Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Selling at the Longmont Farmer's Market Sept. 17th and 24th- come see us!

For the next two Saturdays we will be selling our garlic in Longmont as well as Boulder. The Longmont Market is at the corner of Hover Rd and Nelson Rd and is open from 8am to 1pm. (We'll also be in Boulder from 8am-2pm)


WeeBee Farms helper Georgia will be staffing the booth at WeeBee Farms Longmont location and can get you the right garlic for cooking, storing, preserving or medicinal uses.

We will be at the Boulder Market until we sell out- Probably until October 15th or so.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Garlic Descriptions- for sale at Boulder Market Saturday, August 27th

Gourmet Garlic From WeeBee Farms
(Color codes- bulbs are marked on top with colors)
To taste, slice thinly (raw) & serve on a cracker or chip

It's been so nice to see all our favorite garlic customers over the last 4 weeks! And some new ones, too. In the beginning of the garlic selling season we concentrate on selling the garlics that don't store as long, and have the best flavor when they're freshest. Tzan, Uzbek Turban, and German Extra Hardy all are at their best right now, and taste extra good with Pesto, Bruschetta, Guacamole, Hummous, Gazpacho, Fresh tomato sauce and Fresh Salsa. And of course our favorite preparation- sliced very thin on crackers or tomatoes.

• Chesnok Red- Excellent-tasting hard neck garlic originally from the Republic of Georgia. Earthy with a unique zesty bite. For roasting, sauteing, casseroles & soups.
Highly medicinal. Stores to December.    PINK
 •   Inchelium Red-  Softneck that is excellent for roasting.  Discovered on the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. One of the best-tasting softneck garlics with a mild but lingering flavor. Stores til Dec. or Jan.     RED  
• German Extra Hardy- Great sliced raw, an addictive garlic taste, with full flavor. Big, easy to peel cloves. Excellent in red sauce: put in at end of heating. Loses flavor if cooked too long. Will keep to November.  BLUE
Persian Star- Spicy, exotic, and very flavorful. Try on salads, in dips or in pesto. Great with green beans and veggies or raw on crackers! Stores through December.    GREEN
• Tzan - (Also called “Mexican Red”). Superb Taste & EASY to Peel! Tangy & flavorful with pasta and for oriental cooking. A delicious raw garlic. Will stay firm through November, but sprouts early.  Harvests 3 weeks earlier than others        NO COLOR
• Uzbek Turban-  Delightful flavor  -smooth and mellow.  Excellent choice for gazpacho, bruschetta, fresh tomato sauce.  A hardneck Turban from former USSR. Harvests very early. Stores to November.    YELLOW
 • Shantung Purple- Extra-flavorful Asian softneck has 6-8 beautiful rosy/tan cloves. Cook for a strong earthy flavor, or eat raw for a fiery heat you won’t forget! Stores to January. PURPLE

Friday, July 29, 2016

See you tomorrow!

We'll be at the Boulder Farmer's Market tomorrow, July 30th. We will have German Extra Hardy, Chesnok Red, Inchelium Red, Tzan ("Mexican Red"), Uzbek Turban, Shantung Purple and more. Also lots of variety bags ($5 bags of smaller or blemished garlic), 6/$6 bags of smaller heads and variety bags- with 5 garlics, each color-coded to identify them. Most of the garlic is medium to large size this year (yay!).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Garlic Update- A Great Harvest, Lots of good garlic! See you July 30th through October

After a little confusion as to when the garlic was ready to harvest, most everything turned out great! The leaves turned brown early, but the majority of the garlic wasn't ready to harvest until July 5-12th. (Except the Turbans which got harvested mid-June, and the Inchelium Red which was harvested June 22nd.)  This has been one of the best garlic crops ever all in all. We will be at market July 30th with the first batch to sell and will probably be selling through the end of October.
For seed garlic (home gardeners only) it's best to buy later in the season, as we will have the larger garlic, and garlic from the "cleanest" areas disease-wise.
Disease Report: One small field of garlic had some White Rot. Luckily the 2 main fields only had a few suspicious bulbs and one had a section with nematode damage. We will ask everyone to use the hot water soak treatment if you do plant our garlic for seed. This prevents nematodes or white rot spores from transferring to your soil. We do not sell seed to other growers/ sellers or CSA farms.
Using the harvester for some of the garlic. Most of it was hand-dug, though

