Here at Echollective Farm and CSA though we focus on the widest variety of vegetables available for the New Pioneer Co-op, Farmer's Market stand and direct to our CSA members, we have one single crop in which we put a lot of time, and take a lot of pride-- Garlic!
Not just one single variety of garlic, but many hard-neck varieties. All our varieties are organically grown, and sustainably hand-harvested each Summer by our team of farmers, interns and volunteers. We are not USDA Certified Organic, but we try our utmost to adhere to those standards nevertheless, and even go above and beyond them. We cull our largest bulbs of garlic for seed sale, leaving the smaller bulbs for edible sale, which are still rather sizeable.
These varieties are available for food (table) sale at the New Pioneer Co-ops!
For the majority of our varieties, but especially Music, we have been
breeding the same strain of garlic year after year, never buying new
seed but building off of our own genetics and replanting from the
previous year's crop. This has produced our own unique variety of
Echollective Music over the years. Perhaps it has localized traits specific to growing in Iowa, but it will retain Music's widely-adaptive genetics.
German Red Variety. We've been working on this variety a few years, too. Though termed German "Red", this variety shows mottled clouds of purple against a white-to-tan colored skin. Smaller than Music but with a spicier, more intense flavor and a well-rounded tolerance to cold, its name is said to originate from the German immigrants that brought this hard-neck variety to North America from Europe.