We have loved being back at three local farmers' markets, greeting last year's customers and making new ones, too! We have even opened up our farm for a few days of 'U-pick' and had lots of fun helping those people pick the scapes (which believe me, is SO much easier than picking strawberries!).
Here are just a few pictures of some of our garlic scapes and farmers' market activity.
|(Photo: Elephant garlic scapes - these do not curl, and elephant garlic is actually not garlic, but a type of leek.)
|(Photo: Also a Killarney Red, which has not even done its first loop yet, edible at this stage, but it will still grow some more before getting stiff.)
|(Photo: One perfect Killarney Red, perfect to pick for eating and also perfect to pick to wear as a bracelet!)
|(Photo: Froggie scape, taken by my good friends at Frog Holler Farm, Brooklyn, MI)
|(Photo: my car's bumper stickers with "No Farms, No Food" from The American Farmland Trust on the left and "Know Farms, Know Food" from Ann Arbor-based RealTimeFarms.com on the right)
My friend Megan at Hand Sown Farm in Manchester writes on her blog that 'farming is not romantic........but it is glorious." I could not agree more. :-)
Lastly, we have had some press lately in the on-line version of the Ann Arbor News at:
1) an article that mentions our green garlic
2) an article about our garlic scapes
3) another article that mentions our garlic scapes
We are more than a bit surprised to have this press, but it makes us very happy. We love what we are doing and fall into bed both contented and exhausted each and night. The best part? Waking up to the birds singing outside of our bedroom at the crack of dawn, eager to go see what 50+ things need to be done today! :-)
Remember that the garlic scape season is very very short, only 2-3 weeks. I hope you haven't missed them where you live. If you are living in the upper Midwest, the season is now!
"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"
Diana Dyer, MS, RD