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On the nite of 12/30/2013 my beloved Mom died suddenly.
We knew she had a condition that wasn't treatable and was a
ticking time bomb. But it's still a shock when it actually
happens. Although she was 92 and otherwise in good health for her
age, we always want life to last longer.
At the same time, this was the way she wanted to go. No prolonged
illness or mind fading away from Alzheimer's. She had seen too
much of that with the deaths of 2 husbands and her younger brother
and very recently with my Sister's husband from Alzheimer's.
She had been my best friend and helper all my life. As you can see
from a 2012 pic, she loved being at the farmers markets and she
actually helped out. She felt good about the fact that she was
still able to contribute.
Mom will be missed for a long time.
I was asked about GMO seeds on my web site. NO, I DO NOT HAVE
I do offer a few former hybrid varieties that were discontinued by
the seed companies and I've grown out and stabilized.
There is a lot of confusion between GMO and Hybrid seeds.
YES, ALL GMO seeds are Hybrids.
NO, not all Hybrids are GMO.
Hybrids come from crossing 2 varieties OF THE SAME TYPE. Bees (and
sometimes the wind) make natural hybrids when they visit plants
and mix the pollen of different varieties of the same type of
GMO Hybrids are MADE IN A LAB using genes from vastly different
species. Sometimes so different as to be plant / animal / insect /
bacteria. Nothing that could EVER happen in nature.
To the best of my knowledge there are no GMO tomato seeds. While
there are a few summer squash and zucchini varieties that are GMO,
I do NOT grow those. They are way too expensive and too legally
prohibitive to get for me.
Most, if not ALL GMO, seeds require that the seed distributor (big
company, not me) selling the seeds have the customer (you or I)
sign a legal document acknowledging that the seeds are "special"
and the customer is not allowed to save seeds from the crop grown.
Also most of those seeds are ONLY sold in large bulk amounts (like
50 lb bags of seed), in part so they don't get into the hands of
Here is our FaceBook page for Knapp's
The link above goes to the same page as the side bar link
"tomatoes" under the "seeds" section. It is a list of ALL the
varieties I offer and what page you can actually purchase them
The other links above go to lists JUST for those specific
orders over $25 have free shipping, except hot sauce
The cart now only takes PayPal since Google quit their payment
Unfortunately it seems the Post Office raised rates on "first
class parcels" again. I noticed when my bill yesterday (11/21/12)
was significantly higher than this summer. I had to raise my basic
shipping a bit to cover the postage and supplies (envelopes,
inserts, stickers). Orders for the hot sauce need to email me as I
can't keep up with the Post Office changes and can't keep loosing
money on postage.
1/31/13 the postage went up yet again
and most likely will again in Jan 2014. Just a bit on my basic
bubble pack but horrible on international air mail. The bubble
pack with a customs form is no longer considered a "letter" but
a "parcel". A 2 oz bubble pack with customs form to Canada was
over $6. I will have to be creative to make international orders
look like a "card" so I don't have to use the customs form and
they will ship as a "letter".
Some smaller orders are now shipped in a paper "catalog" or
"invitation" envelope with the seeds wrapped in paper toweling.
This is to keep them as a "letter" and not a "Parcel". Not for the
cheaper postage but because the Post Office is randomly scanning
parcels / packages for illegal Rx drugs and the xrays can damage
USA orders are now $3.50 shipping.
Canada is $4.00. All other foreign orders are $5.00 shipping.
The free shipping for $25 + still applies. If you don't want the
customs form, please keep your order down to 16 packs or less.
It's hard to make larger orders "look small" enough that I don't
HAVE to use the customs form.
Something new for foreign customers that don't or can't use
PayPal. I recently had an order that sent the money by Western
Union. It was a bit of a challenge for me for that first one.
But now that I know how it works, it's a lot easier and faster
than physically sending a money order or money. On checkout
select "money order" and I will contact you about it.
I now have the new for 2013 varieties up. Since there aren't
very many this year, I just added them to the 2012 page. Just
the basic listing for now. More info when I have time.
I recently noticed that some varieties I've had available for
several years, have inadvertently been left off the list.
Somehow, on the various site updates, some names got missed or
pasted over. Hey, when you have 400+ varieties spread out on 4
or 5 pages, it happens. These are also added to the 2012
page as 'found'.
It's been brought to my attention that there were a few
contradictory statements on the 'deals' page. The free shipping
starts at $25, but some of the deals give it to you for the
package earlier. There are a few other things I corrected too.
I have the cart set-up so it does give a discount for larger
orders without having to email me for it.
Check out the site info link above for the old
home page and info about the site.
New Collections Added 12/2011
for 2012 -
The link on the left for TOMATO
SEEDS is now a page with 1 long list of ALL my tomato
varieties. Hopefully that will help you to know if I have the
varieties you are looking for without having to check 6
pages. In the right hand column of the list is a link to
the page the varieties and buy buttons are CURRENTLY on.
Eventually each variety will have it's own page but they aren't
I've been working on the individual variety pages. So far I've
only got a few up. As I'm getting pages made, I'm taking the
link to the multi variety page off the list and putting a link
to the variety page in the list.
