September 14, 2014 @ 10:39 PM

ISLAND is looking for the best garlic in northwest Michigan! Our first annual garlic show and auction takes place at Maple Bay Farm on October 18 from 3 to 7:30 pm, but we're seeking your garlic entries today.

Garlic growers who grow without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers within the 10-county area of northwest Michigan will be grappling for the coveted Best in Show award. The garlic heads submitted will be auctioned off in a real, live auction, so bring your game and your garlic breath and go home with some of the best garlic in the area. Garlic will be evaluated on the basis of size and appearance, flavor, variety characteristics, and consistency.

To enter your garlic, all you need to do is register online! Click on this link and fill out the form. The registration form contains all you need to know to submit your entry.

Our distinguished panel of judges includes:

  •   Eric Patterson, chef, The Cook's House
  •   Jim Sluyter, local farming and food systems veteran
  •   Evan Smith, Cherry Capital Foods
  •   Kate Pearson, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Best of Show entries will be awarded a portion of the sales from their garlic. Remaining proceeds go to support ISLAND programs. A cash bar and delectable fare from The Cordwood Barbecue and SEEDS Pizza will also be available for purchase. The fun begins at 3 pm, followed by judging at 4 and an auction at 5:30.

For questions, contact or call 231-622-5252.