Be Still My Gardening Heart

A few months ago I stumbled across some information regarding Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company and quickly decided we would need to stop there on our next visit to the area.  About two weeks ago we were in Missouri and made went to check it out.

It was not at all what I was expecting.  Oh no, it was so much better!!!

We arrived shortly after they opened their doors and walked in to see walls of shelves with little boxes full of seed packets.   More seeds than I imagined there would be.  They also had books and magazines on gardening, animals, cooking, preserving, herbs . . . . the list goes on.  They had homemade jellies, salsas and soaps.  Outside the store were a variety of trees for sale – apple, pear, nectarine, cherry, different nut trees as well as ornamental and shade trees.  So many things I didn’t expect to find.

I made another discovery about Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company . . . . .

The store is in a small pioneer village called Bakersville.

They have a restaurant, bakery, apothecary, Harriet’s Mercantile, animals and more.

Garden spots run through the middle of the village.  Because it was still so cold, we were only able to see the beginnings of some early plantings beginning to emerge thru the soil.  I’m sure it will look much more like the photo below in a few months.

The seed store opens first at Bakersville and we weren’t able to stick around until the other stores and restaurant opened their doors.

About 1 1/2 weeks later we were back in the area, so we made another trip out to Bakersville.  We just hadn’t purchased enough seeds the first time there 🙂  As we were making our purchase, the girls were given little paper bags and invited to pick out their own seeds from a large bowl on one of the tables.  The bowl held a variety of different beans and legumes.  Lili carefully sifted thru the bowl selecting a variety of seeds.  Naomi grabbed a handful and put them in her bag.  Both of them looking forward to planting their seeds in the garden this spring.

Just like the previous visit, we were too early and had to leave before the other stores had opened their doors, but we will most certainly be planning a return trip to Bakersville in the not-too-distant future.  They have monthly festivals (the first one of the season is today) and I’m excited about our return trip(s) to check them out.

This company has a wonderful history and although hubby doesn’t think it would be a great idea for us to live to close to Bakersville, my gardening heart longs to live near this wonderful gardeners paradise.

If you’re passing thru southern Missouri, check out Bakersville.  If not Missouri, they have locations in California and Connecticut as well.


  1. Where is this place? We’ve been in Missouri a few times in the last month, (house hunting) and I remember the signs on the freeway(do they call it that anymore? I don’t know, we don’t have any in Alaska, only highways) but I can’t remember where I saw them. We stayed in Willow Springs and passed the signs several times. April in AK

    • It is just outside Mansfield off Rt. 60.

      We’ve also been to Missouri a few times in the last month and were in Willow Springs about 2 1/2 weeks ago.

      Any luck with the house hunting?

      Willow Springs is a little further southeast of where we’re looking. We’ve been looking from the Mountain Grove area, over to Mansfield and down around Ava. It’s all beautiful country down there and I hope we both have much success finding our perfect homesteads.

  2. IF this one works, financing goes through, it won’t be vacant till June 1, and 2 daughters are signed up for girls camp here mid June, so after that. We have also house here to do repairs on so it can be put up for sale. Big job, that.

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