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Famed Vidalia onions could be smaller, pricier this year

Georgia’s signature sweet onions may be a little smaller and a little more expensive this year.
Georgia’s signature sweet onions may be a little smaller and a little more expensive this year.(WRDW)
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:18 AM EDT
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VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s signature sweet onions may be a little smaller and a little more expensive this year.

Vidalia onions are scheduled to begin shipping on April 19, arriving in stores in the following days. Farmer Aries Haygood says that cooler-than-normal weather has stunted onion growth, meaning the average onion may only be 3 inches around instead of 4 inches.

Haygood is the chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee and has a 375-acre farm. He says there will be plenty of Georgia-grown onions. But prices may be a little higher because sweet onion farmers in Texas were hit hard by a winter storm there.

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