The beating heart of Underwood Ranches for the last 30+ years has been the production of jalapeno pepper, peaking in 2013 at 2,000 acres. The team developed mechanical harvesting so that 100% was machine harvested in 2016. The business evolved from early production of lima bean, followed by cannery tomatoes, fresh and frozen vegetables, and lemons and avocados. In the 80’s, Underwood’s pioneered baby and specialty vegetables. 1980 began the evolution of the retail connection to the consumer through the Somis Farm Market. Underwood Ranches today grows in Ventura and Kern counties a variety of crops including mild and hot peppers for our specialty product and sauces, lemons and avocados to artichokes, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, onions & more for contract crops.
For more than 50 years, Underwood Ranches has grown peppers from bells to jalapeños and is known for being the largest pepper grower in the United States. Our history and knowledge of peppers have allowed us to grow more than 2,000 acres of red jalapeños on our ranches in Ventura, Los Angeles and Kern Counties. Through yearly taste trials of more than 50 varieties of jalapeños per year, we are able to produce the best tasting, spiciest, and highest yielding pepper crop. That intensity of flavor and quality applies to all varieties that we grow including Serrano’s, Cascabelles, California Chiles, and Poblano peppers.
Our experience with many and diverse products has enabled Underwood Ranches to understand the particular needs of its customers. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail and growing produce we think will be on the forefront of the market. Our farms in Ventura, LA, and Kern Counties, give us many soil and climate options which allow us to grow a wide range of products. Through our specialized growing techniques, efficiencies, careful selection of varieties, as well as our experience and knowledge, we are able to grow the freshest and highest quality produce around. Our produce can be found at Trader Joes, Kroger, Costco, Wegmans & in Bolthouse Farms products.
Underwood Ranches is best known for pioneering baby vegetables, spring mix and other specialty vegetables. It is a family farm located in Ventura County that grows a variety of produce for retail and food service customers, primarily jalapeno peppers, blueberries, baby bunched and large red, golden, and candy striped beets, baby carrots, fennel, artichokes, celery root, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, and other specialty and commodity vegetables.
Over the years the crops have transitioned from limas and walnuts, to carrots, pole tomatoes, fordhook limas and broccoli for the Oxnard Frozen Foods, cannery tomatoes for Hunts, and always fresh produce for the market. Today the farm grows and ships fresh fruits and vegetables for retail and food service customers.
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