2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Gourmet Garlic Business Thriving
Jacob Campbell purchased the business from Budd and Judy Leisenring of Mogadore, Ohio, several years ago after FARM SHOW wrote about it in Vol. 40, No. 6.
“I’d been growing garlic for my own use for years and had purchased garlic seed from BJ Garlic with good results,” Campbell says. “I had several conversations with Budd and Judy and learned of their interest in selling the business and retiring. Budd helped me move the operation to 12 acres in Portage County, Ohio. The business has continued without a hitch and is thriving.”
BJ Garlic has specialized in growing all-natural hard-neck garlic for more than 30 years and all products are classified “certified naturally grown”. Products include garlic powders, nuggets, grilling spices, dilled garlic and several more.
The company starts taking orders for fresh garlic in January and shipping begins when the garlic is cured, usually by the end of July. Last year the company shipped 8,000 lbs. of garlic by mid-October and Campbell says their target for 2021 is 10,000 lbs.
“Farmers markets are an important part of our marketing,” Campbell says.
“We generally do 3 to 4 farmers markets a week, starting in early May. We sell mostly container products and spices in the early months and begin selling fresh new-crop garlic in July.”
The company sells garlic scapes, “an extra bonus of growing hardneck garlic,” Campbell says. Scapes are tender green shoots that appear on the plant about a month before harvest. Although scapes should be removed from the bulb to ensure plump bulbs in the fall, they have a mild garlic flavor and can be used as a garnish in soups, meats and salads when simply chopped raw. A limited amount of scapes are available from the company during May and June.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, BJ Garlic Farm, 13898 Gifford Road, Oberlin, Ohio 44074 (ph 330 673-3689; www.bjgarlic.com).
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