In this issue...
  • Red Bull
  • From Our Friends
  • From Jeanie's Kitchen
  • Q&A
  • About Dixondale Farms

  • Affiliations
    New Catalog, New E-Newsletter November 2006

    Dear Fellow Gardener,

    If you like growing onions, keep your eye out for two things.

    The first is our 2007 catalog. Hot off the press, it's mailing this week and will be in your mailbox shortly. If you'd like one for a friend or yours doesn't arrive within the next two weeks, click here or call 877-367-1015 to request another.

    The second is our new newsletter. You're reading the first issue of The Onion Patch, published monthly in season. With this quick-reading resource, we'll help our customers grow the biggest and sweetest onions ever.

    The next issue will be published in January, and we look forward to seeing you then. If you have any questions in the meantime, please give us a call at 877-367-1015 or send us your questions here. We'll be happy to help!

    Bruce "Onionman" Frasier

    red bull Red Bull
    New for 2007

    Our new introduction for 2007, the dependable Red Bull stores for 8 to 10 months, an outstanding record for a red onion. Starting some 105 days after planting, you'll enjoy its intense red color and delicious taste. A long-day variety especially suited for the Northern half of the country. Click here for more details.

    Bruce3 From Our Friends

    Do guys named Bruce grow better onions? Here's one of our favorite customers, Bruce Combs of Washington state holds one of our favorite onions, Ailsa Craig. We liked this photo so much, we used it for the cover of our 2007 catalog. This heirloom onion is a big beauty, sometimes growing as large as 4 pounds.

    We love hearing from customers. Send us your favorite "onion photo" at and we'll try to include it in a future newsletter.

    From Jeanie's Kitchen
    Jeanie’s Shoe Peg Salad

    • 1 can shoe peg (white corn)
    • 1 can English Peas, drained
    • 1 can French cut green beans, drained
    • 1 small jar chopped pimento
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/3 cup vinegar
    • 2/3 cup sugar

    Lightly mix together corn, peas, green beans, pimento, celery and onion. In saucepan combine vinegar and sugar and bring to boil. Remove from heat and pour over mixed vegetables. Mix well and refrigerate in covered bowl overnight to blend flavors. This salad keeps indefinitely when refrigerated. Good served with BBQ or meat loaf or as a relish with any meat.


    Q. What should I consider when choosing onion varieties to grow?

    A. The most important thing is to choose a variety that's appropriate for your geographic area. Long Day onions require 14 to 16 hours of sunlight and generally do better in the northern states. Intermediate Day onions do best in the middle section of the country where there is 12 to 14 hours of daylight. Short Day onions are best suited to the South, where the sun shines for 10 to 12 hours per day.

    To see which type of onions grow best in your area, click here.

    Storage time is another consideration. Some onions keep for about a month, others can keep up to a year under proper conditions. Generally speaking, the sweeter the onion, the shorter the storage period.

    Everything else – red or yellow, big or little – all depends on personal preference.

    About Dixondale Farms

    As the largest and oldest onion plant farm in the US, Dixondale Farms offers a wide selection of top- quality, disease-free, ready-to-plant onion plants. To see our complete product line, request a catalog, or for growing tips and cultural information, visit our web site by clicking here.

    Whether you're planting one bunch or thousands of acres, we're committed to your success. If you have either questions or suggestions, we'd love to hear from you. You can reach please from 8AM to 5PM Central Time at 877-367-1015, or email us any time at

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