Great garlic source

wcthomasOctober 14, 2006

This year I bought some Killarney Red and Inchelium Red from Filaree Farms and was delighted with the 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inch bulbs. But then last week I went to a local "garlic gathering" fair here in New Joisy and wow! - bigger bulbs at half the price! I bought some more Inchelium Red pushing 3", along with some Music, and Romanian Red at over 2 1/2", and at prices of only $7-10/lb. Plus they are grown locally, and there were many other varieties available.

From now on I'll shop at the local fairs & festivals, and use the internet only if I can't find a desired variety.

Tom

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edgman(z7MD East)

I would like to know if anyone has a list of when these fairs are. I know there is one in MD and would like to know the time and dates even the ones in NJ and PA. Tom, when and where was this fair you attended? If antone else can give me any dates I would appreciate it very much.

Thanks
Tom R
edgman

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 6:50PM
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wcthomas

Hi Edgman,

This fair, billed as a "garlic gathering - two stinking days of fun", was last weekend (Oct 7 & 8) in Lafayette, NJ (northwest). I found it by searching "garlic festival" on Yahoo. There is another one scheduled for Oct 22 in Morristown, NJ (see http://garliconline.com/). You can also search the archives of this forum.

There is a big one every September in Saugerties, NY (see http://www.hvgf.org/).

Hope this helps!

Tom

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 7:22PM
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wcthomas

Here is a list of festivals, but it certainly does not include all.

http://www.garlicseedfoundation.info/festivals.htm

Tom

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 11:25AM
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oregon_veg(8)

I wonder though. Is it organic? what are the growing methods?
are we sure they are disease free? I have to ask myself these questions. I try to only buy from tried and true sources.
Established farmers I know I can trust with a history of
good quality products. JMO
Tom

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 1:14AM
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edgman(z7MD East)

This remark is out of context but is everyone on this forum named "Tom".

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 1:42PM
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wcthomas

Hi Toms ;-)

The garlic I purchased was sold by local farmers who had their own little booths at the fair. I did not ask if the garlic was organic, but they seemed willing, indeed anxious, to answer any questions from the shoppers. The garlic bulbs themselves look beautiful and were in baskets, so you could choose the bulbs you want. I don't think there is more risk buying from these folks than from the large farmers on the internet. These local farmers seemed to take a lot of pride in their farms and produce.

Tom

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 4:02PM
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edgman(z7MD East)

I also do not care if from where I get my garlic is certified 100% organic or not. I know a lot of growers who are not certified and I trust their products more than from someone I dont know who claims to be organic. To me organic just means someone who charges higher prices. Doesnt mean their product is cleaner or healthier. That's a proven fact by the government. Probably get some nasty responses about those remarks.
If anyone gets near Wilkes-Barre, PA farmers market that runs from May through Thanksgiving there is a woman rightfully named "The Garlic Lady" who sells like 9 different types of garlic and their by-products such as dipping oils, etc. Too far for me to travel now by I really do miss her and her products.

Thanks for the info about the fairs. Really helpful.

Tom R.
edgman

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 8:48AM
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sujewel(z6 NJ)

wcthomas,

I had a great time at the garlic gathering! I'm SURE you saw me, I had the two huge dogs (Akitas). Bought tons of garlic - Music, Chesnok Red, Spanish Roja, etc. I'm actually regretting not buying more, but there is always next year.

edgman,
You can purchase garlic online at thegarlicstore.com, but if you would prefer to go to a show of somesort, try localharvest.org. I believe they have a list of events.

Barbara
aka not Tom

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 2:37PM
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wcthomas

Hi Barbara,

I do recall a lady with large dogs. If you are going to the gathering next Sunday in Morristown I'll probably see you there. I'm the tall guy with blond hair and a short white beard.

Nice link! I have bookmarked it.

Tom

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 5:21PM
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edgman(z7MD East)

Barbara

One of the places I stay away from and I posted a thread about them is "The Garlic Store". They were charging $18-20 dollars for 2-3 bulbs plus 8.50 shipping. I just had 3 bulbs (Music, Nooka Rosa, German x-tra hardy)for which I paid 3.50 shipped to me from Enyon garlic farms who sells on ebay and the shipping was just .85 cents. Search for edgman (no e before m)and you can see that posting I made about high prices and a lot of other people agreed with me about them and 1 or 2 others dealers. I will apologize if this is a different vendor than them. I found out a search on ebay turned up 5-6 big garlic vendors with good prices and yes they are reputable and some of them are certified organic. Thanks for your other help. Keep posting.

Tom R

edgman

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 11:43PM
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