By Bobbie Whitehead
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. of Mansfield, Mo,, has purchased the oldest, continuously-run U.S. seed company now in its third century of operation.
Nested in the Wethersfield, Conn., historic district, Comstock, Ferre & Co., ripe with a museum exhibit featuring antique seed packing machines and other old tools, will offer its own line of heirloom seeds, 200 varieties, as well as the Baker Creek Heirloom Co. varieties, said Jerry Orton, company consultant.
“Owner Jere Gettle is a nostalgia buff and has always liked things old,” Orton said. “Comstock, Ferre & Co. was founded in 1820, and some of the original, historical buildings are there. One of our goals is to turn it into a tourist destination.”
In preserving the seed company’s past, employees for Comstock, Ferre & Co. will dress in 19th century clothing.