In this issue...
  • Onion of the Month
  • From Our Friends
  • Around the Farm
  • From Jeanie's Kitchen
  • Q&A. Doubles and Splits
  • Fun Onion Facts
  • Send Us Your Product Reviews!
  • About Dixondale Farms

  • Affiliations
    New Hybrid Onions for Your Garden November 2008

    Bruce & Wife Dear Fellow Gardener,

    We recently mailed out our 2009 Dixondale Farms onion plant catalogs; you should be receiving yours shortly. In this year's catalog, you'll note some exciting new varieties submitted for your consideration. Seed supplies have been limited, so order early to ensure availability! And don't forget: you can always order your onions online.

    Our Newest Offerings
    Dixondale Farms is proud to introduce our newest onion varieties: Red Candy Apple and Sterling.

    For a long time, we've been working on a red, intermediate-day hybrid that's as sweet as candy -- so sweet, in fact, that you can eat it like an apple. Red Candy Apple is that very onion! In comparison to our previous red offerings, Red Candy Apple offers a very mild taste, improved sizing, better interior color, and an intense, dark red skin. As this onion matures, the red coloration moves deeper inside the bulb; so after curing, the interior produces beautiful red rings. Remarkably uniform, this new hybrid also features a high percentage of single centers in its solid, firm bulbs.

    Among other things, red onions like this one are beautiful, and they enhance food dishes with their beauty. Even better, they're good for you, because of their high concentrations of quercetin. Quercetin is a flavinoid -- a natural antioxidant compound that can slow damage to body cells. Recent health studies suggest that quercetin may be effective against cataracts, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

    Sterling, a Dixondale Farms exclusive, offers tall, vigorous tops that may help protect against sun scalding. Not only does it offer good resistance to fusarium basal rot, it's also bolt resistant -- an important consideration in warmer climates. This white, globe-shaped hybrid is mildly pungent, grows up to 5 inches across, and stores up to six months. This is a long day variety.

    Happy planting,

    Bruce "Onionman" Frasier

    short day sampler Onion of the Month
    Short-Day Sampler

    Interested in trying some of our short-day onion varieties, but don't need as many as 60 of each? No problem -- try our short-day sampler! Dixondale Farms has the only true 1015Y seed, so this sampler contains an exclusive yellow variety in addition to a great hybrid white, Contessa, and our exclusive red variety, Southern Belle Red.

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    three girls From Our Friends

    The Miller triplets, just seven years old, won first prize at the Bonner County Fair in north Idaho with these Ailsa Craig onions they grew in Grandma's and Grandpa's garden!

    We love hearing from our 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.

    ladies Around the Farm
    A New Face at Dixondale

    We thought our customers might like to see a picture of someone they might be talking to this year: the newest member of the Dixondale Farms customer service team, Laura Krause. Laura has lived in Carrizo Springs for twelve years, and we're excited to have her working at Dixondale Farms. She's married to our Baptist preacher, Robert, and they have two girls attending college. Laura is learning quickly all there is to know about onions, but if she doesn't know the answer to your question, she will gladly send your call Bruce's way. Be sure to welcome Laura with your next call!

    Laura is joining a seasoned group of customer service representatives, as you can see in this picture. Seated is Mary McKaskle Caddell; from left to right behind Mary are Pam Martin, Laura, Vicky Russo, and Victoria Lumbreras.

    As always, we love to hear from our customers, and we definitely take your opinions and suggestions into account when preparing new products or services.

    From Jeanie's Kitchen
    Vidalia Onion Cornbread

    • 1 large, chopped Vidalia onion
    • 1 cup of fresh kernel corn
    • 3 large, lightly-beaten eggs
    • 3/4 cup of butter, divided into 1/2 and 1/4 cup portions
    • 2 1/2 cups of yellow corn meal (self-rising)
    • 1 cup of all-purpose white flour
    • 1/2 cup of table sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups of whole milk

    While preheating your oven to 400 degrees F, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan on the stovetop, over medium heat. Stir in the onion and corn, then cook until they're soft; this generally takes 6-8 minutes. At this point set the mixture aside. Put the remaining quarter cup of butter into a cast-iron or other oven-proof skillet, then place the skillet inside the oven to melt the butter.

    Meanwhile, combine your sugar, flour, and corn meal in a large bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl, thoroughly mix together the eggs and milk; next, stir it into the corn meal mixture until just moistened. Then add the sautéed onion and corn mixture to the batter and mix the ingredients thoroughly.

    By this point, the skillet inside the oven should be nice and warm, and the butter completely melted. Remove the skillet from the oven, then fill it with the cornbread batter. Bake the mixture 25 to 30 minutes until it's golden brown.

    Q&A. Doubles and Splits

    Q. What is a double or split onion bulb?

    A. Onions are prone to certain physiological disorders, one of which is splits or double bulbing -- which is exactly what it sounds like. This condition is influenced by both genetics and environmental factors. Over-fertilization, uneven watering, and temperature fluctuations (particularly below 20 degrees F) are all believed to influence double formation. Some red varieties are more prone to production of doubles than other onions. These and other varieties prone to doubling should be seeded a week or so later on the plant beds, as well as transplanted a bit later, in order to minimize this problem.

    Fun Onion Facts

    You probably already knew that onions were good for you -- but did you know that if you eat half an onion a day, your HDL cholesterol (the good kind) will go up an average of 30%?

    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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