Baloian Farms' Jeremy Lane Discusses Year-Round Bell Pepper Program and More
- by ANUK Staff
FRESNO, CA - In the produce industry, you start to get used to hearing about 100-year-old companies and the generations of family members still involved in all parts of the operation to this day. While we hear about it a lot, it never gets old—do you see what we did there?—and Baloian Farms has one of those stories we could listen to for hours all because of its pepper legacy and passion for produce.
“Baloian Farms has been in business for over 100 years. It’s now four generations deep. Our core commodities are fresh vegetables, with a focus on peppers—green, red, yellow, and mini sweet peppers,” Jeremy Lane, Sales Manager, began, sharing Baloian Farms’ story with us in our video exclusive. “Something unique about Baloian Farms is that we are a year-round supplier on our pepper program. We’re standing in one of our fields that is a transition field that we will start harvesting in a couple days.”
Outside of the winter months, Baloian Farms grows throughout the state of California, including Coachella Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, and other central coast areas. Once the cold starts to creep in, the company transitions to Mexico, in the states of Sonora and Sinaloa, to accomplish that year-round status.
Another strategy Baloian Farms has implemented to keep its pepper program on the up-and-up all year long is with innovative machinery.
“The new Pepper Machine is a state-of-the-art piece of machinery. It's utilizing lots of new technology, which is helping us create an even higher quality pack,” Jeremy explained. “We pick into bins out here in the field, those bins are then consolidated to one packing location. That way we have one type of pack at the end of the day even though we are harvesting in multiple growing districts.”
For more of a peek behind the greens at Baloian Farms and to hear more from Jeremy, check out our exclusive video above.