hawk's brain garlic

About hawk’s brain garlic

We grow garlic in and around Red Wing, Minnesota, down in the southeast corner. We are lucky to garden where we do… it’s down right beautiful. And our friends and family support us by sharing their land and barns with us.

Even though the name is fairly new, we have been growing garlic for ourselves and friends for over 25 years. We’ve grown to the point that we are selling our garlic at the local Red Wing Farmers’ Market, the Minnesota Garlic Festival, and one weekend in September at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival called “The Italian” weekend.

hawk’s brain is slowly adding on varieties…now growing 25 for sale. We also have inherited a test plot from Joel Girardin of Cannon Falls of Purple Stripe, Glazed Purple Stripe, Marbled Purple Stripe, and Porcelain. Thank you, Joel!

What’s in a name?

I had someone ask me about the variety of garlic that I have “….eagle something?” I knew that she was referring to the name I’ve given my garlic “enterprise.”

Years ago I was listening to a program on the radio about the hawk migration in Duluth. The way I heard it was that the hawk’s brain is kind of translucent–that it can sense the change in the daylight hours and knows when it is time to migrate south. I thought to myself…wow..it’s just like my garlic! Garlic senses the shortening of daylight hours around summer solstice. It then stops putting it’s energy into the tall greens and puts it into the growing of the bulb underground. Now how cool is that? Hawk’s brain garlic.



13th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival!!

(Posted Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 at 9:26 am)

red wing farmers market

(Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 11:59 am)

YaHoo!! another great minnesota garlic festival this saturday, august 12th in hutchinson.

(Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 12:03 pm)

Minnesota Annual Garlic Tour at hawk’s brain home on July 1, 2017!

(Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 4:08 pm)

Garlic in June–scapes a’coming!!

(Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 3:57 pm)

last red wing market for 2016!

(Posted Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 8:26 am)

apple garlic chutney

(Posted Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 2:59 pm)

it is red wing farmers market time!!

(Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 4:03 pm)

11th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival!

(Posted Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 8:34 pm)

red wing farmers market-2016

(Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 7:27 pm)

january resolutions

(Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2016 at 7:23 pm)

ren fest change of location!

(Posted Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at 5:07 am)

minnesota renaissance festival: saturday september 5th

(Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 11:19 am)

The crop is GREAT this year!!

(Posted Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 10:36 pm)

time to scape reality…

(Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 7:47 pm)

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

(Posted Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at 10:12 pm)

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

(Posted Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 1:44 pm)

First the Minnesota Garlic Festival, next the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

(Posted Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 9:53 pm)

This Minnesota garlic is ready to eat!

(Posted Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 7:43 am)

For those who read the Post Bulletin continued…

(Posted Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 8:48 pm)

For those who read the Rochester Post Bulletin article:

(Posted Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 9:43 pm)

Where has she been? What’s up this winter?

(Posted Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 7:44 am)

The serious test plot.

(Posted Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 9:59 pm)

What a couple of weeks does.

(Posted Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at 9:51 pm)

One of the garlic gardens on the Farm.

(Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 9:41 pm)

Check it out—It’s up!

(Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 9:35 pm)

Garlic Powder for Sale

(Posted Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 9:34 pm)

Grandfather of Minnesota Garlic

(Posted Saturday, March 7th, 2009 at 9:00 pm)

Sustainable Agriculture Conference-February 21, 2009

(Posted Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 11:54 am)

Garlic tasting party-what else is there to do on Valentine’s Day?

(Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 9:09 am)

Mark your calendars…

(Posted Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 8:56 pm)

Cold in January

(Posted Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm)