Vidalia Onion Fundraising
Vidalia Onion Fundraising
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Georgia's State Vegetable offers simple and profitable fundraising for your school or organization!
Looking for profitable fundraising ideas? Vidalia Onion Fundraising simplifies your fundraising work by focusing on sales and management of one item, Vidalia onions, while keeping profits high!
Since 2003, our family operated business has been helping organizations obtain maximum fundraising income with minimal effort!
We recommend taking orders for 2-4 weeks, beginning sometime in March. Your order is required two weeks prior to delivery/shipment. Your dates for selling onions and for delivery can be adjusted based on what is best for your schedule. Contact us to discuss the best plan for you!
Vidalia onions are harvested in mid-late April, so we begin making deliveries by the first week of May.
Only jumbo certified Vidalia Onions are sold. The onions are sold and delivered in 10lb. bags, simplifying the order and delivery process.
Minimum order of 2000 lbs. is required for delivery and shipping; smaller orders may be picked up at the farm.
Full payment is due within 20 business days after delivery. Late payments incur a 10% monthly charge.
Depending on your location, delivery or shipping may be most economical; it will depend on your location and actual order quantity. Picking up your order is always free. Contact us to discuss shipping and pickup options.
Profit on average is $5-7 per 10 lb. bag sold.
Below (in the "Fundraising Resources" section) is an editable sales sheet you can download and use for recording sales. It also has information about the onions for your salespeople to share with customers.
Please call or email us for more information and to get you set up to sell onions! You may also fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Phone: (706) 286-0705
Vidalia onions have a higher water content which makes them sweeter but also makes them bruise easily. Handle carefully and you can enjoy your Vidalia Sweet Onions for months
Keep them cool, dry, and separated!
Ensure your onions are stored in a well-ventilated area. Some options would be in the refrigerator or on elevated racks or screens.
Dry store or freeze your Vidalia Sweet Onions to help them last even longer! Onions can be frozen either chopped or peeled & cored whole.
Be careful not to store them with potatoes, which can make them go bad faster!
The Vidalia Onion Story takes root in Toombs County, Georgia over 80 years ago when a farmer by the name of Moses Coleman discovered in the late spring of 1931 the onions he had planted were not hot as he expected. They were sweet! It was a struggle to sell the onions at first, but Moses persevered, and managed to sell them for $3.50 per 50-pound bag, which in those days was a big price.
Other farmers, who through the Depression years had not been able to get a fair price for their produce, thought Coleman had found a gold mine. They began to follow suit, and soon after, their farms were also producing the sweet, mild onion.
In the 1940’s, the State of Georgia built a Farmer’s Market in Vidalia, and because the small town was at the juncture of some of South Georgia’s most widely traveled highways, the market had a thriving tourist business. Word began to spread about “those Vidalia onions”. Consumers, then, gave the onions their famous name. Reorders were made, and “Vidalia Onions” began appearing on the shelves of Piggly Wiggly and A&P grocery stores. Through the 1950s and 60s, production grew at a slow but steady pace, reaching some 600 total acres by the mid 1970s. At that point, a push was made for Vidalia Onions to be distributed throughout the nation, and several promotional efforts were begun. Onion festivals became an annual event in both Vidalia and nearby Glennville, Georgia, and production grew tenfold over the next decade.
In 1986, Georgia’s state legislature passed legislation giving the Vidalia Onion legal status and defining the 20-county production area. The Vidalia Onion was named Georgia’s Official State Vegetable by the state legislature in 1990.
In 1989, Vidalia Onion producers united to establish Federal Marketing Order No. 955 for the crop. This USDA program established the Vidalia Onion Committee and extended the definition of a Vidalia Onion to the Federal level. The Marketing Order provided a vehicle for producers to jointly fund research and promotional programs.
Beginning in 1990, technology borrowed from the apple industry was adapted to begin the controlled atmosphere (CA) storage of Vidalia Onions. Now some 20,000,000 pounds of Vidalia Onions can be put into CA storage for up to six months, thus extending the marketing of the Vidalia’s through the fall and into the holiday season.
History taken from www.vidaliaonions.com