About Golden Acres

Golden Acres Farm is a one-hundred acre family farm situated in the rich farmlands of  Southern Ontario.  The Fleischauer family has been farming here for four generations.  The current owners, Robert & Dianne Fleischauer, began transitioning the farm to organic in 1989, and have been successfully growing certified organic field crops since 1998.  The crop rotation and management system that they developed made it easy for their daughters, Sheri and Julie, to get involved, and start growing garlic on a small market scale. 
  The garlic did not begin as a business venture, and in fact, Sheri and Julie stumbled into it quite innocently when a neighbor persuaded Dianne to grow just twelve kinds of garlic.  Included were two softneck strains that they braided without really thinking about it.  The other subtleties and extravagant differences of the garlic varieties emerged like a magic show as they got to know and appreciate the diversified crop they were growing. 
  In 2006 Sheri and Julie had 1/10 of an acre planted in twenty-five strains of garlic.  That was enough to just slightly exceed the family's new-found appetite for roasted garlic on baked potatoes, so we shared a few bulbs with some other growers, and gained a few new garlic strains, and friends, in the process.
  A few years later, the Stratford Garlic Festival started up right on our door step, and we sold our garlic there for 13 years in a row.  We also offer an annual seed garlic catalogue, with shipping available to anywhere in Canada. You can subscribe to receive our email catalogue here, or check out our Catalogue page.

To contact Julie: julie.goldenacres@gmail.com,  or 519-588-5290.

Golden Acres Farm is located at 2579 Line 47, Gads Hill, ON  N0K 1J0

These are the Garlic Strains that we grew for our 2023 harvest, including test plots.

Anthony's Italian     
Brad Croatia
Crystal White
Eureka Duncan
Fishlake #3
French Pink
Goergian Crystal
Georgian Fire
Great Northern
Newfoundland Porcelain
Newfoundland Tall
Newfie Goldstrike (yellow variegated leaves from Newfoundland Porcelain)
Northern Quebec
Polish Jen
Polish Hardneck
Portugal 1 Azores
Portugal 2
Prussian White
Romanian Red
Sweet German
Ukrainian Mavniv
Wild Buff
Yugoslavian Porcelain

Marbled Purple Stripe:
Brown Rose
Central Siberian
Eureka Darwin
Guatemalan Ikeda
Kostyn's Red Russian
Red Russian
Ural Mountain

Purple Stripe:
Chesnok Red
Persian Star
Red Grain

Anna's Hungarian
German Brown
German Red
Hungarian Kiss
Killarney Red
Newfoundland Heritage
Puslinch ( Ontario Giant)
Spanish Roja
Zagreb Croatia

Asian Tempest
Korean Mountain
Korean Purple
Pyong Vang (Pyong Yang)

Aglio Rosso
Ail rose de Lautrec
Ajo Rojo
Barcelona Red Spanish
Prescadero Red
Spanish Benitee

Uzbek Turban

Artichoke (softneck):
Ann's Italian
French Violet
Kettle River Giant
Red Toch
Sicilian Gold

Silver Skin (softneck):
Chilean Silver
Eureka Danaerys
L'ail rose du Tarn
Mother of Pearl
Nootka Rose
Western Rose

Beletic Croatia
Marie's Lebanon
Elephant Garlic
Ural Mist

In our 2014 growing season, we maintained a total of 110 strains of garlic, including cultivars from nine different varieties, as well as a few strains that could not be classified.  

2015 fall planting weather was warm and sunny like we hadn't had it in years. A leisurely time we had, getting the cloves tucked in.
The next summer started to get dry, and kinda stayed that way. Luckily we had a nice rain before harvest, otherwise the hard, dry ground would have made both hand digging, and lifting the garlic with the tractor-pulled unit much more energy consumptive.

2016 planting happened a bit earlier than it needed to, according to the number of nice sunny days we had afterward. Some of the garlic grew nice little four inch leaves before the winter set in. I never worry too much about that though, because the harvest was quite nice.

2017 - 2018 Best germination/lack of winter kill in a couple of years. Surprised me, (Julie) as there was nearly flooding in spring, and lots of freezing and thawing. Spring held off for a long time, and summer was short, hot and dry, right up to garlic harvest. But you'd hardly know it, the bulbs were nice sized. The late ones got some rain, just before harvest, and it stayed wet into the fall.

2018 - 2019 I had plans to try planting a bit later than I usually do, but ended up planting September 18 - 20th, which was on time, if not early, compared to the last couple of years. Fall was wet wet wet! We were super lucky to get the garlic planted. A lot of farmers struggled to get the corn and beans and other late crops harvested.
Spring was a carryover of more of the same. Many flowers and bushes that bloom in early spring were delayed by as much as two weeks. But then it warmed up, and the garlic was nice and tall. 

