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How should garlic be stored and how long will it last?

Garlic should keep for a few weeks on your kitchen countertop.  If you wish to get maximum storage keep it in a cool, subdued light, dry setting with air.  An open box in a basement–great; a plastic bag in the back of the fridge– the worst. Remember though the hardneck varieties (our favorites) don’t last as long as softnecks: 3-6 months vs. 7-9+ months and the count begins in September. One other bit of advice: use the larger bulbs first as the smaller ones seem to store longer.

Whats a good way to peel garlic?

A really slick way we just learned about from a BWF garlic fan is to put the cloves in a steel bowl, put another steel bowl upside down on the so the rims match and then shake shake shake.  A few moments later POOF! Your garlic is ready to go.  A garlic press is also a good option.  You can leave the skin on, or not, load it up and with one good squeeze your fresh minced garlic awaits.

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2013 marked the end of an era of sorts... sadly our entire garlic crop was lost to a wind borne fungus that is very, very difficult to get rid of. And so Friends, BWF is no longer growing the world class garlic we've all loved for years.

But Backwater Farm is very much alive and growing forward!

We now supply Meadow Raised Hens' Eggs to the Astoria Food Co-op, the Puget Island Farmer's Market and others. We sell honey and some seasonal produce at the Farmer's Market as well.

Our newest effort is raising hormone free, grass fed and grass finished beef. We will keep everyone posted on the particulars of this as the "to market" time draws near in the Fall of 2016.

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