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I am taking my web site down for a while. Only this page and the tomato plant page will be up for now. Any other links will find a "404 page not found".


My health has been a problem this year and filling orders on a timely basis has been almost impossible. I will fill outstanding orders as I have the energy. I know I may have messed up some planting plans so you will get generous amounts of seed so you will have enough for next season too.


If I feel better, I will get the site back up around Thanksgiving. Thanks for understanding my limits right now.



In Memorial


Mom


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.


New, Gift certificates added on the collections and specials page.



I was asked about GMO seeds on my web site. NO, I DO NOT HAVE GMO SEEDS.


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 plant.

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 "home gardeners".


Here is our FaceBook page for Knapp's Fresh Vegies

Tomato Seed List, ALL varieties

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 on.

The other links above go to lists JUST for those specific years.

All orders over $25 have free shipping, except hot sauce
The cart now only takes PayPal since Google quit their payment plan.

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 the seeds.

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.


Site Info 


Check out the site info link above for the old home page and info about the site.


New Collections Added 12/2011

New for 2012 - 



New updates

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 ready yet.

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 Thanksgiving already.

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.


2011
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 address.

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 mental health.

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 !!!






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