The humble onion is one of the The Supreme Grocer's most beloved plants to grow, this often uncelebrated vegetable is at the heart of most kitchens and is the beginning to many a feast shared between friends and family.
So in celebration of the allium cepa we thought we’d share how we grow the little devils.
First up we prepare the soil with a health dose of compost and organic muck; these help build soils structure, feed the soil and microorganisms within the soil that will help grow the onions over the coming months.
We plant onion sets in the last week of September in our greenhouses.
Let the beauties grow in the greenhouse over Christmas and into spring.
Meanwhile we plant our main crop onions out in the field during the first week of April.
All being well we start to harvest our greenhouse onions for you in late April/early May.
By early June we’ve come to the end our the greenhouse onions and then it's time to start harvesting the main crop.
We continue to harvest straight from the field to your veg boxes until mid august when we pull up all the remaining onions and put them into store.
So next time you hold and onion in your hand and get ready to start making something delicious for dinner just give a minute and remember the journey that it's been on and the month of love and effort thats gone in to bringing it to your house.