garlic

Warren Alto and Jesse Davis own Trout Lake Garlic, a 4th generation farm in Trout Lake Township, near Grand Rapids. Late fall is planting season for garlic, which sends down roots and then waits until spring to send green shoots through the mulch. Garlic isn't mulched to keep it warm, but to moderate the temperature so the cloves won't succumb to constant freezing and thawing over the winter.

Jill and Rob Hietala

If you've ever wanted to find out where local food comes from, or if you're interested in becoming a local grower yourself, there's an opportunity to visit Floodwood River Farm between 9 and 11 a.m. this Saturday morning as part of the 4th Annual Iron Range Harvest Festival.

Jesse Davis

There is no "off season" for farmers. That's the verdict from garlic grower and farm market advocate Jesse Davis. Jesse and his husband Warren planted over 30,000 garlic cloves last fall at their farm, Trout Lake Garlic. That's less than the 50,000 they had planned, but with last fall's rain and humidity some of the seed they were hoping to grow rotted. This winter there was record warm weather in January, and more freeze-thaw cycles are predicted.