Some of the larger Chesnok Red bulbs

On the drying racks (the middle garlic is already dry)

some garlic was dried in our boxcar

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Garlic Is Being Harvested Now! Check Back for Garlic Sales Dates. July 30th will probably be our first market back with garlic

WeeBee Farms won't be at market for most of July, but we are planning to be back with garlic July 30th, or possibly earlier. Be sure to check back for updates as garlic sales get closer! In the meantime we'll be harvesting, sorting and cleaning the garlic and taking a little break from market.

So far the garlic harvest has been good, overall, with a few disappointments like small German Extra Hardy. A few bulbs have shown sign of disease- but only a small percentage so far. Compared to last years disappointing harvest due to our big hailstorm - it's been a huge improvement!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Early harvest! Watch the leaves- harvest when half of them are brown!

Some of our garlic is ready to harvest earlier this year. Probably due to the heat, and possibly being under- watered. We harvested the "Turban" types on June 15th, about 5 days earlier than usual. Some of the regular season garlic is ready early, and we just finished pulling the Inchelium Red- about a week earlier than usual. Keep an eye on your garlic leaves! (Growers- see note below photos)

Using the tractor harvester
Tzan (Mexican Red)was harvested June 15th

Tzan

Note to growers. This year it has been hard to tell when the garlic is ready to harvest. The 2 bottom leaves have browned and fallen off, and the tips are very brown/ yellow, but some of the bulbs are still not fully formed. TheChesnok Red just had it's scapes harvested

Curly time!!

This will probably be our last Saturday at market until later in July when we come back with garlic. We will have a few coolers full of garlic scapes this Saturday the 25th so come by and stock up. If you know of a restaurant or someone having a big church dinner who would like a LOT, please pass the word on!
Here is a photo from 2004- much is the same but we are calling them by their official name of scapes these days and the price has gone up to a whopping $1.50/bag!




See you Saturday and stay posted on when the first sales of garlic bulbs will be....

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Garlic scapes are here!

We will have garlic scapes for sale this weekend!

Also plants for your garden: Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Melon, Tomatoes and Flowers.

Scapes will be at market from now until June 25th (or possibly July 2nd) being at the peak on June 18th.
Harvesting Your Scapes- (Hardnecks only) Clip or break the central seed stalk when they make a loop, or shortly afterwards (usually in June.) Clipping the scapes will give you larger bulbs. (However your bulbs will store longer if you keep the scape on.) Eat the scapes!
How to use: Put in your eggs, beans, potatoes, pasta, soup - anywhere you would use garlic. Make pesto (puree with olive oil and salt) and spread on bread, sandwiches, pizza crust. Sautee for a minute, add salt and serve as your pasta topping. You may want to cut off the bottom part if it is tough, and the tip. You can use the flower part in your food if you like. They are great grilled whole too!
Scapes will store for 2 months in the fridge in a plastic bag.
Harvest time comes about 3 weeks after scapes. Stay tuned for a post on when to harvest garlic (or search posts from previous years)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Garlic Report

The garlic is looking superb!!
Our garlic on a stormy evening May 29th

The ideal winter conditions (good snow cover, cold temps, not too much drying wind) have made for a nice-looking crop with big, tall garlic this season.


We are starting to harvest some scapes, and predict harvest will start July 1st for the main types of garlic.

Look for garlic at market starting July 30th!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Come before noon tomorrow. We're across from the Teahouse for Creekfest day! Pepper and Tomato plants available!

It is usually peaceful at the Farmers Market before noon- then the Creekfest crowds come in. We'll have pepper plants for sale, tomatoes, cucumbers and still lots of greens and lettuce.
Look for us directly across from the Dushanbe Teahouse tomorrow. Free Parking at the RTD lot for easy access. (from Canyon go north on 14th, enter from Walnut).
Hope to see you there!