Garlic Fair & Growers' Exchange
GARLIC HARVEST TIME!!!
With harvest time near, here are tips to cure garlic successfully.
Brush off the dirt, and lay the bulbs out to dry in a cool spot on
newspaper, raised up on a grill or hang them with ample air
circulation. If you are growing more than one variety, be
sure to keep the types separated. They should be cured for a couple
of weeks at least before you trim off the hardnecks. Remember to
leave six inches of that hardneck on for ease of labeling and
We will be delighted to receive your cured, cleaned and
labelled garlic at our offices before the garlic event
(see details below).
Garlic Fair and Growers' Exchange 2018
When: September 22, 2018
Where: Golden Acre Home and Garden
620 Goddard Ave NE,
3:00 - 6:00pm
Cost: Free for Calgary Horticultural
$5 at the door for Non-CHS
This is a fun, family friendly
Learn how to grow garlic from one of our experts.
Chat with like-minded growers.
Listen to one of the several talks that will be offered on
topics ranging from Growing Garlic to Cooking with Garlic to The
Health Benefits of Garlic.
Buy some garlic to plant and grow and share.
Join the Exchange!
Village Brewery is launching their Garden Beer
Listen to music, walk around and enjoy.
Participating in the Growers' Exchange?
No experience is required! By participating, you gain connection
with other gardeners and resources while becoming a part of the
local movement to cultivate heritage hardneck garlic.
Our Goals are:
To increase the:
- Knowledge about how to grow garlic in Calgary;
- Number of people successfully growing and enjoying different
varieties of hardeneck garlic.
To decrease the:
- Dependance on importing food by promoting food production
We also hope that enough people become interesting in donating,
as well as exchanging a portion of their crop such that we will no
longer require purchasing seed stock, ie. the exchange becomes self
Why is Heritage Hardneck Garlic a wonderful plant for
- hail resistant
- thrives in hot weather
- drought tolerant, making it a waterwise option for the
- succeeds in all types of soil
- increases local availability of a typically imported food crop
- easy to grow, harvest and
There are up to 50 varieties of heritage
hardneck garlic that grow well in Calgary and are
available from seed companies.
Here is how the exchange works.
Please note: we made some key changes this year to improve the
exchange process and prevent disappointment.
Two Levels of
Residential or individual
Partner Growers: Residential gardeners or
community gardens dedicated to growing enough garlic to support
this exchange with varieties of garlic stock to sell to new
Growers are asked to:
- Plant and label garlic in the fall, cut scapes mid-July to
promote bulb growth and harvest garlic mid-August.
- Keep track of each
variety while growing & harvesting, clean, cure, and label
bulbs the following year.
- Return the clean,
cured and labeled garlic, grown in their own garden to the
Horticultural Society office.
- Receive credit notes to put towards your purchase of new
varieties or more of the same varieties of garlic to grow for the
- Enter their name to win our raffle as a thank you for
Horticultural Society Office 208 50 Ave. SWfrom August 22nd to September 14th
(between Tuesday to Friday 9:30 to 4:00). If that timing does not
work for you. Send a note to Laurie to
Receive a credit note on a
three for two basis e.g. bring us three bulbs, we'll give you a
credit note for two in return to exchange for a different variety
at The Garlic Fair & Growers Exchange on Sept 22nd.
Please know that all garlic donations will be used to
provide variety in our exchange area. We welcome extras for this
Note to All Growers:
- Please commit to using NO chemical sprays (herbicides,
pesticides) on your garlic crop.
- Assure that only organic or chemical free
fertilizers are used in the garden bed where the garlic is
- Maintain records of the garlic
varieties that are being grown and properly label bulbs upon return
to the exchange next year.
At the Event:
Bring your credit note and use it towards the purchase of a
different type of garlic or get more of the same if you loved what
your grew last year!
The Exchange area will be separated from the sellers
market and access granted only to those who have credit notes to
enter and exchange.
New growers interested in joining the exchange can sign up
with us and purchase seed to plant this fall for next summer.
We are also providing Garlic Vendors a chance to sell
garlic outside of this area to ensure that everyone leaves happy
and supplied with garlic seed to plant for next year as well as
having enough to eat!
As a non-profit organization, we consciously keep our
operational costs low while offering meaningful support to Calgary
Gardeners. Monies generated from the Garlic Growers'
Exchange go towards the purchase of seed garlic, plant
labels, and event fees.
Want to help out?
We are actively looking for volunteers to help put on this
event. If you are interested, please leave a message for Norm Cook,
Volunteer Coordinator, at 403-287-3469 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org and he will contact you.