Best Vegetable Seed Company Recommendations

Best Vegetable Seed Company Recommendations

Winter is an ideal time to start preparing for a spring planting program

Choosing the right seeds for spring planting

This is a list of seed companies based on recommendations from hundreds of experienced gardeners. They look at seed germination rates, variety descriptions, planting recommendations and genetic integrity, while expressing concerns about genetically modified crops. These companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, which commits them to selling only non-GMO seeds.


1:Johnny's seeds

Johnny's seeds

Johnny's is at the top of the list with its organic and hybrid seeds. Gardeners praise Johnny's for its accurate and informative catalogs and hard-to-find organic gardening supplies. Many said they enjoyed doing business with this employee-owned company.


For over 50 years Johnny's Selected Seeds has been helping families and friends to feed one another. Everything we do here is focused on helping you have a successful growing experience. We understand that putting the seeds in the ground is but a small part of your total investment of time, energy, and money. When you buy from Johnny's, you can be confident that the seeds you are planting are fresh, vital, and of superior quality. We guarantee it.



 Gardeners support the Seed Savers Exchange's preservation of heirloom varieties and praise them for their wonderful seeds, beautiful catalogs, and mission. Seed Savers is highly regarded for its variety descriptions and photos, and customers say they love being a part of it. Seed Savers is recognized as a unique and almost forgotten resource with a wonderful community feel.


Seed Savers Exchange's Mission:

Seed Savers Exchange stewards America’s culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations. We educate and connect people through collecting, regenerating, and sharing heirloom seeds, plants, and stories.




Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has earned many loyal customers because of its strong sense of mission. Founder Jerry Gettle collects a global selection of rare and valuable varieties that are recognized as having a positive impact on the world and helping to ensure that mankind will have food in the future.


Charitable giving is fundamental to our business. Working with non-profit organizations, a significant portion of our annual profits goes toward providing food, emergency aid, sustainable development, and education to people in the U.S. and abroad. We also provide free seeds to hundreds of community and educational groups each year, because we believe that everyone should have access to nutrient-dense, delicious food, season after season.

Founder Jere Gettle started Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. in 1998 as a hobby, and though it has since grown into North America's largest heirloom seed company, we've never lost our passion for growing and sharing heirloom varieties. Baker Creek offers one of the largest selections of 19th century heirloom seeds from Europe and Asia, and our catalogs now feature about 1,000 stunning heirloom varieties.


4:Southern Exposure

Most gardeners tend to order seeds from local or regional companies because of the benefits of locally grown seeds that are better suited to the climate. In the South, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is known as "a small company with a big heart" for providing locally grown seeds, traditional and open-pollinated varieties, excellent service and reasonable prices.


Our Mission
We encourage cooperative self-reliance in agriculture. We promote and participate in seed saving and exchange, ecological agriculture, reducing energy use, providing locally adapted varieties, and regional food production. To further these aims, Southern Exposure offers: heirloom varieties to conserve and distribute rare and endangered varieties; open-pollinated varieties to encourage seed saving and exchange among gardeners; disease- and insect-tolerant varieties to reduce pesticide use; and varieties for local and small-scale growers to encourage regional food production.



Territorial Seed Company enjoys supremacy in the Northwest and is known for producing catalogs filled with varietal and cultural information. They have achieved national success and are praised for having quality selections, reliable seed, and fair prices. In addition, the Territory is one of the few major seed companies to publish a winter catalog that appeals to food gardeners in areas with mild winters.


Territorial Seed Company grew fast, and within a few years 100,000 mail-order catalogs and several thousand copies of Steve Solomon's 1981 natural gardening book "Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades" were going out the door every year. Back in came several letters a day asking for answers to gardening problems, so Steve made time for horticultural study. He writes whimsically of being a ''capital-O Organic gardener with capital-O Opinions'' that hybridized over the five years in big-o organic wisdom. A fast-growing business started on a shoestring required the reinvestment of virtually every cent. After five years of hard work, Steve considered his choices for simple living or a big business.



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