Last night we did the math on our outstanding orders of garlic and the seed garlic we have hanging from the rafters of our drying barn and realized that we were sold out for this year.
It really has been a wonderful year. We planted twice as much garlic last fall as we ever have and got a great germination rate in the spring. And we had very timely rain and then some really sunny days and the end result was predictable--- an abundant crop of great tasting, beautiful garlic. Much of it, as usual, was pre-sold as it emerged and the Music and German Red varieties completely sold out in June.
We had two bus tours and a huge crowd at the farm for Open Farm Days and the usual ups and downs at Garlic Goodness Farm---sold out of Russian Red, Tibetan, Chesnok and Yugo garlic varieties, lots of new Highland calves running around, a new Highland bull at the farm named Lester, beef sides sold out early and an amazing crop of onions as highlights. And lowlights? Not many really beyond the usual repairs to our 1963 John Deere 4020 workhorse tractor, a blistering hot two weeks of weather at harvest time, the deer and moose eating our carrots haha.
We are so fortunate to have such great customers/friends who have enabled us to keep growing while keeping our prices very affordable for everyone. This fall we will be planting even more garlic, adding especially to Music and German Red and hopefully we will have even more available to our rapidly expanding customer list next spring.
Thanks for the ongoing support.
We do still have plenty of the smaller culinary-sized bulbs in a mix of varieties – great for sampling our garlic and cooking. For large batches you simply use more cloves 😊These are $10/pound and are also available in our homemade gift bags.
We're digging, cleaning and hanging the garlic and will be in touch with everyone who pre-ordered in the coming weeks to make plans for pick-up :)
Going, Going . . . .
After a hectic few days of onion transplanting, taking young bulls to the vet for fixing (we do it this way so they can be sedated) and the usual tilling, mowing and general farm work we did a reckoning last night and here’s what we found:
We are sold out of two varieties of garlic—Music and German Red. We still have Chesnok Red, Russian Red, Tibetan and Yugoslavian. We are receiving significant orders for the garlic every day.
We are sold out of our Highland cross beef for the Fall of 2022. Price is $900 a half and our beef is grass fed, lean but well marbled, from medium carcass animals and raised on the farm.
Our veggies are also being pre-ordered, particularly our wonderful onions and potatoes.
Our growing season is off to a great start. The Highland cows are starting to calve (we’ve had five little guys so far, one this morning) and the veggies and garlic look fantastic. Send us a message if you’d like to reserve some great food at harvest time and send us an email if you’d like to be added to our email list.
We love to eat garden tomatoes throughout the winter. Most years there are many ready at one time, so we process them as they’re ready. This year we don’t have any large tomatoes ripe yet, but the cherry tomatoes are ripening a few at a time. We lay them out on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they’re frozen solid and then transfer them into a bag either until there are enough to make into puree or else to use individually in soups or sauces when needed. The flavour is spectacular and it’s cool to have what looks and sounds like a bag of marbles in the freezer. There’s a video on you tube if you’d like to see.
We made a video of frying potatoes – just in case anyone wonders how we do it.
We've been using scapes in our marinade and loving it.
If you haven't checked out our instagram feed please do when you have time.
Here are pictures of the bulbil
planters in June 2019 - they look great!
I just uploaded a video showing how to make garlic puree.
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 room 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.
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
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.
Lorraine & Kevin Bannister
Red Deer County, ABT4G 0M9
Member of the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association
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