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Gourmet Garlic Varieties

15 Varieties of Flavorful Garlics All Grown Without Herbicides or Pesticides
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2013 SEASON
2012 was a rough year due to the national drought.  90% of my garlic was left in the ground last year because they did not fill out to my satisfaction.  It is likely that garlic this year will be smaller bulbs than usual as a result of the smaller seed stock, though I should still have large quantities.
 
Our Baby Green Garlic, or "Spring Garlic" will ready for sale beginning approximately mid-April.  These are the small plants that have not formed bulbs yet.  Considered a delicacy by many chefs, it imparts a delicate garlic flavor not as strong as what bulbs give.  Excellent for use in sauteeing or to make a garlic pesto.  Since I ship them with roots still attached, they can also be planted, though will not form large bulbs the first year because of the stress of transplanting and shipping.  If using for cooking instead of planting, use of Priority or USPS overnight shipping is recommended for maximum freshness.  Local pickup would be even better to insure freshness.  We have hundreds of pounds of green garlic available every spring.
 
Garlic scapes will also be available this year.  A delicacy that chefs will fight over at farmers markets!  Creates a delicate flavor when cooking, and the curly stems also make an interesting garnish on the side of the plate.  Make a pesto out of them or freeze them and you can use them on your restaurant menu for months! Scapes will be ready usually about the second week of June and the season only lasts for two to three weeks, even with as many varieties as we grow.  So keep in touch if you want some of this crop.  Normal retail price online is around $5 per dozen.  My price is just $2 per dozen.  I will have 100+ dozen available.  Overnight or Priority shipping necessary to keep fresh, or local pick-up is possible.
 
Currently we grow 15 different varieties of gourmet garlics.  Bulbs of these will be available beginning sometime in August.  Bulbs will be listed as 'Sold Out' until we bring the crop in.  Check this site then for quantities available.  Thanks.
 
 
All our garlics are grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides. We are not actually certified as organic, but you can be assured we put no chemicals on our garlics whatsoever.   Our neighbors know the kind of gardening we do, and seem to be careful about applications near our land.
 
Each year we let some of our hardnecks develop their scapes, so we also have bulbils for sale on some varieties, beginning in Aug/Sept. We'll sell them for about the cost of a package of vegetable seeds.  This is a way to get many times the number of plants at a fraction of the cost. Generally, the first year (next summer) you will get a small bulb or a 'round'. The second year you will get a full bulb of garlic.   If you want to go for a third year, you'll get the giant bulbs everyone likes.  For those who are patient, this is a way to develop a large stock in a two-year period.
 
At farmer's markets we sell by the bulb, instead of by the pound.  This seems to work well for people who only want to experiment with small quantities of each variety, so we will sell our garlic on this site by the bulb this year.
 
 
Shipping:
Our Paypal buttons do not automatically add shipping, so I've removed them.  Just email or phone your order, and we can get the correct totals so you can Paypal your payment if you wish.  Make sure you add the correct shipping charges to your order.
 
For bulbs, shipping charges will be $5.95 for up to 36 bulbs (except elephant garlic), with $1.00 additional for each 18 bulbs.
 
For bulbils, the shipping charge is FREE!
 
Insurance:  Optional, but recommended.  Charged at the USPS rates.
 
Add the appropriate shipping/insurance charges to your order total.  Thanks!
 
 

Baby Green Garlic
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Also called 'spring garlic', these are the small plants of young garlic.  An inexpensive, gourmet crop that chefs in high-end restaurants love to use it because it gives a very mild garlic flavor that does not overwhelm delicate tastes such as the mild taste of cauliflower.  Used much like chives or scallions.  Plants are 8" - 16" tall, and only available for about 6 weeks  in the spring(usually after April 15), and again for a few weeks in the fall (usually after October 15).  These can also be planted, as they are sent with roots still attached.
 
Varieties available in 2011 are Purple Stripe, German Red, German White, German Extra Hardy,  California White, Metechi, Chesnok, New York Softneck, and mixes of unlabeled varieties. 
 
Will be shipped by priority mail or overnight express(whichever you would like to pay for) to your zip code to insure fresh plants.   If you are wanting it for a specific event, please contact me first to make sure I can get in the field in a timely manner for you.  Larger, wholesale quantities are available by request.

~ 1 pound
2012 Crop - Season Ended
$4.99
 

Garlic Scapes
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Available now until about June 20-30, 2011.  These will be sold by the dozenand shipped priority mail or express mail shipping to insure freshness ($6.95 priority mail for the first five dozen).    Multiple lots will have combined shipping to reduce your costs. 
 
