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Giddy Up

Last September, in anticipation of purchasing farmersdotter organics and way before we took possession of the property, we purchased garlic seed from the previous owner. At that time it had been precisely two years since realizing a pay cheque.  Believe me when I say handing over a sum equal to a modest annual salary for garlic seed after a two year monetary drought was thirsty work indeed. But we had a gut feeling.

It has been ten months, twenty payless periods since we began popping or cracking the garlic bulbs into individual seed (cloves). We needed to have something to harvest just in case the deal went through. So much has happened between then and now it seems surreal. But here we are.  Beginning the harvest of the Russian Red hardneck. We harvested the Early Kowloon softneck at the beginning of July and good fortune ensured all that garlic is sold, just in excess of 1200 pounds. Done. Now we get serious. Time to giddy up. We estimate 16,000 pounds of the pungent Russian Red to be hanging from the rafters within a few days.

Point being after three lean years and the last ten months of hard work we are anticipating a healthy harvest of what we believe is some of the best garlic available. Our vendors think so too.

Kowloon Garlic Plate
Kowloon Garlic Plate

Our retailers want to know the provenance of their produce and without exception all of them have taken the time to come out and visit our farm for a first hand look. If you have an opportunity visit Community Natural Foods and Sunnyside Market in Calgary or any of the four Whole Foods Markets on the lower mainland plus Bob’s Fruit Stand in North Vancouver. In Chilliwack you must stop by Hofstede’s Country Barn and maybe pick up a bulb or two! In the Okanagan our garlic is available at Parsons Fruit Stand, Keremeos.

Here is to a successful end of the cycle before we begin anew this September. Cheers! Thank you for supporting local. Thank you for supporting organic.

3 thoughts on “Giddy Up

  1. I’m ramping up my garlic crop for 2013. I started with a handful of bulbs and after planting twice at home, I have enough to actually call a crop.

  2. Excellent. Maybe anticipate a yield of 5 to 6 pounds for each pound of seed. Best of luck! Keep me up to date on your progress.

    1. Thank you for the info. I saved enough to plant about 600 cloves this fall, and I’m hopeful that each bulb will size up to an average of almost 2 ounces. With luck, one more year of replanting and I’ll be in business in 2014. I’ll also be experimenting with a large variety I got from a local farmer and with growing from bulbil “seeds”.

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