about our Farm
We are a family farm in the finger lakes of beautiful western New York. With care for the earth, we grow outstanding garlic and vegetables for the local community and beyond. Our farm is always expanding; we are currently working on creating tasty farm-fresh products from our vegetables, planting a couple acres of berry, fruit and nut trees, propagating perennials in our newly-built nursery, as well as producing the finest hardneck seed garlic upstate New York has to offer.
our Commitment to the Earth
Six Circles Farm is certified Naturally Grown - we have a commitment to enhance the fertility, diversity, and overall health of our lands. We build healthy soils naturally by using cover crops and regularly amending our soils with compost and organic matter. We do not use synthetic or petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. We fertilize with composted organic matter, we use mulches whenever able, and we do much of the work by hand.
We sell our fresh produce locally at farmers markets in Ithaca and Trumansburg, as well as providing weekly fresh produce to members of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Online, we sell our best varieties of hardneck garlic bulbs for eating, bulk garlic seed for planting, a wonderful garlic scape pesto "Rosie's Scape-a-moli", beautiful garlic braids, and garlic gift baskets for that true garlic enthusiast you know.
Our Grandmother Rosie
Rosie is our grandmother, whose love for garlic, people, and all life is legendary. She is the inspiration for our love of garlic, and a testament to some of its health benefits-we celebrated her 94th birthday this spring! We believe garlic is something that can enhance anyone's health and connection to their food and land. Think about growing your own this year, it's fun and easy.
When growing up in Brooklyn from Romanian parents, Rosie recalls that it was common for immigrants to bring garlic seed with them to plant in the new world. "We ate garlic and onions with every meal" says Rosie, "it was tradition". Her mother made a roasted garlic chicken that was out of this world, she slow roasted so that nearly all the garlic turned black; black garlic today is a rare slow roasted delicacy. Today, grocery store shelves are saturated with low-quality imported garlic which does not have the same flavorful, juicy, aromatic, and medicinal qualities as the traditional hardneck heirloom varieties you will find at a local farmer's market.
Scape-a-Moli is a garlic scape pesto with so much more, made from the garlic flower stems and cold-pressed sunflower oil, our pesto is a unique treat made free of preservatives. Our customers have referred to Rosie's Scape-a-moli as similar to a garlic hummus, garlic guacamole, garlic mustard, garlic spread, garlic sauce and a great garlic dip. It's so unique depending on which flavor you try that there are many different garlic opinions!
Garlic Seeds & Scapes
Garlic Seeds are produced from the flower stalk known as the "Scape", these garlic seeds are little and can be propagated to larger cloves in a few years. Our grandmother enjoys roasted garlic seeds right out of the toaster oven or raw in a garlic salad dressing.
Music makes great roasted garlic because it has large cloves unlike rocambole garlic which cloves are smaller. Cold-Hardy Garlic grows wherever there is a winter. Garlic sprouts right out of the ground in the beginning of March.