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.


Christopher Ranch is the largest grower, packer and shipper of fresh California garlic in the nation, but they also have a few acres of cherries in the product mix. Granted, this year was somewhat of a disaster for the cherry crop due to the rain, but it turned into a heyday for the lucky kids who attend the Ranch’s onsite Headstart Child Care Center. 

Like a couple of pied pipers, Bill Christopher and his son, Ken, led a gaggle of 20 children and their teachers into the orchard for a cherry picking spree. Bill had carefully scouted out trees with enough fruit for a junior feeding frenzy and low hanging branches so the kids could reach the ripe, juicy, luscious bounty on their own. How do I know the cherries were ripe, juicy etc.? Even though I had my hands full of cameras, I still managed to grab a few pieces of red gold and devour them at blinding speed.

The children, however, were each armed with a bag marked with his or her name. They excitedly ran from tree to tree and branch to branch packing as many cherries in their bags as they could carry. Red faces and smeared mouths were rampant from running and eating and eating and running, and when all was said and done, they amazingly had the patience to pose for a group photo. I rack it up to the soothing power of cherries. Red gold, indeed…


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