Don Womack (aka “the garlic guy”) has been growing garlic with his wife Linda on their 100-acre farm in Gilmanton since 2008 (and even before that, as avid gardeners at their former home!). Lindon Garlic Farm is one of Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market’s new 2015 vendors, bringing fresh garlic and lots of garlic products to market shoppers.
Ever learning and experimenting, Don has tried growing dozens of garlic varieties over the years, planting new varieties in small plantings to get a feeling for how well each one grows in the farm’s soils. These days, he’s growing mainly German White and Russian Red. If you’re interested in trying your hand at growing garlic, Don will be bringing seed stock to market during the last few weeks of the season. According to Don, there’s a clear advantage to planting local seed stock, rather than ordering from afar: you’re likely to have a stronger, healthier crop.
Lindon Garlic Farm produces delicious dehydrated garlic powders, chips and granules, ensuring that you can stock your cupboards with plenty for the next several months, or stock up for your holiday gift baskets. The dehydrated products keep for a year or more—but you’re likely to use them up long before that! If you’re a garlic lover, you will find good conversation under the Lindon Garlic tent. Don has no shortage of garlic tales to tell, and is an enthusiastic cook, ready to share inspiration at any time.
The market is in full swing right through early October. It’s a sweet time of year here in Wolfeboro: a bit quieter on the streets, perhaps, but a beautiful season to enjoy a few hours outdoors at the market with friends and neighbors.
In case you missed it, the board is considering a winter market this year, right here in town, and would like your feedback. Check out the survey on Facebook and share your thoughts. If you’re not on Facebook, stop by at the manager’s tent at the market and let us know what you think!
This week’s market musicians are the contradance band Briar Hill, from Tuftonboro. Be sure to show your appreciation to our generous musician volunteers by dropping a tip in their basket. We appreciate the music and good vibes our musicians bring to the market every week; we hope you do, too!