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Join Pequot Library, Sefra Alexandra (“The Seed Huntress”), and the Sasquanaug Association for a day of education, fun, and food as we celebrate the Southport Globe Onion!
Kicking off the Festival, guests can either follow longtime Pequot Library Board Member Richard “Deej” Webb on a walking tour of onion cultivation, storage at a former onion warehouse site and transportation from Southport Harbor, or stay with The Seed Huntress for a seed collection walk at Aspetuck Land Trust’s Native Seed Garden facing the Library on Westway Road.
Upon returning, we will peel back the onion with a bevy of lawn games, including Onion in Spoon races, and with art projects such as Onion Ink Prints. We’ll enjoy delicious onion hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, a bonfire, music from local band Lackluster Brother, and we’ll also hold a not-to-be-missed inaugural “Onion Drop” to celebrate the official naming of “Onion Day” as we greet a full moon.
“Southport, Connecticut was once considered the ‘Onion Capital of the World,’ with over 200,000 barrels of onions shipped on sloop sailboats each year from 1840-1890 to the New York City markets. Prized for their taste, storage ability, and high levels of vitamin C, they were a staple of the Union Army during the Civil War to prevent scurvy. For the first time in 130 years we have planted this prolific heirloom back in its home soils — to harvest bioregionally adapted seeds and revive the agrarian history of this beautiful area.” – Sefra Alexandra
Come see our related The Lure of the Garden exhibition, on display until Feb. 5, 2023, and discover onion-related content such as circa 1890 photos of local onion fields and receipts from George Jennings for onions he sold to G. Furman & Co. Merchants in New York City.