With nearly 105 million pounds of garlic consisting of more than one billion bulbs, Christopher Ranch’s 2022 season is the strongest it has been in recent years. Ken Christopher, executive VP of the Gilroy-based company, said ideal weather conditions have been very beneficial for the crops.
It’s a far cry from just two years ago, when the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the skyrocketing demand for California-grown garlic devastated supply throughout the nation. This week, expect to see those “big, white, beautiful Christopher Ranch heirloom garlic” bulbs in the grocery stores, Christopher said, as the first trucks for West Coast customers departed on June 20.
To meet demand, Christopher Ranch recently invested in an expansion of its garlic production plant, adding more employees as production ramps up.