a reason to buy hybrids, a reason to support local
I feel fairly comfortable posting it here but I'm sure that this post would cause a fight in some forums. Ah, the politics of seed purchasing . . .
It must be fun to have a local seed company one can support.
There's always something new to try "out there." I used to get quite frustrated with a local garden center and their seed racks. They carried seed from probably 7 or 8 different companies but often, the varieties were all the same . . ! (They are doing better these days.)
Example of the problem: when I decided that I wanted to grow leeks, I could buy "American Flag." . . . in half a dozen different envelopes! I WASN'T at all happy with the performance of that variety and felt that, if leeks were going to be in my garden, I'd better try something different. Yeah, but no choice . . .
The internet is a wonderful thing but I keep coming across outfits where I certainly don't know their history. Service is a question as is seed storage and packaging. With hybrids, the seed isn't from the catalog company since some one source owns those genetics. It becomes one reason to buy hybrids. If Sakata Seed does a good job with that variety - it doesn't too much matter what catalog outfit you buy from.
Open pollinated varieties -- man, you just don't know! From, maybe, dozens of sources, where did that seed come from and what has been happening to it? The Blacktail Mountain watermelon seed I bought this year had 0% germination - nothing flopped anywhere close to that!!
Baker Creek now has subsidiaries on both coasts! I guess I waited too long to order some things unique to Comstock, Ferre. After a century or 2, they are out of business. So, now we have seed companies that have strictly O-P selections consolidating by acquiring their competitors!