Organic Seed Garlic

We have been growing garlic since 1991, and have the great advantage of a climate that allows us to grow most varieties well. Our garlic seed comes from stock we’ve developed over the years on our farm, with some varieties a result of over 25 years of selection for the best quality bulbs.  We only grow and sell garlic seed from varieties that perform well for us. Over the 27 years we’ve farmed, on three different sites, we’ve seen a wide range of growing conditions; from clay soils to silty; from cold and dry to too-wet-to-cultivate in the late winter; from cool, wet springs where nothing wants to grow and hot spring-summers when we’re irrigating in late March. These varieties have been productive and reliable enough for us as farmers to grow, and resilient enough to handle less-than-perfect conditions. Additionally we have chosen varieties which keep well for their type to ensure the longest possible sales and culinary window for farmers and gardeners.

Garlic requires a cold spell in its growing cycle to make a bulb. Apart from that requirement, there’s a type of garlic for just about every climate. As a basic rule, Softnecks prefer warmer conditions and Hardnecks prefer colder conditions. Many regions of the country can grow both, but if you have more extreme conditions, select those varieties best suited to your site. Additionally, softnecks tend to store better, especially Silverskins and Creoles, while Rocamboles and Turbans generally have the shortest storage window.

We’ve found that the most important factors in producing great garlic, after variety selection and seed quality, is good fertilization, both at plant-out and in the late winter as growth resumes, and good early weed control, up to about early May. Garlics are shallow-rooted so cannot handle excessive hoeing if weeds get out of control, and they don’t compete well. Mulching or diligent weeding out of young weeds is a must. In hot dry springs, adequate watering in May and June prior to harvest dry-down will maintain plant health and keep pests from invading and slowing down growth. We also highly recommend a good, comprehensive soil test, beyond simply N-P-K, even for home gardeners. Organic amendments can be expensive and it’s a huge benefit to know what your soil actually needs. Fertilize correctly and you’ll be amazed at the difference in plant health, vigor and flavor! Check out our Garlic FAQs page for more growing information. If you need a copy of our organic certification you can access it here.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC SEED GARLIC
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September 29, 2017   Hooray Fall is here!  The wildfires are calming down and most days the air is sweet again. We are still taking orders, and are updating the website regarding availability daily. We are shipping orders as they come in, all back orders are shipped.

The following varieties are still available for bulk orders for 2017, for all you fine farmers out there preparing for your garlic planting: French Grey Shallots, Silver Rose, Silverskin, German White Hardy Porcelain, Krasnodar White Porcelain, Khabar Marbled, Oshala Purple Striped, Kishlyk Striped, White Turban, Aglio Rosso di Sulmona Creole.

Please contact us at orders@whistlingduckfarm.com to place a bulk order and we will get you a quote with shipping. Include your zip code with your inquiry. Happy Fall! Happy planting!

French Grey Shallots:

$13.00 for 8 oz., $20.00 per lb.

Bulk pricing: 10+ lbs. – $18.00 per lb.

Silverskins and Artichokes: 

$11 for 8 oz., $18.00 per lb.

Bulk pricing: 15 – 29 lbs.  – $16.50 per lb.  30 + lbs.  – $14.50 per lb.

Rocamboles, Purple Stripes, Turbans, Asiatics, Creoles and Porcelains: 

$12 for 8 oz., $19.50 per lb.

Bulk pricing: 15 – 29 lbs.  – $17.50 per lb.  30+ lbs.  $16.50 per lb.

Gardener’s Variety Pack:

8 @ 8 oz. (4 lbs.) – $85.00

Homesteader’s Variety Pack:

8 @ 1 lb. – $145.00

For orders over 20 lbs. total weight, we will ship by UPS and will need to calculate shipping based on your address.

To order at bulk pricing, or to order quantities over 20 lbs. total, or to pay by check:

please email us your order with your mailing address and we’ll get back with you with a total due and mailing address to send a check, or invoice via Paypal.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT SHIP TO HAWAII OR OUTSIDE OF THE USA

but first... some delicious SHALLOTS!