2020 - I feel like we had two springs, and two falls...snow at Mother's day changed the garlic from green to a sickly yellow for a couple days, and then back to green as the warm weather finally showed up for good. Then it was hot...hot...hot...and dry. We were more fortunate than our neighbours two roads south, because we managed to be in the path of a few mini storms...and one declared tornado (F0 or F1, I forget what it was classified as, but it took down a couple of trees across the road and decimated a barn NW of us on the other side of the highway). Even the fall was dry, and it took a long time to reset the moisture levels deep in the soil, it was that depleted by all the heat and lack of rain fall. What a crop of garlic though! Luckily it stormed a bit, days before harvest, or I'd have needed a chisel to dig most of it up out of our lovely clay loam soil. (Clay is good for holding moisture, but it can get pretty solid during a drought.)

2021  Every year is an education, when farming! Years of counting cloves per pound and I still get caught by surprise to discover that the cloves were larger, and so, fewer per pound. Luckily I had enough seed to fill my alotted garlic plot size  of 24 single rows, 300 feet long, including a space for spring planting the Creoles and Silverskins. Spring planting was a dream this year! The ground was so soft and dry. I have never spring planted as early as March 21, and certainly not in a T-Shirt. As of April 10th, those little spring cloves were just coming up, and the fall planted cloves were about six inches out of the ground. The whole plot was tine-weeded twice - another first - usually the soil is too wet or too chunky at this stage, and then hand weeded throughout the summer. When it is hard to trust the calendar with phenomenal weather like this, I put more trust in the wisdom of the plants and flowers, they usually know what's going on better than the rest of us ;-)

2021 - 2022  When you farm with the same crops in one location, long enough, you learn to trust the method - Sept 20 is the time to plant. We rarely get another shot of good weather to dry the soil up after that, and this year was no exception. A lot of rain was forecasted, but the amount still took us by surprise. We planted nearly all of the garlic on Sept 19 and 20th. By Sept 22nd, half of the plot was under water from 5 inches of rain that fell in a day and a half. Luckily it drained off quickly (thank you drainage tile!!!) and the rocamboles had a 1/2 inch sprout 1 week later. By October 8th, many hardnecks were up out of the ground. I planted the Turbans by hand on October 1st, in a short, semi-dry period, and they also emerged by Oct 10th...which was what I was trying to avoid by planting later, but alas! They are so eager to sprout! 

2022  One of the longest drought summers we've had for a while. Our clay soil got pretty hard, and I hand dug a good portion of the garlic before realizing that the undercutter actually could get in the hard, dry ground. Amazingly the garlic looked fine, and was really good seed. I found that the eating garlic did not keep very well however, and we made a lot of garlic preserves and black garlic out of it by January. Our planting weather in the fall was also very leisurely and dry.

2023  Our water table came back up this year, thankfully, and the garlic took it's sweet time drying down in the field, thanks to an abundance of moderate rains spread consistently throughout the months of June and July. I find that later harvests usually mean bigger bulbs. Some of the Porcelains in particular are exceptional in size, and we are fortunate so far to have decent drying weather to cure them.


  1. do you have any seed this year?

    1. Hello Leslie, I do have garlic available this year, but it is more for culinary use, especailly at this point. Garlic can still be planted in November, especially a warm, sunny November like this one. But as it gets later in fall, the risk of harvesting small bulbs from that seed is raised because the clove is not given enough time to develop a root system. Thanks for your comment. my apologies for replying so late.

  2. I would like to plant some garlic this Spring( 2016). Like you, I am planning a spring-planted plot of garlic bulbils to get new strains started at my second year garden. Do you have anything that I could order for Spring planting? Thank you.
    P.S. I would really like to try planting
    Ail rose de Lautrec and French Violet

  3. Hello Linnea, Bulbils are a great way of getting new varieties started. As of yet, I do not sell bulbils through a catalogue(I didn't harvest enough of them this year to justify one) however, I gladly mail small orders to those who ask.
    Unfortunately the Ail Rose de Lautrec did not do well this year, and I couldn't get bulbils off of it. The softnecks sometimes give bulbils along the neck of the plant, but I don't have any left in French Violet, sorry.
    I do have an assortment of porcelains, some marbled Purple stripes, the purple stripes Chesnok Red and Persian Star, and a few Rocamboles.
    I go by the price of $5.00 per packet of ~100 seeds (usually 2 - 5 umbels, depending on the variety, plus shipping.
    you can contact me at goldenacresfarm@hotmail.com to discuss further details if you would like.
    Garlicky Regards.

  4. hi, i'd like to grow some big garlic for next spring (planting this fall). what are your prices and how do i order?

  5. I'm looking for elephant garlic. have you grown that variety?

  6. Thanks for your comments. I apologize for not replying sooner.
    I have added a page that has our Catalogue, for ordering details. Next August I will update it for the coming crop, but so far I still have some garlic for sale this year, especially Porcelains and Marbles Purple Stripes, which are generally the largest bulbs to harvest. They also have the largest cloves.

