In April I got to visit Mansfield, MO for the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival. It was cold and rainy, but that didn't stop anybody. If you are ever anywhere near Mansfield, MO, around the spring planting festival or not, you've got to stop in. It is entirely worth the trip. You can, of course, buy their fabulous seeds and all kinds of plants, but there is so much more. Chickens! Apple fritters! Blacksmiths! See for yourself. Try to imagine it without the rain. Really, this is the most extraordinary and lovely place.
And if you have no idea who we're talking about, read this post from a couple of years ago, or Michele's wonderful article in O magazine about them. And subscribe to their magazine (yes, a real print magazine!) called Heirloom Gardener, which I'm told begins newsstand distribution this fall. (But don't wait for the newsstand. Real magazines need real subscribers!)
Okay, here are some photos. No captions needed, really: