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.

California Heirloom Garlic Is Our Forte…Yet, We Dabble In Ginger, Basil, Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Peppers & More

Christopher Ranch offers sun-dried tomatoes, too! Don't forget about chile de arbol! We also carry chopped ginger! Christopher Ranch offers pearl onions! Now, I don’t typically use this blog as a blatant promotional tool for Christopher Ranch. Or, at least, I try not to.

While, yes, the majority of posts do relate to fresh garlic in some manner, and consequently, Christopher Ranch, I do my best to avoid screaming – “use Christopher Ranch products – they’re the best products EVER!” I try to utilize a little tact, which isn’t always an easy thing for me to do.

Well, today is different. I’m going to be egocentric and talk about Christopher Ranch, as it became apparent at the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit Convention that, perhaps, people don’t know Christopher Ranch as well as I assumed.

In other words, through my conversations at PMA, it became evident that many are unaware of the additional products Christopher Ranch grows and carries – beyond fresh garlic.

Don’t get me wrong – fresh garlic is our focus, as we’ve been growing California heirloom garlic since 1956.

Nonetheless, Christopher Ranch also offers numerous other items, which are great flavoring components and widely used in cooking – whether it’s in a chef’s kitchen or your own home.

I bet you didn’t know that, for starters, Christopher Ranch also grows specialty onions and offers a full line of pearls (red, gold and white), cipollines, boilers and shallots?

Then, there’s our line of jarred herbs and spices – we’ve got basil, oregano, pesto, jalapenos and garlic/ginger stir fry. We also offer chopped ginger, chopped shallots, sun-dried tomatoes and sun-dried tomato pesto.

Not only that, but Christopher Ranch carries fresh ginger, a variety of dried chiles and grows seasonal bell peppers and cherries. (Check out Christopher Ranch’s product page for the complete line.)

Not too shabby for a company who's mainly reputed to be the largest grower and shipper of fresh domestic garlic.

The next logical question would be – where can I find Christopher Ranch products?

Well, sticking with the self-promotional theme of this post, I decided to provide you with a list of retailers that carry Christopher Ranch products. Now, each location is not going to stock all aforementioned products, but if you don’t see an item that you’d like, put in a request with your produce manager. They typically like keeping their customers happy.

Bristol Farms
Cash & Carry
City Markets
Food 4 Less
Food Lion
Food City
Fresh Market
Harris Teeter
Hen House Markets
Jon’s Marketplace
King Soopers
New Seasons Markets
Piggly Wiggly
Price Chopper
PW Markets
Raley’s/Nob Hill
Red Apple Markets
Rouses Supermarkets
Smart & Final
Thrifty Foods


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