“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian;
Wine and tarragon make it French.
Sour cream makes it Russian;
Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek.
Soy sauce makes it Chinese;
Garlic makes it good.”
~Alice May Brock


Garlic
Photo: Porcelain Garlic (left to right: Georgian Fire, Leningrad, Melody, Music), David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm, Burlington, ON, September 24, 2012
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2012. Available mid August - October 2016.
Allium sativum

After too many years of finding "Product of China" garlic in the grocery store, we decided to do something about it -grow our own! We did our research, and at the end of September 2012, we planted our first patch of garlic -all heirloom varieties. Then we waited and waited. After 10 long months our garlic was ready! Our customers tried it, and thought it was amazing, many said it was the best garlic they'd ever had!
  • In season
    Scapes: Mid June
    Bulbs: Mid August - September
    Please note, due to the drought, 2016 bulbs are smaller than usual, but flavour remains as good, or even better than ever!

  • Purchasing tips
    Firm, dry bulbs.

  • Storing at home
    If you are using it within a few weeks, your kitchen counter is fine.
    For longer storage: dark, cool, and dry is best.
    Garlic varieties have different shelf lives, so use the Rocamboles first.
    You may also notice that flavour changes as the garlic ages.
    Do you have a wine cellar? This is the perfect place to store your garlic: 13°-14°C; humidity 45-55%

  • Cultivars

    Porcelains: Bulbs are typically all white (hence 'porcelain'), and they are one of the largest bulbs grown, with 4-6 large huge brownish skinned cloves. Very cold tolerant, making them popular for Canada. Expensive to grow as 20-25% of the bulbs must be used to replant the crop.
    Music
    Music
    Brought to Ontario in the 1980's by farmer Al Music, after visiting his native Hungary. Joe Ueynaka of OMAFRA conducted extensive garlic trials in the late 1980's and considers Music to be the best garlic to grow in Ontario.
    Its flavor is very rich and musky, strong and robust, and sticks around for a while.
    A milder Porcelain.


    Purple Stripes: The oldest of all garlic species. Flavour is strong, complex, richly garlicky, but not sulfurous. One of the sweetest and the best garlic for roasting. Flavour will peak in January (after the Rocamboles). Named for the vivid purple striping on the bulb wrappers.
    Chesnok
                              Red
    Shvelisi
    (Chesnok Red)
    Collected in Shvelisi, a small village in the southern Republic of Georgia (1985).
    Bold flavour in a colourful bulb, a wonderful garlic in all aspects. Its depth of flavour shines when lightly sauteed.

    A Seeds of Diversity Canada heritage variety.


    Marbled Purple Stripes: Named for the colouration of the bulb wrapper. Taste can be quite hot. Flavour is between Porcelains and Purple Stripes in character
    Kostyns Red
                              Russian
    Kostyn's Red Russian
    Introduced by Gary Swann of Port Alberni. His uncle, Kostyn, had been growing this superb garlic for many decades.


    Rocamboles: Possibly the most popular and most widely grown hardneck garlics, to many, the finest tasting garlic of all. Rich and sweet, moderate in heat, makes Rocamboles a great choice when raw garlic is called for. Not for long term storage, so use these varieties in the fall. Cloves are easy to peel.
    French Rocambole
    French Rocambole
    Sublime flavour and medium heat that lingers.

    New Varieties we are trialing in 2016: Susan Delafield, Killarney Red, Spicy Korean Red. Limited availability, please ask if interested.

  • Storage
    As noted above, garlic keeps for a long time in a cool, dry, dark, locations.
    If you notice your garlic is sprouting, roast it, and freeze.

  • Basic Preparation
    Too many uses! We like Jamie Oliver's method: smash the clove and put it in the pan skin and all -the skin will magically disappear!

  • Favourite Recipes
    Coming soon, what's yours?