A Family Affair
You could say farming is in our blood... but that blood is two generations old! So how did we, an urban-based family of secret foodies, two generations removed from farming, get into growing garlic?
Many of us have always loved to garden, and we've wanted to engage in a family business endeavor together for many years. Then, in 2010, we acquired the 5.1 acre property on what we lovingly call Dragonfly Bay on Webb Lake near Hackensack, Minnesota. We quickly realized that this land presents us with the perfect opportunity and location for literally growing something of our own.
So after conducting much research, talking with many garlic farmers, connecting with the MN Premium Garlic Project, and experimenting a lot, we landed in the garlic world. In Fall 2019 we excitedly planted our first crop on just under a half acre of our sunny back field overlooking the beautiful, glistening lake.
This pristine setting, formerly a natural hay field, is where we spend our summers fishing, swimming, cooking, laughing, and adventuring alongside the thousands of dragonflies that naturally gravitate here. Now, we are eager to bring another element of joy to this place!
We're thrilled to share the flavor of natural, locally grown gourmet and heirloom garlic with everyone in our community, and we're excited to bring our unique, delicious garlic varieties to fields and tables throughout the region!
We are growing our delicious garlic varieties because:
we love garlic!
garlic has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that help the body fight over 160 ailments.
we love offering a locally grown, sustainable crop to foodies, gardeners and farmers.
fresh, natural, heirloom and gourmet homegrown garlic has been found by scientists to have higher levels of allicin (the organic compound that is responsible for garlic’s health benefits) than garlic imported from China and elsewhere.
we believe everyone can benefit from experiencing entirely new garlic varieties that differ greatly from supermarket garlic, most of which is a single, bland variety. Our garlic varieties vary in flavor from mild and nutty, to hot and spicy, to sweet and creamy.
garlic is a beautiful plant!