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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bicentennial Celebration and the “Seed Circus”

Comstock Ferre in the 30'sComstock, Ferre & Co., LLC is located in “ ye most ancient town” of Wethersfield in Connecticut, a charming, historic town founded in 1634 on the Connecticut River. Ever since, it’s been known as an agricul­tural community giving birth to the world-fa­mous Wethersfield Red Onion, which served as a major source of income to farmers in this community.

Comstock, Ferre & Co. has stood the test of time, and despite being in the cross-hairs for demolition, has risen again as a vibrant seed house offering heirloom vari­eties to New England and around the world.

Comstock’s was founded in the very bedrock of American agriculture. Joseph Bel­den printed his very first price list of seed vari­eties in an 1811 issue of the Hartford Courant. His brother James Lockwood Beldon later took the helm of the business and sold seeds out of his colonial home, which was built by his father in 1767 and still stands today. He named the company Wethersfield Seed Gardens which was a name that became synonymous with quality throughout his years in business. Comstock’s has been intrusted in the hands of several presidents and owners over two centuries.

In June, 2010 a new chap­ter began in Comstock’s colorful history as Jere andWilliam Comstock, Seedsman Emilee Gettle purchased the company to return it to its heirloom roots, where it all be­gan. The Gettles are working to restore Com­stock, Ferre & Co. to its glorious beginnings as an heirloom seed company. They are working to save what is left of the agricultural heritage passed down to us by searching out and pre­serving seed varieties once included in Bel­den’s and Comstock’s price lists and catalogs.

We plan to repair some of the antique pieces of equipment and return them to working or­der for day-to-day use! The restoration of the grounds and 11 historic buildings, one of which was Patriot Silas Deane’s warehouse in the 1700’s, is an ongoing process. Comstock will be a type of living history museum dedicated to agriculture and our diverse inheritance of heirloom seed varieties that are in danger of extinction, some of which have already passed through the sands of time.

In 2011 we are celebrating 200 years of selling seeds in New England. Come join us for our June 5, 2011, Bicentennial Celebration and the “Seed Circus” hosted by the Greenhorns!

Directions - Come to Wethersfield, CT. (just 5 minutes south of downtown Hartford) We are at 263 Main street in Old Wethersfield.

Open: Sunday- Friday. Closed Saturdays & major holidays. Phone 860-571-6590 or visit us online at www.ComstockFerre.com

If you are interested in receiving a free copy of Comstock, Ferre & Co. 2011 catalog, please contact us at:

Comstock, Ferre & Co., LLC
263 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109

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