| garlic producer|
Farmer Beat Stump runs the largest garlic warehouse in Thurgau. The 40-year-old has so many bulbs in stock that he could supply the entire canton with garlic for almost two years. In addition to garlic, wheat, quinoa and black beans also thrive on Beat Stump's farm.
The origin of "Swiss garlic" from beechnuts.
The farm on Eppishauserstrasse in Buchackern was originally a classic farm in Oberthurgau with dairy farming, fruit growing and arable farming.
In 1990 my father died at the age of 43. After that we sold the cows, uprooted many tall trees and switched to farming. The crops of wheat, rapeseed, barley and maize were newly planted. From then on it was produced according to the IP Suisse label.
In the winter of 2008 we demolished the old barn. Since 2010, we have exchanged areas with Bötsch Gemüsebau Salmsach. This ensures optimal crop rotation in cultivation.
In 2012 I was able to take over the business as sole tenant.
In October 2014 I planted Swiss garlic for the first time on an area of 1 ha, which was then expanded to 2 ha in 2016.
Four years after the first cultivation of garlic, i.e. in 2018, I was even able to increase the expansion to 4.5 ha.
Since January 1, 2019, I have taken over the entire farm in Buchackern from my mother. At the same time, I received permission to build a hall with a drying system and cold storage for 160 tons of garlic.
Growing garlic works very well on our soils. In the summer of 2019, the large amounts of rain in a short period of time were not exactly beneficial, which resulted in a loss of quality. Garlic is usually planted in mid-October and harvested the following year from around the end of June, depending on the weather. Fresh garlic for direct consumption can be harvested as early as May, depending on the variety.
After harvesting, the garlic is dried and continuously marketed via a greengrocer in the Rhine Valley. Various customers are supplied from there, such as Migros Ostschweiz and Spar Switzerland. Of course, we also supply many local farm shops, processors and private individuals.