An Association of Commercial Vegetable, Potato and Berry Growers
Pennsylvania’s Simply Sweet Onion™
The Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association holds the trademark for the “Pennsylvania Simply Sweet Onion”, a premium brand of Pennsylvania-grown sweet onions. The Association licenses growers to grow certain varieties under specified conditions (plastic mulch with drip irrigation). Onions grown by licensed growers under these terms and which meet certain quality standards are allowed to be marketed as “Simply Sweets”. Over the last several years, demand for the “Simply Sweets” in supermarkets has far exceeded the available supply.
Over 90 growers grew about 120 acres of the “Simply Sweets” in 2016. Growers in Lancaster County and beyond have banned together to establish a cooperative drying and packing operation to handle the “Simply Sweets”.
The licensing procedures for the “Simply Sweets” are determined by the Association’s “Simply Sweet Onion” Committee which is composed of four growers, one Penn State University representative and one representative of the Board of Directors.