In this issue...
  • Product of the Month: Red Zeppelin
  • From Our Friends
  • From Jeanie's Kitchen
  • Q&A: Red Bull
  • Fun Onion Facts
  • Send Us Your Product Reviews!
  • About Dixondale Farms

  • Affiliations
    New Products To Make Your Gardening Easier November 2007

    Dear Fellow Gardener,

    Our 2008 catalog just mailed this week, so watch your mailbox! We think you'll be pleased by the new products we've introduced, including two new organic growing aids:

    Seacide for Onions. This is an all- purpose fungicide and insecticide that needs to be applied every 10-14 days during the growing season. Too many customers wait until they harvest rotten onions to realize they have a problem. When you spray on this protective fungicide, the leaves of the onions are coated with a completely natural fish oil that prevents the development of fungus and bacteria. You wanted an organic alternative to chemical fungicides and insecticides -- and now we have one.

    Omega Grow for Onions. Onions need nitrogen to develop large leaves, and therefore large rings. Omega Grow for Onions offers the highest concentration of nitrogen you can get from organic sources. It can be mixed with Seacide and sprayed on the same rotation.

    In addition to these new products, we've combined several of our most popular items into kits so you'll have all the essentials for harvesting, growing or irrigating your onion crop in one handy, money-saving package. Check out our Harvest Aid Kit; the all-natural Organic Growing Aid Kit; the Sustainable Growing Aid Kit; and the Row Crop Irrigation Kit.

    All these new products are the result of customer suggestions. If you have other items on your "onion wish list," please drop me a line at or give me a call at 877-367-1015. Likewise, please let me know if your catalog hasn't arrived by the end of the month, and we'll get one right out to you.

    Bruce "Onionman" Frasier

    Red Zeppelin Product of the Month: Red Zeppelin
    Dark Red and Delicious

    Here's a fabulous new globe-shaped, dark red onion that doesn't need a "whole lotta love" to produce jumbo and colossal bulbs when grown from our transplants -- just a little attention, and the basic care you'd give any onion. Based on customer feedback, we've replaced the Red Bull with this more widely adaptable variety, and we're sure Red Zeppelin will please more of our customers! This delicious onion matures in 110 days, and stores for approximately 8 months.

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    Bruce Combs From Our Friends

    Our buddy Bruce Combs really has a way wth onions! In this photo he's posing with several giant, sweet Ailsa Craigs that weight more than six pounds. The one he's holding is more than 23 inches around -- big enough to fit a hat-size of 7 1/2 inches.

    We love hearing from customers. Send us your favorite "onion photo" and we'll try to include it in a future newsletter, our next catalog or our upcoming online Photo Album. Click here for details on how to submit your photos.

    From Jeanie's Kitchen
    Hearty French Onion Soup

    • 2 tbsp of butter
    • 3 large onions, peeled, sliced and separated into rings
    • 2 cans of condensed beef broth
    • 1 tbsp of A.1. Steak Sauce
    • 1 cup of seasoned croutons
    • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella or Swiss cheese

    Melt the butter in a large saucepan on medium heat, then add the onions and cook them for 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add the broth, two soup cans worth of water, and the steak sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes. Preheat your oven's broiler, then ladle the soup evenly into four large, ovenproof bowls, and top it with the croutons and cheese. Broil the soup for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

    Serves four.

    Q&A: Red Bull

    Q. Why is Red Bull no longer available from Dixondale Farms?

    A. Red Bull, a long-day storage variety we introduced last year, didn't perform up to our expectations. Given the feedback we've received from all the great customers who contacted us by telephone and e-mail, we've decided to replace Red Bull with a new variety called Red Zeppelin (what a name!), which also happens to be our Onion of the Month for this issue.

    Red Zeppelin is more adaptable to all long-day areas and performs better from transplants. We expect it to do well not only in long-day areas, but also in the northern reaches of intermediate-day areas.

    Fun Onion Facts

    The substance in onions that bring tears to your eyes is a sulfuric compound. Ever heard of sulfuric acid? That's what's formed when the sulfuric compound rising from a cut onion reacts with the water in your eyes. It's a weak solution, to be sure, but it's enough to sting like the dickens. You can protect your eyes in two ways: by cutting up the onion under water, or by chilling the onion and cutting into the root end last.

    Send Us Your Product Reviews!

    In addition to sending us photos of your onions, we encourage you to give us feedback on our products via the Product Review options on the Web site. You'll find a "write your own review" link on every product page. Don't be shy -- we need your opinions!

    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 us from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time at 877-367-1015, or e-mail us any time at

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