From its unassuming warehouse on Madison’s far south side, Keene Garlic ships around 40 garlic varieties, most of them in massive heads of fat cloves, all of which can be eaten or planted. Some come from the company's own one-acre plot, while others come from about 60 small farms in Wisconsin and neighboring states.

Business at the warehouse boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for ways to eat healthy and grow their own food, said Cindy Hollenbeck, part of the family that runs the business.

The company has customers in all 50 states, she said, noting that Midwestern garlic, acclimated to cold winters, seems to grow well nearly everywhere. The company has also filled its website with advice on how to grow, harvest, cure and store garlic.

“That's why we keep getting our customers back every year,” she said. “If their garlic grows and they're successful, they keep coming back.” 

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From its Madison warehouse, Keene Garlic packs and ships roughly 40 different varieties of heirloom garlic to gardeners and garlic aficionados around the country.

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Linnea Phillips, an organic farmer who owns Rock Lake Organics outside of Lake Mills, packages orders of fresh garlic for customers at Keene Garlic in Madison.

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Heads of garlic are set on a shelf at the Keene Garlic warehouse before being shipped to customers.

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Scape salt is made with freeze-dried garlic scapes in the kitchen at Keene Garlic.

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Scape salt is made with freeze-dried garlic scapes in the kitchen at Keene Garlic.

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Keene Garlic's organic granulated garlic is made from “seconds,” or heads of garlic that aren’t quite perfect enough to sell to customers.

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Cindy Hollenbeck unpacks a delivery of fresh garlic from Minnesota at Keene Garlic's warehouse in Madison.

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Branded bags sit on a shelf near the entrance of Keene Garlic in Madison.

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From left to right, Cindy Hollenbeck, Keene Hollenbeck and son Bruce Reed unpack a delivery of fresh garlic from Minnesota at Keene Garlic's Madison warehouse.

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Amanda Jones packages heads of garlic at Keene Garlic in Madison.

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Latisha Galvin sorts, weighs and packs heads of garlic at Keene Garlic in Madison.

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From left to right, Aaron Hollenbeck, Cindy Hollenbeck, Keene Hollenbeck and Bruce Reed run Keene Garlic in Madison. Aaron and Bruce, the couple's sons, recently joined the company.

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Roughly 40 different varieties of garlic are stored and sold at Keene Garlic.

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Heads of garlic are set on a shelf before being shipped to Keene Garlic customers.

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Twenty-five-pound bags of Georgian Fire garlic are stored and sold at Keene Garlic in Madison.

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