Saturday, October 6, 2012

Special Delivery: Chamisal garlic

We received a very special package in the mail last week.

When we left New Mexico in 2010, one of the last things we did before hitting the road was to harvest our garlic. This wasn't just any garlic. It was a special variety of hard neck garlic found growing wild behind an abandoned adobe house in the small town of Chamisal. A garlic enthusiast carefully cultivated it, bringing this tough as nails (and super spicy) garlic back to life. We got the seed from the local farmers market and intended to keep propagating it ourselves.

While we were blogging from the road, a reader invited us to dinner at their home in Illinois. We had a fantastic time meeting them and their family, and I am telling you there is nothing like a good home-cooked meal in the middle of a few months on the road. As a parting gift, we left them with some of the Chamisal garlic.

They planted it, and kept planting it every season since. Our seed stock, on the other hand, went bad and we thought we had lost this special garlic variety forever.

When they emailed us recently and told us they were now growing several hundred heads a season (wow!) I was ecstatic. I was so touched that someone else was keeping this special garlic alive and thriving. And even better, they sent us some seed to plant this fall at our new house.

I can't wait to get this in the ground.

Thank you, Vigor family! And happy garlic planting!

1 comment:

julie zielinski said...

awwww... that's really heart-warming!