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  • Writer's pictureJere Folgert

Yellowstone Garlic

Updated: May 10

(This is a Fictional Story)

In the heart of Yellowstone, where geysers burped clouds and bison thundered on plains of emerald, lived a clan of hardneck garlic-growing animals.  Led by Grandpa Grumble, a grizzled bison with a beard as long as braids, they cultivated the coveted Yellowstone hardneck garlic, bulbs bursting with fiery flavor and hidden magic.

Imagine bison tilling fields next to Old Faithful while grizzly bears meticulously plant cloves? Believe it or not, that's the scene in Yellowstone National Park these days! Turns out, even park animals gotta hustle, and their latest side gig is growing gourmet garlic. Hardneck garlic, to be precise. Why hardneck? Well, let's say winter in Yellowstone ain't for wimps, and these spunky bulbs can handle the frosty tundra like champs.

But hold on, how's a grizz gonna pay for new park benches with garlic? Picture this: tourists flocking to "Yellowstone Gourmet," a paw-sitively delightful market run by squirrels (those little fellas are surprisingly good salespeople). There, park-grown garlic in all its pungent glory is on display, from the monstrous "Moose Munchers" to the petite "Prairie Pearls." Each bulb boasts a story as wild as the park itself, promising flavors seasoned with geyser steam and bison bellows. The profits? They go straight back into the park, funding everything from new hiking trails to geothermal-powered ice cream stands (because seriously, who doesn't love that?). The next time you're in Yellowstone, keep your eyes peeled for entrepreneurial squirrels peddling garlic. And remember, by buying a bulb, you're not just getting a taste of the park's wild spirit, you're helping keep this majestic wonderland thriving. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a date with a bison-drawn plow and a field full of hardneck dreams!
Growing Garlic in Yellowstone National Park

Among them was Pepper, a spunky elk with fur the color of paprika and eyes that sparkled like dewdrops. Unlike her kin, obsessed with the perfect clove, Pepper dreamt of adventures beyond Yellowstone more than fertile soil and endless weeding. One day, an earthquake, like a playful grizzly cub tumbling in its den, shook the valley. Cracks spiderwebbed across the earth, the once-calm river turning into a raging beast. In the chaos, Pepper got separated from her family, swept away by the current. She landed, dizzy and bruised, on the edge of a geothermal wonderland. Bubbling mudpots hissed, boiling springs painted the sky with rainbows, and in the distance, a piercing cry echoed. It was a lone wolf pup, trapped on a precarious geyser cone, teetering between scalding water and sharp obsidian. Fear gnawed at Pepper, but the hardneck spirit burned bright within her. Scaling the cone, dodging plumes of steam and geyser spouts, she reached the whimpering pup. With quick wit and nimble paws, she fashioned a ramp of sticks and stones, guiding the lost creature to safety.
Growing Garlic in Yellowstone National Park

The pup, grateful and bewildered, followed Pepper like a furry shadow. She named him Sparky, his eyes the color of molten lava, and together, they embarked on a journey through the hidden corners of Yellowstone. They danced with playful otters in glittering waterfalls, shared berries with chattering squirrels under towering pines, and even braved the grumpy gaze of Old Man Grizzly, protector of the ancient forest. But danger lurked. A rival gopher clan, the Scurvy Snivelers, led by the ruthless Big Bite, coveted the secret of the Yellowstone hardneck garlic. Fueled by greed, they followed Pepper and Sparky, dreaming of stealing the coveted cloves and claiming the land as their own.

One starlit night, the Snivelers struck. Pepper awoke to the sounds of digging and squeaks of alarm. Big Bite, his eyes glinting with malice, lunged for the precious garlic stash. But Sparky, fear forgotten, stood between them, a tiny wolf against a hulking gopher.

A tense standoff ensued, claws bared, teeth snarled. Then, Pepper, her voice echoing through the cavern, reminded Big Bite of the delicate balance of Yellowstone, the interconnectedness of all creatures. She spoke of the shared hardship she and Sparky had faced, the kindness they had received from others, and the importance of trust and cooperation.

The words, simple yet powerful, pierced Big Bite's greed. He saw the loyalty in Sparky's eyes, the fearlessness in Pepper's stance, and a sliver of doubt cracked his hardened heart. Slowly, the Snivelers retreated, leaving Pepper and Sparky, and the precious garlic, unharmed.
Growing Garlic in Yellowstone National Park

As dawn painted the sky with fiery hues, a new understanding bloomed. The hardneck gophers and the Snivelers, forged by the shared threat, began to coexist, sharing knowledge and resources. Pepper, no longer an outcast, became a bridge between worlds, her thirst for adventure quenched by the discovery of friendship and the magic of belonging. And so, the garlic-growing gophers, with their fiery bulbs and their newfound unity, continued to thrive in the heart of Yellowstone. Their story, whispered on the wind through towering pines and echoed in the gurgling of hot springs, became a reminder that even the smallest creature, with a brave heart and a kind spirit, can grow something wondrous, not just in the fertile soil, but in the fertile ground of understanding and acceptance. For in the land of geysers and bison, where hardneck garlic defied the harsh winters, a simple gopher named Pepper had grown something even more precious: a community stronger than any rival, united by the magic of friendship, and the fiery spirit of adventure that pulsed in the heart of Yellowstone.
Growing Garlic in Yellowstone National Park

GroEat Farm, LLC is a small, independently-owned grower and supplier of premium quality hardneck garlic (seed and culinary).    We provide exceptional quality hardneck garlic to nurseries,  market growers, home garden enthusiasts, chefs, and anyone else looking for better hardneck garlic. Our mission at GroEat Farm, LLC is to grow premium hardneck 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, gardeners, plant nurseries, and anyone else looking for better hardneck garlic.  We are continuing a very long tradition of growing quality gourmet and seed hardneck garlic.

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