Gourmet European set-grown shallots

French Grey

 New for 2017! We are excited to offer these culinary treats. French Grey shallots are referred to as "true shallots" and are only grown from sets, not seed. They have a unique, mildshallots sweet flavor that is much sought-after. Hint from the chefs: to prepare for a recipe, blanch the shallots in boiling water to "pop" the skins and make them easier to peel. Plant individual shallots at the same time as garlic, on about an 8"- 10" spacing in the row, and they will form a clump of shallots from each individual set. High-yielding and delicious! We also have bulk quantities available, email us for pricing with shipping.

8 oz. - $13

1 lb. - $20

GARLIC VARIETY PACKS

...a diversity of garlic

Plant all of our main types of garlic and enjoy a range of flavors all season, from early summer harvest to storage into spring.

 

Gardener's Pack

4 lb. seed garlic pack contains eight 8 oz. bags, one of each type of garlic we offer, with the exception of Porcelains. We'll consider your location and choose the varieties.

4 lbs. - $85

Homesteader's Pack

8 lb. seed garlic pack contains eight one lb. bags, one of each of each type we offer, with the exception of Porcelains. We'll consider your location and choose the varieties.

8 lbs. - $145

SOFTNECK VARIETIES

ARTICHOKES

Artichoke varieties are reliable, vigorous, long keeping and easy to grow. Their bulbs are large and their cloves tend to be big and easy to peel. Plus, they store nearly as well as silverskins. If there’s only room for one garlic in your garden or on your farm, this is the one to grow.

Inchelium Red – Whistling Duck Strain

For market sales it's hard to beat this high-producing, flavorful garlic. It's been our mainstay for over 20 years! This variety originally came from the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State and has won awards for flavor. We’ve been growing and selecting to develop our own reliable, productive strain, with nice bulb shape and large cloves. It’s our best all-around garlic, with a strong following amongst our chefs and market customers. Flavor is mild but rich, not overpowering, can be used raw or cooked. Bulbs can get very large, 3-4″ across, with big easy-peel cloves. Our 2013 crop averaged 4-5 bulbs to the pound! With 15-20 cloves per bulb, yields from seed weight are also great. Mid-season harvest, stores well. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote. cleaned_inchelium_garlic inchelium_garlic inchelium

8 oz. – $11

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1 lb. – $18

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White Sicilian

sicilianThis artichoke type is early, consistently productive and stores well for an artichoke. Tends to be oblong in shape, with large cloves. Nice and spicy, can handle a hot dry climate. Great for fresh market sales. Also available in bulk quantities. Email for a quote.

8 oz. – $11

1 lb. – $18

Lorz Italian

A big flavorful artichoke type, this variety is an Italian heirloom brought to WResized952017091695102027ashington State in the early 1900's. It has a nice spicy flavor and is part of the Slow Food, USA Ark of Taste, committed to preserving the best heirloom foods. It matures early and reliably produces large bulbs with big cloves, with a high ratio of seed to harvest yield. A great "workhorse" garlic for market or home use.

8 oz. – $11

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1 lb. – $18

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SILVERSKINS

Silverskins have shiny, clean white wrappers and thin strong necks, which makes beautiful braids.  They harvest fairly late and keep the longest of all the varieties, providing fresh garlic well into spring, until you can harvest the first fresh garlic from the new season.

Silverskin – Whistling Duck Strain

silverskinA beautiful garlic with long, red-wrapped cloves and smooth silver-white outer cover. We’ve been selecting this strain for nearly 20 years, focusing on a high percentage of large cloves and a large overall bulb size. Makes great braids and is an excellent keeper. Strong-flavored cloves are fairly large and peel easily for a silverskin type. Bulbs can be large. Late harvest.

