Monday, July 11, 2016
The Museum of Onion Johnnies
Onion Johnnies, the travelling salesmen whose berets, striped tops and bicycles inspired Britain and much of the world's classic image of the archetypal Frenchman, now have their own museum in the Breton town of Roscoff.
Housed in a traditional small farm, the museum tells the story of the Johnnies and onions from Roscoff. Declining since the 1950s to only a few, the Onion Johnny was once very common. With renewed interest since the late 1990s by farmers and the public in small-scale agriculture, their numbers have recently made a small recovery.
The Onion Johnny museum opened in 2004, with a two-day Fête de l'Oignon (Onion Festival) held every summer. Since 2009 the Roscoff onion has been protected under the French Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée designation.