Do you grow your own garlic? Fine’s Creek Farm garlic at the Sugarcreek township farm market has over three dozen varieties of delicious garlic, from sweet and delicate French thermidrome to hot and spicy rocambole and everything in between. Each variety of garlic has a complete description of its flavor and suggestions for use, although knowledgeable staff is always available to answer any questions you may have.
Garlic is incredibly easy to grow – you pretty much plant the cloves and walk away, returning the next summer to harvest your garlic bulbs! Garlic is generally not bothered by insects or disease, provided you start with healthy garlic cloves and vary your planting locations year to year. Garlic happily grows in your garden, in pots, or even in cinder blocks filled with dirt (see the slideshow for more details on growing your own garlic).
Fine’s Creek Farm garlic vendor at the Sugarcreek township farm market can supply the quality garlic, and at their low prices, you can buy plenty to eat now and some to plant later in the fall.
Stop by the Sugarcreek township farm market in the parking lot of the old Cub’s food store on Wilmington pike, between 3-7 p.m. on Fridays and grab some garlic!
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Start with quality bulbs
Start with quality bulbs such as those found at our local farm markets. In October or November, separate the bulb into individual garlic cloves. Don’t peel them, just plant them pointy-side up in soil that will drain fairly well. Looser, fluffier soils makes it easier for your garlic to grow big and fat like these bulbs.
See the cinder block border to this garden? Those big green leaves coming from the cinder block are the garlic plants (NOT the monster primrose in back). In fact, the garlic growing out of these cinder blocks came from Fine’s Creek Farm last summer. Give each garlic clove at least a 5″ square area to grow in.
When the garlic blooms in late spring, those blooms are called scapes, and they are considered a delicacy. Those scapes make wonderful pesto, can be pickled, added to stir fries and much more. Cut the scapes – leaving the rest of the plant – before they bloom for bigger garlic bulbs (and so they don’t fling the garlic seeds everywhere in your garden!).
Harvest the garlic
So you plant the garlic in October or November, walk away, return to cut scapes in spring, then walk away again until June or July. When the garlic plant leaves start to turn brown and dry, it is time to harvest the garlic. Gently dig up the bulbs, being careful not to damage the bulb. LEAVE THE GREENS attached and dry the garlic, greens and all, in a well-ventilated place. These bulbs came from the plants in the cinder blocks.
After the harvested garlic and their attached greens are all dried out, you can snip off the stalk and wipe the garlic clean with a dry cloth. The bigger bulbs here all came from Fine’s Creek Garlic cloves, planted last fall. Store the garlic in a dry, well-ventilated place (a basket on your kitchen counter) and NOT in the fridge or freezer (they will think it is time to start growing and they will sprout).
Buy some garlic!
You can buy terrific garlic at Fine’s Creek Farm garlic at the Sugarcreek township farm market. I favor the French thermidrome but Fine’s Creek has over 3 dozen varieties, including very spicy garlic.