Available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz. – $11

1 lb. – $18

Silver Rose

silverroseSmooth silvery-white bulbs with red-wrapped cloves. Excellent for braids and keeps well, with a medium-strong flavor. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz. – $11

1 lb. – $18

HARDNECK VARIETIES

TURBANS

Chinese Pink Turban

pinkHigh yields, nice scapes and early harvest and make this an awesome farmer's market garlic! Great for pulling before cured to sell as fresh garlic since they bulb earlier than most. It's big, attractive, with big easy-peel cloves, great for first garlic at market, and first in the kitchen. Taste is rich and fresh after a long winter waiting for the new crop. Harvest is early, just after German Red and Spanish Roja. Use this variety first for a truly seasonal treat. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.  

8 oz.- $12

1 lb.- $19.50

White Turban

white turbanUnique, beautiful pure white Turban, known as "White Crookneck" in Australia. Provides nice contrast in an early market display with purple turbans. Reliable and productive, large bulbs have nice flavor raw, with a fresh garlicy flavor sautéed. Very early harvest like other turbans, for first garlic scapes and first fresh garlic at market.

8 oz. - $12

1 lb. - $19.50

Basque Turban

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A wonderful turban that came to us by way of Garlicana Farm in nearby Tiller, Oregon. A big, beautiful garlic, maturing early and great for first markets. Has a quick heat when raw, a delicious way to start the garlic season. Early harvest.

Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz.- $12

1 lb.- $19.50

PORCELAINS

Porcelain types are loved for their large, flavorful cloves, rich and sweet like Rocomboles. Their clove wrappers are tighter when grown in Northern regions so they tend to keep longer there. In general, bulbs have more cloves when grown at lower latitudes, less at higher latitudes. Our bulbs grown here average 6-8 cloves. Porcelains also reliably produce great scapes for spring harvest.  

Romanian Red

A prodromanianuctive, strong-flavored garlic originally from Romania by way of Canada. Large red-streaked-over-buff cloves in a tight wrapper. Large cloves and large bulbs. Late harvest, stores well. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Krasnodar White

kraznador The most productive Porcelain we grow, with reliably large bulbs. Since Krasnodar is a more recently domesticated strain, it is more vigorous than most porcelain types. Hot raw, with a delicious nutty flavor when roasted. High in allicin like other porcelains. From the province of Krasnodar near the Black Sea. Can produce true seed, which our fellow grower Avram at Garlicana has been developing selections from. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote. .

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Music

musicExcellent medium flavor, cold hardy and very productive, with big bulbs and big easy-peel cloves. Has a high content of allicin, for immune system boosting. A very popular variety. Mid-late harvest, stores well.      

8 oz.– $12

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1 lb.– $19.50

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German White Hardy

german_porcelanThis garlic is very similar to Music and is great for cold climes. Beautiful large bulbs, often with purple on the wrapper. Red-wrapped cloves are big and easy-peel with excellent spicy flavor. High in allicin like other porcelains. 6-8 cloves per bulb. Mid-late harvest. Available in bulk quantities. Email for pricing with shipping.

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

ROCAMBOLES

Rocomboles are the true gourmet garlic, with a deep rich flavor that is much desired by chefs. Their clove wrappers tend to be loose, making them easy to peel but giving them a shorter storage life. They are considered a seasonal treat, to be enjoyed before the new year. Most varieties have 8-12 large cloves in a single layer around the stem.

Rocomboles also produce nice double-coiled scapes, a late spring favorite with chefs and at markets. Harvest is early and should be timely to prevent the wrapper skins from splitting.

