While many onion farms across the country have been negatively affected by an intense heat wave, the crops at Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia, have been virtually unaffected. “We are very fortunate, as the heat wave has not had an impact on any of our current growing regions,” said CEO Troy Bland.
“This year,” he continued, “we had an exceptional Vidalia crop, allowing us to extend our Vidalia storage crop through the end of September. We are now moving into our premium sweet onion season. The bulk of these onions are grown in Peru, with other offerings being grown in California and Nevada. Supply has been consistent, and we are looking forward to providing our customers with the highest quality sweet onions, with great promotional volumes available through the fall and winter months.”
Bland mentioned that this year’s prices have remained steady and comparable to last year -- even lower than last year in some places -- but that he expects a rise in prices due to increases in importation costs as they transition into their premium sweet onion season.
“Freight cost is still very high,” he said. “We are concerned about a continued increase in ocean freight cost and a lack of container availability in the future.”
Bland said that despite those challenges, he still expects to have a high yield and a very strong year because of it.
Partnership for a good cause
Since 2010, Bland Farms has been in partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Starting in October, the company will go “PINK” by offering pink bags, bins, and forty-pound boxes within the produce departments for interested customers.