Big Stone Garlic is taking part in a University of Minnesota pilot project to get locally grown farm products to small town grocery stores. Check out the MPR segment: Grocers, growers, garlic: Can locally grown take root in Minnesota?
Big Stone Garlic is excited to be part of a Backhauling pilot project with the University of Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems group. The projecy leverages our existing network of rural grocery stores and wholesale suppliers to back-haul locally grown produce on emptied wholesale trucks for redistribution through wholesale markets.
This project gives Big Stone Garilc greater access to wholesale markets throughout the region. Wholesale suppliers in turn get access to product from many small and medium sized farms that they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Our garlic is the very first product in this pilot project. If successsful, this U of M project has the potential to be replicated across the country. It is super exiting to work alongside the U of M and other folks on the food supply chain on the state and even federal level.
Bottom line is that Big Stone Garlic has better access to a larger market.
Welcome to Big Stone Garlic’s 2017 Season! Thank you to all of you who stopped in to see us at the 2017 MN Garlic Festival. It was great to see so many familiar faces and make new acquaintances. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Minnesota’s Garlic Festival, it is a festival created by the Central Minnesota Sustainable Farming Association. It is held the second weekend in August, and celebrates everything garlic as well as supporting a healthy environment and sustainable farms.
Next year, the 13th annual festival will be August 11th, 2018. I hope to see you there.
This season we are proud to offer two more varieties-Belarus and Inchelium. Belarus is a Purple Stripe hardneck, and Inchelium is our first foray into the world of softneck garlic. After experimenting with the new varieties, we found that both the Belarus and the Inchelium are delicious when used fresh-sliced on toast, grated on a salad, in salsa, salad dressing or bruschetta.
Thank you to all who came out to visit us at the MN Garlic Festival. This was our second year at the festival, and we had a great time talking with so many garlic enthusiasts. We were positioned between the garlic ice cream booth and a farm selling parmesan scape flatbread-yum! Looking forward to the Festival again next year.
We were pleased to see that we made the local paper for Big Stone Garlic’s award at the Minnesota Garlic Festival this year.
Our German Red Hard Neck Garlic weighed in at 4.66 ounces and was the largest garlic head in the Rocambole category. The Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times!
Autumn has arrived and garlic planting will begin soon! At Big Stone Garlic, we are fortunate to have a plentiful stock of our award winning seed garlic. Our German Red and our Chesnok Red seed garlic are available for sale. Order now for Fall planting. Of course, all our garlic is edible, so pick up some additional seed quality garlic to roast up for a beautiful and flavorful appetizer or addition to your meal. The larger bulbs make a great presentation.