Hardie’s is proud to support our community by buying local products. We work closely with local farmers and food craftsmen to ensure food safety and sustainable farming practices to bring farm fresh produce to you at the peak of flavor. After all, locally-grown fruit and vegetables are exceptionally fresh with reduced food miles from farm to plate. Availability changes seasonally and from week to week.
Texas 1015 Super Sweet Onions are consider to be one of the sweetest of the sweet domestic onions. High water and sugar combined with low sulfur content give these onions their unique sweet, mild flavor.
Regular sweet onion are typically 6% sugar. Super sweet onions like the Texas 1015s have recorded up to 15% sugar content! Unfortunately, this also makes them more susceptible to bruising. To prevent bruising, keep cool, dry and separated.
Developed in the early 1980′s by Dr. Leonard Pike, a horticulture professor at Texas A&M University, Texas 1015 Onions are actually named for their optimum planting date, October 15. Grown only in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, this large, prized onion was developed after ten long years of extensive research, endless testing and a million dollars in cost. As a result, Texas achieved a mild, exceptionally sweet onion that lives up to its nickname – the “Million Dollar Baby”.
Onions are Texas’ leading vegetable crop. The state produces mostly sweet yellow varieties. The sweet onion was adopted as Texas’ official state onion in 1997.
As a family-owned business, Hardie’s wholeheartedly supports local farmers, and are committed to working with local growers and food craftsmen to bring you an abundant supply of bold, seasonal flavors, year round. Here are just some of the local growers:
Bella Verdi Farms
Black Gold Farms
Brazos Valley Cheese
Central Texas Specialty Growers
Color Spot Nurseries
Green Valley Food Corp.
Hill Country Olive Oil Co.
Indigo Produce Sales
Jacksonville Best Tomato
Sides Pea Farm
Top of Texas
Top O’ Texas
Val Verde Vegetable Co.
Winter Garden Produce
Greener Fields Together has two primary goals:
• To implement sustainability practices that will improve environmental impact
• To ensure the availability and safety of produce for food service and retail partners in all industry segments Participants
Greener Fields Together is a program for all supply chain partners, including local, regional and national farmers, Hardie’s and other PRO*ACT distributors, commercial and noncommercial food service customers and retail locations. We are proud to congratulate Bella Verdi Farms as GFT’s first certified grower. Bella Verdi is a longtime Hardie’s supplier of locally-grown, high-quality microgreens.Sustainability
“Sustainability” is managing the growing, handling and distribution of produce to ensure a long-lived, healthy and safe supply of products without causing severe or irreversible damage to the planet and its population. Greener Fields Together works with farmers to use sustainable farming practices and make continuous process improvements in food safety practices where possible.Why Greener Fields Together?
In the plainest terms; It’s the right thing to do. We and our partners have created a sustainability and food safety initiative that encompasses the entire produce supply chain, from national farms and processors, to small local farms, to distributors and food service operators and retail locations. We and our partners have created a sustainability and food safety initiative that encompasses the entire produce supply chain, from national farms and processors, to small local farms, to distributors and food service operators. Our mission is to foster continuous process improvement by all parties so that produce is handled in the most sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly manner from seed to fork.