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At our farm on August 25th we celebrated the marriage of our daughter Amy to Mr. Keith Kenyon. Over 200 people were part of this marvelous event which could not have possibly been predicted when we started our farm in 2008. Months of hard work in preparation for the wedding culminated in a most joyous occasion for us all. We congratulate both Keith and Amy on their wedding and wish for them a lifetime of health, joy and happiness!
More on the wedding later but with it behind us we focus on the garlic business ….
We’ve just returned from a very successful 17th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival in Bennington, Vermont. We would like to thank all of those folks who stopped by the booth and took samples or purchased our products. Your overwhelming support of our small family farm inspires us to continue to grow the best garlic we can and to produce what lots of folks tell us is the best tasting gourmet garlic powder they have ever had.
We are now preparing to attend the Canterbury Artisan Festival to be held at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire on September 15-16. We hope to see many of you at this festival so please stop by the booth and introduce yourself and take a sample of our gourmet garlic powder!
On September 29-30 we will be attending the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties, New York. This is the second largest garlic festival in the country and there’s always lots of things to do and it’s one of our favorite events to attend all year long. Last year we sold out of our products so please stop by the booth early on so you won’t be disappointed!
Finally, for all of those folks who have contacted us about ordering our garlic powder we will start shipping very shortly. It has been a very busy summer for us with the wedding but we have been gearing up our garlic powder production and are in full swing now.
As always, if you are in the area please let us know if you wish to stop by the farm; we’re always glad to meet new folks and show you what it is we are up to!
The Garlic Guy
Garlic, that’s what! We have about 65 different varieties growing in both of our fields this year. While we concentrate on growing large sized Porcelains like German White and Music, we have planted small amounts of some other varieties we have never grown before in the hopes of developing some new flavors for our blend of gourmet garlic powder and granules which have become our mainstay products. The interest in our gourmet garlic powder and granules continues to amaze us and pushes us forward to make more of it and make it better … as if that were possible!
Last year at two of the garlic festivals we attended, we test marketed some of our garlic chunks in a grinder jar. I can say that the product was well received and lots of folks wanted to buy the grinder jar filled with garlic chunks right off the bat. Sorry, they weren’t available for sale as we had just received the jars a couple of weeks before our first festival and we were concerned about the quality of the grinder mechanism. We have now come across yet another grinder jar and are testing it also for performance. While it’s one thing to have great tasting products, it’s quite another to use a container which can hold up to all those twists and turns. I think we’re on our way to developing what for us will be a new product and we just know that people are going to like it. I mean, what’s more flavorful than to have fresh ground garlic on top of your pasta or pizza or nachos! I certainly can’t think of anything myself.
To try to help us keep ahead of the weeds this year we’ve acquired a Model 140 Farmall tractor close to my brother’s farm in Kentucky. This tractor was manufactured in and around 1962 and it’s showing its age … but it runs well, and after a little sprucing up it will look just fine. I like these old tractors because the steering wheel is offset and the driver can look right down below to see where the cultivating shovels are taking care of the weeds in our garlic rows. Every tractor has a story and I’m told this one was used for weeding tobacco rows in Kentucky back in the day. I’m trying to get ahold of the original owner to learn more about its history. This brings to four the number of tractors we have here at the farm. In fact, I have another Model 140 Farmall I acquired over the summer from a local farmer. Given that there were only about 69,000 of this model built by Farmall, I feel lucky to have two of them and I know they are going to contribute mightily to our success in growing great garlic here at our Lakes Region farm.
We look forward to hearing from you and thanks for taking the time to visit our farm via our website.
The Garlic Guy!
The entire Garlic Guy team is here at the Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival. We are meeting some wonderful garlic lovers as well as some fantastic vendors. Come see our booth and check out this years crop of garlic. We are selling our infamous powder, granules, and bulbs by the pound. The Garlic Guy is even signing autographs today so come on by.
This past weekend we started making the 2010 batch of our gourmet garlic powder and I have to say it’s going to be ever bit as good as last year’s offering. Stay tuned! Or better yet, reserve your jar of goodness today!
Today is National Garlic Day. Yup, garlic has its own holiday. I learned about this glorious day from the Garlic Seed Foundation Garlic Press Magazine.
They shared that National Garlic Day promotes the many uses of Garlic. There certainly are many uses. It’s a vegetable. It’s an herb. It is used in recipes around the world. Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Garlic is also believed to ward off evil spirits. The only negative thing you can say about garlic is that it can negatively affect an otherwise romantic evening.
Lindon Garlic Farm is celebrating National Garlic Day by entering your name in for a give away. The give away includes a free t-shirt and hat to anyone who leaves a comment on our website from today, April 19th to April 23rd. To enter, leave a comment about our website, a comment about any garlic powder that you have tasted, if you attended NOFA and stopped by to see us, or leave a question to be answered by The Garlic Guy. Make sure you leave your e-mail address so that we can contact you if you are the winner.
Eat some garlic in your dinner tonight and enjoy National Garlic Day, it only happens once a year!
This past weekend, the weather was PERFECT! The temperature was in the high sixties and warm enough for the garlic to pop up. We hope to post a weekly report on the growing garlic. Anyone want to take a guess at the variety? Leave a comment for your guess!