Although it's a lot of work, this is one of my favorite harvests! We love, love, love garlic here at Aagaard Farms; our home-grown garlic is soooo superior to what's in the store! It's a winner at our Farmers Markets, too - anyone who likes garlic and has tried it comes back for more! Farmer Man has dug a row of our reliable, hardneck garlic called Music. We've been taking little bits the last few weeks, for CSA and to sell by the head. Now comes the time to harvest and cure for winter storage. The huge pile, fresh from the field, has been reduced to a a partial table of heads. We've cut the foliage off, then we trim the 'tassel' of roots, hand rub any dirt and any dry layers of the papery covering. Then the heads will be left to sun dry for a few days, then we'll move it to a fresh, clean table while hand rubbing any more dry, papery husks and dirt. A few more days in the sun and it should be ready to bag, to sell in larger quantities. The curing is very important to ensure long-term storage. The heads of garlic can contain soil-born bacteria and fungi that can cause rot in less-than-perfect storage conditions. Sun drying or even just air drying (which takes longer) kills off any such pathogens, so the garlic will store all winter - if it lasts that long! The forecasted weather conditions are perfect for curing for the next five days so off we go! Are you growing garlic?
Down at Aagaard Farms we are busy planting, growing and tending gardens, chickens, goats, pigs and more! We sell direct to our customers through a Community Supported Agriculture program for families who don't have time or space to grow their own produce.
We practice sustainable growing using organic practices. Our desire is to bring fresh, naturally good food from our farm to your table. We are excited to share what's happening on the farm ... here on THE VINE!