Meet The Blands
In 1982 Delbert Bland and his late father, Raymond,began growing Vidalia® sweet onions on just five acres at Bland Farms. Today, Bland Farms represents roughly half of the of the entire Vidalia® crop annually.
Recognizing and acting on the rising demand for sweet onions, Bland expanded production outside of the Peach State, both domestically and internationally, and into Texas, California, New York, Peru, and Mexico. These strategic growing partnerships have proven themselves to be extremely valuable, allowing Bland Farms to supply sweet onions year-round.
For Delbert Bland and his family, farming is a way of life. He and his wife, Sandra, have honored and grown the family business that was passed down to them from Delbert’s parents, Raymond and Rubye Jeane Bland. Sandra in her own right has done a great deal to popularize the Vidalia® brand. Among other things, she was the fi rst to successfully incorporate Vidalia® sweet onions into processed foods and her mail order business in the 1980s introduced the Vidalia® name to markets west of the Mississippi River.
Like his Father did with him, Delbert Bland has passed down the secrets and lessons of the family farm with his son Troy. Troy grew up working the farm with both his father and grandfather and knew from a very young age that his dream, like his father’s, was to carry on the family business. Knowing full well that the responsibility of carrying on Bland Farms will lie firmly on his shoulders, Troy, now Director of Quality Control & Procurement, observes his father carefully, learning the secrets that have sustained the family farm for the past sixty years. Needless to say, the success of the farm has been and will continue to be a family affair.