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In this area of our website you will be able to follow the progress of the garlic crop and keep up-to-date with other garlic related topics as they happen at The Garlic Garden.

December 17, 2018

Winter 2018/2019

photo of a garlic scape

The bins emptied quicker than usual this year and so the markets for us are complete. To all our customers, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to doing it all over again in 2019.

As a result of dry weather in August, the oat rows that we usually rely on in the garlic fields to trap snow did not grow as well as necessary. So the decision was made to apply straw over the garlic for added insulation and to help trap snow this winter.

We have experimented with the application of straw in the past and found it to be very challenging to remove in the spring. But giving limited options this year to protect the garlic from winter kill we feel we have no choice but to try again.

The photo to the left shows a field with straw applied and with a nice cover of snow on top.

August 6, 2018

2018 Markets

photo of a garlic scape

Every season has a story. This season brought us a lot of hot and dry weather. Perfect for the beach, but not for growing garlic. Garlic heads are smaller than usual this year, but still have the strong powerful garlicky flavour they are known for.

We are excited to have been accepted into the Saskatoon Community Market. This runs every Friday at 2328 8th street East in the London Drugs/Winners parking lot from 9am to 4pm.

We will continue every Wednesday as well as every Saturday at the Regina Farmers Market located at City Square Plaza (west side) from August 1 until October 6.

Hoping to see you all at the markets this year.

June 22, 2018

Scape Season 2018!

photo of a garlic scape

After a slow start to spring this year the weather has improved and the garlic has caught up. The scapes are beginning to form which is right on schedule.

Garlic scapes are one of the most versatile foods to cook with. They can be chopped up and eaten raw in salads, smoothies, and eggs. They can be steamed like a bean, grilled on a barbecue, sauteed with all your meats or pickled to enjoy all winter long.

The garlic scape season only lasts ten to fourteen days as the scapes quickly mature past the point where they are nice and tender.

Anna will be attending three markets this year with garlic scapes. They are:

June 27th at the Regina Farmers Market

June 30th at the Saskatoon Farmers Market

July 4th at the Regina Farmers Market

April 27, 2018

Slow Start To Spring!

photo of garlic emerging

It has been a long time coming. The first garlic poked through yesterday. This is one of the latest starts to spring that we have seen.

The forecast looks good, however. Even planning on doing a little spring planting.

Only nine weeks until the scapes are ready and 13 weeks until harvest.

October 07, 2017

Two New Retailers In Regina!

photo of Italian and Ukrainian flags

A number of customers have been asking us where they can get garlic throughout the winter in Regina.

The Italian Star Deli on Victoria Avenue and the Ukrainian Co-op on Winnipeg Street now carries fresh garlic from The Garlic Garden.

We plan on coming to Regina regularly throughout the winter so it is also possible to order directly from us and we can meet in Regina with your order.

Our dehydrated garlic products will be ready within days. We only sell the dehydrated products directly to consumers so get in touch and we can figure out a way to get them to you.

A list of winter markets will be posted on the blog as soon as we know the dates.

October 07, 2017

A Big Thank You!

photo of bouquet of garlic

The out door markets in Saskatoon and Regina are now finished for 2017 and so we would like to say Thank You to our great customers/friends for there support once again.

We plan to attend winter markets throughout Saskatchewan and possibly beyond. A list of winter markets will be posted on our blog in the near future.

Until then our garlic can be purchased at a number of retailers around the province. They are listed on the Retailers page of our website.

October 16, 2016

Retail Outlets

photo of a family of geese

We understand it may not always be possible to attend markets or trade shows. For those that would rather purchase from a local retailer please check out the "Retailers" page on this website for a list of businesses that you may find more convenient.

It may be a good idea to check the "Retailers" page from time to time as it will be updated to include new retailers in the future.

December 16, 2015

Sprouted Garlic

photo of sprouted garlic

It has been a few months now since the last garlic harvest and it is possible that green shoots are beginning to grow on some bulbs. You may be wondering if sprouted garlic is safe or if it should be discarded.

It is well known that when seedlings begin to grow into green plants, they make many new compounds including some that protect the young plants from pathogens. This same process actually improves the plants nutrient composition. Studies have even concluded that certain sprouted plants have increased antioxidant activity.

A study funded by Korea's Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology which was recently published in the ACS' Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry set out to see if this applied to garlic.

The researchers found that garlic sprouted for five days had higher antioxidant activity than unsprouted garlic.

So yes, it is ok to eat sprouted garlic as long as the cloves haven't shrivelled and softened. In fact, it is actually better for you than unsprouted garlic. Some people find the flavour to be more bitter when it's cooked after having sprouted. If this is undesirable, the sprouts can easily be removed from the cloves prior to use.

Sunday December 7, 2014

Early Winter Update

photo of thermometer in snow

Snow cover has been our main method for protecting the garlic from our long cold winters. On occasion mother nature doesn't cooperate and the extreme cold arrives before the snow.

In an attempt to better understand the effects of snow cover on the garlic cloves, I have buried a thermometer sensor within a row of garlic at the same depth as the garlic (about 3.5 inches). Each day I take the thermometer display out to the field to get a temperature reading.

It is very obvious that even a few inches of snow will provide a great deal of protection. The lowest temperature observed below the surface so far was -3.6 C. That was on November 20 when the air temperature was -17.5 C and no snow was present. The coldest temperature observed since it snowed was -2.3 C. At that time there was about 4 inches of snow on the ground and the air temperature was -27.3 C. As the snow deepens the insulation value continues to increase. With 6 inches of snow the temperature below the soil surface has never fallen below -2 C while air temperature lows have continued to fall, at times to near -30 C.

We have had experience with winter kill in the past but have no idea as to how much cold the garlic cloves can tolerate. We do know that as long as there is a good snow cover it doesn't matter how cold the air temperature gets, winter kill is avoided.