German Red

german_redThis is a reliable, productive Rocombole, very similar to Spanish Roja. Very spicy-hot raw but rich and sweet when roasted. Medium-large bulbs with easy-peel cloves. Early harvest. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Spanish Roja

rojaA pre-1900 Northwestern strain, also known as “Greek Blue”. Large bulbs with big easy-peel cloves, about 8-12 per bulb. Cooked flavor is sweet and spicy, making it a great roaster. Handles colder winters well. Early harvest, stores well for a Rocambole. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz.– $12

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1 lb.– $19.50

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PURPLE STRIPES

Purple Stripes are beautiful garlics, with purple on both bulb and clove wrappers. They typically have 8-14 cloves per bulb, which are elongated, crescent-shaped and fairly easy-peel. Storage is on a par with Porcelains, better than Rocomboles, Asiatics and Artichokes but not as long as Creoles and Silverskins. Their flavor is considered excellent, especially when roasted. Purple stripes also produce nice 3/4-curled scapes, for spring treats while waiting for the garlic to size up.

Glazed and Marbled Purple Stripes are subtypes, both with slightly less cloves per bulb than the main type. Marbled types tend to store longer than the standard.

Chesnok Red

Excellent flavor makes this variety very popular. Amazing when roasted – sweet! Nice bulbs with tall narrow cloves that hug the center stem tight. Keeps very well. Large bulbs with purple-striped wrappers, 8-12 cloves per bulb. Mid-late harvest.  

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Kishlyk

kishlykCollected from the wild in the southern Kashkadaryg region of Uzbekistan. Tall, vigorous plants reliably produce large bulbs. This garlic has excellent flavor, stores well. Harvest midseason. Also available in bulk quantities. Please email us for a quote.

8 oz. - $12

1 lb. - $19.50

Oshala Purple

purple oshalaAward-winning Variety!  Best-In-Class at the 2016 National Heirloom Exposition! This is a beautiful Purple Stripe variety selected for its reliability, large size, good looks and good flavor. Purple Stripes do well in most locations, and this one is a top performer. Matures mid-late season, stores well. Hats-off to our neighbors Jeff and Elise Higley at Oshala Farm for this great variety. Also available in bulk. 

8 oz. - $12

1 lb. - $19.50

Shavat

p1000516Another wild garlic, collected in Northwest Tajikistan. Spicy, quick heat. Bulbs have shiny purple-striped wrappers and average 6-9 fat cloves. A dense, tight garlic.

8 oz. - $12

1 lb. - $19.50

Chimyan Marbled

This is Farmer Mary's new favorite! Chimyan is a wild-harvested variety from near Chimyan mountain in Uzbekistan. The sturdy plants have thick double-curled scapes and reliably produce good-sized bulbs with 5-8 large cloves. Raw, this garlic starts hot and finishes fresh and garlic-y without any bitterness; it's so sweet and delicious cooked. We've been impressed with how well Chimyan stores - it's usually the last variety we have to sell in the spring. Our friend Avram at Garlicana also collects true seed from this variety. Available in bulk quantities. Please email us for a quote.

8 oz. - $12

1 lb. - $19.50

Whistling Duck Marbled

marbledThis is our own classic marbled strain. Excellent flavor, sweetens up when roasted.  Large bulbs with purple-striped wrappers, 8-10 fat cloves per bulb, but occasionally makes 3-4 very large cloves per bulb when stressed. Late harvest. A very adaptable, productive market variety, and keeps well. Also available in bulk quantities. Please email us for a quote.

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Siberian Marbled

Large bulbs with large brown-wrapped cloves. Lots of heat raw, mid-late harvest. Also available in bulk quantities. Please contact us for a quote.

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Khabar Marbled

khabarThis Marbled type from Eastern Siberia is very productive, reliably making large bulbs. Pungent and hot, excellent roasted. Mid-late season harvest, stores well. Also available in bulk quantities. Please email us for a quote.

8 oz. - $12

1 lb. - $19.50

ASIATICS

Asiatic types are a diverse group of early maturing hard necks, usually producing a u-shaped scape and an extra-long beak, up to 18” long in some varieties. This type tends to be hot when raw, sometimes amazingly so. They typically have 6-10 cloves per bulb, with thick white bulb wrappers. We've been expanding our varieties of this type, and they're rapidly becoming our favorites, due to their interesting diversity and great flavor. The varieties we have in this type tend to emerge late in the fall, after all our others, allowing for flaming the bed for fall weeds before shoots come up. They mature mid-season.

