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Vadalia onions
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fredo.    Posted 02-19-2004 at 10:17:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
when will you folks in Geo. be harvesting the onions? always looking for them herein Michigan.

Lloyd    Posted 02-19-2004 at 16:37:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't grow Vidalia's but have friends that do. It is the high sulfur content in our soil that makes them soooo sweet. Last year I had a friend with a field three miles from my house. The onions were dug, clipped and bagged in field bags when they discovered that 15% of the onions had heart rot. You can't tell that the onion is damaged by looking at it. Rather than tarnish his reputation for good onions he decided to distroy them. He announced in the schools and in the community free onions, help yourself. after two days they dumped the bags and harrowed them in. Picture 38 acres onions, 800 80 pound field bags per acre, free for the taking. Ummmm good.

Lloyd    Posted 02-19-2004 at 16:40:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I forgot to mention that harvest is in late April and May and the crop looks goooooood.

steve19438    Posted 02-19-2004 at 10:30:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
so sweet you can em like a apple! just superb on burgers.

cowlady    Posted 02-19-2004 at 10:21:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
ummmmmm, here in Ohio too! Now I'm hungry for a FRESH tomato/onion s'wich!

No insult intended to the hydro-ponic farmers, but those tomatoes are yuckky ;^(

Red Dave    Posted 02-19-2004 at 11:38:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are so right!
I don't even bother to buy or eat fresh tomatoes in the off season. Nothing tastes as good as a tomato grown in dirt, like it s'pose to be.

basod    Posted 02-20-2004 at 00:25:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
the reason they don't taste as good is because they aren't grown for flavor, rather shipping and shelf life hold up or something like that. same thing with strawberries, grown in Cali and picked green, sent across country and sprayed with nitrogen to turn them red. just some food for thought.

Jessie    Posted 02-19-2004 at 10:58:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Be looking for them soon. It's about time. I don't grow them for marketing but plant the 1015Y's for home use and eat them green. If you like those onions it would pay you to grow you a crop and eat them green when the bulb is about 2" to 3". Eat the greens too. We call em chives.

fredo.    Posted 02-19-2004 at 11:15:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i am under the impression that the only place to get the taste,is to have them grown in Geo. if thats true i would be waesting my money and time in Michigan. is it true?

Jessie    Posted 02-19-2004 at 11:33:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think that soil conditions around Vidalia add to the flavor but I think plant genetics plays the bigger part. I plant 1015Y's which is a hybrid variety of the Texas Granex which is the Vidalia so I'm told. I lime the area heavy and have good results and soil conditions where I live in the Piedmont are totally diferent than Vidalia. I start plants from seeds and since I prefer them green I don't worry about plant maturity. If you wanted them to go to maturity I'd plant seeds sometime around late December in a green house. Then you'd start with already growing plants.

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