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Saturday and Sunday – Garlic Festival Saugerties

Posted on 23 September 2013 (0)

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Hi Everyone…first off it’s been a year or so since I updated this.  Apparently having a 4 year old is far more time consuming than we thought and that is our number one priority right now.

Second, we’ll be at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties this weekend (Sept 28/29) selling garlic. BOOTH B95.  If you haven’t come down to the craziness before, we hope to see you this year.  Theres a good chance we won’t be going next year as we are seriously downsizing the amount of garlic we’re planting so we can focus on all of the fun family stuff next summer…but I’ll post more about that someday soon.

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Garlic Varieties 2012

Posted on 03 September 2012 (0)

UPDATE: Sold out of everything but German White. Sorry. What German White is left is being sold through the Willow Marsh Farm Store and FarmieMarket-Saratoga.

It’s that time of year again!  We’re cleaning and bagging our garlic and we’ll be attending the Hudson Valley  Garlic Festival in Saugerties at the end of the month.

We’re sorry to anyone who was hoping to see us in Bennington.  We reduced our planting by roughly half this year, so we made the strategic decision to just attend Saugerties.  We love the Bennington Festival (and actually went as tourists), so I suspect we’ll be back someday.

So what are we bringing this year?  Well it’s most of the usual suspects for us, but here goes.  Also…All of the major varieties (ie above the variety pack line) tested negative for Nematode by the Cornell labs.  We can provide the email we received stating that if you wish to see it.

Available in Increments of 1/2 pound:

GERMAN WHITE (Porcelain)  4-6 large cloves – This is our old reliable.  Consistently big heads with consistently big cloves.  Raw, this packs a fairly sharp punch.  If you like your pesto to have kick, this is a nice choice.  Cooked, this is a favorite for whole head roasting.  The large cloves make it easy to dig out all of that sweet garlic to spread on your bread.  If you’re growing for the first time, this is a great choice.

SPANISH ROJA (Rocambole)  7-10 cloves – People often describe this as the garlic with “true garlic” flavor.  I usually use the word robust in describing it.  It definitely has a more complex character than German White, and is our hands down favorite for cooking.  In Italian cooking or paired with a steak, it can’t be beat.

MARJEAN (Rocambole?) 7-10 cloves – Do you like a mystery?  We initially purchased our stock from the The Garlic Devas.  Marjean was named for their neighbors Marty and Jean who had grown the variety for years and years.  They’ve moved on to Western MA and appear to have dropped the variety when they moved. What hooked me on this variety was that it was very mild raw, but had a very strong and lingering garlic flavor.  Since getting to our field, the character has changed.  It still has the great garlic flavor, but it now has a late and lingering HEAT.  Our soil has decent sulphur content which accounts for the new found heat.  The bottom line is that this is a great garlic, but it is a bit of a chameleon.  As such, I have a hard time describing it.

MUSIC (Porcelain) 4-6 cloves Limited Quantities 2012 - An outstanding plant producing very large bulbs. Strong, robust plants stand out in the garden. A sweet and substantial garlic when baked. Hot when consumed raw. There is much debate as to whether this is German White by another name.  Based on the growth habits (a bit taller than GW) and the cooking traits (even sweeter), I do think this is a different strain, but it is in the same ballpark.  An excellent garlic. We’re still building up stock in Music, so we have limited quantities this year.

Only Available in 1/2 pound Variety Packs in 2012

GERMAN RED (Rocambole) 4-8 cloves – A full-bodied, strong and spicy rocambole garlic that reliably produces large, satiny white and purple heads. The easy-to-peel cloves are wrapped in fawn colored skins.  Currently building stock.

RUSSIAN RED (Rocambole) 8-12 cloves - Large copper-veined, purple blotched bulbs. Strong flavor with a sweet aftertaste. Brought to the Northwest by Russian Doukhobor immigrants in the 1900s. Currently building stock.

Not Available this year…but we’re working on it

UKRAINIAN RED (Rocambole) 7-10 cloves – This rocambole has a buttery finish that makes it a perfect pair with pasta dishes or as a complement to bread.  We had a crop failure in 2010 (too wet) and are slowly bringing this one back.  Probably in 2014.

BOGATYR (Marbled Purple Stripe) – I’m still getting a handle on this one, but I’ve been wanting to try a purple stripe.  Tried a sample and liked it (reminded me of Marjean…hmmmmm).  I’ll start growing this one out.  May take a couple of years and will show up in variety packs first.

If there’s another variety you’d like to see us try, let us know.  We’re all ears.  For the moment, we are sticking to hardnecks…

Prices for 2012:

Our general rate for 2012 will be $8/pound.  Variety packs run a bit more, but they do take more time/work to assemble. Same as last year.  You can contact us to buy from us locally.  We can put out your order in front of our farm stand when we know you’re coming.

Garlic Scape Recipes!

Posted on 08 June 2012 (0)

It’s garlic scape season and I have some recipes on what to do with those crazy things.

