Ray Farms is big on family and big on Vidalia Sweet Onions

        Ray Farms, located off Old Highway 250 north of Glennville Georgia, is having a family reunion of sorts. Avon and Annette Ray, the originators of Ray Farms, have traveled back to the farm to help their sons, Danny and Gary Ray, and their children bring in the latest crop of sweet onions.
        The three generations work seamlessly, as they go about the business of getting the onions out of the fields and onto the waiting trucks as fast as they can.
       It truly is a family affair at Ray Farms. Gary’s wife Rhonda and their fifteen year old twins, Savannah and Nicholas help out wherever they are needed. Danny and his wife, Patsy have two daughters, Bridgette, who is married to Michael Sapp with three children seven year old Gavin, five year old Gabe and two year old Grant; and other daughter Whitney who is married to Keith Groover with one child, three year old Brantley. Whitney works in the office at Ray Farms overseeing food safety, and keeps the never ending stream of pickers, packers and paperwork heading in the right direction.
       Ray farms had a humble beginning in the sweet onion business. In 1972, Avon and Annette began growing the now famous onions on just five acres of land. Back then, they used the State Farmers Market on Hwy 301 in Glennville before they built their own shed in 1989.
      The family has grown a lot since then, and so has their farm. Now, the farm has expanded to 350 acres of Vidalia Sweet Onions.
      Ray Farms grows 350 acres of Vidalia Sweet onions and 50 acres of Sweet Georgia Reds. The Farm is just big enough to where we can do the best job we can and still spend time together with family.
      Ray Farms ships sweet onions all over the United States to large chain stores, wholesalers, and individual customers.
     Technology, along with hard physical work, have been the keys to Ray Farms’ Expansion over the years.
     Along with the Ray Family, extra workers are brought in to help harvest and ship the onions. Due to labor shortage in 2016, Ray Farms had to convert harvesting their onions in the field with a mechanical harvester.
    Ray Farms has approximately 45 people sorting and packing the onions in the packinghouse.
    After the onions are picked they are packed in crates and brought to the huge drying rooms that Gary Ray built. They are kept in there for 48 hours at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Then we cool them off and run them across the grader. Ray Farms can store up to 80,000 bushels of onions in cold storage.

Ray Farms gives all the glory to God. Acts 14:17 is a Bible verse that holds special meaning to Ray Farms. “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
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