Walla Walla sweet onion harvesting season begins
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Walla Walla sweet onion harvesting season officially started this week as the community anxiously awaits for the product to hit grocery store shelves.
The crop first came to Walla Walla in the late 1800’s and is a staple part of the community.
Mike Locati’s family has been farming sweet onions in the area for over 100 years. He recently partnered with Vidal Pedroza and two other men to form Pacific Agra Farms.
Now that it’s harvesting season, the men and their 100 person crew are working long hours to get the people their onions. They do about five to eight acres of land a day.
“They’re hand harvested,” Locati said. “The guys cut them into wind rows then we put bins in the middle and fill them up and take them to our packing shed.”
The onions have a lot of water which gives them a short shelf life so they’re mainly shipped out to the Pacific Northwest.
Locati said people can expect to start seeing sweet onions on grocery store shelves as early as next week.