If you love garlic, this day is for you, it is World Garlic Day.
China produces about two-thirds of the world’s garlic but some is grown in Saskatchewan as well.
Dave and Krista McBain own M and M Garlic near Whitefox, which is about 15 kilometres northwest of Nipawin.
More than 20 years, ago, they started with just 35 pounds and it took about five years, due to the competition from the Chinese market, before they started making powder and minced garlic.
That’s also when they started planting carrots, asparagus, beets and cucumbers for the value-added garlic products they produce.
Dave McBaine says the weeds come up so fast that they just cultivate, rototill and hand-weed the acre which grows their garlic and vegetables.
“We can’t call it certified because we don’t get anybody to certify it,” said McBaine. “It’s just more money to spend to get someone to certify it. We don’t even call it organic because people just assume that it is.”
M and M Garlic is sold at the SaskMade Marketplace in Saskatoon as well as the Co-op Produce section and various craft fairs and farmer markets around the province.
The McBains process nearly 5,000 pounds of garlic a year. Garlic powder and fresh minced garlic are their best selling products.