First off, if you don’t know a garlic scape is, here’s a picture:

This is basically the flower stalk of a hard neck garlic plant.  It’s got the consistency and snap of asparagus, but tastes of garlic.  In general it’s milder than the garlic bulb itself, but still can pack a wallop.  I was eating them raw last night at a bar (long story) and everyone within a 10 foot radius of me knew it.

So the big question is…what can you do with these?  I’m going to share my favorite two things to do with them.  Both are simple and quick and may be hard to call recipes.  I’ll also include a few links to actual recipes with real instructions, if you’re not as freewheeling as me.

Before any of these , I do suggest removing the “flower” and above from the scape.  This part can be too fibrous.

Grilled Scapes

This couldn’t be simpler and my core suggestion is to prepare the scapes in the same way you would do asparagus on the grill.  Over medium heat, brush them periodically with olive oil and turn them so that they don’t burn (unless you like burn). Salt and Pepper to taste.

You can also chop them up and wrap them in foil with some butter.  This method cooks them faster and is less prone to burning.

The end result is sweet with a mild garlic flavor. So good!

Garlic Scape Pesto

This one’s good for freezing, so if you make too much, you can just freeze it and pull it out on some dismal winter day.

  1. Take a bunch of scapes and trim off the flowers.
  2. Put a handful in the food processer.
  3. Turn on the food processer.
  4. Slowly add olive oil until the pesto is at a consistency where all of the scapes grind up, but it isn’t runny.
  5. Add salt/pepper to taste
  6. Repeat until you have all the pesto you want

Optional: Add Parmesan/Romano as desired once you have that consistency right.

Note:  I recommend freezing without the cheese if you do add it, as I think the cheese suffers with the freezing.  I actually prefer it without cheese, and think it makes an awesome dip or pizza base.


I realize this is brief, but the internet has some great recipes for them.  They’re also prime for pickling if you like to pickle things.

Happy eating!


Holding Pattern

Posted on 17 February 2012 (0)

Happy 2012!  It’s a new year and that means it’s time to assess everything and adjust accordingly.  How to assess 2011…

Well…it was a tough year.  The weather seldom cooperates, but 2011 was especially ugly.  It started out wet, dried out for a few weeks and then stayed wet into 2012.  The pests and weeds loved 2011.  Me…not so much. That’s where I stop complaining because there are folks that were wiped out with the likes of Irene and Lee.  I can’t compare my problems to theirs in any reasonable way.

There were other things that happened that I never bothered to chronicle here.  The Allis-Chalmers D17 died on it’s last scheduled trip out to the field in late October.  We were finally able to get it towed back in on January 6th.  In the process I got minor frostbite on two of my toes, but that’s a different story…

I spent some more time and I learned a LOT about how the cylinders fire in an internal combustion engine, as well as how carburetion works.  I won’t say I understand it fully, but after a lot of struggling I did get the tractor started.  I need to spend some more time fiddling to get it running well, but I think I understand what I need to do.  Time will bear that out.

So what’s on tap for 2012. It’s looking like we’re going to be doing less actual farming and more getting the farm in working order.

  • We are NOT doing the Ballston Spa Farmer’s Market this year.  Our garden is going to be a great deal smaller and really just for us.  If it looks like we’ll have excess, we’ll have to find takers/sell in front of the farm stand.
  • Our garlic is in the ground, so we will be doing a festival as long as these poor fall/winter conditions haven’t done us in.
  • We’ll probably do pumpkins because we like doing pumpkins.
  • Ditto with butternut squash.
  • Assuming we can get picking help, we will be selling our blueberries from the front of the stand/by pre-order.  More details on that as we figure it out.

Here’s my laundry list of goals for cleanup/sprucing

  • Clean out farm stand.
  • Clean out garage.
  • Fix barn foundation.
  • Paint garage.

Will all of this happen?  Probably not.  I have goals for my own house as well and those have to happen.

Benefit for Farm Relief

Posted on 19 October 2011 (0)

Among all of the things I do, I’m also the current Vice President for the Milton Grange #685. As I talked about in a previous post, the damage caused by Irene and Lee to farmers in Northeast has been, in many cases, devastating.  Kathleen and I have donated some money to the NOFA-VT emergency fund as a percentage of our sales from the Bennington Garlic Fest, but we also hoped we could make an impact closer to home as well.  Well here it is.  The Milton Grange is teaming up with the Greenfield Grange to host a Wine/Cheese/Cracker tasting.  Here are all the details:

The Milton Grange #685 in collaboration with the Greenfield Grange #807 will be hosting a Wine Tasting at the Saratoga Winery on Saturday November 12th at 7pm to benefit the Schoharie County Community Action Program in the wake of Irene and Lee. The funds will be earmarked for farm recovery.

We will have cheese from Willow Marsh Farm and Crackers from Saratoga Crackers.  If you haven’t tried either of these, then you don’t know what you’re missing.  Amazing stuff.

We hope to see a lot of you there!

You can contact Shana at 518-744-3834 or via email at to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.