So, here's the skinny on some of the most delicious garlic varieties you've probably never heard of (and probably won't find at your big chain grocery stores).
"Garlic has a neck? Who knew?"
We knew that's who. Hardneck garlic (Allium sativum ssp. ophioscorodon) is a close relative to wild garlic - much more so than the hybridized, and ubiquitous softneck varieties (Allium sativum ssp. sativum) most of us are familiar with.
So what makes them different (we get asked that a lot too)? Hardneck garlics don't store as long as softnecks, making them less viable for mass production, but for the gourmet chef, enthusiastic home cook, or simply those "who know," hardneck garlic offer subtle to robust flavor profiles, reflecting the "terroir" where they're grown. Just like the fine wines we produce at Stonehouse Cellars.
(Yes, we just said terroir and garlic in the same sentence.)
Are we Organic?
We get asked that a lot too. We utilize sustainable practices and organic materials, seeds, and methodologies, however we are NOT certified organic. We find it odd to be forced to pay for a certificate telling people what we DON'T use, when Big Ag can pour petrochemicals on everything, and you're none the wiser...ok, maybe you are.
We are thoughtful stewards of this beautiful place, taking every step to work in harmony with our environment, to minimize our impact, and enhancing the soil as we. So, the short answer is yes, we are organic, just not certified.
Are you looking for a reliable source for hardneck garlic, fresh scapes, and other gourmet garlic and onion products throughout the year? You're in luck! We're growing all that hardneck garlicky goodness in NorCal's wine country!
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