I came across a new farm we'll have to put on our field trip list to get some funky varieties of locally grown garlic. Charley's Farm is located near Cheney where they grow 30 different heirloom varieties of organic Garlic. Here's the scoop from their web site on ordering the garlic;
Half of our yearly crop becomes next year's seed and the garlic we use in our kitchen. The other half we make available to you in late Aug. or Sept. We will take orders at any time for the upcoming harvest. And we often sell out of the most popular varieties before it is possible to ship. This garlic can be used for growing or eating. We sell to our customers on a first served basis. Please call or email us if you would like more information.
We're finding that Garlic is one of the easiest things to grow. You plant the cloves in the fall and they do the rest of the work. A trick that I'm trying for the first time this year is taking the largest cloves from the previous year's crop and planting those as the seed for the following year. Apparently, the larger the cloves you plant the larger heads of garlic you get. You do have to be careful of passing disease on from one season to the next. We have found the hard neck varieties to be more flavorful, and at least the one's we have are better keepers than the soft neck variety we had last year. You also might want to try the Inchelium Red softneck variety that originated in the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA. It is available at Charley's and Northwest Seed and Pet.
I think everyone should have a little patch of garlic growing somewhere around their residence. Charley's would be a good place to get your seed cloves for planting in the Fall.