Walla Walla Sweet Onions
Walla Walla sweet onions are dropping a bit early this year.
Cavalli's Onion Acres Farm has already begun harvesting.
The onions started dropping last week, which means they are ready to be picked about a week and a half early.
The Cavalli's have already begun cutting the onions, separating them and bagging them for shipment.
The third generation farm is one of the last few to harvest the Walla Walla sweet onion.
Because this particular onion requires more hands on care and costs more to produce, Cavalli admits some years they barely break even.
But he says they will continue to grow them because they taste that good and are so popular.
"The Walla Walla sweet is so mild and so tender that a lot of people can eat them where they can't eat a regular onion. They're not hot, they're very juicy and a lot of people eat them like an apple," said Cavalli.
Washington state has designated the Walla Walla sweet onion as the official state vegetable in 2007.
Cavalli said they're harvesting 12 acres that can get them anywhere from 480,000 pounds to 600,000 pounds of sweet onions.