's grandmother was Annie, who we chose to name the business after. She started the gardening tradition in Julie's family, and passed her knowledge down through the generations. My great-grandmother grew a particular strain of raspberries that my mother has preserved. We are going to try to propagate it and offer it to all of you. My grandfather is the one who inspired us to move to the country, raise our kids here, and declare independence from the rat race.
That connection with the past, more than anything else, is the reason we love heirloom vegetables.
The past influences all of us in ways that we sometimes don't recognize, and we frequently can't shake. Julie and I have chosen not to shake it, but to embrace it and make it a part of us. I like to think that we are richer for it, and that our ancestors that are no longer with us are proud of our efforts.
I would like to invite you to be a part of the Annie's family, to carry on this tradition with us. Our goal is not just to make a living, but to do something that has meaning and importance. Annie's is not just labor, it is a labor of love.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via email, facebook, or twitter. Right now we don't have enough people around to man a phone all the time, but if you prefer to work by phone, email us and we'll send you our phone number. We'd be happy to talk with you. Nothing makes us happier than helping a beginning gardener find their first successes.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you find yourself loving heirlooms as much as we do. It's not just about the food, it's also about our families and our heritage. These things will only be preserved if we choose to make them important in our lives. I am proud to make them an important part of my life, and I am proud to give you the opportunity to do the same.
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