The Vidalia onion has been around for some 90 years — but no one outside of the area ever heard of it until the mid-1980s when it became available nationally. That doesn’t mean there weren’t farmers and farm families in the Vidalia region who’d been plowing the land there for generations. It just meant they had a new crop to grow — and, since that onion can only be grown in a very small area in about a 50-mile radius of Vidalia, GA — a market to themselves.
Here we tell three very different farms stories; one of a man who simply dedicated his life to farming to support his family and help feed the world; one who overcame a shocking diagnosis and battled back to fly even higher; and one who flipped his family story from tragedy to triumph. The people who grow Vidalia onions are some of our favorite folks in the world. We know you’ll feel the same way once you meet them.