In this issue...
  • Onion of the Month
  • From Our Friends
  • Around the Farm
  • Cooking With Onions
  • Q&A: Micronutrients
  • Fun Onion Facts
  • Send Us Your Product Reviews!
  • About Dixondale Farms

  • Affiliations
    Seed Availability + Our New Web Site January 2010

    Bruce & Wife Dear Fellow Gardener,

    Last year, growing vegetables became more popular than ever, as people realized that home gardening could be easy, profitable, nutritious -- and a great thing to do as a family.

    The new popularity of home gardening has us here at Dixondale Farms in a bit of a pickle. Come April, it's too late to plant any more seed, so if we have any sudden notice of more orders, we might not be able to fill all of them. We've increased our acreage, but sometimes even our crystal ball gets fuzzy!

    The only fair way for us to distribute our product in the case of a shortage is to go on a first-come, first-serve basis. So by ordering early, you can help us ensure supply, and give us a better feel for forecasting the demand for our product. At $6,000 per acre in just seed costs, we don't want to plant too much! So please order ASAP in order to ensure the availability of your favorite onions and leeks.

    And by the way, while you're shopping online, check out our new and improved Web site. We redesigned the site to better provide you with your favorite onion-related products and resources, to give you an expanded photo gallery with fun images of your onion-growing colleagues from around the country, and to provide easy-to-read descriptions on day-length, with an associated map.

    We've also put together an online onion and leek planting guide for your convenience. We'll be sure to include a hard copy with your order.

    We hope you enjoy the changes, and find it easier to navigate around the site. And remember: order early this year!

    Happy New Year,

    Bruce "Onionman" Frasier

    hybrid southern belle Onion of the Month
    Hybrid Southern Belle

    One of the most difficult things to produce in the onion seed business is a consistent red onion variety. Our new Hybrid Southern Belle, however, is engineered to take care of that problem, and it certainly outperforms the previous version. Specifically, we've had problems with the old strain going to seed and making size. But in trials in South Texas and Georgia, this improved variety outperformed all other short-day red onions in quality and taste!

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    flaherty grandkids From Our Friends

    Here are Mike Flaherty's grandsons Riley and Keenan, right after the sweet Spanish yellow onion harvest!

    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 online Photo Album. Click here for details on how to submit your photos.

    recycle Around the Farm

    Dixondale Farms recently purchased 8,250 returnable plastic containers (RPCs) to ship onion plants to major growing areas. In the past, the plants were packed in wooden crates, which were used only once. These RPCs are collapsible, and Dixondale Farms picks up the empty containers from farmers in the Vidalia, GA, Colorado, and Orange County, NY onion growing areas after the farmers have planted their crops. Since they collapse, we're able to put 8,000 of them on a tractor trailer for the return trip home. We estimate that this recycling effort will save over 500,000 square feet of landfill area each year!

    Cooking With Onions
    Hearty French Onion Soup

    • 3 large onions, sliced and separated into rings
    • 1 cup of seasoned croutons
    • 1 cup of shredded Swiss or mozzarella cheese
    • 3 tablespoons of butter
    • 2 10.5-ounce cans of condensed beef broth
    • 1 tablespoon of A1 Original Steak Sauce

    Using medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan before adding the onion rings. Cook them for 10 minutes, stirring often, until the rings are golden brown. Add the beef broth, two cans of water, and the steak sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil before reducing the heat to medium-low and allowing it to simmer for five minutes.

    Meanwhile, preheat your oven's broiler. When the soup mixture is ready, distribute it evenly into four large ovenproof bowls, top the soup with croutons and cheese, and broil it until the cheese is melted (about 2-3 minutes).

    Makes four servings.

    Recipe Tip From A Customer

    Here's what one of our customers recently suggested:

    "We have real good results with your onion plants most years, so we usually end up with much more produce than we can use. After giving lots of 'em away, I tried something different (for us) this year. I chopped a whole lot of them to dehydrate -- not only the onions, but the tops too. I use one of those sliding cutter deals so it doesn't take long to chop a lot of onions.

    "After they were completely dry, I ran them through a food chopper, reducing them to a fine powder that we use for seasoning in various recipes. The onion powder takes on a greenish color from the tops. After grinding to powder, the volume of onions is reduced to a point that they can be stored in quart jars requiring very little space. Give it a try, you'll like it!"

    Onions can enhance so many dishes, from simple salads to complex entrees; and they can also be consumed raw, fried, sautéed or baked. We periodically receive sumptuous recipe suggestions from our employees and from you, our customers. We want to share one with you each month, so that you can take full advantage of the fruits of your labor! If you have one you would like us to print, please email it to us at

    Q&A: Micronutrients

    Q. Why are micronutrients necessary for onions?

    A. Even though onions require micronutrients only in trace amounts, their presence or absence can have a surprisingly large impact on onion growth and, subsequently, the yield. Major nutrients such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), and Potassium (K) can be easily replaced in the soil, and even if they're not, they tend to accumulate there fairly easily anyway; but micronutrients like Copper (Cu), Molybdenum (Mo), Manganese (Mn), and Zinc (Zn) rarely accumulate in soils in sufficient amounts, which means they need to be added annually.

    The presence of all these micronutrients decreases the number of weak plants that fail to form bulbs. They also help to decrease plant mortality right after transplanting. This is why Dixondale Farms' Onion Special Fertilizer Blend contains these micronutrients. The crucial period for application is during the initial growing period, so be sure to add this unique blend when planting.

    Fun Onion Facts

    In ancient Egypt, baskets of onions were highly revered funerary offerings. This was because onions were very popular with living Egyptians, and they expected that the spirits of the dead would appreciate them, too.

    Send Us Your Product Reviews!

    In addition to sending us recipes and 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 U.S., 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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