We are two families running an organic agricultural venture located in the fertile soil of South Central Wisconsin. We offer 20+ varieties of organically grown, gourmet garlic that is available for planting or eating. Let our family provide you with garlic tended by hand, one clove at a time, on land that is free of any chemicals from seed to harvest to storage.
We are Jeff and Darla Korleski, the owners and resident farmers of The Blossom & Bean, located in Beloit, WI. We grow certified organic garlic seed in the fertile soil of South Central Wisconsin. Let us provide you with garlic tended by hand, one clove at a time, on land that is free of any chemicals from seed to harvest to storage.
The Blossom & Bean is our family farm, a breath of fresh air from our formerly predictable routine. Started by an artsy econ major turned dental technician, and his elementary teaching wife, we've gathered around us a handful of kids, a shedding labradoodle and a short speedster of a Yorkie pal. Throw in Grimalkin, the cat who lives up to her name and you have the makings of a fine collection of farm hands.
Many years ago, in the early years of our marriage, we exclaimed over the wonders of our small kitchen garden that produced salsa and salads. Our excitement grew as fast as the veggies and soon we were canning pickles, filling freezers with soup fixin's and tapping maple trees. The next thing we knew the hostas and hedges moved out to make way for an edible landscape of fruit trees and bushes, terraced slopes were growing non-genetically modified seeds and we had developed an overwhelming hunger to provide organic food for our dinner table year round. An unexpected detour into infertility gave us a mighty pause as we began to truly ponder what exactly we were putting into and onto our bodies. We began to clean up our eating habits, introduced the ensuing children to vocabulary like GMO and heirloom, pesticides and organic. Our stately old brick colonial on a large city lot just wasn't going to be able to keep up with our dreams, sadly. More land (and good, Southern Wisconsin farmland at that) would be needed so we could begin to grow crops on a larger scale. Doing this as a family would give us the blessing of growing our character in the habits of perseverance, fortitude, self-sufficiency and integrity by learning a valuable skill together, the skill of growing our own food. Small-scale family farming seems to be a lost art but it IS regaining momentum as more and more of us question where our food comes from. We dream of getting our family back to the country lifestyle Jeff was raised in. Growing garlic is our giant leap toward the realization of this dream. With the many culinary and medicinal uses for garlic, it is an incredible crop to grow. We currently work several acres of farm land where we grow 20+ varieties of garlic. We also cast hopeful side glances at the dozens of untended apple trees on our acreage waiting in line for our love and attention.
We are happy to grow healthy, chemical free gourmet garlic for you and thank you for taking the time to read our story. From seed to harvest to storage, our garlic is GROWN for you and GOOD for you, SIMPLY GOOD from field to table.
Meet the Greenbergs, Troy and Rhonda and seven kids, six of which are still at home ranging in age from twelve to eighteen (we have twins that are twelve if you are doing the math).
We have a long history of farming which goes back to at least 1908 when the Greenberg Farm was established, and I am proud to say it is still thriving today. Along with the garlic we have a garden and raise our own beef and pork.
In addition to our garlic business we have owned and operated a cabinet shop since 1985. The shop has built everything from high end kitchen cabinets to store displays to commercial casework for clinics and hospitals.
The Greenberg kids are a crazy bunch that are schooled at home. They are involved with many sports teams including cross country, track, volleyball, and basketball. They are also involved in the day to day activities of the garlic business as part of their schooling. If you call the business number you may get a chance to talk to one of them.
We are covering the garlic in the fall with leaves.
We appreciate your interest in our garlic! If there is anything we can do to help you please feel free to Contact Us. We are always happy to help.