About Harris Seeds
The Harris Seeds company began catalog operation in 1879. It evolved from the efforts of Joseph Harris, an English immigrant who was extremely successful in the selection of superior strains of vegetables and grains.
Joseph Harris settled in the Genesee Valley Region of Western New York in the 1850’s. His success as a seedsman led to the beginning of Harris Seeds in 1879. The company became widely popular because of his basic business philosophy – "offer my customers a quality product at a fair price and they will return."
Harris Seeds was managed by a succession of Harris family members for 100 years. Joe Harris, the last of the company managers, was chiefly responsible for an introduction of a wide selection of exceptional quality vegetable hybrids.
Many of these hybrids remain as leading cultivars in the professional and home garden marketplace. Excellence in plant breeding was a key factor for the company’s success during this century.
With no Harris family members to continue with the business, Joe Harris sold the company to a large corporation in 1979. It finally found its way back into private ownership in 1987 and continues today under the guidance of long time Harris employees.
Remaining in Rochester, New York since 1879, Harris Seeds markets vegetable and flower seeds as well as plants and growing supplies to gardeners and growers throughout the USA. Harris Seeds conducts extensive vegetable and flower variety trials in Rochester as well as many other areas of the Northeast. A germination lab inside its Rochester facility ensures that the seeds it sells are of the highest quality.
Members of the Harris Seeds staff travel throughout the United States, selecting the finest of the new varieties of vegetables and flowers for sale to its customers.
Five sales representatives call on growers in the East and Midwest. In addition, Harris Seeds works with local schools in cooperation with horticultural education.
Harris Seeds is an active member of the American Seed Trade Association, the National Garden Bureau and the Mail-order Gardening Association.
Our agenda for our customers remains much as it was in 1879, to provide the finest products available and at a fair price, coupled with friendly and courteous service.