Rasa Creek Farm is your supplier of quality organic and non-organic (grown naturally) seed garlic. We represent a team of growers who produce nearly 500,000 bulbs of the best garlic available, both hardneck and softneck. Bulk discounts are now built into our shopping cart, but call for special pricing if ordering more than 3,000 bulbs. Veteran garlic growers can zoom straight to our Online Garlic Store and begin ordering what they want, and beginners can learn everything they need to get started, from detailed cultivar descriptions to how to grow your own.
The service Rasa Creek Farm provides to its customers does not stop once the garlic walks out the door. We also provide tools and solutions for farming and running a profitable garlic business.
In the late 1990's, China flooded the market with under-priced garlic and put many Canadian growers out of business, knocking the number of acres planted in garlic down from 4,500 in the year 2000, to just 300 in the year 2002. Small farms and independent gardeners, like you, have become key players in bringing Canadian garlic back to life.
Everyone who visits farmer's markets and attends garlic festivals knows about the huge difference between domestic garlic and the imported variety, but there's still a huge consumer base that is aching to be converted. Rasa Creek Farm is on task.
In 2015, Rasa Creek Farm trained 65 new garlic farmers through our series of Growing Garlic Successfully & Profitably Workshops. In 2016 we are on track to train 90 more. We need volume in order to stand a chance in the larger marketplace; volume, coupled with communication and coordination between garlic farms.
It would be foolish to compete with imported garlic on price. Quality hardneck garlic is an entirely different product and needs to be set apart as such. Rasa Garlic has some ideas along these lines and will be implementing them in the coming years, establishing in the minds of consumers an immediate recognition of the vast differences and why domestic garlic is worth the extra cost.
Currently, consumers face a choice between "Canadian grown vs imported." We want to change that limited perspective, making it a choice between "An organic Rocambole with jaw dropping flavor... a gorgeous Porcelain with 4 immense cloves... a scintillating Marbled Purple Stripe that dances circles on your tongue—OR—an irradiated, sterile and dried out mini-bulb from overseas." See the difference? Marketing & Supply... each must grow.
Rasa Creek Farm (pronounced Rah'-sa... meaning juice or divine nectar and related to the sanskrit term Rasona which means garlic) is 126 acres of paradise located in Trinity Valley, one hour northeast of Vernon, BC. The land and weather here are perfect for gourmet hardneck garlic production and the farm's owners are uniquely qualified to deliver outstanding garlic to your home or business.
Lalitha Thomas trained as a master herbalist in the 1970's and is an internationally acclaimed author. Her most popular title, 10 Essential Herbs, has sold over 30,000 copies in five languages. One chapter from 10 Essential Herbs covers garlic and we've made that chapter available for free on our Garlic for Health page, where you can also purchase your own signed copy of the book.
In addition to the highest quality garlic, Rasa Creek has commissioned an extensive Permaculture design for the property from Element Eco-Design, of Vernon, and has a 2 acre food forest in the early stages of development. Aquaculture ponds and many other features will be incorporated into the landscape making Rasa Creek into a showcase of Permaculture Design for British Columbia. Visit our Permaculture page for further information.
While we're on the subject of resources, be sure to investigate the many links and educational materials we have on our Resources, How to Grow Garlic and Garlic for Health pages, where we've assembled: