Bell Peppers

Titan farms’ vegetable production of bell pepper has grown to 600+ acres, including Medium, Large and X-Large peppers, with two crops a year.

Spring – June 9 - July 26
Fall – September 18 – November 8

Peppers 001Bell pepper is harvested two times each year – summer (June 9 – July 30) and fall (September 18 November 8). The horticultural, harvest and packing processes are virtually the same regardless of the season.

The first step of the pepper process is proper land preparation. Soil samples are taken, followed by lime, gypsum, and pre-plant fertilizer applied accordingly. The soil amendments are then worked into the land and then the plastic laying process begins. The first pass, using a 200+ HP tractor linked to a three-row super-bedder pulls through the land rolling and compacting the dirt from a 15-foot wide swath into three 32” raised beds while injecting pre-plant soil fumigant into the bed. A three-row layer, applying drip tape and plastic mulch, follows this tractor. After the plastic mulch is laid, the irrigation lines are attached and the system is tested. We then put out a pre-emerge herbicide for weed control in the bare dirt middles between the rows of plastic mulch. Ten days after the land is bedded, it is ready to be planted. Our plants are grown from seeds in greenhouses and arrive at the farm as seedlings ready to be transplanted in the field. When the plants are ten days old we will begin to apply fertilizers through our computerized micro-drip irrigation system and we begin our integrated pest management (IPM) program at that time. The bell pepper plants and soil moisture levels are monitored daily by our employees and through technology via remote soil moisture sensors. We receive readings from these sensors daily over the internet.

At or around 21 days following transplanting we begin analyzing pepper plant leaves weekly to monitor their nutrient status. Based on these findings our fertilizer applications through the micro-drip system are specifically designed to ensure the proper amount of fertilizer is applied only in the root zone. These tissue analysis serve as great tools to keep us from applying too much or too little fertilizer.

As the plants begin to grow, we drive a 24” stake into the bed leaving 14 inches exposed between every tenth plant in the row. At approximately nine inches in height we place a nylon string on either side of the plant, attached to each stake thus supporting the plant for its future crop load. Approximately two weeks later, one final string is placed at the top of the stake on the outside of the plant for additional support. The next step of the process is picking and packing. The peppers are handpicked and transported, via tractor, trailer and bins to our packing facility. The packing process begins by gently dumping with a state of the art dumping system and immediately washed. The peppers are then pre-graded and sorted by dimension, color and weight through a computerized grading system. The peppers are then hand-graded, packed in boxes and palletized. The pallets are then moved to the shipping cooler and are ready to be shipped out.

Regular maintenance is performed throughout the growing season such as herbicide applications, bush hogging, and irrigation system cleaning.

One Large Bell Pepper = 33 calories and is a source of Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, potassium, protein and has no fat or cholesterol. What a wholesome snack for anyone regardless of your dietary restrictions!
One bushel of fresh bell pepper is equivalent to:
50-55 X-Large Peppers
60-65 Large Peppers
75-80 Peppers

Istock 000024510486Small 400Fresh colorful bell peppers are nutritious snacks eaten fresh from the farm or served in endless recipe combinations such as appetizers, salads, garnishes, sauces, and entrees.

To insure quality when buying Titan bell peppers, select peppers that have smooth, taut skin. Avoid peppers with wrinkles, blemishes, cuts or dark spots. Both the pepper and its stem should be bright in color. The stem should also appear sturdy and fresh. Healthy bell peppers are heavy for their size. Whole bell peppers will refrigerate up to one week in a plastic bag. Freeze whole peppers unwashed.

Wash bell peppers before use. Gently carve the inner seeds and white core away from the flesh with a knife and discard. Only eat the colored part of a bell pepper. They can be chopped and added to salad, pasta, salsa and stir-fries. Bell peppers are also a tasty addition to veggie platters, are excellent stuffed, and can be roasted.

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