This is Stephen, he is the mastermind behind Canadian Garlic, yes not the best pic but being outside and full of mud is his most comforting form. Always having a green thumb and a passion for the outdoors, growing larger scale was the only logical next step to support our family of 5.
We had been growing garlic small scale for some time but only enough to handle my own needs and to give some to family and friends. The decision was made in the summer of 2020 that we were going to start growing garlic on a larger scale after we had aquired enough knowledge of large scale growing and funds to purchase the initial seed stock.
So with this being out first year in larger scale garlic growing we were limited with what machinery we could use to get everything in the ground. We got very lucky that we have such an awesome brother-in-law and father that allowed us to use their tractors for prepping the soil. Afrer the rototilling was done it was time to get the garlic in the ground, that was a very time consuming task. At first we used some pvc pipe to make a hole in the soil then slide the garlic clove down the pipe, then kick some soil back over the clove. This proved to take a lot more time than we had available to plant, so we called on a couple friends to help, we were all down on out hands and knees planting row by row.
After realizing we were never going to get all the garlic in the ground before the first frost/snow my dad and I put our heads together and made a dibbler aka "the death roller" lol. It wasn't the prettiest thing in the world but ohh my did it work wonders. Now that all the proper spacing and proper depths were achieved in 1 pass all we had to do was toss a clove in and cover it, still a time consuming process but was quicker then the original two ways.
We kept planting when weather and time allowed us to making it a difficult task, so difficult that we had to call upon the help of Crystal (Stephen's awesome wife) and the kiddos lol. They love helping dad on a cold fall day
After a long wait over winter we finally see our hard work pay off and start to pop through the ground, such an exciting time of year!!
It is almost time to get the scapes off, they have appeared and will grow quickly and must come off in time or the final size of the garlic size will suffer
So obviously any farmer gets a bit anxious in the spring and you just have to check to see how things are growing under ground, this was our Kranagasger Red and it looked B E A Utiful!!
Everything has been coming along and is almost time to pull all 65,000 heads of garlic, then hang to dry/cure trim then sell.
The race is on lol, it is that time of year!! The time we have all been waiting for!!! A nap, lol, no we had winter for that, it's Harvest Time!! Time to unearth all those garlicky beauties and see how they turned out, honestly I am quite impressed with the turnout so far for the 2021 season. Getting lots of large bulbs of Duganski and Kranagasger Red still to unearth the rest at this time.
Just when you think the wait is over lol, now time to dry all your precious beauties, with a couple making their way into the mashed taters for dinner lol. All were dried in multiple places, I had some in my garage, some in the lean-to of the barn, some in the empty salt shed, some in my house lol (Crystal was soo happy). Hope those poor roof joists can hold the weight, I know it don't look like much is up there, but those are 16' rows each.
At this point we were overwhelmed with the amount of customers that were after our locally grown fresh Canadian Garlic and could not get the bulbs processed quick enough for the orders coming in and farmers markets coming up.
Our current garlic stock is now sold out and we here at Canadian Garlic and New Age Micro Farms want to extend a very warm THANK YOU to everyone who supported us this 2021 season and wish you and your family a safe and joy filled holidays and new year. We will see you in 2022 rested and eagerly ready to serve and provide the freshest garlic and veggies we can offer to our local and Canadian customers