KNOW YOUR ONIONS! (and shallots)
Although you can sow onion or shallot seeds in the Spring, by planting out sets now, before the ground freezes you can achieve an earlier crop next year. Sets are the easiest way to grow onions, and are simply an onion or shallot that has not been allowed to grow to full size. They like a sunny spot with well drained soil. Shallots and onions in NOW!