Mama Diaries

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Onion Experiment

You may recall, if you've been following me for a while, the trip to Vidalia, Georgia, for the Vidalia Onion Festival.  It was a really pathetic experience.  We saw a grand total of two bags of Vidalia onions in that place.  There were no blooming onion stands.  No onion rings.  No onion farms.  Nothing.  I'm talking an onion festival with virtually no onions.  So when we came home, we decided to have our own Vidalia Onion Festival.

It began with an onion experiment.

"Mama," my son said, picking up a large Vidalia onion we had purchased from the store.  "What would happen if we let this thing sit for a long time?"

"It would rot," I said.

"Are you sure?" he asked.

I nodded.  "Pretty sure."

"Can we find out?"

I looked at that kid.  "Fine, Bubba.  We'll put it in a bowl and let it sit here until it rots.  Okay?"

He was thrilled about that.

So, here we are, about six weeks later.  Our onion has sprouted, and is growing nicely:

 
"Can we grow more?"  Bubba asked.

"Sure.  We'll grow a thousand of them.  And then we'll invite all the folks from Vidalia, up here to Atlanta, and show them how a real onion festival is done!"

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  1. I always have sprouting onions in my cellar during winter... it's a great way to have spring onions even in winter :)

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  2. You guys can grow onions, amazing! :)

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  3. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! I bet you know why I'm saying oh my gosh. There's a picture. I am so excited.

    Thanks for the comment. The rolls are super easy. If I ever get the guts to do a real video, they're top on the list.

    PS: Moving about better. I put my magic sneakers on. Somehow, they really help.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. I hope you were sitting down when you saw the picture. I'd hate for you to fall down and get a bump on your head! There would be no boogieing at your place if that had happened! Glad to hear you're feeling better!

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    2. I was sitting but still, nearly fell off my chair.

      Have a great weekend. Today, we started our 9 day staycation. Woooooohooooooo!

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  4. Hehe! That's so cool! And it sounds like you can throw a much better festival. :)

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    1. I just need to get a deep fryer for those onion rings. Then we'll be in business!

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  5. Hard to believe they wouldn't have onions at an onion festival. People can be so strange.

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    1. I totally didn't get it. Every other fruit or vegetable festival I'd ever attended had mountains of the featured item!

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  6. That onion gives me the creeps. It looks as if snakes are growing out of it. I can't eat onion. It makes me sick. Bleagh onions.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You know, I was thinking it resembled Medusa's hair. You and I are on the same wave length. ;0)

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  7. No more buying onions for you!
    I went to a sweet potato festival once that had almost no sweet potatoes. Very disappointing.

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    1. How could they even call it a sweet potato festival?

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  8. That's really neat, I may have to do this with my kids :)

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    1. They'd probably find it interesting.

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  9. Looks like it worked out for the best! When I leave a regular store-bought onion on the counter for weeks, it's quite a different experience...

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    1. Yes. I hear you. They usually rot. This must've been ready for sprouting.

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  10. Looks like something is try to spring from it and eat you lol

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    1. Maybe you can use it in one of your horror stories. ;0)

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  12. Haha I guess Bubba was right! Maybe you just have a green thumb.

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    1. Something like that! Now I have a pet onion.

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  13. Plant it! Returning the visit you paid to Caneyhead.

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    1. That's exactly what I did after I took the picture. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. LOL! Leave it to Bubba! Let me know when your festival is, I'll stop by! ::g::

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    1. Awesome! I'll make you a blooming onion!

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  15. Looks like you've started your garden. Very cool! Kids are great! Aren't they?

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    1. Right now we have an onion and a cabbage. Great garden!

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  16. Oh No!!

    I can't believe there were no onions at the onion festival... we have catfish festivals here in the Delta... catfish everywhere...

    We should have mosquito festivals....

    ~shoes~

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    1. Haha! I wonder if anyone would show up for a mosquito festival. ;0)

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  17. Heh, looks like Bubba had good instincts about that onion...

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  18. Cool. I've only seen a few like that. You should plant it.

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  19. No blooming onions at the onion festival. Geez, what a let down. You do need to show those onion folks how to do it!

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  20. A grand total of two bags of Vidalia onions.... That's it? Large bags? Small bags? That onion doesn't want to die. Who can blame it?

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    1. They were large bags - but still, only two. I have no idea what they were doing with them. They were propped up next to a hot dog stand. And as far as I could tell, they weren't making onion rings with them.

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  21. Is it an onion growing within an onion?? How cool is that!?

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    1. I was trying to figure it out. Maybe it's twins.

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  22. Now that's the way to start a true homegrown festival, and if everyone eats onions, no one will have to worry about onion breath~

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    1. Hahaha! Yep. Nobody is going to want to come down to Georgia after we all get done with the onion festival!

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  23. Call me when you have your festival. I'll be there. I plant my old onions, they sprout into twisty art forms, and then spread their seeds so I have a continual supply of onions. Maybe I should tell those people in Georgia, so they could have onions at their festival. :-)

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  24. Disappointing about the festival, but a neat experiment. Smart kid. :)

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  25. I can't believe they had no onions at the festival. What did they do there? The experiment is awesome though and it's probably a good idea to show them how the festival needs to be done ;)

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