Plump, firm fall garlic is available now at farmers’ markets, farmstands, and some local retailers, demonstrating that even crops that store and travel fairly well are better when they’re closer to home and harvest. If you’d like to plant some for next year, buy it now from local farmers and break apart the heads into individual cloves for planting. Search out a farm that grows several varieties to experience the range of flavors and colors available. Sources and tips for planting, storage, and roasting are on the Valley Bounty page at www.buylocalfood.org.
By Margaret Christie of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.