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Grounded by the Farm

Sep 30, 2020

Growing onions is something I've never done. But if you have ever stood in the produce aisle looking at the various bays of onions and wondered which ones you should buy, I feel your pain.

Shay Myers and his family have been growing onions & enjoying them for decades. Their farm -- Owyhee Produce -- packs and ships onions to  all 50 states from his home base in Idaho. And with that depth of experience, he knows a lot about buying and enjoying onions.

shay myers onion farmer

We talk through that purchase decision in the grocery, the differences in sweetness and pungency, how onions get rated through a measure called pyruvics, tips for storing onions at home and the way the lifecycle of onions from harvest & storage was really impacted by the stay at home orders.

Key Links for this Episode

Full post with photos, video & full transcript 

How to choose the onion you need 

The hot onion dip / soufle 

After hearing his explanation of water sensitivity, I understand why I haven't tried to grow onions but that urban gardeners like Nastasha in Chicago may be willing to give it a go. 

His description of harvest, not digging but cutting onions that sit atop the ground, makes sense but he's right, the video really helps! 

We also talked briefly about this video explaining the impact of shut downs of restaurants across the United States on farm businesses like his that supply a lot of restaurants with food. 

Other Links of Interest From this Episode

There were several links we mentioned in the episode -- including some of the social media sites Shay is active on!

  • Tim Hammerich of the Future of Ag podcast spent time driving around Owyhee Produce. It's a bit of a farm tour.
  • Shay Myers' appearance on the podcast Market to Market was produced as farmers were dealing with impacts of reduced restaurant demand for their products.

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