That's the motto our Founder Bill Higgins began many years ago
when he purchased a parcel of agricultural land just off of Route 29 on the
way from Saratoga Springs to Schuylerville. "I knew I wanted to grow
something that would put the land to its best use, as well as economic
benefits for myself, I just didn't know what" states Bill, who majored
in biology during his college years and describes himself as an ecologist at
A meeting with Vito Latilla from the Manhattan Fruit Exchange at Chelsea
Market helped Higgins narrow the planting field down to something that would
easily lend itself to gourmet recipes and ever-growing agri-marketing
circles. He started small -- just a few pounds of a certified German white porcelain
variety of garlic at first and gradually built up to five acres.
Bill wanted to go beyond planting garlic so he teamed up with some of the
area's leading chefs. He set the criteria to meet rigid standards for
versatility, stability, consistency, ease of use and superior flavor. The
results were five simply wonderful Organic Garlic Aiolis Sauces that can be
used as a sauce, a light garlic mayonnaise, or garlic marinade. They are
superb with fish, meat, vegetables or a wonderful accompaniment to simple
crudities. In addition Bill created our own Lemon Dill Pickled Garlic which
is out of this world!
It was soon thereafter that production really kicked into high gear as
Saratoga Garlic went from being a specialty store item to a strong (though
not overpowering) presence on the shelves of gourmet display cases in major
grocery stores such as Hannaford and Price Chopper.
In response to customer request, the team developed a line of Saratoga Garlic
accessories and gift boxes.
It's little wonder that Bill finds his role as the founder and owner of
Saratoga Garlic so rewarding. "As a company, we strive to produce
innovative and high quality products that make cooking a great meal easy for
our customers. But why stop there?" he asks. "We want to make your life
easier and to provide you with valuable information on the health benefits of
eating garlic -- many of which can be documented as far back as 4,000 years
Bill is proud that his garlic sauces start from scratch at Homestead View
Farm, where an expert team handles and oversees all aspects from planting and
product production through shipping. "If you look at a clove of garlic,
you see only one form -- the outside," he notes, "It's not until
you begin to peel away the layers that you see the individual cloves. That's
how it is with the Saratoga Garlic Company. It's a real group effort ... all
the individual parts contribute something important to the whole."