Shuman Farms begins shipping Georgia-grown sweet onions

Headquartered in the heart of the Vidalia growing region in southeast Georgia, Shuman Farms has planted a legacy of growing the sweetest onions in the word. The company began as a small family farm in the mid-’80s and has since become a leading grower and shipper of sweet onions in the industry.

“Since our beginning more than 30 years ago, Shuman Farms has always been more about onions,” said John Shuman, president and chief executive officer of Shuman Farms. “We’re about growing a family, a business, a culture of giving back, and a product we are proud to bring to market.”

Vidalia-Onions The company prides itself on starting family-focused programs, with one of its most prominent programs through the years being starting Produce for Kids to give back to the communities where Shuman Farms’ products are sold. Since its inception more than 17 years ago, Produce for Kids has raised more than $6.7 million to families in need across the country.

“There are many factors to our success,” Shuman said. “Every day, we are blessed to work with like-minded people whom we have built relationships with over the past 30 years. We deeply value each of our team members, our family of farms, our customers and partners, and the consumers who purchase our products.”

The philosophy and essence of Shuman Farms revolves around a commitment to four pillars: high-quality products, excellent customer service, innovative marketing, and giving back to the communities where its products are sold.

With harvesting of sweet onions in its early stages, as of mid-April, the company was cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Vidalia season. Shuman Farms began shipping USA Georgia grown sweet onions the week of April 16 with plans to transition to Vidalia Sweet Onions by April 22.

“Our quality looks good and our yields are near to slightly below normal at this point on our first harvested onions,” Shuman said. “We’ve been saying that the front-end of the crop looks better than the back-end, and that certainly seems to be the case at this time. Our caution comes from recognizing the fact that as an industry, Vidalia starts the season 17 percent down in total acreage. Combine this with a national onion shortage, and our hope for good supplies this summer hinge on Vidalia’s late season yields.”

With industry concerns about the late crop coming from several key factors, it’s a wait and see attitude right now for those at Shuman Farms.

“It has been my experience that any shortage of supply Vidalia has, will be felt more so during the summer storage season and not so much in May,” Shuman said.

“So with this in mind, we are keeping a close eye on our late season varieties to see how the summer storage season will unfold.”

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