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Borscht-in-a-bag is back: 2 pounds of beets, 2 pounds of potatoes, 2 red onions, 10 small carrots and one culinary-sized garlic bulb -- $10 in an Agriculture Canada bag or $8 if you bring your own. borscht ingredients in a bag at garlic goodness in red deer county ab borscht ingredients in a bag at garlic goodness in red deer county ab bowl of borscht at garlic goodness near innisfail ab There's a you tube video of our recipe for borscht. We don’t use any fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides or plastic. All our produce is hand planted and hand harvested and grown in dirt. Our produce is full of flavour - sharp and really tasty. Here's a list of what's available as of August 6, 2019:

 new potatoes at garlic goodness near innisfail ab bellanita fingerling new potatoes at garlic goodness near innisfail ab

Beets $2/pound

Carrots $2/pound

Garlic $1/bulb

Garlic braids $20

Early onions 50 cents each

Potatoes $1/pound for red, white or fingerling.

Coming soon are tomatoes and zucchini. tomatoes at garlic goodness near innisfail ab tomatoes at garlic goodness in red deer county ab


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The Baba Bowl is a mix of raw and roasted seasonal vegetables - a prairie spin on a Buddha Bowl. Beet greens are so lovely at this time of year and we're trying to find new ways to use this nutritious, plentiful ingredient. For sure the leaves can be added to other greens in any salad, but for the Baba Bowl they're the main base. I left the onions raw because they're so awesome at this time of year. We have deer eating our peas this year, so if we want any, we have to eat them before they fill out, so we used them like snap peas fresh in the salad - but shelled raw or cooked would taste great. Then we roasted vegetables to serve hot on top and drizzled dressing over all. We made a basic vinaigrette, but I also think a hollandaise sauce would work with the Baba Bowl - I put the recipes on the garlic goodness facebook page on July 25, 2019 if you're interested in them. The recipe name is a tribute to the great Ukrainian gardeners I've known - their ability to make everything they could grow to taste great and to never waste a thing! baba bowl at garlic goodness near innisfail alberta


We made a video of frying potatoes – just in case anyone wonders how we do it. fried potatoes at garlic goodness in red deer county ab Here's another for baked potatoes :) baked potatoes at garlic goodness in red deer county ab baked potatoes at garlic goodness in red deer county ab baked potatoes at garlic goodness in red deer county ab




We've been using scapes in our marinade and loving it. Garlic scape marinade at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal garlic near innisfail ab Garlic scape at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal garlic near innisfail ab

We are eating garlic bulbs now, too, as of July 5th. garlic bulb early July at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables outside of innisfail ab They have a super great taste and texture – crisp and slightly milder than they will be when fully grown and cured, but so much better than garlic that’s been shipped from elsewhere. Local and fresh is the best, right? They're $1 each - same as they will be when they mature. garlic bulb early July at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables outside of innisfail ab  

Highland heifer at garlic goodnessWe are pleased to offer a small number of beef packages from our herd of Highland and Highland-cross cattle.

The Highland cross offers a superior-tasting well-marbled beef with a smaller carcass size than a commercial breed. There are well-researched health benefits to the Highland meat, including lower cholesterol levels and higher protein and iron content. We don't use any hormones and our grass is natural - no fertilizers or pesticides are used anywhere on our farm.

Please let us know if you’re interested in buying a side of beef. We have animals booked in for November 12th, and with a 14-21 day hanging period it will mean end-of-November or beginning of December for pick-up.

Please email for more information or if you have any questions. Highland steer at garlic goodness

We are excited to have a few young highland cows with their calves at the farm. They are so beautiful. highland cow-calf pair at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab highland cow at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab


If you haven't checked out our instagram feed please do when you have time - we're posting more regularly as of summer 2019.


June 24, 2019

Last week I attended a soil workshop featuring Dr. Kris Nichols hosted by the GWFA in conjunction with RD County. What a fascinating presentation – the value of topsoil can hardly be overstated and there’s a lot we can do to preserve and build up our soil. We want to add carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in the soil – increase aggregates, create and encourage mycorrhizal fungi – and embrace diversity. Dr. Nichols said we need a brown revolution.

Everyone who’s been out here knows we don’t spray for weeds or pests and we have a wide variety of plants growing everywhere. Our inspiration is nature – in the woods we see so many different shrubs, flowers, legumes and grasses growing naturally among the spruce and aspen. We see mosquitos, wasps, bees, dragonflies, flies and so many different bugs – both pollinators and food for the huge variety of birds we see along the Red Deer River. Small animals like mice, weasels and rabbits thrive and support the eagles and owls – it’s a complex and hugely diverse system that we use as inspiration in our planting.

