This is the week the seed catalogs come in fast and furious..I love
looking through them and am happy to order from them, too.
I received a catalog this week from a comp nay I am unfamiliar with.
In fact, I never heard of them. Shumway's. Anyone order from them
before? Things certainly look good, but I prefer a reference before I
place an order.
I haven't spent any time at the site, mostly with the large size
catalog with drawings. The drawings are charming and give the catalog
a comforting "old-fashioned" feel, but again, I prefer to know a bit
more before ordering.
Any advice is appreciated.
If I remember correctly, these folks are in Randolph, WI, yes? I don't
have their catalog anymore, but I moved recently and almost immediately
received 3 seed catalogs, all from the same address in Randolph - a
grower's supply catalog, Totally Tomatoes, and a seed catalog (which I
think was Shumway's). Now, there's nothing really wrong with that, but
it sounds like they have an office suite there and are mailing out
seeds under various aliases. I'd rather work with a company that has
test gardens and is actually the company you're ordering from, like
Johnny's, Territorial, etc.
Charlotte in the NE
Shumway has been bought and realigned several times in the past 30
years as have most of the old companies. Not too long ago it was the
only place you could get the older varieties of vegetable seeds. They
are now part of Jungs as is Totally Tomatoes, Vermont Bean Seed and
others. Never had any problems with them, but thier variety of
offerings has decreased since they became part of Jung. I would really
miss thier version of Lazy Wife pole beans, except that I save my own
On 8 Jan 2007 03:35:11 -0800, " email@example.com"
Shumways used to be in Grantiville, SC, and Totally Tomatoes was near
by...I think. And, I'm thinking they were both bought out, but I don't
know that for sure.
I used to order from Shumways, and never had any problems with them,
but that was years ago. I remember being pleased that I was able to
support an almost local seed company, and I remember being
disappointed that they were bought out.
I am, however, descending rapidly into old fartdom, and my memory may
have conflugled the facts here, so keep asking around.
"Maybe you'd like to ask the Wizard for a heart."
"ElissaAnn" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks to all who advised. Their prices are good and their catalog
quite detailed. Their online capabilities and choices are much less
than the catalog.
I think I'll place an order and see what happens.
Once again, thanks for the responses.
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