May 31st: We started to harvest our Purple Stripe hardnecks today. This is the earliest harvest ever. Much of this year’s crop is Jumbo sized with many 2.5 inches to well over 3 inches in diameter. Within an hour of being picked these garlics were hanging in bundles so the 2-3 week initial drying down stage can begin.
John’s genius for construction means we will have a spacious tented area for all our garlic storage needs. The picture below shows him ready to weld the metal frame together on the west end. The panda plastic (black and white plastic that does not let light through) will cover an area 60′ by 24′ allowing us plenty of room to house the nearly 14,000 garlic and 10K garlic rounds we will be harvesting over the next 3 weeks.
Many of these will be on sale July 4th and 5th in front of Hemingways Books Store (33765 Essendene Ave in Abbotsford) during the Berry Beat Festival. The following Saturday (July 11th) we will have a booth at the Abbotsford Farmer’s Market at the north end of Montrose and we will be there all summer until October.