Learn more about Georgia grown Vidalia Onions. Sweet, delicious and perfect in so many recipes!
A few weeks ago I visited the Vidalia onion farms located in none other than Vidalia, Georgia.
There were fields and fields of sweet Vidalia onions everywhere.
I was in Vidalia heaven.
Georgia grown Vidalia Onions are a personal favorite. These sweet and delicious onions are available seasonally from late April until September.
DID YOU KNOW?
Keep your Vidalia onions fresh by wrapping them in a paper towel and placing them in your refrigerator crisper with the vents closed and they will last for a long time! Trust me, it works! Give it a try!
If you store some of your produce together in a bin, don’t keep your Vidalia’s with potatoes, which will make them go bad quicker.
WHAT MAKES A VIDALIA ONION A VIDALIA ONION?
Vidalia onions are grown in Southeast Georgia where you will find the right climate and soil with a low amount of sulfur to produce these sweet and delicious onions. The majority of Vidalia onion farms are multi-generational, family-owned and operated.
From left to right – Brenda from a farmgirl’s dabbles, Alyce Head, Editorial Director for Cooking with Paula Deen, Julie from the little kitchen, Maria, mom of Stacie from The Divine Miss Mommy, Susan Waters, Executive Director of the Vidalia Onion Committee, Liz from A Nut in a Nutshell, Paula from bell’alimento, Karen from In the Kitchen with KP, me hiding in the back, Crystal from Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Susan from Doughmesstic, Meredith from In Sock Monkey Slippers, Christine from Cook the Story, Julia, Associate Editor for Cooking with Paula Deen.
HOW SWEET IT IS!
I was honored to attend the weekend long event with 10 other talented food bloggers and writers. We had the opportunity to tour the Vidalia fields of the McLain Family who have been growing Vidalia onions since 1986. They gave us an insider tour of the day to day operations. I love being able to connect with the farmers and getting a chance to learn more about the production, it’s fascinating.
Next time you are at the grocery store and you pick up a bag of Vidalia Onions, just think they came from here…
A PEEK INSIDE THE VIDALIA ONION MUSEUM
With a visit to the Vidalia Onion Museum, you can learn more about where Georgia’s official vegetable began. Believe it or not, it started in the 1930′s when farmers were looking to create a new crop during the Great Depression. Farmers began selling them at the farmers’ market. Buzz began to spread about “those sweet onions from Vidalia” and the name was born. Piggly Wiggly grocery store started selling Vidalia Onions in their stores, and before you know it everyone fell in love with sweet Vidalia’s.
I love this! Piggly Wiggly reminds me of family vacations to the Outer Banks when I was young.
EVEN SHREK LOVES VIDALIA ONIONS!
Oh, the food.
Applebee’s prepared a delicious luncheon that featured The Grilled Vidalia Sirlion that is now available on Applebee’s summer menu. A must try!
And I am still dreaming of the most delicious Vidalia Onion Cheesecake. Trust me, I think we all wanted to lick our plates, it was so good!
We were treated to an amazing variety of Vidalia inspired dishes and even attended the Vidalia Onion Festival where we had a chance to listen to some great music under the stars in Vidalia.
It was the perfect weekend of southern hospitality at its finest!
A big thank you to the Vidalia Onion Committee for the “sweet” weekend!
Looking for some yummy Vidalia onion recipes? Stay tuned! I have a delicious Vidalia Onion and Bacon Cheese Dip and Campfire Burgers topped with Vidalia Onions and a killer Campfire Sauce coming up that you will certainly want to whip up this Memorial Day weekend!
WIN A $500.00 VISA GIFT CARD + A SWAG BAG FROM THE VIDALIA ONION COMMITTEE!
The Vidalia Onion Committee is giving away a $500.00 VISA GIFT CARD to one lucky MT reader!
Yes, that’s right friends, $500.00 VISA GIFT CARD!
To enter, simply use the entry form below.
Thank you Vidalia Onion Committee for sponsoring this generous giveaway!
EARN EXTRA ENTRIES!
A few of my amazing blogging friends have teamed up so you have MORE CHANCES TO WIN! Each of them are also giving away a GIFT CARDS thanks to the Vidalia Onion Committee! Make sure you visit their blogs to enter their giveaways and earn additional entries here! That means more chances for you to win!
Thank you Christine from Cook the Story for capturing great photos of the weekend!
Disclosure- Vidalia Onion Committee paid for my travel and expenses to Vidalia, but I was not compensated for this post. All opinions, as always are my own.