I've also been working on using my own pics, if I have them,
instead of the stock variety pics from the seed companies you
see in every catalog. So far I've edited and watermarked over
500 pics and have about 200 more to go. Many of my own pics
aren't all that good. But they do show the variety in true "as
grown" pics here on MY farm in Wisconsin.
As all this editing can involve a lot of cut / paste, I sometime
get quite bleary eyed. If something doesn't look right on a page
or if a variety doesn't come up right on an order, please give
me an email so I can find the error and get it corrected.
2012 I can't believe it's
I usually spend this weekend updating the web site. Not yet this
year tho. We are still processing and drying seeds. I haven't had
a chance to germination test most of the seeds either. Hopefully I
will have some new stuff on the web site in early Dec.
While we are getting a reasonable amount of seeds, most are just
new batches of varieties I've already had. Not many new-to-me
varieties made it thru the awful weather this summer.
Due to the excess watering work and being short handed about 1/2
of the year, I got WAY behind on orders this summer. I also have
some health issues that didn't help the situation at all.
I've been working the last couple of days to try to get caught up
on orders. I've got about 1/2 of them in the mail or waiting to go
out Friday. I hope to get the rest finished next week if nothing
else comes up.
It's now early Oct 2012.
2012 has been a horrible year for me. Just about everything that
could go wrong, has this year.
Most of the country has had horrible weather. We were no
exception. Way too hot and way too dry. Even since the heat broke
in Aug, we still haven't had hardly any rain. The total rain at
our farm since May 1 has been only 10.2 inches. And much of that
came in gulps with big gaps in between. We are still watering our
late crops like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels Sprouts and can't
seem to be able to put enough water on them at all. In June and
July, 4 of us were spending 1/2 -3/4 of our work day JUST watering
using 4 or 5 different systems.
Because of the weather we had to space out our tomato planting so
we could keep stuff alive. Unfortunately most of our new-to-me
varieties were planted very late. Along with an early frost, it
looks like we might not have a lot of new varieties this year.
Most of the fruit on those plants is still green. I will collect
what I can, but the seed may not be good enough to list for sale.
But at least I should have seed so I can grow it again myself.
Labor has also been a bit of an issue. While I get lots of
Mexicans that are looking for work, often I can't depend on them
to come in when I need them. Twice this year people just didn't
show up when we REALLY needed help. No notice, no calls, nothing.
And I do pay more than minimum for part time workers.
My health isn't what it used to be either. I'm 63 and just can't
do all the heavy work I used to do. I also have 2 pinched nerves
that have limited what I can do. One sciatic and one in the neck
that hurts the shoulder and arm. I've also know for a few years
that I have a mild case of Fibromyalgia. That means I ache a lot
some days. Also there is a "brain fog" component to Fibro that
makes a person "spacey" some days. I don't even try to work on
orders when I'm tired so I don't mess them up. You can probably
tell from my writing that there is also a bit of a "depression"
factor with all the aches and Fibro. Some days it's REALLY
hard to get much done at all when you hurt so much.
All this above is to explain
why I've been terribly SLOW on orders this year since July. Too
much work and not enough energy. I'm working on some orders but
don't expect to be fully caught up for at least a couple of
weeks yet. By December tho I should be on my "winter" schedule
and be able to do my normal 1 week or less service for orders.
Thanks for understanding the problems of a 1 person seed
"company" and family farm of just me and Hubby and a couple of
part time ladies.
Most of the later processed varieties are not germinating well.
Look for them on the new Low Germinating page. Low Germinating
varieties are seed that germinates in the 60 - 80 % range and I
give you a double sized pack. My normal packs germinate 85%
or better. Most are over 90%.
Some of these we didn't get much seed at all so will only have
sample packs available til we are able to grow more next year.
Due to the farm and market work,
seed orders from July til Nov will not get priority in my 'to
do' list. I just don't have the energy to keep up with orders
and farm work. From Dec til April or May I usually get
orders out in less than a week. But during summer, I may not
be able to do much if any orders at all. I will try to
take care of emergency orders if you give me a separate
email letting me know about it. I also want any mailed orders
to go to a different address now as I've lost a couple of
orders due to our 'out in the country' box here. Email me for
The last 3 growing seasons have been difficult for me. The weather
here, like much of the country, has been far from good for growing
things other than a lot of weeds. Because of that and some
greenhouse contamination in the spring of 2011 that killed a lot
of seedlings, I may not have a whole lot of new-to-me varieties
this year. We planted over 100 new varieties but lost quite a few.
In 2013, much of our problems had to do with not being able to get
decent workers. So not many new varieties again this year. But we
were able to replace many (but not all) of our aging seeds.
I've had some health issues that have somewhat limited what I'm
able to do at times. Farming is hard on the back and at times my
It hasn't helped that we've had 2 computer failures in 6
months. Computers can drive you crazy. The latest one was a new
computer too. The month of Sept 2011, I had only sporadic ability
to get on-line at all due to that meltdown. I have another new
computer, but haven't had the time to get all my files and
programs on it yet.
Enough of all my problems. Like all who have farming 'in their
blood', there is always next year. Here is to a great growing
season for all in 2012 !!
Make that 2013 now !!!
Now here is to a better 2014 for us all !!!