Wonha

wonhacAlso from North Korea, Wonha has purple clove wrappers and plenty of heat. The last of our Asiatics to mature, mid-season.      

8 oz.– $12

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1 lb.– $19.50

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Takayama

takayamaEmerges early for an Asiatic, and is also taller.  Medium-large very tight bulbs, with purple coloring and 5-6 cloves. Has a nice rich complex flavor. Mid-season harvest, stores well.

Also available in bulk quantities. Please email us for a quote.

8 oz. - $12

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1 lb. - $19.50

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Asian Tempest

A very hot garlic when raw, sweet when baked. Good-sized bulbs and nice fat cloves. Mid- early harvest.

8 oz.– $12

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1 lb.– $19.50

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Pyong Yang

From the Northern Korean city of Pyong Yang. Medium-sized purple-striped bulbs with 4-8 long, purple-wrapped cloves. Deceptively mild at first bite, becoming hot and spicy. Nice flavor when baked. Early-mid harvest.         .

8 oz.– $12

1 lb.– $19.50

CREOLES

Creoles are native to the Mediterranean, but do well in much of the US. They tend to be mid-late maturing and store well, almost as well as Silverskins, making them great for first market sales in the Spring. They have been less commonly planted in the U.S. and are a real taste treat, with a bonus of being completely beautiful to look at. The clove wrapper colors are brilliantly saturated reds and magentas.

Creole Red

creole red Our favorite garlic of the year! This particular strain of Creole is a great performer after many years of selection, producing a truly beautiful and abundant crop of large bulbs for us this year. Excellent flavor, raw or cooked. Vibrant colored, larger cloves, 8-12 per bulb. Mid-late harvest, very long keeping. Highly recommended for storage for fresh garlic after other varieties have sprouted, and for first Spring market sales. The Creoles are relatively new on the scene in the U.S. and a great, unique addition to any meal and any market booth. Also available in bulk. Please email for a quote.

8 oz. – $12

1 lb.– $19.50

Pescadero

Beautiful bulbs, and stunning magenta color on the cloves. Excellent flavor. Mid-late harvest and long keeping. Also available in bulk. Please email for price and shipping.

8 oz. - $12

1 lb.- $19.50

Aglio Rosso, aka. Rosso Di Sulmona

aglio rosso An excellent, unique red garlic from the Abruzzo region of Italy. This garlic has inspired more stories from our customers than any other. Tales of childhood memories and long searches for a culinary favorite. Sweet, delicate flavor. Mid-late harvest and long keeping.  Also available in bulk quantities. Please email us for a quote.    

8 oz. – $12

1 lb.– $19.50

OUR SMALLER BULBS

...wonderful for eating and planting

Our smaller bulbs are great for eating, to taste-test a new variety before planting out, and to grow on close spacing or in bunches for green garlic in the spring. These smaller bulbs can also be grown to mature bulbs, they just won't size up quite as big. But you will get more cloves, and therefore more plants, per pound, and the price per pound is less. Just indicate your preferred variety(ies) in the comments section on Paypal when placing your order.  

Culinary Garlic

These are smaller bulbs, great for eating. These bulbs are also a great way to try out a variety before adding to your garden plan for next year.

We also have a Variety Pack - 6 lbs. of any varieties you choose. Get 5 lbs. and the 6th lb. is free! 

Always indicate your preferred variety(ies) in the comments in Paypal when purchasing. 

 

Variety Pack - 6 lb. $50

1 lb. – $10

Green Garlic Seed

These are smaller bulbs. Plant on a close spacing or several cloves per hole for harvest as green garlic in the Spring. Always indicate your preferred variety(ies) in the comments section on Paypal when placing your order.        

1 lb. – $10

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