Dr. Nichols said that if you lose soil health you lose food nutrients – maybe we instinctively understand that, but it’s the first time I’d heard it said from someone who studies the matter. Vegetables grown in dirt taste great – and maybe they’re actually healthier for us! She has a soil consulting service and a website www.KRIS-SYSTEMS.com which I recommend, and for anyone local I highly encourage membership in the Grey Wooded Forage Association – they have a wealth of information and they host really interesting talks.         

Garlic bulbils are small clones of the garlic plant that grow on top of the scape of hardneck garlic. The scapes are gorgeous and tasty, and the bulbils should be great for growing new plants. Here at the farm, though, we haven't had success in planting the bulbils - we don't spray for weeds and our soil is full of seeds and roots, so the bulbils get 'lost'. We're trying to find a good way of planting them, and this year we've put some in planters - hopefully they grow!   bulbils at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail, ab bulbils at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail, ab

Here are pictures of the bulbil planters in June - they look great! little bulbils in a planter at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab big bulbils in a planter at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab

We planted lots of all three main types of garlic - rocambole, porcelain and purple stripe. I think of roca as regular garlic - we planted German Red and Yugoslavian -- medium heat and lovely taste. Porcelain types are often a hotter garlic taste and have beautiful white, large cloves. The porcelain strains we planted are Music, which is a Canadian-developed garlic, and Georgian Fire. We'll have a bit of Northern Quebec which is a porcelain, also. The last major strain is purple stripe, and it's the type that has the highest allicin content, for those who like garlic for its health benefits -- this is the Chesnok Red which we've grown for years. In June we can say that the garlic looks great! We're waiting for scapes to form.

Everything is grown outside in our garden without fertilizers or sprays of any kind.


I just uploaded a video showing how to make garlic puree.  peeled garlic cloves in January at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables in red deer county ab

Cotton Bags

We are excited about some cotton bags that I made. I have a bit of a thing about plastic, so we need to have a good alternative available for our customers. The bags are 100% cotton and totally washable - the fabric has been preshrunk in our washer and dried in the dryer. I'm sure we all use reusable grocery bags, but I often wish I could throw them in the washing machine, so that's what I had in mind when choosing fabric - and economy, of course! We picked out a few low-cost prints to ensure the price would be very reasonable. cotton bag at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab


We do have garlic pincushions for sale. They are $25 and are totally handmade by me and are my original design 😊 Please send an email if you’d like more information about the pincushions. garlic pincushion from garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab

I'm knitting some cotton dishcloths with a Highland motif! highland cow dishcloth at garlic goodness near innisfail ab highland cow dishcloth at garlic goodness near innisfail ab


Newspaper pots

One of the best innovations we’ve tried in the last couple of years is our newspaper pots. We start seeds usually in peat pellets or flats of soil and then when they’re well sprouted and need more room and some dirt we put the pellets or rooted soil into a dirt-filled newspaper pot where they continue to grow until they’re ready to go out to the garden.

Newspaper pots go straight into planters or the garden so there seems to be very little transplant shock. Roots grow easily through the paper when they’re ready to, and the newspaper composts over the season. Everything I’ve read says that the ink on the paper is no problem for the plants or the soil. If a plant seems cramped in its pot you simply put soil in a bigger pot and put the smaller pot into the larger one without removing the smaller one, then put the whole thing in the garden. If the pot gets weak from a long season indoors or if one waters a lot and the pot seems shaky it’s easy to put it into another pot, again without removing the first pot. There is no disruption of the roots with these pots. Another super feature is that you can feel how moist the pot is - you can feel it from the outside, which is really useful. I can find it difficult to know when seedlings need water, but there is no such difficulty when you can see and feel the
moisture.

I made a video showing how to make the pots and there is another video showing the box in a square form, which makes it easier to see the tucks. There is another short video showing the geranium cutting in a newspaper box. newspaper posts at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab newspaper pots at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab tomato transplant in a newspaper pot at garlic goodness growing natural garlic and seasonal vegetables near innisfail ab



Our Red Deer County address is 35540 RR12

Lorraine & Kevin Bannister

403-506-2129

farm@garlicgoodness.ca




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