Spring Volcanic Garlic

7282_325061360930767_1898034089_nAllicin’s Ranch

Living on a bench above the Kootenai River at 48 degrees N poses its challenges to living a sustainable existence.  For 12 years, we have learned the art of organic farming from one of the movement’s pioneers, and my uncle, David.  As we were doing so, we migrated like so many intelligent birds to a warmer climate when the ground froze every fall.  Six years ago, upon discovering a gorgeous variety of our favorite food and medicine neatly braided, we began to break into a migrant farming lifestyle where upon we could grow food in warm climates all year round and provide people, as well as ourselves, with the almighty bulb, Allium sativum — garlic.
Spending our summers in the Panhandle of north Idaho, we farm our small sustainable crops mainly by hand and produce, among other things, several varieties of garlic.  As our crop for the next season is safe asleep in its winter bed, we head down to the Baja in our Big Red School Bus outfitted with a hydrogen fuel cell and solar panel to help in the harvest, cleaning, and braiding of a gorgeous crop of purple soft neck — ajo morado.  Upon returning north, we sell and distribute the crop which our friends have so painstakingly worked to produce, spreading good health, flavor, and vitality to our customers along the way through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
We love to share this special journey and this glorious gift of the earth with everyone we contact on our way home.  When we arrive back in northern Idaho, the work begins all over again in the garlic patch.  We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Ben & Kelly

Spring Volcanic Garlic

First Fresh Garlic of the Season in the Entire United States!!!From our friends farm in Baja, California  Delivered by our Customized Bus

Our friends’ family have been growing this Silverskin variety of garlic for generations.  Ajo Morado, may have come to the Baja via the Spanish Conquistadors.  Or, another theory is that Phillipino fishermen under Spanish rule in the 1800’s brought the seed along with the knowledge of how to braid this exceptionally keeping garlic (braids can last up to a year with excellent flavor!) to the Baja on their ships.  Either way, it is great fun to speculate the origins of this superior softneck.

For 6 years, we have helped harvest, clean, and braid this garlic that is grown using all organic practices in a pristine valley which floods every year supplying new, rich, mineral-laden volcanic soil.  Grown in an exceptionally healthy environment entirely by hand in a field far removed from any roads or industry, this garlic defines organic.  The rich purple striping of this ajo morado is so intensified by the trace minerals in the volcanic soil, its beauty rivals the flavor!

We travel to the Baja annually to farm in this beautiful valley with our friends and distribute this exceptional prize to the people across the western United States.


 Benefits of Volcanic Garlic

  • This is the first fresh crop of garlic in the USA each year!
  • Lasts up to a year. Won’t sprout ever, and won’t dry out for almost a year from harvest in mid April.
  • Grown sustainably, naturally and using all organic methods (though not certified). Chemically free of  pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.
  • Grown all by hand in a very pristine valley far removed from all industry, roads and population base of any kind.
  • Grown in volcanic soil with loads of trace minerals. Watered with delicious sweetwater from deep within a mountain oasis.
  • Supports small-scale sustainable agriculture for our family and many others, bought and sold fora fair price.
  • Brought to you directly by the farmer in a modified school bus running on diesel/hydrogen fueled engine equipped with a solar panels.
  • Oh, and of course it’s taste…… Volcanic Garlic will blow your mind!63114_331364803633756_975500253_n

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  1. SeedWise

    I’m a huge fan of Ben and Kelly’s Ajo! I live in Eugene and they deliver it the Kiva co-op in town.

    Great to see them featured on here. The link above is to their listing Ajo listing on SeedWise.

    Right on Ben and Kelly!

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