MN Garlic Festival

Ahhh, the last warm days of summer always bring out the best that MN has to offer.  Well the best garlic that is.  A few members of the MN Herb Society were seen strolling thru the County Fair Grounds in Hutchinson this past Saturday, celebrating GARLIC.  Oh that tasty treat that permeates the kitchens of cooks.  I picked up some new garlic to try, even though my harvest this summer was poor – only 10 head out of about 50 came up.  When talking to the vendors, they said that there was some concern that the Aster Yellow disease would be found in the garlic DNA, but luckily, it was not.  Some vendors also had poor harvests & once again, the vendors were not as plentiful as previous years.  Speaking with a vendor from Red Wing, MN, she said the consensus was the spring weather or lack thereof.  But as a true gardener, we never lose hope for a better crop next year.  So I bought – both to plant & to eat.  Let us know how your harvest went & if you had particular varieties that performed better.  For me, Chesnok Red was the only fairly consistent producer this past season.