Calling all onions

The weigh-in for the Atkins Greenhouse onion growing contest will take place on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Atkins Greenhouse.

The weigh-in for the Atkins Greenhouse onion growing contest will take place on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Atkins Greenhouse.

The contest, a for-fun event to encourage people to grow onions for the food bank, was free to enter and open to all.

Anyone who grew an onion and especially those who were given an onion at the Atkins Greenhouse for the contest can bring it in to be weighed and then the weighed onions will be donated to the local soup kitchen and food bank.

All varieties of onions can be entered, but they do have to be grown by the entrant and they should know the variety of their entry.

Roots are to be trimmed off and the stems should be no longer than three inches.

The grand prize for the winner will be a $50 gift certificate towards purchases at next year’s Atkins Greenhouse for adult entrants and a $10 gift certificate for entrants under 12.

“It has been a lot of fun,” said Ron Atkins. He said everyone he sees tells him how their onion is doing.

When he recently fell and broke his hip while in Fort St. James, when he was wheeled into the Stuart Lake Hospital, the first health care provider he saw immediately began telling him how her onion was doing.

“I thought that was so neat and so fun,” he said.