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Onions: one of the best growing seasons

There are lots available. That’s how Dan Commins of Connell, WA-based Onions Direct LLC characterizes this year’s harvest. “There are a lot of onions. We’ve probably had one of the best growing seasons,” says Commins. “Last year was so hot and the growing season, the longevity of the onion really got compromised. We just had a lot of onions and most everybody had the onions in before the rains. A few people did not and so some got some wet but for the most part we’ve got a very good crop.” 

Pricing changes 
Good crops of course influence prices. “When you’ve got a good crop, probably prices aren’t as good,” says Commins. “Pricing right now there are a lot of people at $3.5-$4. Last year would have been higher. But we’re going to be strong for the rest of winter.” 

Storage always a concern 
While most of Onions Direct supply is contracted, Commins says it too—like other produce suppliers—always has an eye out on ways to improve long-term storage. “You’re always looking at how storage will hold,” he says. “There are a lot of people who wait for the market to go up and to me, that’s trouble because then you’re trying to hold something that might not last so you need to be careful. But for us we’re status quo this year and our storage is in good shape.” 

For more information:
Dan Commins
Onions Direct LLC
Tel: +1 866-245-0370

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