Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

Yellow School Buses, The End Of Summer, Farm-Fresh Produce…And Trapper Keepers

Fresh Summer VegetablesOh, boy…you can tell summer is nearing its close when you see the yellow school buses, once again, commandeering the streets.

I remember as a kid – or even in college – the buses were a sad reminder that my days of freedom were almost over.

However, in grade school, the advent of the school year was also met with excitement, as it meant a new Trapper Keeper and pair of jellies for the first day of school.
In college, summer’s end meant no longer would I be subjected to my dad in his undies at 2 a.m., reminding me that his house was not a hotel for coming and going whenever I please, and – instead – a welcome return to Ramen Noodles and Natty Light with the friends.

Ahh…now that’s freedom. But that’s an entirely separate story.

In my older age of 26, my reasons for sadness due to summer’s conclusion have changed. I now get a little teary-eyed thinking about the end of an extensive array of farm-fresh produce at my local farmer’s market.

True, I live in California, so our season is longer than most. However, you can’t compete with the swaths of summertime fruits and vegetables available from May through August: tomatoes, zucchini, squash, peaches, nectarines, basil, kale, onions, cucumbers, avocados, berries, okra, eggplant, melons, sweet corn, snap peas, peppers, collard greens, beets and, of course, California heirloom garlic. Hmmmm……

To pay homage to another great summer – and the bounty of fruits and vegetables I’ve grown accustomed to – I’ve compiled a list of scrumptious summer-inspired recipes to utilize in the upcoming weeks. Similar to my youth, I’m going to hang on to summer as long as possible…..

Zucchini Spears With Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Mushrooms, Red Onions & Garlic

Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken Kebabs

Sauteed Beet Greens With Pancetta & Sundried Tomatoes

Basil & Garlic Gnocchi

Fresh Corn Salad

Eggplant Lasagna Tart With Parmesan-Basil Crust

So, like the Trapper Keeper and Natty Light with friends, now, when summer ceases, at least we have two things to look forward to – fall vegetables and college football.



  Bill Bartmann wrote @

Excellent site, keep up the good work

  christopherranch wrote @

This is rather delayed, Bill, as it went to spam.

Thank you very much for reading…I appreciate it! Feel free to offer suggestions always.

Take care,


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