We Found the Garlic and Onions!

Posted by Francesca

While we were in Maine, the garlic and onions were harvested at the farm in Bedford.  I recalled this blog that I posted in August of 2009.

The other day, Martha and Shaun, the gardener, were discussing the fact that the onions and garlic needed to be harvested. Shaun had planted many, many varieties of onions last spring and there was plenty of garlic planted last autumn. Sharkey and I heard them talking about how you must cure the crop after harvesting so that the outer skins will dry out, forming a protective barrier to keep the insides moist and flavorful during storage. We watched them pull the onions and garlic out of the ground, but we wondered where they were being cured. Sharkey and I decided to go and explore.

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Hey Sharkey, come and see what's going on in the cold house. I think we found out where the onions and garlic are being cured.

1 Hey Sharkey, come and see what's going on in the cold house. I think we found out where the onions and garlic are being cured.

Can you believe all of these onions?

2 Can you believe all of these onions?

And look at all of the garlic - this type of garlic is called hardneck which Martha prefers over the grocery store variety known as softneck. She says it has a much better flavor.

3 And look at all of the garlic - this type of garlic is called hardneck which Martha prefers over the grocery store variety known as softneck. She says it has a much better flavor.

You can see why it's called hardneck because the stems are really hard.

4 You can see why it's called hardneck because the stems are really hard.

It looks like Martha will have plenty of garlic for a long, long time.

5 It looks like Martha will have plenty of garlic for a long, long time.

There are just so many varieties of onions - white, yellow, and red!

6 There are just so many varieties of onions - white, yellow, and red!

These onions are so fragrant.

7 These onions are so fragrant.

I am going to take a BIG bite of one!

8 I am going to take a BIG bite of one!

On second thought, Martha might not snuggle with me tonight if my breath is stinky.

9 On second thought, Martha might not snuggle with me tonight if my breath is stinky.

Comments (7)

  • Onions!
    Is there anything that Marrha doesn't grow? I bett the meals on the farm are scrumptious cause everything is fresh. Umm umm good
    Say, since you girl's are in Maine, I hope you do a segment giving us a tour of the property and the house. That would be cool. It would be like we are on vacation with you
    It is dark outside. The birds aren't even up yet so I an going back to bed for a while.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • Hi everyone,
    I am back. I just went over yesterday's post. A new ramp for Cora-belle. Great. That will be easier on your joints. Thank you very much James for building the ramp for our good friend. Everyone reported in except Zoe. See, I know she has nursing duties and she is probably busy but then I start thinking. I think, gee, it would only take a minute to type hi, all is well, very busy, Zoe. And then I think unless there is something wrong, like she got all wrapped up in TP and can't get out. Do you think that I think too much some times?
    Hehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies,
    Know you are still vacationing, but love these refresher posts. Onion, I love French Onion Soup. I bet you girls and Mama Martha are experts on that with all the onions the farm produces and being French and all. Zoe, isn't your Dad's surgery tomorrow? Hope it goes well. If you can't post, have Chloe let us know how he is. I know Mom is probably nervous, but he is in our prayers. Maddox, you need to rest your handsome head and enjoy the "dog days of summer." James, you are so smart doing the ramps for dear Cora Belle. Basil had steps at every bed and couch in the house. Hope everyone has a great day. I am off to working on cards and wreaths.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Good Morning Glue Squad

    Sorry Maddox you are right I should have checked in. Dad's surgery is next Thursday so mom has been really busy trying to get everything done at the office so she can take off. That woman leaves the house at 6 and comes home, makes dinner and then back on the computer working.

    We have house guests arriving on Thursday, family from Oregon. I can't wait to see Bella, she is 9 and just LOVES me :) But then again who wouldn't love me ;)

    I've been good for mom, very tempted to run with the TP but she has enough on her plate right now. Sophie and I have birthdays this week I hope she doesn't forget to get us presents.

    I'll make sure I check in daily even if mom is busy. Love you Glue Squad!!

    Zoe

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thanks again for a repeat blog from 2009 about onions and garlic this time! I recall seeing this great blog and love seeing the cold house again! Sharkey, sure glad you didn't eat the onions or the garlic because they aren't good for you or any of us-remember! Maddox, you are such a great buddy and I love to read ALL of your great ideas that you share with us! You never think too much! Sure hope to hear from all the rest of you glue squaders and I will check back later to read all of your great comments! Hope all of you have a great day and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    When I saw that this was posted in 2009 I was going to look up my post and put it up again. Then I thought that wouldn’t do because things have changed so much. I’m older now and, hopefully, wiser. I should be making more mature postings to the DW. Here goes: What an lovely ample harvest you have of succulent onions and garlic. This grand harvest should keep your quaint cottage supplied for a multitude of days during the coming fall and winter months. Naah, that doesn’t sound like Kirby to me. One whiff of onions or garlic and I’m out of there. Don’t like them and never will. Yeah, that sound better. After that brain exercise, I need a nap.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Zoe, our little TP Princess. Thank you so much for checking in. Now I am officially done worrying for today. But Zoe, tell your mon if she wants me to worry for her, I will. But I know everything will be fine. And you will make a good nurse. And I bet you will have lots of stories to tell us about all of your guests.
    I just want the rest of the Glue Squad members to know that when we hear from you, then no matter what kinds of problems we each might be having, everything seems right with the world cause our DW family is safe
    Ok, I am done for the day.
    See you maniacs tomorrow
    Maddox

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