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Fred Hempel October 21, 2012 04:24 PM

Artisan Seeds launches
We are still working on our online store. It will be up by December 1.

In the mean-time we will be selling on our Baia Nicchia farm blog (through PayPal).

Our Artisan Seeds blog has details.

There was an article on Millard Murdock's variety "Captain Lucky" published in the Bay Area today. Captain Lucky has captured the attention of Nancy Oakes of Boulevard -- the restaurant that won the James Beard award this year for "Best Restaurant"

We will be selling Captain Lucky. As Millard's "preferred" source for seeds, we will be paying him a royalty on every packet of Captain Lucky sold.

We will also be selling packets of Purple Bumble Bee and Pink Bumble Bee.

roper2008 October 21, 2012 06:02 PM

I like the pink bumble bee. Will that be avail by Dec 1st?

Fred Hempel October 21, 2012 06:56 PM

Pink Bumble Bee is available now at our blog, via PayPal:

We will have our online store set up by December 1st, but there is no need to wait until then. In fact, it may be better to buy now because we are not charging for shipping for orders from the blog.

We haven't decided whether or not we will be charging for shipping via the online store.

Mischka October 21, 2012 07:20 PM

Congratulations, Fred!

Thread has now been "stickied" for easy access.

Fred Hempel October 21, 2012 07:25 PM

Thanks Mischka.

roper2008 October 21, 2012 07:56 PM

So on your blog there are 3 varieties of tomatoes to
choose from. I only ordered 1 variety. Possibly would
have ordered more if there was more to choose from
on the blog, or maybe I'm missing something.

Fred Hempel October 21, 2012 08:09 PM


Thanks for the order!

I know it must seem crazy that we have so few varieties. These are the reasons:

1. We don't want to release things that are generally available from other folks. Although we are "Artisan Seeds", our aim is not to be a full-service seed company. For example, we aren't even selling past varieties we have bred (Maglia Rosa for example) because other people have them.

2. Our focus is primarily on breeding and finding exceptional varieties to release (Maybe we should be called "Artisan Breeding"). There are many excellent companies selling seeds, and we don't feel that duplicating offerings is needed (or is in anyone's best interests).

roper2008 October 21, 2012 08:16 PM

Thanks for the explanation. Look forward to growing this one.

salix October 22, 2012 12:49 AM

Hi Fred, wanted to order all 5 of your offerings, but the PayPal will only take one at a time, then eliminates the previous order. I am quite willing to submit 5 separate orders, if that is OK with you. Before I do that, though, can you reassure me that you are able to ship to Canada?

Fred Hempel October 22, 2012 12:55 AM

Hi Salix,

If you do all 5 back to back we will send them all together to Canada.


salix October 22, 2012 01:07 AM

Okeydoke, thanks!

tam91 October 22, 2012 09:00 AM

If I had to choose only one... I think Captain Lucky might be it. My friends who tried it have all said it was their favorite tomato also. Beautiful, but the taste is outstanding.

Fred Hempel October 22, 2012 12:45 PM


We contacted Millard Murdock, the breeder of Captain Lucky, based both on our own experience with the variety and based on the consensus of the "community". We asked for permission to be "the" breeder-preferred seed company to release the variety.

Captain Lucky is so good, we think it deserves to get out there as a featured item, and Millard deserves a royalty.

We hope that people will come to us each year to buy Captain Lucky. We'll try to keep our prices competitive, once other seed companies pick it up. And we hope that, given a choice, people will choose to reward breeders of freely-available exceptional OP varieties when buying seed.

Tania October 22, 2012 02:20 PM

Thank you Fred - what a wonderful mission!

I just sent my order.

Granite26 October 22, 2012 02:29 PM

Thanks Fred. I will give them a try. 5 back to back incoming.

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