Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bakersville, home of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

I went back home to Bruner, MO and spent a few days with my parents to prepare for their 60th anniversary party.  I knew we were gonna have work ahead of us so one of my sisters, my mom, and my youngest spent a day traveling around the Seymour and Mansfield, MO area.

Seymour is a neat little town, I remember going to their Apple Festival every year back in the day.  I was on the lookout for Amish while my sister was on the lookout for geocaches, lol!  That's why we travel so well together... we both get to hunt for what we love.  
This was one of my favorite antique shops that is long gone, but the building is still there.  I always thought it was a lovely place.  It is now a neat shop called In the Root Cellar.  Denise is very sweet and made our visit enjoyable.  She had some wonderful mason jar accessories that I had to have... one of them being a reproduction zinc lid that had a cork bottom with a vintage label printed on the cork.  It is a coaster, how clever!
From there, we headed on down the road to Mansfield, MO making a stop at Bakersville, home of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  Some of you may even order their seeds.  If you do, this is where they come from!  From their website: "In the rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks stands a legacy to the passing of time. The homestead act in the mid-1800s encouraged the Rippee family to move west and settle what is reputed to be the longest-lasting homestead in Missouri. The family raised many varieties of produce, birds and animals, and were quite skilled in the crafts of the region. They traded with the Osage Indians and cared for soldiers during the Civil War in their hand-hewn log-cabin."
Robbie posing with their beautiful blue Bel Air parked by the store.
Their grounds were just as beautiful as the rest of the place if not more so.  They definitely take great pride in what they have.
But what was truly amazing was inside!  This is only the very back section of the store...
A closer view of one of the back units.  This is just the tomato section!
This is just one side of the store!  The other wall was almost as long except for the register area was at the end.  It is incredible how many seeds this store had!  I'm telling you... overwhelmed was an understatement!
Cute little shopping baskets for your convenience...

Another excerpt from their website: "Bakersville is situated on the original Rippee farm. The Baker Creek Seed Store now stands where the family’s market garden once was. In 2007, we saw the beginning of our historic town. Besides the Baker Creek Seed Store, we also have a speaker barn, restaurant, an old-time mercantile, herbal apothecary, a natural bakery, garden museum and blacksmith shop, two music barns, a Western jail, a native rock oven, a windmill and many breeds of historic poultry and livestock."  With that description, I'll share some of the pictures that I took.

Robbie shutting his Aunt Jodi in the jail before she could escape, lol!

Having more fun at the jail than we probably should have. (btw... this little guy did all the props and poses on his own with no help from us at all, he was quite the ham!)
The Jamming Barn where part of the monthly Heritage Day Festival happens, would love to come back for that sometime.
My sister Jodi and Robbie posing

Oh how I loved this place and wouldn't mind moving in.

Inside the herbal apothecary...
Inside Harriet's Mercantile (you can see my mom wasn't as amused as the rest of us, lol)...
The back side of this lovely case.  You just pull out whatever merchandise you need.  Oh, so neat!
The goats were a little too friendly.  I was trying to get pictures of them and they kept sticking their faces up in my camera, it was so funny!
This is the center grounds in the middle of it all.  The Amish were building a fountain while we were there.
It was a little hot this day and we were sweating by the time we were done but it was a delightful time.  I highly recommend that you take a road trip on down to Mansfield, Mo and stop by Bakersville to support these fine people as they "work extensively to supply free seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries, as well as here at home in school gardens and other educational projects. It is their goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered, Frankenfood and the companies that support it. We work with a network of about 150 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of our varieties we sell were collected by us on our travels abroad."
Oh, and what seeds did I purchase?  None!  Instead I brought home the free 211-page catalog because after looking at seeds for 45 minutes and being completely overwhelmed, I just couldn't decide, hehe!

I'm grateful for enjoyable times like this that make our summer fun and educational at the same time.  Lots of laughs with the little guy while spending precious time with my sister and mom.  Thanks for stopping by and joining us, wish you could have been there in person with us... you would have loved it~


Farmhouse prims said...

Wonderful post, I rem. reading an article about the Bakers seed co. and the heirloom seeds in "Country Woman", what wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing, and your little boy is adorable. hugs, Lecia

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Angie, oh what a wonderful place, looks so interesting, thanks for taking me along too, :) great pictures, Francine.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Wow! What a wonderful place! I think you could spend hours and hours there trying to see everything. Love all the old tools and gadgets tacked up on the wall and I spied a #5 crock...which I need! Robbie is so darned funny...he sure likes the camera! :) LOL! Thanks for sharing!...Jan

Anonymous said...

Wonderful visit! Thanks for taking us! So much to see. Nice pics of your family...you Mom's pic cracked me up. So FUNNY you came home with the catalog...that is definately something I would do with my husband saying "what the heck...why? why?" LOL I do that at the shows when I go for my Shop!

Raggedy Creations said...

Oh WOW, I would love to visit this place. It's a little far for me though. Never thought there were so many kinds of tomatoes. No wonder you couldn't choose what to buy.

Love all the old building and Robbie is adorable. Love the last pic of him with the beautiful flowers.


Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Such a wonderful post and filled with many wonderful memories!!!
Glad to hear you had a wonderful time!!!
Loved all the pics and your little one is so darn cute!!!
Prim Blessings

Susan said...

I want to go there! Love the pictures. I made the one of all the beautiful canned goods my computer background. It looks awesome :) I'm going to do the apothecary one next. Your son is adorable :) Thanks for sharing!

Susan Montgomery

~Sara said...

What an awesome post!!! I would love to live there as well. Just amazing. How blessed yo are to be able to go. Thanks for sharing with us. ~Sara

~Sara said...

ps~ Your little guy is adorable!!!

Fran. said...

Oh my gosh Angie how cool!! My fav pics were the one of the jars!! So farmhouse sweet!! And of course your little guy havin fun and the goats too!! LOL Thanks for sharing!! Very cool place!! XOXO Love Fran.

Trace4J said...

What a fun trip.
I would have wanted to stay.
That seed store is awesome.
Thanks for sharing.
Woolie Hugs

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I really enjoyed them.


Windy Meadows Farm said...

This looks like a great town to visit...just my sort of place! Love the old car, the mercantile, loom and spinning wheel...and what a terrific picture in the "jail!" Too bad it's not closer, I'd definitely pack up the family and head over!

Old Red Barn said...

Wow looks like a wonderful place! I love the herbal apothecary pics!


deb said...

AWESOME pictures, glad I found your blog!

Cindi said...

What a neat place! Thanks for sharing all of the fun pictures!
Be blessed,

Jori said...

My goodness! How did I miss this post?? I think I just saw a couple photos on instagram. Your photo's are gorgeous! I went to Bakersville on Wed. for lunch. My friend and i LOVE their vegan restaurant. We try to go down a couple of times each month. :)

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