    I do grow Elephant garlic. It is an interesting crop that produces rounds and bulbs, in alternate years. This year out of 70 cloves planted, I harvested 8 bulbs and all the rest were rounds. I expect to have a good crop of Elephant bulbs next year, and plan to put them on the catalogue.
    Thanks again for your comments.

  7. Hi Julie,
    I don't see Mennonite garlic in your list. I aquired a few from Healthy Choice Farm in 2014 who say they got it from you. Is is actually Music variety with a local name?

  8. Hi Moonley,
    Healthy Choice Farm in Brampton? I have sold garlic to Manmeet Singh, but he may have confused which variety was from me. I've never carried Mennonite garlic, as I have Mennonite family history that is not so favourable. And, yes, I suspect it may be a strain of something else, perhaps music. In most cases, if it grows well for you, and you like that flavour, it's good to keep it, unless you are looking to sell garlic.
    I had a Duganskij strain that was Purple Stripe, rather than Marbled, and unfortunately I got rid of it and replaced it with a productive Marbled Purple Stripe, before I learned that "Duganskij" was also, aka "Persian Star", a purple stripe. (Persian Star is one of the few strains that has three names.) I have never gotten another strain of "Persian Star" that did nearly so well in bulb size. It really makes a difference sometimes, where the seed comes from, even if it's the same variety.
    There are a few inconsistencies in the world of garlic strains - mostly because it is so grassroots driven.
    On a side note: I like to think that each plant has a conversation with it's environment, so even though no drastic genetic changes may be happening, it still has the chance to adapt to it's growing conditions, and carry that forward in it's "deck of cards", for future growing seasons. Especially important for garlic, which is mostly grown from vegetative cultivation, with no cross-pollination possible, except under controlled conditions.
    Celebrate diversity! Thanks, Julie

  9. Enjoyed reading your blog and pics while searching for the vegetable quilt painting on the roof of the family barn.
    Love your aunt and cousins. (Aunt Frieda, Deborah and Linda) Merry Christmas and happy garlic growing for 2019.

  10. Hi Julia, My wife and i visited your farm late last year and we were talking about Yugoslavian garlic and we bought a number of other types of garlic at the time. We are looking forward to new
    crop. In addition i was wondering if you have seeds or if you would grow this wild garlic. Please see link attached. Thanks, shttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_ursinum

    1. Hi Milo, Thanks for coming out to the farm! We still have potatoes and carrots, if you want to venture out again! I'm sure next year we can do better on getting you some Yugoslavian Porcelain garlic, I was nearly out last year, partly because I planted most of it.
      Allium Ursunum grows in a lot of the bush land in and around our area. I've been to my neighbor's bush once or twice to pick the greens in early spring. They have a nice flavour, though the small size does make them a bit tedious to clean. We usually call it wild leek, but I'm positive its the same plant as described in the link. I've never tried taking it out if its natural habitat and trying to cultivate it. It might be interesting to try collecting seeds this year. Not sure when they'd be ripe though... I stay out of the bush during hunting season.
      Thanks, Julie

  11. Hi Julie, we have been to your farm a couple times this fall and enjoyed talking to your mam. We were happy to get Yugoslavian garlic and hope you will have a bit more of this ind next season. We were also happy to get to try Duganskij, Red Russian, Irkutsk and Portuguese type of garlic.carrots, We also pack our car with beans, butternut pumpkins, potatoes,eggs,beets, .... I was wondering if you have some additional info on the Yugoslavian Porcelain garlic, the origin, since when it has been grown in Canada, and if anybody knows in which areas is mostly grown lately. Any additional info that you can share i would appreciate. At the end, thank you for the info on Allium Ursunum, the reason i asked is the fact the this type of wild garlic / leek is one of the best herb to regulate the cholesterol. Hope i will have some time in the spring to look for it. Looking forward visiting your farm soon again.

  12. Hi Milo,
    Thanks for your comments!
    Yes, so the Yugoslavian Porcelain garlic that I grow comes from Boundary Garlic, Midway British Columbia. That's my source (https://www.garlicfarm.ca/porcelain-garlic.htm#yugo). They describe is as a very hot tasting garlic that is grown in and around their region of the southern interior of BC. Other sites state that it is a rare heirloom variety that has been grown and preserved in BC "for ages" (which is not a very helpful or precise), and that it originally traces back to Dacha Barinka, Chilliwack, BC. This means that it was probably collected off of someone of Yugoslavian decent, and the trail of that origin is probably hard to uncover, but in the best case scenario, it did orginally come from Yugoslavia. All of our garlic varieties, except the ones that have adapted here in North America, we owe to an Asian or European country, as Central Asia is where the species originated, and was widely spread by the silk road, and by other travelers/medicine seekers and gardeners.
    Hope that helps.
    Have a very Happy New Year! Julie

  13. Thank You kindly Julie, I will try to get in touch with your contacts and hope they have some additional information. If you come across any additional info fell free to let me know.

    Hope to see you soon and Looking forward to next summer and to new crop of garlic and other vegetables from your farm.