Laughing Stalk Farmstead released a video to highlight and educate the public about garlic scapes, farmer’s markets, local farms and healthy eating. While there are many parodies of the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, this goofy one touches on some aspects of growing organically, the difficulties of farming, and cooking with garlic scapes and features local folks from the farmer’s markets around town.
Garlic scapes are the curly tops of the garlic plant that would eventually become a flower. They are generally removed so that the plant puts more energy into producing a larger bulb but have become a popular seasonal addition for foodies and trendy restaurants. Their flavor is the same as garlic cloves though a bit more mild. They can be chopped and used just as one would garlic but are a bit more versatile. They make a delicious pesto, can be simply grilled, or even shaved onto a pizza among a myriad of other uses.
Garlic scapes can be found at local farmer’s markets by farmers that grow garlic and are only available for 3-4 weeks generally around May and June depending on the weather. Laughing Stalk Farmstead will be selling them at the Cape Riverfront Market (35 S. Spanish St. in downtown Cape Girardeau) for the next few Saturdays from 8am-Noon. They store well in the fridge but can also be frozen, pickled, or fermented.
Laughing Stalk Farmstead is a small, local vegetable farm organically growing around 2 acres of vegetables for the farmer’s markets in Cape Girardeau. They are located just 8 miles north of downtown Cape and operated by a two person crew of Emily Scifers and Ross Peterson. They enjoy farming and more importantly laughing.