After the garlic is harvested, it needs to dry and cure in a warm, dry place. The hayloft of the barn is the best place on the farm to do just that.
Part of the fun is getting the garlic up to the hayloft. First, we open one of the trapdoors on the loft and send a kid to scurry up a ladder for on loft support.
We fill buckets with garlic and hand up a rope. Young boy pulls up the garlic.
Once the garlic is up in the loft, the bucket is emptied and repeated until all the garlic is up in the loft..
Old refrigerator racks make great drying platforms for the garlic. After the garlic dries down, it will be cleaned and sorted for market.