Indian Creek Garlic

At Indian Creek Orchard Garden we are obsessed with garlic. Garlic is our single largest crop (not counting fruit). We rent 3 acres of land from a local organic grower, specifically to grow some of the healthiest, heirloom garlic available anywhere. Consistent with how we grow everything at Indian Creek Orchard Gardens, there are no  chemical pesticides or fertilizers used on our garlic crop (or anywhere else). Our garlic is 100% naturally grown using artisanal, organic growing methods.

Garlic is a hungry crop. The soil our garlic is grown in is amended with tons (literally!) of organic matter, local manure, bone meal and incorporated cover crops. We mulch our garlic beds with local certified organic oat straw from a neighbouring farm. This mulch insulates our garlic, buffering it from harsh Canadian winters. In the spring it also helps to suppress weed growth, retain moisture and moderate temperature fluctuations in the soil. After harvest, the certified organic straw is incorporated into the soil to provide organic matter for the next crop to feed on. Usually this is a nitrogen fixing cover crop like vetch, clover or peas.  We move our garlic patch every year (partitioning it with time) so that pest populations and disease do not accumulate or get out of control. We also grow a cover crop of mustards in our rotation to act as a bio fumigant, knocking back disease spores in our soil.

When we set out to grow garlic years ago, we sought out bespoke heirloom varieties that are unique in flavour, colour and size. We have curated a unique gourmet palette of garlic that will help any chef bring his dish to life. In mid July, when our garlic is harvested, we grade according to bulb size. The largest bulbs are reserved as seed for the following season. What isn’t used as seed is cured and either wrapped into braids or or trimmed and sold by weight for culinary use.

Porcelain garlic varieties

Fish Lake 3 (Very strong)
Hardneck Garlic, Porcelain
Purchase seed garlic online

The premier and best known variety from the legendary garlic breeder Ted Maczka. One of our earlier varieties, this variety is stronger and larger than most porcelains. The white bulbs have 5 to 6 cloves and the clove wrappers are purplish pink.

Georgia Fire (Strong)
Hardneck Garlic, Porcelain
Available at farm stand only

This stuff is “White Hot”! Proceed with caution. A fiery porcelain with big, easy to peel cloves. It originated in the Republic of Georgia.

Ivan (Strong)
Hardneck Garlic, Porcelain
Purchase seed garlic online
Purchase culinary garlic online

Don’t believe all the tall tales you hear about this one. This variety was cultivated in BC for years by a fellow named Ivan. One year he sold some of his surplus and the “Ivan” variety was born. When asked what it was called before it became famous, Ivan said “We called it garlic” So anyone who tells you it came from Mennonites or the old country is feeding you a story, lol. Its a lovely medium hot porcelain with 4-6 large cloves that stores extremely well.

Northumberland (Strongest variety we grow)
Hardneck Garlic, Porcelain
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We’ve never seen garlic this size before. We almost mistook it as elephant garlic. It is the hottest variety that we grow. It has 4 large easy to peel cloves. This is the real McCoy folks.

Early Red Italian (Mild)
Hardneck Garlic, Porcelain
Available at farm stand only

Italian Red is an early maturing hardneck variety with robust, complex flavors with a hint of heat; even raw it is mild and sauteed/roasted it becomes nutty, buttery, rich and sweet. Each bulb averages 6-8 lavender-brown cloves per bulb.

Music (Mild-Medium)
Hardneck Garlic, Porcelain
Purchase seed garlic online
Purchase culinary garlic online

The ubiquitous porcelain variety, uber popular, easy to grow, good storage qualities, 4-6 cloves/bulb, very pleasant tasting raw or cooked.

Other varieties

Khabar (Mild)
Hardneck Garlic, Purple Stripe
Purchase culinary garlic online

Excellent marbled purple stripe garlic which has a mild heat when raw and mild creamy flavor when cooked.

Purple Stripe (Medium Strong)
Hardneck Garlic, Purple Stripe
Purchase seed garlic online

Purchase culinary garlic online
In the absence of a compelling back story we call this workhorse variety “Purple”. Its medium hot, has good size bulbs, 8-9 cloves per bulb and stores well into the winter. One of our more vigourous varieties, it grows faster and multiplies faster than any other variety we grow. Good when you don’t want or need huge cloves.

Red Korean (Medium)
Hardneck Garlic, Rocambole
Available at farm stand only

Korean Red Hot usually has anywhere from 8 or 9 easy to peel cloves that are of good size, with no smaller inner cloves. The outer bulb wrappers are thin and flake off easily so it does not store long, but no Rocambole does – through the fall and into winter. Great nuanced taste is their claim to fame, not long storage.

Red Russian (Medium-Strong)
Hardneck Garlic, Purple Stripe
Purchase culinary garlic online

This is a fiery eastern European treasure, with often huge bulbs. It has a strong flavour raw with a wonderfully rich, complex flavour when cooked.

Cost

Garlic braids (1.5 lbs) $25 ea

Bulk  loose culinary garlic $15/lb
Shareholders cost $14/lb

Seed garlic
jumbo (2.75″+) 22/lb
very large bulbs (2.5-2.75) $20/lb
large bulbs (2.25″ – 2.5″) $18.00/lb
medium bulbs (2″ – 2.25″) $16/lb

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Directions

#919 Sugarbush Road
Pakenham, Ontario  K0A 2X0
(613) 914-7444

mailto:scott@indiancreekorchard.ca

From Hwy 29, turn south on Cedarhill Sideroad, turn right at the T. We are on the shores of the Indian Creek. If you cross the bridge you have gone too far.

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Farm Stand

Covid safety measures in effect.
Thursdays – 3pm-7pm,
Saturdays – 9am-1pm
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Farmers Market

We will be at the Almonte Farmers Market on Saturday mornings this year.