Our farm is a labor of love. Located in Hinckley, the farm was officially purchased in 2015 from our late Grandfather, Duane Root, to keep it in the family. We had already been farming it previous to his passing and we wanted to take comfort in knowing we were going to expand it in the future and try and restore it's historical value and ecological practices. In addition to our beloved-garlic we grow heirloom produce for our non-gmo/organic products include: jellies, pies, kosher dill pickles, pickled green beans, garlic, scapes, garlic butter, hot cauliflower, several salsa varieties, and our newest recipe-bread and butter pickles. In the Fall we produce apple sauce and cider from our apple and pear orchard, as well as honey, pumpkins and corn.
We only grow heirloom crop varieties that would have been found on our farm when it originated over 135 years ago- to keep with the historic-nature of the property. We are members of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Organic Trade Association, The Biodynamic Association, The Garlic Seed Foundation, International Permaculture Association and are also Certified Naturally Grown. OEFFA (coming soon). In 2016 we added our farm to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to ensure our land is forever preserved in agriculture.
For 2018 the garlic we have planted includes the Hardneck varieties: Music, Shvelisi/Turkish, (both heirloom), German White, Killarny Red, Red Grain, Purple Glazer, Bogatyr Roots Buckeye Red, and the Softneck varieties: Nootka Rose, Inchelium Red, S&H, Italian Purple and Silver White. We will also sell the ramps and garlic scapes that we cut off of the hardneck varieties in the Spring. These are a special order due to the short harvesting window. We will be taking pre-orders for our garlic in bulk for seed or culinary needs as well as the bulb starting in July for Summer harvest. Silverskin and Nootka Rose garlic braids will be available upon request starting in October. All garlic varieties ship in the Early Fall. Ordering page is under "Web Store" of your convenience. All Garlic is SEED QUALITY and is most-used for culinary purposes for the discerning pallet. We are working on perfecting our very-own BLACK Garlic and Smoked Garlic that will be available starting in July. We smoke in hickory, applewood and mesquite. Please contact us to order those varieties as we make only in small batches for the best flavor.
We also have a trademarked hybrid hardneck rocambole garlic (which are known for their complex favor) that is a new wild crop found only in one area of the Pacific Northwest for an estimated century or so. We were fortunate enough to get some seed to start from the farmer that discovered it growing wild in his home town. He has been perfecting it for nearly a decade. We have chosen to name it "Roots Buckeye Red"....it's one of the most robust and hottest garlics we have sampled. We are very excited to share this new gourmet garlic with you in limited quantities until we grow enough for re-seeding the following years.
Some recent happenings from our maiden voyage and official opening season: Our new barn was raised in July 2017. It was about 6 weeks behind schedule because of the wet weather, unfortunately. It will include a test-kitchen for cooking demos, agri-parties as well as canning and baking classes. We will also have guest-artisan demo weekends scheduled at the farm. Looking like this Winter may start our events. We had a cider-making on Sept 3rd with our 5 varieties of apples and two varieties of pears we grow in the orchard-area of the farm. Apple pie classes will be up next for the holidays. Our garlic harvest season was longer than anticipated so we had to hold-off on finishing the interior of the barn so we could store the over 4,000 pounds we harvested.
We made our maiden voyage to The Cleveland Garlic Festival August 26-27th where we featured our organic garlic butter made with our Heirloom Shvelisi (Turkish) garlic.
On September 10th we made our 2nd trip down to the Merion Village Festival in Columbus. We love the people in German Village. SO much great conversation and I think we may have some new garlic gardeners in that area now. We featured our Organic and non-gmo salsas, kosher dilly beans and our compound garlic butter this year.
Upon our return from some national garlic festivals we immediately started planting again for 2018! We planted 2000 lbs of garlic this year. A significant increase to last year's crop due to increasing specific varietals that were hot-sellers. All bulbs were in the ground this year by December and were covered for their Winter slumber by Christmas week! We expect over 10,000 lbs this year.
2018 looks to be a fruitful year and is starting off with a BANG! We were asked to present at the Annual Mid-Ohio Growers Association Conference for vegetable farmers in our Tri-State area. We were told it brings in 1300-1500 attendees annually. We put together a presentation on "Growing Gourmet Garlic" for this 2-day event. We are excited to share our love for garlic with others who may want to dabble...
In the Spring we completed our permaculture-design certification to continue progressing our biodynamic farm in a very the most sustainable way. We are also working with Rodale (the original organic standard) on piloting a new level of certification called "Regenerative Organic" farming. Its based on three pillars of focus helping you keep your farm sustainable and regenerative for years to come. RegenOrganic.org for more info on the certification. This will put us in a newly coined farm classification called "Organic Plus." We developed a relationship with a national organic pickle company who looks to be using our garlic in their 18 varieties of pickles. Very excited about this and more info to come!
July we did a few consulting visits to new farms who needed help with either their garlic farm start-up or inspection and solving their crop failure they had this season. We love to help anyone getting involved in something we are so passionate about and it was an honor to be asked. Our two bee hives arrived in July to assist in the pollination of our farm. We love our bees are excited to extend the Root tradition of beekeeping and share the fruits of their labor!
We had an extremely busy August 2018 planned. We hosted a Donor's Farm Walk for The Land Conservancy. Spent a wonderful evening with donors, potential land donors and the community touring our farm, land and operations. We introduced them to our 200 plus year old birch tree in the woods. (We welcome private or group farm tours if interested.) We conducted a large-scale farm inspection for CNG in Geauga County to evaluate their operation for their ability to become officially certified with that organization. We also had to mentor and consult with a few farms who lost their garlic crop due to diseased seed stock and not rotating their garlic fields. We got them set up for a better 2019 season. We attended the Midwest Garlic Festival in Illinois followed by a wedding on the farm property. We end the month with our old friends at The Cleveland Garlic Festival in Shaker Hts. The September and October calendar is filling up fast as well.
In October 2018 our farm made the cover of The Hinckley Record a long-standing local publication. There was a lovely piece inside written about our farm and the history. One more huge festival for the year on the east coast then it's PLANTING TIME AGAIN!
Thanks for visiting! We hope you can find everything you need on our site! Family Roots Farm is focused on providing organic and non-gmo foods at a high level of customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations. Please note our farm is also listed in the following directories: USDA, OEFFA, Local Harvest, Woman Who Farm, Agri-licious, Ohio Proud and Mid-West Garlic Grower's Association.
With a variety of organic produce and products to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy feeding your family with food that has been hand-planted, tended-to, harvested and prepared with the up-most care, detail and love. Please browse our website or Facebook page (Family Roots Farm Inc). We update garlic gifts for the gourmet or gardener all year- round. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Rod & Jennifer Sharpnack
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