Think about that antique ring that belonged to your great-grandmother. Doesn’t sliding it on your finger instantly conjure up her fanciful flapper days? Or how about the ’61 Ford tenderly parked in the garage out back that your dad used to court your mother––you wouldn’t give that up, would you? Values change with eras and when something unique is gone, it’s gone for good. That holds true for seeds too.
In this age of funneling profit through the filter of convenience, big agri-business maximizes yield by minimizing variety. Here at Planted Thoughts, however, we’re committed to keeping the past alive in all its varied beauty and flavor. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson, America’s consummate gentleman farmer, we’re convinced that heirloom is the only way to go.
Our third U.S. President was renowned as an amateur horticulturalist and his dedication to collecting and sharing seeds is a legacy that feels even more urgent today. There was an impressive total of 330 different vegetables and 170 varieties of fruit grown in Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello. And of course, given the times, these were completely organic, non-GMO and utterly sustainable plantings.
Organic, non-GMO and sustainable are bywords here at Planted Thoughts. As produce needs to travel further and further from its source, seeds are developed for the largest yield and the longest shelf life; and along the way, signature flavors and visual appeal are often sacrificed. We think that’s a mistake. What grows from a Planted Thoughts seed card is chosen specifically for the unique qualities that only a true heirloom seed can provide.
Thomas Jefferson was known to be a generous host, and no doubt what came to his table came from his gardens. Having spent five years in the culinary hotbed of Paris, he certainly had ample opportunity to develop an appreciation for the subtleties that fresh herbs add to the meal. That’s precisely the reason why Planted Thoughts has chosen to embed a tasty blend of useful herbs in our cards.
With Thanksgiving kicking off the holidays, thoughts of the fabulous gardens at Monticello––and its continuing mission to preserve and promote the use of heirloom seeds––are steeped in gratitude. We also appreciate the Jeffersonian commitment to organic heirloom varieties made by our supplier High Mowing Seeds. Want to show appreciation to the special people in your life? Then choose a personalized card that grows into a kitchen helper as a one-of-a-kind way to say thanks!
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