Don’t cry for me

photo 1The onion pain is nearly over for another year.

Onion farmer’s wives the world over (well in the Fassifern and Lockyer Valleys at least) are crying tears of joy that the smelly part of the year is nearly done.

Queensland has a short but intensive onion season. This year’s season has coincided with hotter-than-usual temperatures, making the hand harvesting even more difficult than usual.

The stench of onion around our parts has been particularly pongy, due to the heat and the high-yielding crops.

I recently spoke to Lockyer Valley onion farmer Brad Qualischefski about how to grow good onions and why Queensland onions look different to their southern cousins.

Brad’s family has been farming onions since the early 1930s. Read their story