" We are continuing a very long tradition of growing quality, gourmet and seed garlic".
- ABOUT US -
GroEat Farm is a small, independently-owned grower and supplier of premium quality garlic (seed and culinary). We provide exceptional quality garlic to nurseries, market growers, home garden enthusiasts, chefs, and anyone else looking for better garlic.
Growing Practices: No Pesticides, No Herbicides, No Fungicides, No Synthetic Fertilizers. Our little family farm uses organic and biodynamic farming practices to grow and achieve quality garlic.
GroEat Farm is a small, sustainable family farm located in Bozeman, Montana. We’re located in the beautiful Hyalite foothills, below the Gallatin Mountain Range. The hardneck varieties that grow at our farm (Ophioscorodon) flourish here, due to the combination of the cold winters, temperate summers, moist spring, and the dynamic alluvial soils, washed down from the Gallatin Range (comprised of Archean metamorphics, Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks, and Eocene volcanics). Not only are the GroEat garlic healthy and beautiful, their flavor’s are robust and delicate.
Our mission at GroEat Farm is to grow premium garlic, preserve garlic varieties for the future (through propagation), and to provide others with the opportunity to grow garlic from our seed. We help home gardeners, chefs, small-scale commercial growers, organic gardeners, plant nurseries, and anyone else looking for better garlic. We are continuing a very long tradition of growing quality, gourmet and seed garlic. We follow USDA Organic Practices and are an Organic Farm (Organic farms / 7 CFR 205.101(a)). and comply with the requirements in 205.200 - 205.299 of the USDA organic standards.
On a personal note: I started growing garlic in 1969 with my grandmother. Grandma "Maggy" Folgert immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1921. Margaret Pachalewska Magdalena arrived on Ellis Island, after travelling across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship with her sister. Rumor has it, she brought many heads of garlic with her on that ship. She moved to Chicago, Illinois for a few months. Eventually she and her new husband she met at a restaurant (a cop with the last name of Folgert) moved to Phillips, Wisconsin. They had high hopes to establish a farm and raise kids. She planted garlic cloves that fall, to keep her connection with Poland. Polish Hardneck is a hardy, rich, strong Porcelain type - just like her. Without electricity or running water, she raised six kids including my father, Patrick. She used garlic in many of the food dishes she prepared using her wood-fired stove and oven. They lived on 120 acres and grew virtually all of their food. Ever since I can remember, we planted garlic each fall. My dad, Patrick, continued to grow garlic until he passed away a few years ago. Together, we continued to propagate garlic, we shared new techniques for growing garlic, and we shared many homemade tasty recipes. Thank you Grandma Folgert. Thank you dad. I found it interesting that Grandma Folgert lived in Chicago before moving to Wisconsin. The official origin of the name “Chicago” is the French version of the Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa (“Stinky Garlic”), named for the garlic plant (not onion) Allium tricoccum, which was commonly found along the Chicago River.
We carry on Margaret's tradition. We plant, weed, harvest, hang and cure our garlic by hand - one at a time.