Our Garlic

IMG_1903We love garlic. Garlic is our favourite crop to grow. If we could write a love letter to garlic – it would look somewhat like this:

Dear Garlic,

I love you. You make me so happy. You make everything better. I promise to do everything possible to keep you in my life, and keep you loving me too.

Sincerely,

Inner City Farms

 

Garlic is hearty and low maintenance, growing right through the winter, and yielding two beautiful gifts at different times of the year. In the spring, look for garlic scapes, a growing delicacy, and long-time secret of farmers. Scapes are the delicate flower stem of the garlic plant and are seasonably available (depending on the variety) at the end of June. If you haven’t had one yet, it is a gift that you must give yourself soon. Chop them, fry them, bake them, grill them. Treat them like you would long beans or asparagus – or something different all together. They have a mild flavour of onion and garlic delivered in a fresh green bean-like package. Often, we will simply fry them with spices and a little olive oil and serve them as is.

At the end of August, the homecoming queen arrives. Because scapes are cut in June, the garlic plant sends all of its energy back into the bulb, producing a large, plump and robust bulbs packed with oils and aroma. The bulbs are harvested with the stem, and cured for a few weeks to further concentrate the flavour of the garlic, and to allow for storage in your pantry. When you’re ready, peel back it’s cream-coloured paper layers. Depending on the variety, there may be a bright red under garment. We don’t need to tell you what to do with Garlic. Chances are, you already know.

Every year, we grow many different varieties of garlic – each with their own unique qualities and characteristics. Garlic is made available within the CSA harvest share, but also can be purchased in bulk separately (quantities are limited). On this page you will find a profile of each variety, which includes cooking suggestions and combinations. We may not grow all varieties in a season, so be sure to contact us on availability if you are interested.