September 2019
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For most, September means the start of Fall and cooler weather. For us South Texans, we've yet to experience any cooler temperatures, but we have started planting the 2019-2020 onion crop! While the farm crew has been busy planting, the gals in the office have been putting the final touches on the 2020 Dixondale Farms catalog. Be sure to check your mailboxes in the next few weeks for your 2020 catalog!

Happy Fall,

Bruce "The Onionman" and Jeanie Frasier
Onions for Your Health
Since we grow so many onions here at Dixondale, we've heard a thing or two about onions and health over the years. This month we want to discuss some of those benefits that onions can offer.
 
A Little Onion History
The onion is one of the oldest and most popular vegetables in the world.  In the Middle Ages, it was considered to have special medicinal properties and was even thought to keep evil spirits away. Today, the onion is still touted for its nutritional prowess.  
 
Let's take a look at how these palette pleasers may be good for our health.
 
Common Benefits
One advantage all onions share is that they don't contain fat or cholesterol. However, they are packed with very important vitamins, like B6 and C, and key minerals too. For diabetics, or those watching their glycemic indexes, they're also low on the glycemic scale. In other words, while they contain some carbohydrates, they don't raise your blood sugar much when you eat them.
 
Extra Pluses for Red Onions
Red onions are one of the best dietary sources of chromium, a micronutrient necessary for good health. Believe it or not, the same shiny stuff that goes on your car's bumper may, in tiny quantities, enhance the action of insulin, helping your body metabolize carbohydrates, fat, and protein more efficiently. How cool is that?
 
Though all onions contain antioxidants, the red varieties contain somewhat more than their white and yellow cousins. One of the most beneficial compounds in red onions is quercetin, a polyphenol compound. Quercetin is beneficial for removing free radicals (which cause age damage) from body cells, as well as for reducing inflammation. 
 
We've Got Your Color
Whether you prefer white, yellow, red, or the newly introduced pink onions (or all of the above!), Dixondale Farms can provide you with the appropriate onion plants, along with the growing and harvest supplies you need to raise a bumper crop.



If you have ordering questions as you start to make your 2020 plans, please don't hesitate to give us a call. 
Contact Customer Service at (830) 876-2430 or email customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
From Our Friends
Rusty Henderson of Amarillo, TX shared some of his 2019 onion crop photos with us recently.

Rusty writes, "Here are some pictures of this year's onion crop. It is the best harvest that I have ever had. Rest assured that I will buy my plants from you next year. I have also posted pictures on Facebook with a recommendation to others to buy from you and check out your website for any information that they might want."


We appreciate Rusty sharing these beautiful onions with us and wish him another successful growing year in 2020!

Share Your Photos with Us!
We enjoy receiving photos from our customers. We'd love to publish yours in an upcoming newsletter. Just e-mail your onion photos to  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com.
Featured Products
Harvest and Storage Aids
Once you've harvested your onions,  they'll need to be stored until you're ready to eat them. Here are a few products  that will help you keep them fresh. 

Onion Shears:  You can clip your onions like a professional onion harvester with these  shears

Ergonomically designed for quick and easy removal of roots and onion leaves, our shears also work on all other alliums, including garlic and our own Lancelot Leeks. They'll help ensure you enjoy your harvest for months by making it easier to prepare your onions for storage.  $25.95

mesh netting

Mesh Netting: The best way to store onions is in  mesh netting. Drop in an onion, tie a knot above it, drop in another, and continue until the netting is full. Hang the netting up in a cool, dry place, and your onions will stay fresh.  

When you want an onion, cut below the lowest knot and take the onion that drops off. The nets are a great storage solution, as they keep onions well-ventilated, and disease (if any) can't travel from onion to onion.  $1.50 each or $1.00 each when you buy ten or more. 

storagebag Storage Bags: If you grow onions in quantity, like so many of our customers do,  our orange mesh storage bags are ideal, especially if you're planning to sell your onions. The bags provide ventilation, and they're light but also strong. They're available in  three sizes, 5 lb., 10 lb., and 50 lb., with the 10 and 50 pound sizes recommended for larger producers.

You can purchase our  storage bags individually or in bulk. They're  $2.75 each, but if you buy ten or more, they're just $2.25 each. And as with all products at Dixondale Farms, we don't add shipping charges. 

Onion Caliper:  With this  onion caliper tool , you can accurately determine the size of your crop:

Super Colossal: 4-1/4 inches and up
Colossal: 3-3/4 inches and up
Jumbo: 3 inches and up
Medium: 2-1/4 inches to 3-1/4 inches
Prepack: 1-3/4 inches to 2-3/4 inches
Boiler: 1 to 1-7/8 inches

We're selling this handy tool for  $4.99. It's great to use at farmers' markets or for bragging rights with other onion growers! 
Around the Farm

You can now begin placing your 2020 onion plant orders at www.dixondalefarms.com or by phone at (830) 876-2430. Get your orders in early, especially if you want Copra since the seed will be very limited!

Watch your mailbox as the 2020 Dixondale Farms Onion Plant catalogs will be mailed in the coming weeks.


 
Cooking with Onions
Our Dixondale Famous Fried Onion Rings

Ingredients
  • 3 large onions - rings separated and put in a bowl of cold water.
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 c. of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of oil for batter
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Peel the onions and cut them into half-inch slices, then separate them into rings before refrigerating them in a container of cold water for half an hour.
  2. Once they've cooled, drain the onion rings well and if necessary, pat them dry with a cloth; the batter won't stick to wet onion rings.
  3. Mix together the flour, salt, eggs, milk, and the tablespoon of oil, and beat the batter mixture until it's smooth.
  4. Batter the onion rings thickly before deep frying them in the hot oil at about 375 degrees F, until they're golden brown on each side; this should take 4-5 minutes.
  5. Drain the onion rings on paper towels. 
Makes about 4 servings.

This great onion recipe comes from Dixondale Farms! If you have an onion recipe you'd like us to share, please email it to  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
All Your Questions Answered
We have answers to your frequently asked questions! Just click the link for information on planting, caring, feeding, harvesting, and storing onions.  

You can also read our electronic Planting Guide or download and print a PDF guide (which includes leeks). 

And be sure to review our short videos on Facebook. Topics range from fertilizing and dealing with cold weather to how onion plants are harvested. You can view these videos even if you don't have a Facebook account.
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 or get growing tips and cultural information, visit our Web site .

New customer? Request your 2020 catalog here. 2020 Catalogs will be mailed in early October.  We're available from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM CT at 830-876-2430, or e-mail us at customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .

Whether you're planting one bunch or thousands of acres, we're committed to your success.
Join Us on Social Media!
Facebook Icon We invite you to join the community on our  Facebook page . You can connect with us and fellow growers to share stories, photos, recipes, weather information, and other tips. 
    
Don't forget to subscribe to our  YouTube channel! Our videos will guide you on selecting the right onion variety, applying fertilizer, the best weed control options, and more.   
 
We're on Pinterest too. Check out our Pins which include photos covering small space onion gardens, tasty onion recipes, planting tips, and more.

You can also join us on  Instagram, a photo community where we're sharing even more Dixondale photos.