About Us

About Us

Robb and Danielle Stewart took a huge leap of faith, quit 2 secure jobs, sold their house in the city, moved with their 5 month old to the mountains of North Carolina and created The Mustard Seed Market, a garden center. They opened on May 7, 1992…it snowed. They questioned their sanity! But the name of the business, which came from the parable of the mustard seed in the Bible, provided enough encouragement to keep going.

Over two decades later, with tremendous amount of hard work, wonderfully supportive customers, and dedicated seasonal team, The Mustard Seed Market has grown to become the High Country’s favorite garden shop. Despite a very seasonal business in a extreme climatic area, the love for what they are doing overshadows all the challenges. They continue to love what they started many years ago.

Robb graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Agriculture and Business. After varied experiences, including salmon farming in Scotland, shearing sheep in Wales and 4 years in the chemical industry, he and Danielle decided they really wanted to shed the wing tips and heels and start a beautiful “green” business in the High Country.

Danielle completed her degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Atlanta. She loved the experiences gained from working for a large Architecture firm in Atlanta and a commercial design firm in Charlotte NC, but with a wee one arriving and a new found love for all things “garden”, Danielle was ready to settle down with Robb and start their own design based business before we lost our nerve! With both sets of parents providing a heritage of architectural and horticultural inspirations, Robb & Danielle continue to create beautiful settings from God’s bounty.

Robb and Danielle have shared their 3 children’s (and many dogs) lives with all their wonderful customers and are blessed to catch up every new season with all of them! Watauga County and the mountains of North Carolina is a great place to raise a family and own a business. They are truly blessed!


Matthew 13: 31-32 … "the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Although it is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches."

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