[Market-farming] scape pricing

Dave or Kathy Campbell dkcampbell at southslope.net
Mon Jun 13 18:19:22 EDT 2011

It's important to harvest scapes when they are tender, because they go woody
pretty fast. Only new, tender scapes are worth eating; woody ones are
worthless!  You have at most a 2-week window to get them.  Get them when
they emerge and have a half curl or so.  If possible, you pull them straight
up to get as much as you can of the ultratender lower stalk.  (Can't imagine
WHAT those chefs were thinking who only wanted the tips-flowering
part?-because they would be discarding the best part of the scape!)  Still,
many will break off higher, but that is what you are trying for, at least.
We get them early and tender, and then keep in the fridge to sell during the
rest of June, until our "real" garlic crop (bulbs) comes in around
Independence Day. 

We sell them dollar a dozen at Iowa City Farmer's Market.  Originally only
Asian customers would buy, but now (after 8 years) everyone does.  We
explain that scapes are almost a separate vegetable, great for stir-fry or
pesto (we have a reference file of recipes from the web for customers to
peruse), but ought to be cooked all the way through (by light boiling)
before going in the wok.  Finally, they can be kept year-round by blanching
and then put in freezer bags.  Lot of folks get a year's supply, and do

Dave Campbell / Tiffin IA / Zone 5b


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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Thomas P
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 9:08 AM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] scape pricing


Richard and others,  ... am a first-time garlic grower.  When and how are
scapes harvested?  I've read to harvest scapes while they are still curled
(vs straight, I guess).  How much of the stem below the bulb is harvested?
Thanks for any suggestions that you can offer.  Tom  (7B)

Thomas P Hurtgen

hurtgenmeadows at gmail.com



On Jun 13, 2011, at 8:25 AM, Richard Stewart wrote:

Three farmers that grow and sell within 30 miles of each other.  Mike and I
are at the same markets, which are heavily urban and Lucy is north of us in
Oxford and Eaton and fairly rural.


We sell little garlic right now (selling nothing but our smallest heads at
winter market for a premium) so scapes cover the costs of growing the seed
crop, which is something to consider.  With the exception of elephant we
grow nothing but stiff neck garlic specifically because of scapes and look
at them as part of the cash crop.


Richard Stewart

Carriage House Farm

North Bend, Ohio


An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855


(513) 967-1106


rstewart at zoomtown.com


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