These past weeks have been too hot for any photo trips and instead have been marked mainly by work, pool time and World Cup Soccer. Here is Tessa getting fired up for the final Germany-Argentina. Go Germany!
Home of the famous Vidalia onion which are being harvested this time of year. Coming to a store near you, soon!
The Vidalia onions are grown on 14,000 acres in 20 counties around Vidalia, GA and owe their sweet taste to the low-sulfur soil and climate of the region. To preserve their mild taste, the use of sulfur fertilizers are kept to a minimum.
Vidalia onion seeds are planted in September in starter fields, and after eight weeks are pulled and transplanted in the production fields - by hand. Most of the onions are also still harvested by hand.
At harvest time (April/May), when the onions start to fall over, they are undercut - again by hand - and left to dry out. They are then collected, sorted, graded, packaged, and thanks to modern storage technology, can be sold through December.
Each acre produces 300 50-lbs bags of onions. That's a lot of onions. 75,000, I think.
This was taken at the North Pier at Fort Pulaski. We always walk the many trails around the Fort, a real treat. In the back you can see the Savannah River. This is a good spot to watch the big cargo ships come and go.
For a few months this spring, we added a new playmate to our gang - Greta, a German Shorthaired Pointer and accomplished grouse and pheasant hunter from Michigan. Her owners like to spend the winters in Georgia, and were grateful for the opportunity to run Greta with our dogs.