Buying Our Garlic

We hope you will sign up for our farm’s Garlic Friends Email newsletter to be notified when our marketing season will start up again in 2014.

Markets: We first sell green garlic when it is ready to harvest late-April to early-May to our CSA members and also to local chefs. We then sell garlic scapes at farmers’ markets (variable timing – a 2-week season that may begin anytime between mid-May to mid-June – please sign up for our farm newsletter to be notified when they appear and when we are bringing them to markets – don’t miss their short appearance and availability!) and garlic bulbs, garlic braids, (August-September until sold out) and honey from our hives (when available) at the following farmers’ markets in 2014:

  • Ypsilanti Downtown Farmers’ Market, behind Key Bank – Tuesday 2-6 pm
  • Ann Arbor Westside Farmers’ Market at Zingerman’s Roadhouse – Thursday 3-7 pm
  • Dixboro Farmers’ Market on the Village Green – Friday 3:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunasa (an on-line source for local foods/products) – our products will be selective and the dates for pick-ups at the Washtenaw Food Hub are variable, please check the Lunasa website for up-to-date information.

Special Note: We gladly accept tokens for various food assistance programs at each farmers’ market that we attend. If you are uncertain or have any question about these multiple programs, please ask us. We are growing our food in healthy soil to help create a healthy YOU plus a healthy community. 

I think we have been invited to be vendors at nearly every farmers market in SE Michigan. It is difficult to say ‘Thanks, but no thanks”, but (1) we are trying to truly sell ‘local’ and (2) we even dropped one market in 2014 for the difficult but simple reason that we need more time both on the farm and at home. The past four years we have easily sold everything we have grown at markets within 12 miles of our farm. We added Lunasa to our markets in 2013.

At Ann Arbor’s Westside Farmers Market 9.29.2011

Our farm is listed on the LocalHarvest website but, please note that we do not ship our garlic (unless you happen to be our children living out of state), thus you will NOT find an order form anywhere on this website. You must buy directly from us at our market stands, but then you are, of course, free to ship our garlic anywhere you wish. In fact, we have many customers who do just that along with many former customers who have now moved away but find a friend still living in the Ann Arbor area to buy and ship our garlic. We’re pretty happy to hear about that loyalty to our great garlic. :)
 

Chefs, caterers, and local food producers who wish to purchase larger quantities of our garlic scapes or garlic (or arrange for a private tasting at our farm before you purchase) should call Dick (734-649-1654). We can arrange to have your order ready for pick up at a local farmers market, we can deliver to your kitchen (if it is a reasonable drive), or you may pick it up at our farm.

Dick delivering Green Garlic to Brandon Johns, owner/chef at The Grange Kitchen & Bar, Ann Arbor, MI
During 2012, our green garlic, garlic scapes, and/or garlic was purchased by the following food establishments (many thanks for loving our garlic!):

Our 2013 Restaurants, Caterers, Schools, and Food Producers (many thanks for loving our garlic!):

Stay tuned for more news on those new opportunities for us as we sell our green garlic, garlic scapes, and 40+ varieties of organically-grown garlic within our local community, which is our goal and really exciting for us!

Seed Garlic – Yes, we will sell garlic for planting to local home and community gardeners. All of our garlic is both edible and plantable. Because we grow our garlic organically, none of the garlic has been sprayed or treated in any way to prevent sprouting, as is common with store-bought garlic.
  • Our policy and practice is to save the best garlic harvested for our own seed stock to plant next year’s crop. Period. Simple. We don’t even eat any of ‘the best’ ourselves. We plant it all for you.
  • Our Garlic CSA members will have a dedicated time to come purchase any of our garlic to plant in their own gardens once we have sorted and set aside our own seed stock.
  • Next chance will be given to everyone who receives our Garlic Friends Email newsletter.
  • Finally, anyone who buys our garlic at our market stands may also pick out the ‘biggest’ of what is available that day to plant, complete with our planting instructions to take home.
  • Our recommendation is to purchase your seed garlic early during our marketing season, not waiting until the last week of September when most of our varieties and large heads of garlic have already sold out.
  • Remember, we do not ship. We intentionally and easily sell all the garlic we grow to our local community, which is our goal, as we help to rebuild and diversify the economic health of our community along with nourishing the health of soil along with the health of our community members with our great garlic.