April 12-- Today is the official shipping date for this year's crop of Sweet Vidalia Onions.
Toombs County onion farmer R.T. Stanley, Jr. says his folks started packing right after midnight and are ready to hit the road today, "We're going to be sending them all over the country. Right now to start with it's mainly up the East Coast with our first onions and then later on in the season we'll start shipping out west. We're in full swing right now. The crop looks real good and I think we're going to have good yields."'
Vidalia Onions are a multi-million dollar crop and, according to Stanley, this year's crop could be special.
"I would have to rate it as a bumper crop as of right now, but you know we can have a lot of things happen like disease pressure or sour skin or something like that happening to them like a few days ago when we were worried about a hail storm. Us farmers have learned you can't count on a bumper crop until you get them harvested, in the house and sold," he said.
By the time the Vidalia Onion Festival starts in about two weeks, Stanley says there will be plenty of onions for everybody,
"This is going to work out fine. We'll have plenty of onions for everybody and they can get all they want, even up to the truckload," he said.