HOW DO I GET MY HANDS ON SOME PLANTS BANDIT GARLIC?
Go to our Contact Page, let us know how much you’d like and any questions you have. We can deliver to you if you live in Newstead and surrounds. We can also deliver to northern suburbs of Melbourne.
IF I GET SOME GARLIC BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Garlic that’s been grown free of chemicals or pesticides will store for 10-12 months in a happy kitchen.
HOW DO I STORE MY GARLIC? WHAT’S A HAPPY KITCHEN?
In a spot that’s not humid, is out of the sun and stays airy.
WHY CAN’T I BUY MY GARLIC THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AS I NEED IT?
Australian garlic has a growing season that usually ends from October through to December each year. If, for example, you go looking for garlic in May or June, you’re likely be buying the previous year’s haul or imported garlic. To ensure customers get the only fresh stuff, we finish taking orders by February or once all garlic is sold out, whichever comes first.
BUT HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH TO ORDER?
If you have a predilection for vampires or just like to cook with garlic, 3-4 bulbs might get you through a week.
BUY PER KG – Our garlic is $30/kg and comes in three varieties – White Crookneck, Pink Otway and Giant Russian. White Crookneck and Pink Otway have a lovely strong flavour Giant Russian garlic has a more mild flavour with a much bigger bulb. It is delicious roasted and will usually last longer than the smaller varieties, we’ve cooked with our Russian bulbs up to a year after harvesting.
As of 2021, we are trialling a couple of new varieties, including the heirloom Oriental Purple, a solid and good looking bulb with extra tang. Stay tuned.
WHAT’S A KG OF GARLIC LOOK LIKE?
Tough question. It varies depending on garlic bulb size, how long after harvest it’s being weighed, garlic variety, how good a season it’s been, length of time in curing process. Because of all of these factors, it can vary from between 7 and 20 bulbs. When you get your order, you’ll get only the best bulbs in the bunch, in flavour, shape and size.
BUY PER BULB – If you’re only after a small amount, or want to test out the different varieties, our bulbs are $3 each. You can mix and match or get just one variety.
SCAPES – $5 a bunch. These are the curling tops of the garlic plants which give a subtle and tasty garlic flavour but without the intensity of a raw bulb. They can be grilled with butter and salt, mushed into pesto, or just added to a fresh pasta with a little olive oil. They’ll keep in the fridge crisper for up to 4 weeks but for the best flavour, eat fresh. The new kale.
DRIED FLOWERS – Giant Russian flowers are popular as dried bouquets and we can provide them as singles for $1 or bunches for $5 each.
WHO ARE YOU ANYWAY?
Joey Rochford grew up on a certified organic garlic farm in Tenterfield NSW. As a child she spent her Saturdays helping out with the garlic and moaning about how all her friends were somewhere else, doing fun stuff… until she grew up and finally realised it was the only way to live.
In 2016 Joey completed her studies in Horticulture, and cooperatively grew garlic through the PopUp Farmer program with Farmer Incubator. In 2017, Plants Bandit was established. We started out growing garlic on a friend’s farm in Ballan in north west Victoria. In 2019 we made the permanent move to our new home and HQ in Newstead, Central Victoria.
We offer organically grown garlic to kitchens of all sizes, restaurants, cafes, homes, or anyone who just likes their plant life edible and chemical free.