2017 Garlic Harvest

2017 was a good year!  Here’s the story of this year’s garlic harvest, click to enlarge the photos….

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Spring 2017 newsletter

Spring 2017 GarlicIt’s been raining here on and off for a few days. Our garlic and the grass are enjoying it. Both are growing quickly. The leaves are just beginning to open on our lilacs by the house, our daffodils are blooming, and we had a new calf born yesterday on Eastview Farm.

We had good snow cover over the winter with lots of cold windy days. We are more than ready for the spring weather and sun. Mud season has been especially challenging and long this year with several freeze and thaw cycles. As I write this it’s pouring again outside and it’s muddy everywhere in the barnyard, our driveway and on our dirt roads. At least the temperature is 53 degrees and it’s not snow!

Tomorrow whether it’s raining or not I will fertilize the garlic with Pro Grow 5- 3- 4 an OMRI approved mixture to give the plants, that have grown so quickly in the past two weeks, an added boost. We get this granular mix from North Country Organics in Bradford, Vermont. We will fertilize the plants again in about a month. Garlic scapes should be ready to cut around the Solstice with harvest planned for the third week of July.

We don’t remove our straw mulch in the spring. It helps to cut down on weed pressure and hold this moisture in when things begin to dry out. I hope it does dry out a little soon!

We’re looking forward to another great season this year.

 

Mary-Ellen

 

2016 Garlic Crop Report

Almost every bulb is huge!

Almost every bulb is huge!

In 2016 we had one of our best-ever harvests of our Extra Hardy German White garlic.  This porcelain garlic has great taste. The flavor does not overpower dishes. This variety enhances and compliments other ingredients in recipes. The heads roast well, bulbs and cloves peel easily. Good size cloves mean less work and time in meal preparation.

Our garlic plants were healthy and robust this year and our seed bulbs are HUGE!  In our experience on Eastview Farm the German White is easiest to plant. It is the most disease resistant, has the longest storage life, most uniform in bulb and clove size, and it is easiest to peel to get planting stock ready in October.

The more we learn about soils and garlic production the better the resulting nutrient dense seed. It is a tangible reward for the hard work of our family and friends and the nine months that it takes to grow this extrordinary crop we love to grow and share with others! BRIX levels of green garlic tested on July 29th averaged 42, which is very high for uncured garlic and we expect it to go up as the garlic dries.   Brix is a way to measure nutritional quality, vigor and strength of the seed and this high number shows how healthy and robust our seed garlic is.

 

We are shipping smaller size orders 5 pounds and under with the USPS to keep our postal service alive and active on our rural community. We ship 6 pounds or more via FedEx.  All of the garlic is protected by our own biodegradable packaging material Sylvacurl because we believe that the packaging choices we make are important. As in other years local folks can arrange to pick up orders here on our farm.

We would love to hear how your garlic crop fared this season. If you are willing to take the time to let us know and include a photograph of you or your family with your garlic we would love to add your story or comments to our website.  Please use our contact form if you are interested in helping us in this way.

Happy Harvest and Growing,

The Lovinsky Family

2015 Garlic Barn

2015 Garlic Crop

Dear Garlic Customer,

Our 2015 crop is sold out!  Please check back in August 2016 to order seed for next year.

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We are offering one variety of garlic. After many garlic trials and years of trying out different varieties we have chosen this Extra Hardy German White strain for many reasons. Life is complicated we feel it’s better to do a few things well.

This porcelain garlic has great taste. The flavor does not overpower dishes. This variety enhances and compliments other ingredients in recipes. The heads roast well, bulbs and cloves peel easily. Good size cloves mean less work and time in meal preparation.

In our experience on Eastview Farm the German White is easiest to plant. It is the most disease resistant, has the longest storage life, most uniform in bulb and clove size, and it is easiest to peel to get planting stock ready in October.

The more we learn about soils and garlic production the better the resulting nutrient dense seed. It is a tangible reward for the hard work of our family and friends and the nine months that it takes to grow this extra- ordinary crop we love to grow and share with others! Our BRIX levels on this year’s crop are averaging 47! We are very pleased! This means high nutritional quality seed for your garden and family. We tested cloves on August 22 with our neighbor Lionel Morrison at Lanzer’s NOFA Certified Organic Fruit Farm.Brix

We are shipping smaller size orders in flat rate boxes with the USPS to keep our postal service alive and active on our rural community. We ship 6 pounds or more via FED EX using our own biodegradable packaging material Sylvacurl because we believe that the packaging choices we make are important. As in other years local folks can arrange to pick up orders here on our farm.

We are working to build our website with stories, pictures and cultivation information as we continue to strive for excellence, education and information sharing. It takes time to build a website just like it takes time to raise a family or grow a garden or farm.

We would love to hear how your garlic crop fared this season. If you are willing to take the time to let us know and include a photograph of you or your family with your garlic we would love to add your story or comments to our website.  Please use our contact form if you are interested in helping us in this way.

Happy Harvest and Growing,

The Lovinsky Family

2015 Garlic Barn