Chile peppers have been the signature product of the ranch for over 30 years, the peak year growing 2,000 acres of Jalapeños.
Year round availability of Jalapeño, Anaheim, Poblano, Sante Fe (yellow) and Serrano.
Jalapeños: The world’s most popular chili pepper! Harvested when green or red if allowed to ripen, they are usually about 2 to 4 inches long.
Anaheim: About a 6″ in length, is green in color, and has a mild to medium-hot flavor. Great roasted and then added to salsa or egg dishes.
Poblanos: A beautiful dark green – sometimes almost looks black – chile that is approximately 4-5″ in length.
Santa Fe: With their sweet flavor, mild heat, and vibrant yellow color, the Santa Fe pepper is a favorite in the American Southwest
Serrano: Spicier than the jalapeño, the serrano is a small Mexican pepper with thick walls, a great hot-salsa pepper!
The farmers of Ventura County have changed crops over time as economics and conditions have changed. Like many, Urban Underwood planted walnuts along with Lima beans and vegetables. Citrus became important in the early part of the 1900’s. Urban and Gussie started planting lemons in the ‘30s and were charter members of the Ventura Pacific packinghouse. Over the years lemons replaced the walnuts and the walnut dehydrator became a storage shed. The living quarters that housed families during walnut season were torn down. Lemons and avocados are important to the farm today.
Lemons: All of our lemons are still packed through Ventura Pacific packing House and marketed through Sunkist.
Avocados: The Hass avocado is distinguished by its rich, buttery flavor, a pebbly exterior and a thick, leathery skin that turns black when ripe. We currently grow Hass avocados for Index Fresh, a worldwide marketer of avocados.
The Farm grows a variety of row crops for others under contract, mostly in Kern County.
Currently we are growing potatoes for Kirschenmann, carrots for Bolthouse, onions for Gills Onions, cannery tomatoes for Morning Star, carrots for Trader Joes, and peppers for Walmart.
We also grow black-eye beans, garbanzo beans, basil, cilantro, and Brussels sprouts. The varied crops provide the farm with a stable income base and a crop rotation that takes care of our soils.
Our produce can also be found at Kroger, Costco, Trader Joes, Walmart and Wegmans.