Those that have been with us for any length of time know that the beginning of spring means it is Seed Time. Customers young and old (and anywhere in between) are invited to take a free packet or two from our display when they come into the branch, bring them home, and plant a new selection of flowers in your garden (or perhaps it can be the first selection in a brand new garden that you or your children are starting).
The seed tradition at Midstate has been in place for decades, before even our own Miss Kitty’s first day at the bank. Why seeds of all things? Well, there are a number of reasons. On a broad scale, community banks and rural America have always been tied throughout history. In the past, farmers could take out loans knowing the money they were paying back would help build the community that could eventually buy their products. Even today, community banks across the country have shown a great understanding of the agriculture industry and the long-term benefits they can provide. Approximately 75% of all commercial bank agriculture loans are from community banks with assets under $10 billion (with nearly 60 percent of those being from community banks with under $1 billion in assets).
More specifically though, our main reason for distributing seeds is just another way we try to give back to the community. We love Baltimore and have quite literally evolved with the city since our inception more than 12 decades ago. So, we want to do everything we can to keep the community thriving in our own way. Obviously, our professional services are our main offering, but we also like to supplement that with a personal touch, such as continuing a tradition to help encourage local gardeners in the area.
So take a minute to come visit us at the bank and participate in one of our oldest traditions. It is the perfect way to welcome in spring.