Ed Tinsley's onion fields Ed Tensley

Vidalia History

During the tough days of the Great Depression, farmers had high hopes of a new cash crop. These hard-working men had grown everything from corn to cotton in Georgia’s sandy soil, and onions seemed to hold some promise of better profits.

Imagine their surprise and concern when what grew was not an instant money-maker but a strange onion that wasn’t hot!

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The onion is the most favorite food that grows.

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- George Washington, First U.S. President, reputed to never tell a lie.