Grey Duck Garlic
Organic Garlic Farmers: About Us
Grey Duck Garlic, LLC is a small family run farm committed to growing high quality organic garlic in a sustainable and fun fashion. We have a passion for organic gourmet garlic!
We grow slow food. It takes 9 months to hand grow a perfectly flavorful bulb of gourmet garlic. All our new garlic varieties are taste tasted and we only keep the garlic that taste great and grows wells. We only sell garlic that we grow ourselves. Currently we grow two Washington heirloom garlic varieties including German Red.
Grey Duck Garlic is located on a certified organic farm (#1883) owned by Jane Fluegel in the Palouse region of Washington. The farm is nestled between the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse. Half the acreage is on a hillside dotted with natural springs and dedicated to natural woods and native plants. The other acreage is flat pasture bordering a creek.
Jane Fluegel: Cowgirl, Landscaper and Building Designer, Sustainable Farmer, Artist
Jane spent part of her winter designing and supervising our new garlic drying barn. Currently, she is busy rounding up her happy herd of slightly spoiled beef cattle, frenzied flock of free range hens, and giggling gaggle of grandchildren. She has fed her children and grandchildren from her sustainable organic gardens for over thirty years. In her spare time, she designs beautiful low input xeriscape and native plant landscape plans. Known for her honesty and quirky sense of humor, Jane’s unique and open style make her fun to be around. She has taught her children and grandchildren an appreciation for the land. Jane’s artistic abilities can be seen on our garlic labels and throughout the website.
Susan Fluegel, PhD: Researcher, Webmaster, Nutritional Biochemist
Susan loves to learn, teach and live! She has a passion for garlic, mitochondria, epigenetics, and nutritional biochemistry. Other interests include sustainable agriculture, using diet and lifestyle to prevent disease and increase cognitive abilities, and giving unprompted nutritional lectures to unsuspecting acquaintances. Susan inherited her healing touch and ability to make anything grow from her mother, Jane.
Unlike many nutritional professionals who push broccoli and brown rice, Susan makes herself welcome at dining occasions by espousing the virtues of fat and chocolate. If you have an hour or two to spare, ask her about the evils of soy. She has a passion for art and, along with Jane, designed and drew many of the illustrations for the garlic website.
Edna Hastain: Writer and Researcher, Garlic Cook, Knitter, Bionic Women
Edna spent much of this winter cooking with our new garlic varieties and writing up her taste impressions. As you can tell, she is willing to take on the really hard jobs to help out other garlic lovers! Edna is a former natural foods cook, and loves to experiment with exotic foods.
Edna researched and wrote some of our garlic cooking and garlic health pages. She says Grey Duck Garlic is the best garlic she has ever tasted. Due to her garlic addiction, she has been forced to join Grey Duck Garlic in order to obtain an unlimited stash of fresh bulbs.
Edna leaves no weeds behind. She and Susan are thinking about competing in the Weeding Olympics. Last year, Edna started making ecofriendly woven bags out of recycled plastic bags. She uses different colored grocery bags to make fresh and original designs. Edna also knits colorful wool socks and hats for lucky relatives and friends.
Patty Fluegel: College Student, Photographer, Assistant Researcher, Goat Herder
Patty has just successfully finished her first year of collage and we are very proud of her! Patty is responsible for some of the more artistic photos you see in Grey Duck Garlic’s website and the beautiful labels on our 2009 and 2010 garlic bags. She is a tireless worker and earned her garlic researcher’s badge by helping Susan weigh and measure over 5,000 heads of garlic. Patty has had numerous adventures, including living in southeast Alaska, traveling the world, managing a sled dog camp for tourists, managed a large natural health food store, raising Nubian goats and living in a wall tent in the Canadian wilderness for the winter. Her new adventure is going back to school and we wish her the best of luck.