Monday, November 10, 2014

Garlic Quest

High headed Amish horse

It's getting late to plant garlic here and we were getting desperate for some sets. 

The boss called about everywhere he could think of and didn't find so much as a clove until he called an orchard....not too far from here, but not "our" orchard...and found that they had a few pounds left.




We made plans to stop along the way at "the garlic lady" because they have the best we have ever grown. However usually she is sold out by this time of year.

We hit it lucky both places. At the garlic lady we bought some huge bulbs of the mild, sweet kind we love.



At the orchard we bought some rather small Russian garlic and some really nice squash and got to talk to the owner for a bit. 

He is perhaps the most traveled person I have ever met. A highly trained orchardist and farmer he has traveled the world for decades sharing his knowledge. He was kind enough to share a few tales with us today, which was a lot of fum.

We heard about Nepal and Lebanon and Israel. And Liberia, Egypt, Kazakhstan and other places I can't bring to mind. We heard about customs, food and drink, ideas, planes, and how small the world has become.

He kept telling me that I need to ramble, to travel, to get out and see. And I kept thinking, no....thank you, but no...I am thrilled to listen, to read, to learn, but I haven't worn out the USA yet in my mind...I think I'll stay. 



But thanks. It was fun. And we will enjoy the squash and plant most of the garlic....some of those giant cloves are going to get eaten this fall....it is too good to resist.

7 comments:

joated said...

Is this garlic farm on the north side of the river up behind the shrine? Does he also raise grass fed beef?

If so, I've been there for the beef. Which was so good we went back the next year. But it's way too far from the Aerie to make a habit out of...although the beef was truely amazing.

threecollie said...

Joated, this one is over by Sharon Springs....

Cathy said...

That your quest for garlic could afford such a rich encounter.

" I think I'll stay." Perfect.

lisa said...

Lucky you, I usually just go the the local grocer.

threecollie said...

Cathy, it sure was fun! And the garlic will be beyond comparison. Now to plant it!

Lisa, I hate to buy it at the grocery store because so much is imported. Not a fan of Chinese agricultural products

Ava Potterfield said...

Hi. I haven't been on here for a while. It's good to be back.

I planted garlic!

threecollie said...

Ava, how nice to see you here! Thanks for visiting!