Field Notes

For Spring 2012, our fourteenth FIELD NOTES COLORS release sends us right back to our roots. “The National Crop Edition” is something new, and at the same time, something old. The FIELD NOTES BRAND is based on a long tradition of promotional memo books that, for more than a century, were widely distributed to American farmers by seed, tractor, fence, and other agricultural companies.

We’re revisiting that heritage with a special box set of six memo books celebrating American farmers and the six leading crops they grow. “The National Crop Edition” is available right now.

Using seven different paper stocks from the French Paper Company of Niles, Michigan (one color for each crop and another for the included souvenir reference map and custom “clamshell” box), the memo books are chock full of information about American corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, cotton and sorghum.

The text on the covers is in a rich brown and the insides feature light-tan lined graph paper. The six memo books are packed in a custom box manufactured in Brookston, Indiana by Jessup Paper Box, along with the map and a lovely embroidered logo patch for your denim jacket, bike bag, or overalls.


FIELD NOTES co-founder Aaron Draplin has been collecting vintage agricultural memo books for years, “rescuing them” from obscurity. In our new film, From Seed, Aaron talks about FIELD NOTES’ ancestry. We’ve also carefully scanned Aaron’s collection and created an online archive of the memo books that came before us. Check the film and the vintage memo books here.

COLORS Subscriptions

Subscribe to FIELD NOTES COLORS and get a “National Crop Edition” 6-Pack Box Set and two kraft-cover FIELD NOTES 3-Packs (one Graph, one Mixed) immediately. Over the next year, you’ll get three more quarterly mailings (Summer, Fall and Winter) featuring a pair of FIELD NOTES COLORS limited-edition 3-Packs.

500 subscriptions are available for just $97 each, and that includes lots of extra goodies. It’s a great value and you’ll be sure to never miss an edition.


Afraid of commitment? 6000 “National Crop” 6-Pack Box Sets are available online. But hurry: they’ll disappear in no time. The price is $19.95. Limit 3 sets per household, please.

Don’t forget to stock up on Graph, Ruled and Plain FIELD NOTES, “County Fair” USA State Editions, The STENO, and everything else in our online store.