Taking a huge leap of faith...
Robb and Danielle Stewart quit two secure jobs, sold their house in the city and moved 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; 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 an extreme climate, the love for what they started so many years ago overshadows all the challenges.
Robb and Danielle have shared their lives, including three children and many dogs with their wonderful customers and are blessed to catch up every new season with all of them! Watauga County located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, has been a great place to call home, as they have raised a family and created a thriving family business. The Stewart's feel truly blessed!
Robb earned an degree in agriculture and business from the University of Delaware. After varied experiences, including salmon farming in Scotland, shearing sheep in Wales and four years in the chemical industry, he and Danielle decided they really wanted to shed the wingtips and heels and start a beautiful "green" business in the High Country.
After earning a degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Atlanta, Danielle continued to gain design experience, working for a large architectural firm in Atlanta and a commercial design firm in Charlotte, NC. In 1992, with a wee one on the way and a new found love for all things "garden" Danielle was ready to settle down with Robb and start their own design based business. With the support of both sets of parents, providing a heritage of architectural and horticultural inspirations, Robb & Danielle have been able to establish the High Country's destination garden center.
"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