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Updates

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.


August 12, 2019

2019 Farmers Markets

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It is that time of the year again. Market season has begun. Most of the garlic has been harvested and it is time to bring it to the markets.

For the second year Anna will be attending the Saskatoon Community Market that runs every Friday at 2328 8th street East in the London Drugs/Winners parking lot from 9am to 4pm until Thanksgiving.

We will continue every Wednesday and Saturday at the Regina Farmers Market located at City Square Plaza (west side) until Thanksgiving.

Hoping to see you all at the markets this year.


October 16, 2016

Retail Outlets

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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

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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

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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.