The end of January almost always brings around a visit to our local Baker Creek Pioneer Village and Seed Store. Whispers of warm air have been stirring our thoughts of planning the garden. I say whispers.....it has been over 60° several times this month, so what else is there to do but to make sure we have all the seeds we need.
Actually, we go to Baker Creek several times each year due to their fun Spring (in May) and Harvest Festivals and the Heritage Day Festivals each month. Our daughter is a fiddler and she enjoys playing at the Festivals each year. There are so many fun things to see and do, and great people to meet and talk to during the Festivals, national speakers, historic demonstrators, seed collectors, organic growers, Ozarkian crafters, renowned musicians, home schoolers, gourmet chefs, historic farm animals and poultry. This year they will be welcoming a contributing editor from Mother Earth News, William Woys Weaver as a guest speaker at the Spring Festival, plus many others.
I tell you all this, not to advertise or promote Baker Creek, but to simply share one of the places we enjoy visiting throughout the year and to give you a glimpse of how neat a place it is. I did buy some seeds while we are there, but in all honesty, I do not purchase all of our seeds from them.
Overall, their prices are a tiny bit higher than the other place we ordered seeds from... Morgan County Seeds. We are trying Morgan County Seeds this year due to the fact that many of our Amish friends and neighbors get their seeds from them. I've seen how well their gardens produce and the quality of the produce, so we decided to try them in our garden this year.
Ok, back to our visit.....
We planned this visit to Baker Creek with a friend of mine that had never been there, so it was fun to visit all of the buildings and grounds for her to see. The day was overcast and the lighting in some of the buildings was pretty dim so the pictures tend to be a bit dark, but hopefully you can still enjoy them.
Here are some of the many buildings in the village...
The Mercantile, the Apothecary and the Flour Mill
Here is the Bakersville Restaurant where you can enjoy an Asian themed hearty meal and the interesting thing is that it is ran on donations only so everyone can eat. The meals are excellent and when you are done eating, you simply donate what you would like into the big wooden box there as you leave.
Inside these buildings you'll see things like....
Shopping in the seed store above, and visiting the Mercantile below.
In the Apothecary you will find...
Next is the Flour Mill...and the lovely gifts offered there. Below are scriptures that are handmade by women in Bangladesh. The proceeds go to help the poor and hungry women and children there.
And if you follow the wooden staircase in the Flour Mill, it will lead you to this great find!
Outside you will find many historic animals and poultry. This one is my favorite!
The children seem to favor these...
And last but not least is this fun item that I thought would be nice to share with all of you ... a little Recipes and Food from the Civil War book by Jim Long. There is also a Herbal Medicines of the Civil War book available too. Below is the address and web site for these fun books. Next time I go, I'll pick one up for a great giveaway!
I hope you have enjoyed this visual tour of Baker Creek. If you are interested in learning more, visit their Heirloom Seed and their Bakersville Village page. If you get the chance, come and visit them during their 12th Annual Spring Festival this May 6th and 7th 2012 from 10 am to 7 pm on both days. There will be more than 140 vendors, 75 old time musicians, and over 35 craftsmen, thousands of varieties of plants and even learn how to grow them by listening to the guest speakers. Join over 6500 gardeners from across the nation at one of America's premier events of seeds, plants, music, culture and the celebration of historic foods.
Ok, so that really sounds like a plug, but ya'll will enjoy it for sure! We love living so close and being blessed by it every year. I just had to share it with you!
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