Allicins Ranch

  (Moyie Springs, Idaho)
tales from the crop

goin' north, spreadin' health

Well, as I am enjoying the sun here in sunny San Diego, apparently spring has not yet arrived in northern Idaho.  We had snow and hail about ten days ago, and it seems it gets below freezing most nights according to Kelly.  I cant say i am upset with the situation, being here in the heat I mean.  But it ain't easy haulin garlic around pound by pound, so i dream about the cool nights and the chance to take a break for just a day when i arrive back at the farm in Idaho.  But, first, i have to share the health and wealth we have packed into our bus right now.  The crop was beautiful this year as our southern desert farm was blessed by a ton of rain.  The vibrancy of the purple is really standing out, and i can never get over the fact that peoples eyes pop out of their heads when they see fresh garlic in April.  Well, just about 3,000 more miles, 6 more states, and a whole lot of lifting will bring me back home to see my babies again.

Harvest Already!!!!!


  I cant believe it.  Here we are, another year gone by and our southern softneck is already for harvest.  We cant wait to cure it and offer it again as the first fresh garlic in the US.  The crop looks gorgeous and I know it will taste Dynomite!  It will be a hot few weeks of harvesting and cleaning, but soon the rewards of fresh cloves shall erase all of our aches and pains!


clipping and cleaning

scape bulbils add great excitement to the kithchen this time of year.[Read More]

harvest is in!


  All the garlic is in, and i must say it is gorgeous, stunning, and vibrant.  A wwoofer, Leo, helped us with the early variety a couple of weeks ago, and the other two Grant, Trino, and Natalie helped us harvest and clean.  After a week of gorgeous hot weather harvesting by hand in the sun we finally got it all out!  I have been growing two crops of garlic for the last 6 years and one crop at least for the last 12 and i have never seen such an abundant bunch of giant bulbs.  We have Mother Nature to thank most of all i suppose with the abundance of rain we received this spring and early summer, as well as a few human types, you know who you are Kiki!  It is all curing in the Garlic shed and our early variety (Russian Tzan) is ready for sale as it has cured already.    

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