Mesh onion bags

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  1. mommagoose_99

    mommagoose_99 Well-Known Member

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    I have 17 - 200 foot rows of sweet onions. I harvested more than 12 bushels out of 8 rows so far and I haven't gotten to the big onions yet. I have been selling onions by the piece and by the quart so far but I need to move quantity. Where the heck can you buy small quantities of mesh onion bags? I want mesh because sweet onions store longer when they have good air flow. Most places want to sell me 2,000 bags. I only want 100 bags that hold 5 pounds each. Dixondale bags sell for $1.79 each. I want to spend way under $1 a piece for them. I can get vented plastic bags for about 7 cents a piece but will have to buy twist ties extra the quantitie is 1,000 bags and 2,000 twist ties. way too many. Can you help me?
    Linda
     
  2. garliclady

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    Try these http://www.gourmetseed.com/%3Ca%20class=%22zlink%20z_add_link%22%20href=%22http://www.gourmetseed.com/c=xi6YrvbvxKxds35oGZiRAvOYs/cart.cgis?product_id=MWB05&add=yes">Add To Cart</a>
     

  3. T-Bone 369

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    Glacier Valley has them in several sizes. They list both a case quanity and a by the unit price ($122 for the 5# 500 bag case or $.244 each which leads me to beleive that the unit price may be just for informational purposes). Still a lot cheaper than $1.79/bag from Dixondale to buy a case and have a couple years supply laid in. We have purchased from them in the past (apple bags) and they are good people although their web site is a little hard to navigate. When we call they usually ship the next day.

    http://glacierv.com/bags-2009.html
     
  4. mommagoose_99

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    Thanks for your response to my inquiry. I went to both sites and decided to try the Gourmet Seed medium weight bags. I liked the visibility the medium bags had , to view the product inside and the fact you can order as few as 25 bags at a time. I ordered 50 of the 5 pound bags with draw string closure. My bill with shipping was under $15. The person on the phone said they should be here in 3-5 days. That's just in time for my big weekend market.
    Glacier Valley may have really great bags too but I was unable to find the mesh bags. I have dial up and after waiting 20 minutes for their page to load, I bailed .
    Linda
     
  5. JAS

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    I got some 5 lb bags from gourmet seed and am happy with them. I also braid the onions and sell by the pound. It was a good year for onions!
     
  6. mommagoose_99

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    I bagged up 20 pounds of Red Zeppalins at the Market on Tuesday, the market was very very slow but I did sell one bag as soon as it was done. The Red Zeps look really pretty they shine in the red orange mesh. I am going to attach a business card with each one so the customer can contact me if they want more onions. There are only 6 more regular markets this year. We also have a few monthly winter markets. The best market in the area is on Saturday and I hope I run out of onions and bags then:)
    Linda
     
  7. T-Bone 369

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    I'm currious on how you clean your onions to shine them up. We let them cure in the greenhouse then cut the tops and tails. Then, in our spare time:rolleyes:we rub them with a glass handelers glove (the knit type with the rubber strips) which does an OK job but takes a lot of time. I wondered about using the TEW washer we have for the orchard but not using water rather letting the brushes do the work. It is going to produce a lot of flakes from the outer skin but should not be too bad to clean up. If it works it should shine them up pretty well and would be fast. What's your secret?
     
  8. bee

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    A tip for those with just a few onions that don't want to buy "bags".. Go to the dollar store and buy a bath "scrungy", these things are just a tube of supper soft mesh bound in the middle with string. Cut the string and you have yards long mesh tube. Tie a knot in one end and cut to length you need, fill with whatever and tie a knot in other end. Colorful, clean and CHEAP!! 1.00...
     
  9. mommagoose_99

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    When the onions are nice and dry the outer shell comes off very easily. I might try the compressed air idea to see if it works too. The 5# onion bags are a hit. I sold 10 yesterday at the market. I put Big Daddy and Red Zeppalins in them. I am hurrying to sell the Sterling by the piece and quart. They do not keep long no one would beable to eat 5 # before they rotted. We pulled the Cippolini and Candy onions this week. I still have Ailsa Craig and Copra to pull.
    Linda
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  10. garliclady

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    I saw the produce guy at my local grocery store using the shop vac to get the loose skins off the onions.