Goodbye Copra, Hello Patterson!

In 2019, we were notified that Copra onion seed would no longer be produced and immediately purchased all the seed that was available. When seed companies produce hybrid onion seed, such as Copra, there must be both maternal and paternal parent lines; meaning two open…

Children Learn by Growing

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry, Author of The Dream of the Earth When kids learn how to grow and care for plants, they learn many things, including responsibility,…

What Makes Onions Sweet

Ever wondered what makes an onion sweet? Well, it’s basically how much water is in it. Onions contain roughly 90% water. Sweetness in onions is another way of saying that they lack pungency and are relatively mild. Surprisingly, sugars have nothing to do with it. Some pungent onions actually…

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…