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Introducing Redneck Wild

May 13, 2010

Redneck Wild is a new variety of hardneck garlic being offered for the first time in 2010! We found this “wild” garlic growing in a privately owned wetland in Klamath County. When and how the garlic was introduced to the wetland is unknown, although the wetland itself was identified in a photograph from 1906. In an effort to protect the garlic beds and to reduce the risk of transferring disease we collected the bulbils or aerial clones from the flower stalk of the “wild” garlic and planted them on our farm. Garlic rounds were harvested, dried and used for seed in the next fall planting. This process is both time and labor intensive but it is necessary to ensure that the wetland garlic bulbs are not disturbed and to keep Redneck Wild as close to the “wild” mother plants as possible. Check out the Redneck Wild page for more info and ordering.

Garlic and Shallots

July 28, 2009

The garlic and shallots are all in the barns! Big John is very pleased with the ’09 crop – both for size and quality – this also seemed to be a very good year for the Silverskins. The harvest crew from the last day is pictured below… missing are Maria and Bianca Arreola, stalwarts both. This year’s “rookie of the year” is Alex Ramirez (hatless in the middle, grey shirt). Hope we can capture him for the planting season as well!

Great Garlic Crops

June 24, 2009

With Mt. Shasta in the background, the 2009 crops are not only picturesque but growing like mad. On a quiet morning, you can hear the garlic grow. Big John is expecting great yields. Cooler, wetter spring brought the crop along more slowly… not the sudden winter to summer jump like most years.

The garden was particularly blessed by the presence of Jay and Patty, important customers, from Fort Wayne Indiana. They seemed impressed with the garlic and left high hopes for the fall.

Increased Garlic and Shallot Crops

November 4, 2008

2008 has been a great year, forcing Big John to substantially increase both his garlic and shallot plantings. We planted close to 1,000 lbs. of cloves and added a new Porcelain Hardneck, Music, to the line-up…. it’s all bedded in and mulched for the winter. Shallot sets for spring planting will also be available after the 1st of January…. they will go fast. There are less than a handfull of organic shallot planting stock providers in the entire US and Big John is pleased to be one.

Freshly harvested French Red Shallots. Yum!

Bedding in the 2009 crop.

Big John’s Garden Press Release

May 28, 2008

Klamath County, Oregon is proud to count Big John as one of its most successful growers and as an active community participant.Check out the article on Big John’s Garden in the Klamath County 2007/2008 Resource and Relocation Guide published by the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce.

Scape Season

May 18, 2008

June is Scape Season in Big John’s Garden. Some culinary experts consider the milder, more subtle flavor of scapes as a great way to add some garlic flavor to many different dishes – salads and soups, primarily. Check out the scapes page for a simple, yet delicious soup recipe.

Organic Garlic and Shallots

December 1, 2007

The garlic and shallots are all bedded in for ’08 – Big John will be doubling production next year with a little help from his friends. Longtime Klamath organic (also Oregon Tilth certified) dairy farmer, neighbor and friend John Bair came up with the idea of spreading the mulch with his high-capacity manure spreader – see the picture! Anyone who has ever been involved with this operation doing it the “old fashioned way” knows that a major debt of gratitude is owed Mr. Bair. You just want to make sure it’s not a windy day…

Garlic and Shallot Planting Season

October 12, 2007

This is a great time of year… things have cooled off and it’s planting season! Demand for good organic garlic and shallots has never been higher as more and more people are appreciating these wonderful crops. With a little more than a month left to plant, Big John wants to update you on supplies and make some recommendations. This has been a great year for size and quality. On the Softneck side, the Artichokes take the prize… The Lorz Italian, Inchelium Red and Red Toch are particularly nice. For the Hardnecks, the Chesnok Red and Killarney Red are great, still in supply, but going fast. And, the Dutch Yellow Shallots are beautiful planting stock and plentiful. Order now before we’re sold out!

Big Garlic

July 15, 2007

The garden is in mid-harvest and Big John swears he’s never seen garlic this big! Big John’s Garden has always prided itself on producing great size – especially important for growers – but this year tops all. Maybe it was the cooler June. You can see from the pictures… this crop is truly special.

A big Thank You to all of you that have helped this year!

Check out our hefty crop!

Harvest “workers”.

Amulfo with a remarkable Killarney Red crop.

Garlic Farm

May 20, 2007

The 2007 garlic crop is looking healthy. Check out the latest photos from the farm.

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