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May 11, 2007 08:28 AM

Green Garlic sightings?

Has anyone sourced or seen green garlic at local markets?

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  1. Haven't seen any in the stores but the farmers markets will have it, I guess that's still a few weeks off.

    1. I fear that the farmers markets will start after the green garlic is gone. I consider this one of the great joys of spring and find it all too rarely.

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      1. re: LauraBear

        Yeah, I've seen garlic scapes at the farmer's markets (should be starting up in about a month), but never seen green garlic at all.

        1. re: Allstonian

          Now you two have me confused - are green garlic are garlic scapes different, which is the stuff that looks like green onions, with triangular leaves and flower buds and a tough core? This is what I've seen at the farmers markets here.

          1. re: steinpilz

            I mean heads of garlic, just like what you usually buy dried, but fresh - ie just dug from the ground. I have found it twice, both times up in Vermont. I guess it rots or spoils, so most growers just immediately start drying the heads rather than selling them green.

            1. re: steinpilz

              Well, I went and googled because when I first saw this thread I thought the OP was looking for garlic scapes, which are those long curly things - they're the flower stems of hardneck garlic, apparently - and I found out that there are two different things. Green garlic is immature garlic plants, leaves and a white or purple bottom and rootlets and all, which look like green onions/scallions.

              As I said above, I've seen (and bought) scapes at the farmer's markets, but never noticed green garlic.

              1. re: Allstonian

                Green garlic is up now, but farmers markets aren't. Scapes will be along pretty soon. Full-grown fresh-dug bulbs won't be ready around here until July. I don't think there's any reason the latter can't be shipped from elsewhere, maybe there isn't a demand.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  What I'd seen has the green flower tops and the white garlic bulbs (looked like large green onions) - maybe garlic that's older than 'green garlic'?

                  1. re: steinpilz

                    Bulbs? Sounds like they pulled up the whole immature bulb together with the scape. Which would be a stage past "green garlic".

                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                      I have a report from a coworker that green garlic was spotted today in Haymarket, not sure how reliable but worth a try?

          2. I saw some unlabeled at WF Framingham last week....near the ginger.

            1. green garlic - looking like large scallions - at the Charles Sq farmer's market today. Lots of great looking lettuces, some rhubarb and some chard and herbs. Not much else...

              1. I bought some this week from Sienna Farm at the Copley market. Farmer Chris and Co. have moved to the new area on the Boylston St. side of the Square.

                I even took some photos of it and one is below.

                {edit}Photo didn't show up I'll try adding a photo alone in the next post

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