Uesugi Farms Heads to Coachella for Strong Pepper Supply
- by Laura Hillen
GILROY, CA – Keeping up with its guaranteed year-round schedule of pepper varieties, Uesugi Farms has announced that the company is preparing to transition from Northern California to Southern California to harvest premium quality peppers out of Coachella.
“Being a year-round pepper supplier, the cycle just comes naturally. Right now we’re getting ready to start the Coachella harvest, where we’ll grow bells and minis. In November, we head to Mexico to grow the full gamut of peppers, which includes all the bells, minis and hot varieties,” stated Pete Aiello, General Manager.
The company stated in a press release that production will wrap up in Northern California in the next few weeks and the company’s crop in the Coachella Valley is currently seeing strong plants with peppers that are maturing nicely. Uesugi expects a successful harvest out of Southern California.
When the company transitions to Mexico in November, following the Coachelle harvest, Uesugi Farms will grow green, red, and yellow bell peppers, mini sweets, and hot peppers. From there, the company will continue transitioning its harvesting regions to provide a continuous supply of product.
“The Coachella harvest starts again from May through July where we’ll continue growing our bells and minis. Some overlapping will happen, since we also grow all our varieties in Bakersfield and Oxnard in June, July, and part of August,” continued Aiello. “We then move to Hollister, Morgan Hill, Brentwood, Lodi, and Gilroy for the Northern California harvest, which starts in July and could run all the way into November if the weather cooperates.”
Uesugi Farms has been harvesting and shipping peppers for 365 days a year since 1998. The company is able to provide its wide variety of peppers due to increased acreage and new varieties to harvest. Some of these varieties include green, yellow, and red bells, mini sweets, Anaheim, Caribe, Fresno, Ghost, Habanero, Hungarian, Jalapeño, Poblano, Serrano, and Shishito peppers.
Uesugi Farms’ portfolio also includes more categories than peppers, as the company also grows and sells tomatillos, white and yellow sweet corn, Napa cabbage, strawberries, pumpkins, squash, and beans.