january resolutions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31st, 2016 by admin – Be the first to comment

it is common at the beginning of a new year to make resolutions. to test oneself and see if follow-through can actually occur. i only made one necessary one this time around: to do stretches for my tight muscles on a daily basis. so far, so good. but last week i added a new challenge to myself–to post on the hawk’s brain website on a monthly basis. wow! so here i am, on the last day of january, following through on my new challenge. and once i get my photos uploaded, i’ll add them, too. so until february, stay warm and stretch!

ren fest change of location!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

for those of you journeying out to the renaissance festival looking for garlic, we are in our old spot over by the pavilion where the jousting occurs. we are not in the shepard’s green where i reported earlier.

should be a GREAT day there. come on out!

minnesota renaissance festival: saturday september 5th

Posted in Uncategorized on September 3rd, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

hawk’s brain will be at the minnesota renaissance festival this saturday only, september 5th.

please come see us in a new location in the shepard’s green area.

look for the “garlic-garlic-garlic” banner!

The crop is GREAT this year!!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

The garlic is better than ever in Minnesota this year.

With the Tenth Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival coming up this Saturday, August 15th, the 15 garlic vendors scheduled to be there will be strutting their stuff! hawk’s brain garlic included.

We will be at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival over Labor Day weekend. Susan and her garlic will specifically be there on Saturday, September 5th.

We will be at our local Red Wing Farmers’ Market most Saturdays (sans the 5th September) starting August 22.

Feel free to email through this website to confirm if  and where we will be.

Yum…….I just finished baking garlic chip cookies for the Garlic Festival….yum…..



time to scape reality…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

the garlic is up and looking better than it has in years. as solstice approaches, the scapes are up and doing their thing. several five gallon buckets of scapes have been picked. hawks brain will be at the red wing farmers market on saturday, june 20th, selling those wonderful green garlic curls. come on down and try some cream cheese scape spread. yummy!

hawk’s brain has been here all along. garlic is good this year in 2014!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3rd, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

thanks to those of you who have kept in touch with me through this forgotten web site. we are alive and well in red wing, minnesota, and happy to report that the garlic is healthy, harvested, and hanging to dry…awaiting to be eaten and enjoyed.

important dates for you to know:

** minnesota garlic festival–august 9th at mcleod county fairgrounds in hutchinson. a good time, always.

** red wing farmers’ market–august 16th and selected following saturdays.

** minnesota renaissance festival–september 6 and 7–a change from the last couple of years.

now, please hound me to keep this up to date as it is important and not so bad to do. i’ll add photos in a bit. see you this summer and/or fall!!

There’s still more garlic, winter garlic chores, phytoplasma bytoplasma ugh.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

If you are checking the website, then boy do I have a deal for you. I have beautiful garlic left over from planting. Let me know if you want a few bulbs. They are nice little gifts. Email hawk’s brain on the Contact Us page…while supplies last.

Time to make garlic powder as the season changes. And the roasting of many cloves at a time. Yum in the tum.

Keep an ear out on the phytoplasma concern in the midwest garlic crops. Should be interesting….



First the Minnesota Garlic Festival, next the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

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The Seventh Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival last Saturday was a BLAST! and a HIT!! We had a ball and it looked like everyone else attending did also.

If you missed us there and need that special garlic, come see us at the Renaissance Festival THIS weekend, August 18 and 19th. Our booth is in the same place–near the Pavilion. Watch the spaghetti eating contest while purchasing your fresh home-grown Minnesota garlic.

This Minnesota garlic is ready to eat!

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Please join us at the events listed below.  Shoot us an email on our contact us page if you’d like to pre-order any garlic. It’s fresh and juicy! We can ship anywhere.

  • Sixth annual Minnesota Garlic Festival Saturday, August13 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. If you haven’t been, you should come. See link on side for more information. The chef demos look great.
  • Minnesota Renaissance Festival on August 20 and 21 in Shakopee.  Look for the “garlic garlic garlic” banner.
  • Red Wing Farmers’ Market in later August and September. See link on side for more information.
    A pile of garlic

    Working with garlic is a delight.

    There are 28 varieties this year to try, each with its own flavor and delightful juiciness. And who said all garlic is the same. Ha.

For those who read the Post Bulletin continued…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4th, 2010 by admin – Comments Off

May brings more growth. These photos are from the Hager garden at Windbeam Farm. Friends share their land with me in return for a year’s worth of garlic eating. Not a bad trade, huh? Paul made a window of opportunity. Check out their website on the side. Great place for weddings and gatherings.


May also brought morels and spring garlic. Both grilled to perfection by Tyler.



Spring Garlic is garlic that came up from last year…perhaps didn’t get harvested and wintered over.

It’s a nice treat this time of year.

Then comes the season of scapes—the flower shoot of the hardneck garlic. We had an abundance this year. Sold them at the Red Wing Farmer’s’ Market and gave to friends. Scapes hold us over until the real thing is ready to eat. There are many philosophies on when to break the scapes off. I tend to harvest them when I see them. If kept on, they tend to make for a smaller bulb of garlic. You want the energy of the plant to go to the bulb underground and not the flower of the scape. And make sure you eat them and not just compost them.

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The scape tends to straighten itself out and the bulbil will open. All varieties are unique in the shape of their scape, their curl, and the size of their bulbil.

We have had plenty of rain in Minnesota this summer. The garlic and the weeds have grown tall and beautiful. Harvesting has been a challenge in dodging the rain. Ideally, one doesn’t want rain for the two weeks or so prior to harvest. No luck with that this summer. But the garlic is beautiful.

The Inchelium Red got up to four inches!


Garlic has got to “cure” for 2-3 weeks in order for it to dry and develop the garlic taste we have all grown to love. This is also weather dependent as the more humid it is, the longer it takes to dry. Make sure you don’t have the garlic hanging in sunshine. You want air flow and no light. That is often easier said than done. Our garage gets taken over. This is the barn on The Farm of my brother and sis-in-law.  The hanging garlic is kept out of direct light yet has air flow.


Each twine is holding about a dozen garlic. Keeping track of the varieties is a task in and of itself. Each twine has a label with the name of the garlic and color coded to show whether they are for sale/give away or if they shall be replanted.

What a treat it is to grow garlic on two beautiful farms. This is my favorite place on The Farm.

I’ll sort my garlic while taking in the view and the breeze and the solitude.