Grower-shipper Christopher Ranch LLC is preparing for the 35th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival.

More than two tons of the Gilroy, Calif.-based company’s Monviso California heirloom garlic are used annually at the festival’s cook-off stage and Gourmet Alley. The first bin of the crop was recently harvested, according to a news release.

The festival runs July 26-28 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy,Calif.

Don Christopher was one of the festival’s founders and has been actively in it since 1978.

Christopher Ranch ships more than 70 million pounds of fresh California heirloom garlic annually, according to the release. The Monviso name refers to mountains in Italy’s Piedmont area.