The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced this week that April 16 is the official pack date for the 2020 season.
Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black said, “Along with the Vidalia Onion Committee, I am pleased to announce April 16, 2020, as the official pack date for Vidalia onions.” He continued, “As the keeper of the official trademark for our state vegetable, we are proud of the reputation Vidalia onions have earned around the world by both renowned chefs and home cooks.”
Hand-cultivated by 60 registered growers located in 20 Georgia counties, Vidalia Onions are available for a short period of time each year, with the start date for packing determined by each year’s growing conditions.
Aries Haygood, chair of the Vidalia Onion Committee said 9,400 acres of Vidalia Onions were planted this year, and he said, “We are going to have a strong harvest this year.”
If you would like to read one of our first Millennial Trailblazer stories, you may enjoy this 2016 article featuring Aries. It also includes a link to an ultra-cool planting video we filmed while visiting with Aries during the 2016 NOA Convention. https://onionbusiness.com/millennial-trailblazer-aries-haygood-brings-millennial-spark-and-traditional-values-to-onions/