August 21st, 2012
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.
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.
2 Can you believe all of these onions?
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.
4 You can see why it's called hardneck because the stems are really hard.
5 It looks like Martha will have plenty of garlic for a long, long time.
6 There are just so many varieties of onions - white, yellow, and red!
7 These onions are so fragrant.
8 I am going to take a BIG bite of one!
9 On second thought, Martha might not snuggle with me tonight if my breath is stinky.
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