A kindred spirit recently posted a photograph of trays and trays of her husband’s beautiful, golden brown onions on her Facebook page.
She wrote: ‘And this my friends is what all the fuss has been about. Six months of love, care and attention for these brown onions. May they bring a tear to your eye.’
It had 48 ‘likes’ by the day’s end. Many of the 48 were married to farmers.
They knew that the posting of the photograph had far more meaning than a simple produce update.
They knew that what my friend was thinking – but didn’t write – was ‘Thank God the onions are out of the ground and * that * six months is over.’
Six months of an absent, onion-absorbed husband; six months of hard slog keeping mildew away; six months of hoping the onion price doesn’t tank come harvest time.
This onion farming’s a tough gig.
The local onion widows are counting down the days before the return of our husbands.
But my ‘bah humbug onions’ is another man’s beauty.
I realised this last week when we were visited by a city-based videographer, Jake from Runamuk Visuals. He’s making a video for us that celebrates farming and vegetable production.
But we don’t want his video to connect with the rural community, we want it to say something to our city-based consumers.
We want them to be moved enough to stop and think about where their food comes from, how it’s produced and the people who grow it.
For Jake, the job was a bit out of the ordinary … he usually films pro surfers,professional skaters and surf lifesavers.
This is one of his cool videos.
And here’s one the blokes will like … should probably point out there won’t be any cleavage in the farming vid (to the best of my knowledge).
Jake also has a few thousand followers on instagram and when he posted a picture of our wooden crates of onions, towering high in the aesthetically-lit onion shed, it went off.
So did another moody image he uploaded of an old, broken-down farm shed at Gen and Ed’s place.
We’ve all been looking at the farm shed for months, unmoved.
At one point there was even discussion about whether to strip away the old weatherboards and clad the outside in Colourbond.
And yet it took an outsider to reveal it in a different light for us to see its true beauty.
We hope that by communicating and connecting with outsiders about our produce we’ll have similar results.
As for those onions? I still say they’re stinky things that steal my husband for too many weeks of the year.
Thankfully the onion season is nearly done … until next year.