Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Baker Creek Spring Planting & Heritage Festival

It has been a whole week already since we were at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Spring Festival. We went both days and had a great time. It was fantastic! We took several extra days and made a family vacation out of it. We also visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum, The home of the "Throwed Rolls", Lambert's restaurant, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

As for the Baker Creek Spring Festival, it is pretty hard to explain so I will show it to you instead. Following are many pictures taken at the festival.

There were lots of great farms selling plants and other vendors:

There were at least three areas with fantastic live music and entertainment going on constantly. This was my daughters' favorite part of the festival.

There were also great speakers in the speakers barn. I was too busy listening to them to take pictures but my favorite was Len Pense. The day after the festival, we went to his farm to visit his revolutionary garden. I will be writing an entire post about him soon.

In addition to the speakers, the music and the vendors at the festival, it was fun seeing all of the buildings that make up "Bakersville".

Of course the most important building at Bakersville is the Baker Creek Seed Store where you can get seeds of hundreds (maybe thousands) of common or highly unusual top quality heirloom varieties!

I only bought a dozen or so seed packets because I had already ordered from Baker Creek by mail. Next year maybe I'll go back to the festival and buy all of my seeds there instead of by mail. I strongly recommend any serious gardener to do the same. If you don't want to wait a whole year to visit Baker Creek, they have another big festival in August and smaller ones every month.

I loved our trip to Baker Creek. In my next post I will let you know about some of the cool things I bought at the festival and about some of the people I met. And then I have to give a big update on my gardens here in Kentucky. We are now in the busy gardening season. Isn't it great?

5 comments:

Patrick

This is a great post!

Thanks for posting all the pictures and descriptions. I've only been in contact with Baker Creek via email and ordered online, and while I think they are great people, it's also nice to get a more personal side of them like this.

I'm looking forward to reading more about your trip when you have the time to post about it.

vonlafin

I have never heard of this company. I will definitely check it out, thanks for the info.

Matron

Thank you for taking us with you to Baker Creek. Just the sort of place I would love to visit if I wasn't over here in London! Took a while to load though.. even with broadband!

KHurley

I love Baker Creek's company. I'm not close enough to go to any of their festivals, but every time I've ordered from them online, they've sent my seeds very quickly and usually include a free gift packet of seeds with purchase. I'd love to be able to buy in person.

Richard

That looks like it was a ton of fun! I'd love to take my kids to something like that. Though I'm nowhere near your area. Great pics and creative solutions.

Just stopped by from Judy's blog. Great work all around!

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