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Fresno claims title of 'True Garlic Capital of California'


Last updated 6/1/2022 at 4:55pm

Kevin Collins shows off the garlic crop at Borba Farms in Fresno County. The county produces 77% of garlic in the U.S. Fresno County played host to the National Garlic Festival on May 13-15. Village News/Dennis Pollock photo

Dennis Pollock

Special to the Village News

If you open your car window just a tad as you drive through Gilroy, you're almost certain to detect a distinctive smell: Garlic.

It's a smell that Kevin Collins, a manager at Borba Farms in Fresno County, loves. He's a grower of garlic, after all.

"A dairyman likes the smell of cow manure," he said. "I like the smell of garlic."

(Gilroy smells that way because of a major dehydrator operated there by the multinational Olam Group. Much of the garlic grown in Fresno County goes elsewhere for processing into fresh bulbs or dehydrated powder.)

But Coll...

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