May 18, 2009

Ajo


We loooooooove garlic. When a recipe calls for 2 cloves, we use 5. We eat it so much that I sometimes fear the pungent scent is seeping from my pores. I have yet to hear any complaints nor have I seen people turning up noses in disgust so I guess I'm in the clear:) If vampires are real, they certainly steer clear of our house! During my daily jaunt on Craigslist I ran across an ad stating "Garlic Harvest Work Party". I'm listening!

Turns out, Forever Yong Farm harvests lots of garlic and if you join them you get to take home a load of garlic for yourself, plus enjoy a huge home cooked lunch. Granted, it's a lot easier to just go to the store and buy some but we wanted to get out in the fresh air and learn more about where our food comes from. Saturday morning we woke around 6am and drove the hour drive to the farm in Amado, AZ. Upon arrival to the farm, we were in love with the place. Just the journey to the farm was picturesque, lush greenery, rolling hills. It definitely didn't feel as though we were in Arizona. Though, once the noon sun rose higher into the sky, reality settled in and as sweat rolled into my butt crack, I knew we were indeed, still in AZ.

With the help of a group of locals from the community and neighboring farms, we plucked loads of garlic from the ground and also learned to bundle and hang it to dry. The labor was somewhat therapeutic and mind clearing. I felt as though this is something I should be doing often. Now I want a garden even more! It's definitely hard work, but very rewarding when you know the fruits of your labor will eventually be devoured in a savory dish. One that you helped come to fruition! We have a bundle hanging on our back porch, drying and I can't wait to cook with it!
jeff with a large bundle of garlic
me & others harvesting the garlic

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