100% Michigan Homestead Grown, 100% Open-Pollinated - Each & Every Seed

Important Details


  • About Great Lakes Staple Seeds
    • Please contact us at: Seeds(@)GreatLakesStapleSeeds(.)com with questions or comments. Remove the brackets from the address first!
    • We have signed The Safe Seed Pledge.
    • Great Lakes Staple Seeds is an online only store.
    • We do not print a catalog. When time allows, we will upload an inventory pdf.
    • We do not have packet sizes larger than indicated in item descriptions.
  • About our Seeds
    • All our seeds are open-pollinated, non-treated and non-GMO.
    • With the exception of one variety, each and every seed is grown by us on our southeast Michigan homestead using ecologically responsible cultivation methods. The singular exception is Kurzer's Calico Traveler Lima Bean, whose story is explained in its description.
    • Our inventory features heirlooms and varieties aboard Slow Food's Ark of Taste, as well as ones of The Kusa Seed Society Collection. We are proudly an officially recognized seed partner for the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), offering five OSSI-Pledged varieties.
    • Dedicated effort is made to ensure varietal purity of our seed stock; however, because our seed is open-pollinated, there is the very slight chance that Mother Nature decides to interfere via an extremely determined bee and cross-pollination occurs.
    • Seeds are carefully stored to maintain maximum viability.
  • Pricing
    • All prices are in U.S. dollars.
    • We are required to collect Michigan 6% sales tax for all Michigan sales.
  • Privacy
    • Your personal information is secure. We will NEVER sell or share it.
    • Great Lakes Staple Seeds uses the the details you provide solely to process your order.
    • Valid contact information is required in case an issue arises with your order.
  • Order Fullfillment
    • Seeds are not pre-packaged. Upon receipt of your order, seeds are retrieved from storage, hand-selected and packaged.
    • Our goal is to ship your order within 2-4 business days. Any delay, such as during the holidays, is posted on our Home page.
    • All orders are shipped in protective mailers via the United States Postal Service.
    • There are two options for shipping within the United States: Uninsured Flat Rate $4.00 or Insured Flat Rate $6.00; both include tracking.
    • Great Lakes Staple Seeds is not liable for loss of or damage to shipments sent uninsured.
    • Costs for processing orders include those incurred through electronic payment, packaging and delivery. They are combined into the flat fee, labeled "Shipping".
    • International Shipping is weight based: Canada ; Other Countries
  • Guarantee
    • We guarantee seeds sold are viable. Any seeds that do not meet strict germination requirements are not included in our store inventory.
    • Gardening from seed depends on many environmental and cultural factors. We dedicate our efforts to growing robust plants so that the seeds we provide you are top quality. After harvest, seeds are carefully stored to maintain maximum viability. Once we ship the seeds, they are beyond our control. Your gardening success is in your hands. It depends on your efforts and the conditions experienced by your garden. Seed Savers Exchange's Growing from Seed: A Handbook is an excellent resource for those new to gardening from seed or as a refresher for experienced growers.
    • Like other seed providers, Great Lakes Staple Seeds' liability is limited to purchase price only. Please contact us within 60 days for a replacement or purchase price refund if dissatisfied with germination.
    • Shipping fees are non-refundable.
    • We do not accept returns.
  • Contact Us
    • Great Lakes Staple Seeds P.O. Box 540, Ortonville, MI 48462
    • Phone: (two four eight) six two seven-five two seven one
    • Please limit your call to the following phone hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm; Friday & Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm. All times are Eastern Daylight Time (GMT - 4 hours)
  • Memberships & Community Participation
    • Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
    • Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance (MOFFA)
    • Seed Savers Exchange (SSE)
    • Seeds of Diversity, Canada
    • Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO)
    • Slow Food USA
    • Native Seeds / SEARCH
    • Oakland County Permaculture Meetup
    • 2018 Edible Flint Garden Tour Sponsor
  • Continuing Education
    • 2018 January MOFFA Organic Intensives
    • 2018 January Guelph Organic Conference
    • 2018 February MIFFS Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference
    • 2018 38th Annual Seed Savers Exchange Conference