Heirloom Vegetable Seeds for the Kitchen Garden

Online vegetable seed catalogs offer an almost unlimited wealth of choices for the home gardener and small farmer. I try in my reviews of seed companies to highlight good collections of heirloom vegetable seeds, and seed collections with strong regional offerings.

If your  favorite vegetable seed supplier is not listed here please leave a comment and I will look at your suggestion. I am always looking for seed companies with an heirloom, heritage, regional, ethnic, or other specific focus. Price can also matter, so if you buy some of your vegetable seeds from a company that offers especially good value but isn’t already listed here, do let me know about it.

I would also like to offer links to organizations that support home gardening and small farmers. An example, is the Organic Seed Alliance. Please leave a comment with the organizations that you’d like to see listed here.

Thank you,



17 Comments Add yours

  1. kwaku ampofo Dwamena says:

    I am looking for mange’tout seeds, sugar snap seeds and fine beans and extra fine bean seeds. Also Jalapeno seeds which are also refered to as green bullet and red bullet seeds. All these vegetables are sold in the UK to restaurant chains.


  2. Robinson says:

    I just discovered your website. Thought I’d share one of my favorite seed companies with you: http://www.seedsavers.org/


  3. Thor says:

    Thank you for this great list 🙂
    I’ve just bought some interesting heirloom seed from Amishland Heirloom Seeds.


  4. Alice says:

    Great list and a wonderful subject!
    As a long time member of this organization (which has been the main source of the growing interest in heirloom vegetable varieties in the US (information, gorgeous photos, and access to the seeds thru their members’ seed exchange as well as their seed company), may I second the recommendation of Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org), and also suggest Real Seeds in the UK, Solstice Seeds in Vermont and Adaptive Seeds in Oregon. All are small companies, offering interesting locally adapted, open pollinated varieties.
    Gardening in far NW coastal Washington, a supposedly “English” climate, I have been very interested in trying English heirloom varieties. Since 9/11 however I cannot find English or European companies that will actually sell to me–including Thompson & Morgan; their US branch will, of course, but from a different list of American varieties (Mid-West/hot summer adapted)–not the English varieties I’m looking for.
    Enlarging this list is a great project–Thanks!


  5. Bob Knack says:

    Clear Creek Seeds is new but they have great service and prices. They keep growing their selection also. I had great success with the seeds I purchased last year and will be ordering more this year.


  6. warbaby says:

    What a beautiful website. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas


  7. Paul says:

    My wife and I love Sustainable Seed Co. We love what they are doing for the environment and we love the selection. Over 1,000 types! You can’t go wrong.


    1. William Rubel says:

      I’ll add them to my list. Thank you for sending me the link. I appreciate it when readers offer suggestions for seed companies they like, work for, or own. It is helpful for me if you explain why you like a particular company. There are so many seed companies, many with their own specialties. If you know what a company is especially proud of, do let me know in your comment. Thank you.


  8. Jason says:

    The list of heirloom vegetable seed suppliers appears to have gone away. Can you repost I would like to see what you’ve collected.

    Kind Regards,



    1. William Rubel says:

      Jason – Not sure what might have been wrong. The listis up today.


    1. William Rubel says:

      I offer a list of seed companies to offer a wide range of seed offerings to the home gardener and truck farmer. Burpees is a large company with a wide range of seed offerings, including many “heritage” varieties. For many American gardeners Burpees is a company they trust and with whom their family has been dealing for generations. I think it is important to respect family traditions and also to note when large companies are responsive to changing times. Burbees has brought back many varieties that they’d taken out of production in response to this renewed interest in older varieties. Burpees has a heritage seed line.


  9. kumlama says:

    Thanks for finally writing about > Heirloom Vegetable Seed Catalogs < Loved it!


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