Sunday, April 25, 2010
This is one of the bigger onion fields in our area. Possibly it belongs to Bland Farms which is one of the largest onion growers in the USA. This picture was taken a couple months ago.
This picture was taken last week,one day before the onions were picked up.
The bins have been placed in the fields.
The onions have been pulled and left to dry. All is ready for the big day tomorrow.
This is the day of the picking. The workers have been bused in. There were at least 5 of these buses.
They even brought in porta potties!
The fields are full of activity!
I don't know if the onions are pulled by hand but we can see that they are definitely picked up by hand. Maybe there isn't a machine to do it yet.
Onions can't be sold as Vidalias unless they are grown in certain counties of Georgia where the soil is right to give them the right sweetness. In fact only 13 counties and parts of 7 others are certified to grow Vidalias. This field is located in Wayne County.
Here is a crate full and ready to go. My son -in-law came by this field on his way home from work this same day and all the onions were picked up.
There are some really sweet things in Georgia. The peach, the Coca Cola, the Vidalia onion. A test has shown that the Vidalia onion has more sugar than a Coke! Guess that's why they are so darn good!!