Seeds ‘n Such is a new company formed in 2013, but born out of decades of experience in the mail-order seed business. We’re a small, family-owned operation with an outsized commitment to the idea that seeds – and shipping costs – don’t have to cost so much. I’d like you to know something about our roots and my personal commitment to the quality of our seeds and service.
My family has been associated with selling seeds through the mail for over a century. For years, we owned R. H. Shumway’s, a famous name known as “America’s Pioneer Seedsman.” Shumway’s was founded in 1870 in Rockford, Ill., before we moved it to Graniteville, S.C., now the site of Seeds ‘n Such. For several decades, in addition to Shumway’s, we also operated a mail-order business named HPS that catered to small commercial growers and roadside-stand operators.
As head of the family business, it was my responsibility to notice trends, almost all of which were driven by consumer needs and desires. It became apparent that interest in tomato and pepper seeds was on the rise. In 1993, I launched a new mail-order company called Totally Tomatoes that was almost exclusively tomato and pepper seeds. It was an instant success and remained so until I sold the family business in 1999, including the Shumway’s, HPS and Totally Tomatoes operations.
Retirement did not suit me. So now, at nearly 68 years of age, I’m back in the mail-order seed business, and I’m using all that history and experience to create a special, simple and fun experience for gardeners like you. The mail-order seed industry has remained vibrant in my absence. I was very glad to see that, but at the same time, I saw areas that I could improve.
The first thing I noticed is that vegetable seed packets are becoming too expensive for the average gardener. Why would a business offer hundreds of varieties at $3, $4, even $5 a packet when a gardener can only afford five or six packets at that price?
Second, shipping and handling charges (S/H) for mail-order seeds are out of control. For Spring 2018, most companies charged $5 to $6 for S/H on a $20 order – that’s 25% of the value of the merchandise. Way too much!
So here we come with Seeds ‘n Such – my personal mission to offer you an alternative to the over-priced seeds and exorbitant S/H charges found at other firms. We offer the same enormous selection (over 750 veggie varieties, with 250 varieties of tomato and pepper seeds alone!), but no packet sold under the Seeds ‘n Such name will cost you more than $2.79 – and if you mix and match 20 packets or more, the price drops to only $1.99 per packet! Furthermore, the S/H charge is never more than $2.95. That’s less than half of what most others charge!
So what’s new? ‘Goliath Giant Early Bush’ is earlier than ‘Early Girl’, as big as ‘Big Beef’ and as compact as ‘Celebrity.’ This might be the best ‘Goliath’ yet! Since tomatoes pair well with corn, we’ve added ‘Mirai®’, an innovative sweet-corn cross that yields ears even sweeter than some fruits! How about the first sweet corn to win the coveted AAS Award since 1988! ‘American Dream’ features improved germination, tenderness and superb eating quality! All our varieties are non-GMO and untreated, so order your favorites in time to receive our free ‘Early Bird Specials’!
Try us for Spring 2018 for superior service, real value and old fashioned integrity – the same qualities we’ve offered for decades!