Garlic Scapes & Sunflower Mazes

Now that the weather has warmed.. finally..  as well as the passing of the first full moon in June.. and the cutting of the first crop of hay of the season.. It’s time to get ready for Nova Scotia’s 2017 Sunflower Maze! The Butterflies have been ordered, and the girls are currently brainstorming this year’s theme and maze design. We can’t wait to share our farm, it’s view and our field of sunflowers with you!! Who doesn’t want to Get Lost in a field of Sunflowers? Or Go fly a Kite? or Picnic in a field while watching the tide change, the eagles play, and the Belted Galloway calves play? 


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And.. the garlic scapes are ready!! This is one of my favorite times of year.. Our garlic loving family cannot wait for fresh Pickled Garlic Scapes, Garlic Scape Hummus, Garlic Scape bread, steamed scapes and Ken’s favorite: Garlic Scape Pesto, which I will share with you below. If you are looking for Garlic Scapes, we will have some with us at the Hantsport Pop Up Farmer’s Market, Saturday July 1st from 8:30-12pm.. or you can always message us for fresh straight outta the garden picked. 🙂

But first.. What are Garlic Scapes?  The Scape is the top of the hard neck garlic plant, just before it flowers when the neck with grows a spear, and then curls twice. It’s important to cut them off in order to push the growth back into the bulbs so as to get large bulbs of garlic a few weeks later.. otherwise.. you can let it flower (and eat those), or let it turn to seed (and eat them too) but your bulb will remain small. 


Garlic Scape Pesto
Like regular Pesto.. but for the Garlic Lover.
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1185 calories
68 g
22 g
94 g
29 g
16 g
285 g
416 g
5 g
0 g
73 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1185
Calories from Fat 816
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 94g
Saturated Fat 16g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 42g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 22mg
Sodium 416mg
Total Carbohydrates 68g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 5g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup of Garlic Scapes
  2. 1/2 cup raw cashews
  3. 1/4 cup Sunflower Oil (more as needed)
  4. 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  5. a handful of fresh basil (optional.. but worth it)
  1. Chop Garlic Scapes so they are no longer an annoying curl that will wrap itself around your food processor blade.
  2. Blend all in food processor until smooth.
  1. Enjoy on bread, pasta, crackers.. or like Kennie.. with a spoon straight out of the bowl.
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About Jen

The writer of this Blog is Jen.. Other Half of Ken, Second Son of Annie & Donnie. I like to jam and bake, and thought this might be the appropriate place to share my recipes.. Some are treasured family favorites, while others are "I wonder if this will taste good" recipes. If your interested in a bottle of homemade goodness and don't have time to make it yourself, please feel free to message me: