Where it all began...
Robb and Danielle Stewart took a huge leap of faith by quitting two secure jobs, selling their house in the city, & moving with their five-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. Inspired by the parable of the mustard seed in the bible, Robb & Danielle found the encouragement to press on with this new business.
Over two decades later, with tremendous amount of hard work, wonderfully supportive customers, and a dedicated seasonal team, The Mustard Seed Market has grown to become the High Country’s favorite garden shop. Despite this very seasonal business in an area of extreme climate, the love for what they do overshadows all these challenges. They continue to cultivate what they started many years ago.
Robb & Danielle have been able to share their family and dogs lives with all of their wonderful customers! With every new season comes the new opportunity to grow closer with the community.The High Country has been an incredible place to raise a family & grow a business. The Stewart family feels truly blessed!
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 they lost their nerve! With both sets of parents providing a heritage of architectural and horticultural inspirations, Robb & Danielle continue to create pleasing settings from God’s bounty.
"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible" Matthew 17:20
"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of seeds, yet when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that birds come and perch in its branches." Matthew 30:31-32