Scapes are a gourmet delicacy ranked right up there along morel mushrooms.  Very short season...only 2-3 weeks...but can be lengthened by freezing or making into pesto.  Mild garlic flavor when cooked will not overpower lighter flavors such as cauliflower.  Cook just about any way you wish; sautee, bake, chopped into soups.  Chefs...pesto or freeze these and you can create permanent additions to your menus featuring scapes as the herb flavor of choice.  Freezing does not seriously impair the integrity of the scape, so you can still use it whole or in longer strips if you wish.
 
Generally, these retail for $4-$5 per dozen online...up to $25 per pound.  My price is just $2 per dozen.  Chefs:  even lower wholesale prices available on orders over 50 dozen.   Stock up now while you can!!!  I have many thousands available (you'll get a mix of varieties and sizes, depending on what is currently at prime condition).  Email me with your zip code and number of lots desired and I can let you know the USPS charge, or you can figure it yourself on the USPS site. 
$2.00/doz.
2012 Crop -
Season Ended

CALIFORNIA WHITE
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Softneck, Rocambole
 
An okay garlic flavor, fairly mild.  This is what most grocery stores carry, so garlic gourmets consider it a pretty boring variety with limited taste in comparison to others.  But for people who only like what is familiar, here it is.
$Sold Out

CARPATHIAN
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Hardneck, Rocambole
 
From the Carpathian Mountains in Poland.  Sometimes called Polish Carpathian.  A nice overall tang - hot and spicy.

100 Bulbils
$3.00
Sold Out

~ 1/2 pound
Sold Out

CHESNOK
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Hardneck, Marbled Purple Stripe
 
From the Republic of Georgia.  Full flavored with a mellow aftertaste.  One of the best cooking or baking garlics. 

 
2012 Crop 
Season Ended
100 Bulbils
$3.99
 

Per Bulb
Sold Out

ELEPHANT
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Leek
 
Large bulbs that sometimes reach a full pound!  Very mild, most often used to roast for making a garlic paste to use on breads and crackers.
2012 Crop
Season Ended
Per Bulb
Pending
 
Bulbils
25/$3.99
 

GERMAN EXTRA HARDY
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Hardneck, Rocambole
 
A strong raw flavor, but the high sugar content in the bulb creates a very mellow flavor when cooked.  One of the best garlics for roasting.
2012 Crop
Season Ended
100 Bulbils
$3.99
Bulbs ~ 1.5"
$1.50 ea.
 

GERMAN WHITE
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Hardneck, Rocambole
 
Some people think this may be the same as German Extra Hardy, but I find it grows a bit different.  Similar characteristics. 

100 Bulbils
$3.00
Sold Out
 

Per Bulb
$1.00
Sold Out
 

GERMAN RED
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Hardneck, Rocambole
 
Came to the US from Germany long ago.  Very strong, hot and spicy.  An especially rich taste.  Very popular variety.  I will only have small bulbs available this year.  Grow them out at least 1 year to get good sizes.

2012 Crop
Season Ended
100 Bulbils
$3.99

Per Bulb ~ 1/4" -1/2"
25c each
 

ITALIAN PURPLE
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Softneck, Rocambole
 
Rare to find an Italian rocambole, this one came to the US around 1920.  Rich and strong taste, but ont overly hot and spicy
Sold Out

ITALIAN SILVERSKIN
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Softneck
 
Strong flavor in bright white wrappers.  Longest storer of any variety
2012 Crop
Season Ended
Bulbs ~1/4" -1/2"
25c each
 

KOREAN RED
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Hardneck, Artichoke
 
From the country that eats more garlic than any other.  The hottest garlic on the market.  Eaten raw, it will still have you in tears 10-15 minutes later!  Great for Szechwan.  I will only have small sized bulbs for sale this year, about 1/2" in most cases, maybe slightly less.
2012 Crop
Season Ended
Bulbs~1/2"
25c each

METECHI
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Hardneck, Porcelain
 
A garlic from the Republic of Georgia with a warm, spicy flavor.  Would go great with Creole cooking.
2012 Crop
Season Ended
100 Bulbils
$3.99
 

Bulbs~1/4"-1/2"
25c each
 

NEW YORK SOFTNECK
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Softneck
 
Favorite of the New York Italian market growers.  Also called New York White or Polish White.  A rich, strong garlic flavor.
Sold Out

OREGON BLUE
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Softneck, Artichoke
 
An old heirloom variety with a nice hot flavor.  White wrappers with 8-10 big cloves
2012 Crop
Season Ended
Sold Out

ROMANIAN
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Hardneck, Porcelain
 
One of the later maturing garlics.  Hot and pungent with a long-lasting bite, mellows with cooking.  Bulbs for sale will be about 1.25"-1.50" this year.

2012 Crop
Season Ended
100 Bulbils
$3.99
 

Per Bulb
$1.50 each
 
 

TRANSYLVANIAN
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Softneck, Artichoke
 
Discovered in a bazaar near Dracula's home in Romania.  Mild, yet flavorful.
Sold Out


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