Shows & Events
Although Gilroy, California, holds the largest garlic festival in the United States, there are a number of other ones around the country (as well as around the world). In our region we can look to the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival in Amherst, Virginia (near Lynchburg), on October 8th and 9th. Among the activities are a garlic hunt, garlic cook-off, and garlicky costume contest. Twelve local garlic farms will feature their products, plus there will be tastings from five local wineries, specialty foods, and arts and crafts exhibits. An admission is charged. For further information, go to: http://www.rebecwinery.com/vwgf.htm, or call Rebec Vineyards at (434) 946-5168.
Billed as the definitive guide for organic gardeners and small farmers, Growing Great Garlic (Filaree Productions, 1991; $14.95) by garlic farmer Ron L. Engeland, does indeed provide detailed information about which strains to plant, when to plant, how to plant, when to fertilize, when to prune flower stalks, and when to harvest; as well as how to store, market, and process the crop. For those who thought that garlic was, well, just garlic, there are descriptions of the various kinds as well as fascinating history.