Welcome to Swallowtail Farm

About Us

Swallowtail Farm is a family farm-based small business.   For more than 10 years we have been committed to growing organic, heirloom garlic, for planting (seed garlic) or culinary purposes (table or eating garlic). We also offer delicious garlic sauces, spreads, pestos and organic garlic powders and spice blends. We typically grow 10 varieties of hardneck and softneck garlic.

We hope you enjoy our garlic. We accept e-transfers, major credit cards and PayPal. If you prefer, you may contact us by phone or email to place your order.

 

Organic Garlic For Seed or Table

At Swallowtail Farm we take great pride in growing excellent organic garlic, free from pesticides and herbicides of any kind.  While not certified organic, we use organic farming practices.  It is that excellence and attention to its cultivation that has brought us awards of excellence.

Eastern Ontario Reserve Champion Producers and Award Winners at the Carp Garlic Festival!

We are pleased to bring the same award winning  excellence in organic garlic grown at Swallowtail Farm to you as seed garlic or eating garlic.

For the 2017 harvest we are growing:

Rocambole…………Marino, Italian Purple, Korean Purple, and Alison*.
Porcelain…………….Georgia Crystal, Susan Delafields and Great Northern.
Purple Stripe…….. Red Russian
Turban………………..Clayton*
Artichoke……………Portugeorge
(limited quantities indicated by *…Clayton and Alison)

Hardneck Garlic Varieties

Garlic is either soft neck or hard neck.  We grow almost all hard neck, especially suited to our cold winters except for one variety of soft neck. In that category, there are several types or families.  We grow  Rocambole, Porcelain, Purple Stripe, Turban and Artichoke .  We grow all five for seed garlic and eating or table garlic.

Rocambole

  • Bulbs produce 6-11 large, brown skin cloves, skins that peel easily, with a deep full-bodied exceptional flavour.
  • Average 7 cloves.
  • Good keeper.
  • Available for 2017 are: Italian Purple, Marino, Korean Purple and Alison.
    braid of purple stripe garlic

Porcelain

  • Strong vigourousl plant and usually 4-6 large cloves in a beautiful large bulb. They have a fairly thick white wrapper.
  • Porcelains are easy to peel and good for roasting with the large cloves.
  • Available for 2017 are: Great Northern, Susan Delafields and Georgia Crystal.

Purple Stripe

  • Identified for their vivid purple stripes on the bulb wrappers and also found on the skins of the cloves.  Average 8 cloves per bulb.
  • Strong, complex and rich flavour without being overpowering. Excellent for roasting.
  • Purple stripe garlic makes beautiful garlic braids.
  • Available for 2017 are:  Red Russian

Turban:

  •  large, plump bulbs, colourful outer wrappers with vibrant purple striping or marbling. Cloves form a single layer around the central stalk  Turbans average approximately five to seven cloves per bulb.
  • Most tend to be quite hot when raw, but become milder and sweeter with cooking.  Pungency tends to vary between cultivars, but all tend to have a somewhat rich, musky taste.
  • Attractive foliage and first to harvest.
  • Available for 2017:  Eureka Clayton (a selection from Al Picketts at Eureka Garlic in PEI)

Artichoke

  • Artichoke Garlic is a soft neck variety of garlic and is great for braids.
  • Milder tasting garlic it has three or more layers of cloves
  •  Large white bulbs with many light coloured cloves, very prolific and tasty garlic.  Excellent  keeper.
  • Available for 2017: Portugeorge (a selection from Al Picketts at Eureka Garlic in PEI)

 

On-line Ordering coming soon. For now contact us at (613) 264-0809 or use the form below.

Comments, questions and inquiries are welcome.

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Garlic FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 How much seed do I need?   Although 6 inch spacing is usually enough for seed garlic, 8″ will ensure the very largest bulbs. So, a 4′ x 4′ bed will hold up to 64 plants. Since these are averages, make sure you order a bit extra. You can always eat it!
For 6” spacing: Width (feet) times 2 X Length (feet) times 2 = Cloves Needed to Plant.
For 8” spacing: Width (feet) times 1.5 X Length (feet) times 1.5 = Cloves Needed to Plant.

When will my garlic ship?  Fall shipping of seed garlic begins shipping from our farm beginning the first week in September. Orders ship in the order received. We appreciate full payment for your order before we ship. We will send you a tracking number if requested.

 Planting Instructions  It is recommended to plant your seed garlic around six weeks before the ground freezes. This will give the garlic time to get its roots established, but no top growth should be evident. (Once the ground thaws in the spring and the soil begins to warm, green shoots will emerge.) We plant at our farm beginning no earlier than the week after Thanksgiving.

When planting, separate your garlic bulbs into cloves, planting your garlic cloves pointed end up 6-8 inches apart, and about three times deeper than the clove is tall. Mulch well with 3-6 inches of weed-free straw, hay, or cut grasses.

Garlic does not compete well with weeds. A couple of thorough weedings during the growing season will ensure the largest possible bulb size at harvest. Mulch helps with weed pressure, and also retains moisture.
Garlic likes moist but not wet soil and appreciates consistent moisture.

Hardneck garlic produces a scape which is the flower stalk of the garlic. It needs to be removed once it curls around 1-2 times, before it becomes woody. Scapes are delicious cooked, pickled and dried. Removing scapes helps the plant put it’s growing energy into the garlic bulb, which helps the garlic bulb grow bigger.

Garlic needs to be dry for a few weeks before harvest so if you water it, stop about 3 weeks before harvest. Garlic won’t store as well if it is harvested from wet ground.

Hardneck Garlic We grow hardneck garlic at Swallowtail Farm. It loves cold winters, and seems well suited to our climate. Hardneck garlics have superior flavour
and produce beautiful and delicious garlic scapes a few weeks before the harvest.

What is #2 Garlic Seed? #2 seed garlic is simply garlic that is slightly smaller than our normally acceptable seed garlic size. This seed if planted and well cared for will produce great garlic. Being smaller than we like, we offer it at a 20% discount.

Is Your Garlic Chemically Treated? While our garlic is not certified organic we do use organic farming practices and never treat any of our products with any chemicals.

Ordering and Shipping
We ship within Canada by Canada Post for orders under 25 lb.
Over 25 lb. Contact us for best shipping method.
Payment can be made by e-transfer, paypal or credit card on our website.
Please contact us to reserve your garlic and to arrange shipping.

Limits on Quantities
Supplies are limited so order early to ensure your selection is not sold out. If you are thinking of planting this fall, it’s never too early to place your order. Some varieties sell out quickly