Seeds, of course, but beyond that… What goes into creating that seed packet? Did the seeds come from a plant grown in the PNW or from somewhere else in the country? From a small farm or a large-scale growing operation? How long did it take for the plant to flower and produce seeds? How easy was it to harvest the seeds? Was it grown organically?
At Swansons, we’re always pondering questions like this to make sure that the seeds we offer grow into successful harvests for our customers while also helping to sustain local growers we trust. We can’t carry seeds from every company we admire but we try our best to find a combination of PNW-tested, locally-produced, sustainably-grown seeds.
Deep Harvest Farm is one of the places we know we can find extraordinary seeds. The 10-acre farm on Whidbey Island grows vegetables and flowers that furnish some of the best restaurants on the island and provide 100% organic seeds to local nurseries (Swansons included!) so you can grow PNW-friendly varieties successfully at home.
Our annual plant buyer, Liane, and I had the opportunity to tour their gorgeous farm and we want to share it with you. We think it’s special and we know you will, too!