In 2012, we planted a dozen bulbs of Ontario grown garlic at our small Bexley location. We were impressed by the size and vigor of the garlic plant and even more by the superior flavour, pungency and shelf life of locally grown garlic.
The next three years were spent collecting and planting several different garlic varieties. We maintained meticulous sets of data for each variety and in very short time, our small half acre lot was entirely planted with garlic. We secured an extra patch of land for the next few years in order to expand our inventory for markets and festivals.
By the fall of 2017, we had 24 varieties and about 10,000 cloves to plant. On short notice, our expansion land was no longer available to us. With nowhere to plant, we were prepared to lose most of our inventory.
Then by some miracle there was a local posting looking to share land and labours of a one acre garlic field. The Spearing family have been absolute saviors to our Garlicloves business. They have educated us in every step of growing on a larger scale. They have also provided us with labour, equipment, storage, water, food and friendship. We will be forever grateful.
As of 2021, we have moved from our original Bexley location, to our new Minden location. We continue to grow garlic in the Kawartha Lakes with the Spearings, and are looking forward to planting in the Minden/Haliburton area in the upcoming years.
Marchand & Corin