|"Vostani," a Porcelain variety|
I roasted, chopped raw and sauteed one example of each class of garlic we have (rocambole, porcelain, marbled purple striped, glazed purple stripe, purple stripe, asiatic, turban, silverskin and artichoke). We sat around the table and ate a lot a lot of garlic! (And then we all had a bit of a garlic "buzz." I've experienced this before when eating a lot of garlic, particularly raw. Your head feels all tingly and your body quite warm...).
The verdict? Well, I think the interns were all surprised to find how different the garlic varieties really can taste! But generally, here is what we determined:
Mildest Raw: Artichoke
Most Pleasant Raw (spicy and rich but not too hot): Rocambole, Marbled Purple Stripe
Hottest Raw: Asiatic (hands down. Yowser!).
Best Sauteed: Turban, Purple Stripe, Rocambole.
Best Roasted: Porcelain, Rocambole, Marbled Purple Stripe
|"Red Toch", an Artichoke Variety|
And yes, we will have the garlic this week at the Coupeville and Bayview farmer's markets! And not such food grade garlic (although plenty of that!), but also seed grade garlic as well. Because, well, it is seed garlic time of year! (Best time of year to plant garlic is September through November.
What is the difference between seed and food grade garlic you ask? Well, in garlic at least, size DOES matter! Seed grade garlic is the "biggest and the best." (Although not all seed garlic sellers adher to this rule. Sadly enough!). Why? Because the size of the crop you reap is directly related to the size of the seed you sow. Start with small seed, you will get a small crop even with great growing techniques (it might be SLIGHTLY bigger than what you planted). Start with large seed, and with decent growing techniques you should harvest a large crop. The garlic you see us selling as "seed" represents years and years (some varieties we have been growing for 9 plus years) of continually saving and selecting the best of the best and planting it for next years crop. So every year, we sort out our smaller bulbs and sell those for "eating garlic." The larger ones we save for ourselves, or offer for sale to other gardeners like you!
|Purple Glazer, a Glazed Purple Stripe|
If you would like to learn more about the garlic we offer, check out our website www.willowoodfarm.net and click on the gourmet garlic link. You can also order online (for shipment if you like) or email me directly with an order we can bring to one of the markets. Lots of pretty pictures too!
But now, the roosters are crowing and pretty soon the morning will be dawning. Much to do and veggies to pack up for market! So here we go with the list of veggies for today....
Coming today to the Bayview and Coupeville farmer's markets:
* Food and seed grade garlic (in case you didn't read above)
* Potatoes! Red, Purple and two yellows. Plus baby mixed bags and fingerling bags
* Head Lettuce
* Onions. Many, many onions!
* Shelling Peas
* Sugar Peas
* Heirloom tomatoes (Bayview only)
* Japanese turnips - red and white
* Summer squash (we are awash in it!)
* Yellow and Dragon Langerie beans
* Summer Leeks
From our friends at Prairie Bottom Farm:
* Spinach - red and green
* Green beans
* Baby Onions
* Flower bunches
Hope to see you at the market!
Willowood Farm of Ebey's Prairie