According to Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers, the Departmetn of Agricutlure announced a new crop for South Carolina--sweet onions. Weathers says consumers now have the opportunity to try a new local product, and at the same time, they're keeping those dollars local which is also a sweet deal for South Carolina.
The sweet onions will be grown in Lexington, Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun, and Orangeburg Counties. This year there will be more than 60 acres planted in South Carolina with plans to increase acreage as consumer demand increases. But, Weathers says those accres are just a drop in the bucket for what South Carolina can consume. With the demand for sweet onions, they foresee a much bigger market locally. The objective is to let cosumers know that their sweet onions are being grown right here in South Carolina so they can buy locally grown.