Rowan and Katie come to us from Fiddlehead Farm, in Corbett, Oregon. They grow over a dozen crops, but garlic—in particular hardneck garlic—is by far their favorite. Thanks Rowan and Katie, for getting us excited about all the things you can do with a little garlic! –Chalkboard Thoughts
Our favorite time of year is late fall when the garlic fields are prepped and we host a planting party with friends, family, and neighbors. This year we planted over 20,000 cloves in one day!
Our small family farm produces a variety of mixed vegetables for direct market sales. While we grow over a dozen crops, garlic is far and away our favorite. The reasoning behind this is simple—garlic fits our lifestyle and desired scale of production. As we continue to grow and diversify as a farm, we are getting more creative and resourceful with how we market and add value to our garlic.
We are fortunate here in the Pacific Northwest to be able to produce hardneck garlic, giving us a distinct advantage over other major garlic production areas in the country. Hardnecks offer a better range of flavors and culinary qualities, and have larger, easier-to-peel cloves than the standard varieties found in most grocery stores.
We harness the unique qualities of hardnecks to produce garlic powder and pickled scapes. Since our garlic powder is made exclusively from hardneck varieties it is much more potent with a sharp, pungent garlic flavor. The scapes—garlic flower stocks only found on hardneck cultivars—are canned in salt brine with dill, mustard and celery seed, fresh garlic, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. We’ve also found that we can make exceptional garlic bouquets and floral arrangements using hardneck varieties. These bouquets are a creative way to store garlic that looks beautiful and adds a wonderful fresh fragrance to any kitchen.