Monday, July 20, 2009
On July 12th the long awaited garlic harvest commenced at Red Truck Farm! Last fall we put in our first planting of garlic. As the leaves from the red beech tree on the farm fell, Jason raked and piled them high for mulch in the garlic beds, and watched as our babies survived the cold and snowy winter this past December. We planted four varieties, three hardneck and one softneck, and all produced well enough. After pulling the plants we constructed drying racks out of old gates and plastic pots we found in the old barn on the farm. Now, we're eagerly waiting for the garlic to cure and are anxious to get it to the market and into our kitchen to see which varieties end up being our favorites. In addition to selling this new crop for us, we will also save our own seed for next year, adding to the pepper, tomato, and bean seeds that we have already been saving over the years.