The whole alphabet is now up. There are aprox 450 varieties. I may
have a little tweeking yet as we still have a few late processed
The individual variety pages aren't edited or up yet.
My health has been a problem this year but is somewhat better at
the moment. BUT please try to give me at least 2 weeks to get
orders out. I hope to be able to get things out quicker than that
but, 2 weeks just to be safe. I also may take the site down
again if the stress of doing orders and my other farm work gets to
be too much.
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 for me to get.
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
All USA orders have a flat rate shipping of $4.00, except hot
sauce. Unfortunately since the post office has changed how they do
international orders I have to charge more for larger orders that
need a customs form. I'm trying to keep small orders reasonable
starting at $4.50 to Canada and $5.50 other international.
But for orders of about 8 packs or more I need to use a customs
form and then the post office no longer calls it an "envelope" but
classes it as a "package" for about 4 times the price. 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
The cart now only takes PayPal since Google quit their payment
plan. But you can use credit cards thru PayPal without being a
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
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 have the cart set-up so it does give a discount for larger
orders of 20 packs or more without having to email me for it.
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.
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.