When you shred 1,600 pounds of spring onions each week to accompany the 65,000 roasted ducks you sell per year garnishes are not an afterthought. That’s why the owners of Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church also own and operate the 133-acre Grass Roots Farm in Purcellville, where a staff of three grows the jumbo spring onions, along with garlic sprouts, leeks and Napa cabbage exclusively for the restaurant.
Every crop is harvested by hand, and the fresh produce is delivered twice a week. Farming has long been a second vocation for the Tsui family, which started out cultivating 40 acres in Centreville before moving its agricultural venture to Purcellville in the late 1980s. Bob Tsui, a third-generation co-owner who worked as a government contractor before joining the family business in 2011, recalls summers as a teenager growing the giant onions.