Southern Vermont Garlic Fest

Bennington Vermont Garlic Fest logo 2017Just over the border: Southern Vermont Garlic Fest returns to Bennington this Saturday and Sunday (September 2 and 3). Festival blurbage:

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations.
For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

There's also kids activities and live music. Tickets are $6 ahead online / $8 at the gate / $2 for kids 12 and under.

Bennington is just about an hour's drive from Albany. And it's a beautiful trip along Route 7.

By the way: Garlic is pretty easy to grow in your backyard garden. But it's a little different in that you plant it in the fall. Yep. You plant it in September and then harvest if the following summer. So you need space you can dedicate to it for that length of time.

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
There's also a Hudson Valley Garlic Festival -- it's September 31 and October 1 in Saugerties.

Comments

Re: planting garlic. You can plant it as late as November. It's common to wait until you've pulled summer plants from your garden after a frost and plant in that spot. Just make sure you choose hard neck garlic, which is better suited to withstanding our northeast winters. Then in July when you harvest it, you can plant a fall crop in the same space.

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