Dave Purpura with his recently washed and trimmed garlic at Plato’s Harvest Organic Farm in Middleboro, MA.
Dave and Sasha Purpura have grown their German Extra Hardy, Russian Red and Music Garlic organically for five years, saving and replanting their largest cloves, which Dave calls his “Big Fatties.” Customers happily purchase garlic scapes in early summer and fresh or dried garlic later in the summer. Their original organic garlic seeds were purchased from Fedco Seeds.
All crops are rotated around the farm. Fall carrots
follow garlic, and garlic follows onions
. Dave said this is because they work hard to keep onion beds weed-free. Garlic and carrots all grow much better without weed competition. Dave and Sasha run soil tests
each September. Compost and local aged sheep manure is added at about 1 pound per square foot. Other organic amendments are made per soil test recommendations. [click here for more on growing and harvesting garlic]