NOTE: Our 2014 garlic seed supplies from Little Sheep Farms are gone…all orders will be fulfilled by our #1 Garlic Seed supplier – Greifs Gourmet Garli, a small micro farm in Elgin Oregon.  This is our ONLY seed garlic supplier because they use sustainable farming practices & believe in real food, real quality and real community just as much as we do!


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Our garlic is planted, grown, harvested and cured by hand. Each bulb is touched by human hands on its way into the dirt and on its way out! Because of this, we are able to offer you an extremely high quality bulb. We never use chemicals on our garlic or fields. Each bulb is hand-tied, hung for curing and then cleaned and inspected by hand shortly before being shipped directly to you from our farm in Imnaha Oregon.



Pickled Garlic Scape Recipes

A Great Pickled Garlic Scape Recipe

Everyone asks me what the heck a scape is?  Well a year ago I had no idea myself.  A scape is the “flower” that grows from the garlic plant and curls once or twice before the garlic farmer picks it to send nutrition back to the bulb and in turn harvest larger garlic bulbs!  Little did I know that we had been using scapes to make pesto in our restaurant for years…I learn something knew every day. :)

So you found this info because you too are looking for garlic scape recipes.  I have found and created many wonderful garlic scape recipes this summer but this one I got from a friend who makes the best dilly beans ever!!!!

Pickled Garlic Scapes:

2 pounds scapes (cut into 4-6″ length)
1/4 cup canning salt
2-1/2 cups vinegar
2-1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
4 cloves garlic, divided
4 heads dill, divided

  • garlic scape recipePicture of a curly scape before being picked.   Trim ends off scapes and be sure to take the bulb at the top of the scape off as well. Combine salt, vinegar and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pack scapes lengthwise into hot jars, leaving 1/4” head space. Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 clove garlic, and 1 head dill to each pint. Ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving ¼” head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints and quarts 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: about four pints.

We harvested 60 pounds of scapes this season!  We used most of them to make pesto and freeze for future use (I will share a couple scape pesto recipes soon).  Then we saved some to saute and use in recipes.  The scape is a tasty treat which can be used in many different dishes like, stir fry, soups, etc.  The scape has a more mild garlic flavor that the garlic clove.  Once they are cooked the garlic flavor becomes very mild and our kids say they taste like garlic green beans.

We saute them in a little olive oil and sea salt and eat them! YUM!!!

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How To Grow Garlic From Seed To Harvest

How To Grow Garlic In 5 Steps

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Greifs Gourmet Garlic, Elgin Oregon

5 Steps To Growing Garlic:

In our research of how to grow garlic we found that it sounded simple and wanted to see for ourselves if it really was. As always we are sharing from our personal experience in growing our own foods to eat, save and sell to others. This year we decided to take a 40×40′ area of our property and grow 3 different kinds of hardneck garlic: Georgia Crystal, German Red & Northern White. Chef’s around the world love these varieties for their large cloves and excellent flavor!  We are filling orders now.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER


Step 1: How To Grow Garlic – Get The Seed

oregon garlic for saleFirst off we bought beautiful seed garlic from 3 different local/organic growers. Garlic growers save back their largest bulbs from harvest and sell or replant to get the biggest and best harvest next year! Seed garlic can be purchased for $14-28 per pound depending on the seller and time of season. We were late in the season and were lucky to even find seed garlic at all. We paid top dollar because of this but after harvest we see that it was well worth the investment in great seed stock!

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Preparing the Seed for planting: Crack & Soak Each Clove

How to plant garlic without having to worry about pests, fungus, etc… 24-48 hours before you are ready to plant your garlic – crack the cloves from the bulb and separate them. Dip them in a bowl with 1 gallon water & 4 cups cheap vodka for a few minutes. This will help prevent fungus, molds etc.

Step 2: How To Grow Garlic – Planting The Clove

Most garlic varieties need planted in mid to late October. Prepare your soil by cultivating it and plant each clove – foot down – into the soil about 3-5 inches below soil. The “foot” of the garlic clove is the bottom part of the clove that was attached to the bulb, where the roots will grow. Every individual clove will produce one garlic bulb. Cover the clove and gently pat down the soil. Plant each clove 6-8″ apart. The further away the better chance of growing larger bulbs. Once you have planted you can mulch the beds to protect them from Winter frost and then leave them till spring! Simple…

We planted 6″ apart, mulched with 3″ of leaves and had a wonderful yeild – 12 times what we planted! The bulbs that were spaced further apart grew much larger than those closer together.

Step 3: How To Grow Garlic – Water, Weed, Work

Spring is here and now is time to pay attention to your garlic planting. Garlic likes moist soil but not wet soil. Water enough to keep the soil moist, then let dry completely before next watering. This Spring was very wet so we spent more time weeding than watering. Garlic does NOT like weeds. Keeping your plot free of weeds will also increases bulb size and yield.

Step 4: How To Grow Garlic – Scape & Watch

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The Scapes Are On

Our garden is at 1100′ elevation in a very hot, dry climate so we scaped in mid May which was about 3-4 weeks earlier than other farmers around our area. A beautiful garlic flower called a scape grows off the main shoot of every garlic plant. This Scape will curl once or twice and then you pick it off to set the nutrition back to the bulb for a few weeks before harvest time.

We waited for most scapes to curl 2 times before we scaped. You simply snap the scape off at the top of the shoot where the last leaves are and then you can use the scapes in pesto, saute’s, salads etc or sell them by the pound. They are excellent in Asian dishes. I made a huge batch of pesto and froze it in small batches to use throughout the year.

It is very important not to over water after scaping. Once the plant is scaped all the nutrition is spent producing a nice big bulb with large cloves. Too much water could cause fungus, cloves breaking through the skin – which will cause storage issues and the possibility of disease. Too little water will produce small bulbs. We had 2 wet weeks after scaping and were very worried about fungus and possible cracked skins.

Step 5: How To Grow Garlic – Harvest & Hang

garlic harvesthow to cure garlicYahoo…now it’s time to harvest. Once the bottom 2 leaves are dying back or brown, it is time to harvest. As I’m sure you’ve read, there is no perfect science as to exactly when to harvest garlic, so we gave it our best guess. :) We had a window of 2 dry days and went for it. The bottom 2 leaves were dying back, the garlic was scaped 2 1/2 weeks prior and the ground was still far to moist but we were afraid to let it go another day.

On June 25th, 2013 we harvested 1200 pounds of garlic. You have to be very careful with the bulbs and can not just wrench them out of the ground like onions. My husband dug one bulb at a time as the boys and I loaded them carefully into the truck to go hang for drying.

Because of the moisture we had to get the dirt off the bulbs by hand as well. This really added to our harvest time and made things difficult because garlic can bruise and once bruised you need to use it for personal use rather than sell it.

All the dirt was off every bulb, we through out 30 bulbs total due to some strange spotting, but other than that 99.9% of our harvest was amazing & ready to cure for 3-6 weeks in our barn.

Once you harvest garlic you must hang it to cure for 3-6 weeks depending on weather. We tied groups of 6-8 bulbs together and hung them over dowels to dry. We had quite a little factory line and it went very quickly.

I hope this information helps you grow great garlic!

Learning how to grow garlic is pretty straight forward.


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