Georgia’s official state vegetable is officially in season and available now from members of the Waynesboro Rotary Club.
Grown only from Georgia soil, the Vidalia onion is available for a limited time.
Rotary Club project chairman Clifford Lewis said the club has begun distribution and members are filling advance orders as well as selling to new customers. The club has been selling Georgia’s famous vegetable for more than forty years to fund its scholarship program.
Lewis said the price has changed very little in recent years, with 10 pound bags at $10 and 25 pounds at $18.
Beginning in 1978, under the leadership of the late James D. Smith, for whom the scholarship program is named, the club began awarding scholarships to graduating seniors of all the county high schools.
The Vidalia sweet onion, declared the official state vegetable in 1990, is perhaps the greatest agricultural success story in Georgia’s history.
Vidalia onions are unique to Georgia and may only be grown in parts of a 20-county area in the southeastern part of the state. The onions are prized for their sweetness and mild flavor and can be used raw or cooked.