the "There's Plenty Left of our 1999 Crop" Report!
What the 1999 Harvest and Sales looks like as of October 8, 1999.
We are not sold out! We have plenty of good, large, healthy garlic left, including some varieties not mentioned in our website. If you don't see what you want, E-Mail me. We can still send assortments for planting or eating. Asian Rose and Chinese Purple are sprouting and are better suited to planting than table use. We still have a dozen other kinds of garlic available for assortments. E-Mail me and ask about what is available and please tell me whether you want garlic strictly for table use or if you want to plant it as that makes a difference in what garlic I choose for you.What the 1999 Harvest and Sales looks like as of September 1, 1999.
Wow! What happened? First, we were favorably mentioned in a Food and Wine magazine article and then the New York Times mentions us and now several other publications, too. I feel very flattered.
We've been overwhelmed with orders (Thank you very much!) and too busy to post any changes to the website. Still am, but doing it anyway.
We have sold a lot of what grew well this year and our inventories are shrinking daily. Even so, we still have plenty of large, healthy sizes of the following garlics:
We still have smaller sizes (25 and 50 cent sizes) of the following varieties:
We are completely sold out (including smaller sizes) of Metechi, Siberian, Red Toch, Rose du Var and Chesnok Red as well as everything else not mentioned above.
Garlic is shipped out in the order payment is received and with what we think is the best garlic then available. Due to unanticipated orders, we may have to substitute, but we'll find some way to get you some good garlic, one way or another.
Always check the Boutique Page for what is currently available.
Many of our customers have taken to sending their orders to us in the spring in order to get in line early and have the best selection. We think that is a good idea.
Most of these orders are paid in May for shipment in mid-August, which is earliest that some late maturing varieties can be sent, including some assortments.
We send out a newsletter in April describing what the crop looks like at that time announcing what varieties we think will be the best.
We always set aside more seedstock than we think we'll need and may have some left over after planting. Just because we say we're out, doesn't necessarily mean we won't have any later after we finish planting each variety. We MAY have some leftover planting stock available in Late October or November. Check back with us (here and Boutique page) occasionally, our seed stock is pretty good stuff.
Please E-Mail me to tell me what you want to order so that I can verify price and availability.
As of Sunday, June 6, 1999, We have harvested Chinese Purple, Chinese Sativum, Red Toch, Burgundy and Inchelium Red.
All of them are excellent in quality, size and health. They are generally extra-large in size and beautifully clean.
We have plenty of these for sale. The Burgundy harvested somewhat early this year. They are all curing yet and it is still
too early to begin shipping for another two weeks or so for these varieties. We have also harvested the Elephant garlic - some of them are huge!
We have also harvested Chet's Italian Red, Russian Redstreak and Acropolis with similar results; however, we do not have enough of these to sell this year. All that we harvested of these cultivars this year will go for our own seed stock and we hope to offer these varieties for sale again next year.
All the other varieties seem to be doing very well and we expect an excellent all-around crop this year. Metechi, Chesnok Red, Siberian, Ajo Rojo, Rose du Var and Locati all look to be extra-large and healthy this year. Only Simoneti does not look to be its usual robust self. It will be big, but not as big as it can get this year. While it will still be extra-large, there will be no huge Simoneti this year.
A letter sent out to our customers and friends.
You asked to be notified when we begin accepting payment for orders for our new crop and this is your notification.
Thank you for your interest in our gourmet garlic. Check out our newly updated website! We've added a few new things already and will be adding more pictures, features and information over the next couple of months.
We are just now beginning to accept payment in advance for this years crop. We don't begin to accept payment until we can feel confident that the weather will let us have a good crop, and at this time the crop looks pretty good (very good to excellent). We ship garlic out in the order payment is received, consequently the earliest orders get the best selection - it rewards those who order early.
We will begin harvesting the Chinese Purple and Asian Rose (Chinese Sativum), the first garlics harvested each year, within the next few days and the Red Toch a week or two later. Lorz Italian, Metechi,Simoneti and Inchelium Red are a month away from harvest and Burgundy, Ajo Rojo, Rose du Var and Locati are about six weeks away from harvest. It looks to be a very good crop. All of these varieties are progressing quite well and we expect a good crop.
We planted a lot less garlic this year than usual due to the drought conditions affecting our area. We planted only in the gardens with the best soil and certain availability of water for irrigation. Because we are harvesting fewer bulbs than normally, some varieties may sell out earlier than usual. You might want to order early to be sure of getting what you want.
By the way, I just decided to simplify the S&H charges to make it easier all the way around - just add a dollar to the basic $6 for each additional dozen over the first dozen. I've already updated the website. It may cost me a dollar or two here or there, but I like the simplicity of it. We ship via USPO Priority Mail, Return Receipt Required - This way you know you will get your garlic and that it will not just be left on your doorstep for anyone to come along and pick up.
We do have a few new varieties to add this year, including Siberian (looks like Metechi, but is much milder), Chesnok Red, a vividly colored, full-flavored Purple Stripe and Lorz Italian, a zesty Artichoke heirloom. We will also have some limited quantities of Red Toch available.
Sorry, there will be no Chet's, Russian Redstreak or Wild Buff this year, but we expect to have them next year, along with some new ones and greater quantities of those named above.
You might want to re-visit our updated website and determine how many of what varieties you want and what sizes. E-mail me so I can confirm your order and calculations and then I will await your check or money order to put your order in the queue.
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