Two Seeds in a Pod Heirloom Seed Co is a family and farmer-owned heirloom seed company that was founded in 2013 by Dr. Mehmet Öztan. The company specializes in Turkish heirloom vegetables and, as of 2017, offers more than 130 varieties of vegetables and herbs from all around the world. Our seed catalog mostly consists of rare heirloom seeds and we are the only seed source in the U.S. for many of these seed varieties. We publish our seed catalog twice a year through our online newsletter.
The primary principles for offering a specific variety of seed in our catalog are the following: historical background of the variety and that delicious “from our childhood” taste the heirlooms have. At the same time, we also want to provide seed varieties that are good producers. We are driven by nutritional values, quality and appearance of a specific variety, and not necessarily by how large the fruits grow.
All of our seeds are non-GMO and non-hybrid and we have happily taken the Safe Seed Pledge. None of our seeds are treated or patented, we grow all of our seed stock naturally. Between 2013-2018, our seed research and production farm was located in Thonotosassa, FL. As of July 2018, we moved to Morgantown, West Virginia, and we are currently searching for the new home of our company.
In the past, we also produced vegetables for Temple Terrace Farmers’ Market and collaborated with Chef Gregory Seymour of Pizzeria Gregario (Safety Harbor, FL) to improve the conceptual understanding of the farm-to-table notion in the Tampa Bay area and to evaluate our seed introductions further, through their culinary use.