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200 Years and Growing

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The Story of Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co.

By LeAnn Zotta

Discover 200 years of Stark Bro’s deep horticultural roots. From 1816 to present-day, learn the remarkable story of this family-owned company and how it shaped the nursery industry by discovering “household apples” like Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala. Includes family interviews, rare photography, and historical tidbits, as as well as a look toward the future.

  • Autographed
  • Hardcover, 202 pages

“When James H. Stark moved west and started his business here in 1816, no one could have imagined the influence the business and family would have had on our state and nation. As the industry leader in fruit-breeding and tree production, the products they have introduced to the world are now mainstays in our yards, kitchens and grocery stores … the Stark family has made its mark on Missouri in many ways." — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

About the Author
LeAnn Zotta is a non-fiction author, editor, journalist, freelance copywriter and graphic designer who lives in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. She has written, edited and ghostwritten a dozen books and has been published in more than 100 magazines and newspapers. As an obsessive life-long gardener, she grows whatever the soil allows, cooks whatever grows and donates much of it to local food co-ops. She is rabid Civil War history buff, and was especially thrilled to be chosen to document the 200-year-old saga of this great American family business.

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Stark Bro's Store
My 13 year old son always looks at the catalogs when they come in the mail. He's been wanting this book for a long time.
Sara H on Oct 12, 2018
Christmas gift for husband. He loves your trees!
Sandy C on Nov 2, 2016
My 13 year old son always looks at the catalogs when they come in the mail. He's been wanting this book for a long time.
Sara H on Oct 12, 2018
A interesting book I purchased as a gift for my Dad, who has grown apples most of my life.
Daniel L on Apr 5, 2017
Christmas gift for husband. He loves your trees!
Sandy C on Nov 2, 2016
We have ordered items over the past 35 years and want to hear about the history of this great company.
Patricia W on Mar 16, 2016
A interesting book I purchased as a gift for my Dad, who has grown apples most of my life.
Daniel L on Apr 5, 2017
We have ordered items over the past 35 years and want to hear about the history of this great company.
Patricia W on Mar 16, 2016
Hi, Does this book talk about the purchase of a tree from Lewis Mood in NJ?
Chris K on Jul 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is a section in the book beginning on page 101, titled "The Reign of Bud-Sports Beings" and references Lewis Mood and the Starking [TM] Delicious tree. You would enjoy the book.
[submitted by the family of the late Glenn S Thomas, 47 year employee of Stark Bros.]
What hardiness zone am I in?
Kevin O on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
My grandfather earned one of your loyalty honor awards. What year would that be?
Landy on Jan 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Landy. There were several iterations of the awards, including everything from a car to a cash award to a signed Stark Bro's print. Can you tell me what the award was, and I may be able to get an answer for you?

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200 Years and Growing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down at times because of the history that was told as well as the historic photos. My family has always bought many of our orchard trees through Stark Bro's. and it makes me proud to know that I am supporting such a heritage that still is alive in our country after so many generations, even hundreds of years. I was intrigued to learn the history of how Luther Burbank was instrumental with his numerous contributions, as well as how the discoveries were made of the Delicious and Golden Delicious apple and that they were shared with the world by Stark Bro's. I look forward to seeing many more great discoveries being made by this great American icon in agriculture. I hope that another generation of Stark's will rejoin the heritage of their great family name in the near future.
March 14, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Incredible read
As a history lover, and a Stark fruit tree lover, this was an incredible read. Proud to have it.
August 22, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
200th
Wonderfully written history of a fine old nursery. As a collector of pre-1928 Stark Bros catalogs having a copy of this book tops my collection off.

Bill Snotherly
Youngsville, NC 27596
March 12, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great insight into the history of Stark Brothers nursery
I enjoyed the history along with the pictures. It was a great read and informative. I have several stark brothers Apple trees in my orchard along with a persimmon tree and berry plants. I would recommend this read to those interested in history and insight into a 200 year old agricultural company.
May 4, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love this book!
This is a very interesting book, jam packed full of Stark's history and wonderful pictures. Thank you!
August 12, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
200 years anniversary stark brothers nursery
My great uncle Edwin Starr was part of the stack brothers nursery he died in 1964. I’ve visited Louisiana Missouri many times as a child. Every year we received a beautiful hand wrapped box of perfect start delicious apples. It made her start brothers part of my heart and my legacy. I was lucky enough to visit this past year at the ripe old age of 77 Write your review here. It must be at least 50 characters long. Consider whether you would recommend this product and what you like or dislike about it.
December 30, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience. We are proud to be your partner at growing your own legacy.
January 2, 2019
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