Workers were continually trained in heat prevention and monitored hourly to ensure they were hydrating properly and weren’t succumbing to the temperatures, Baloian said.
With the advent of the air conditioning, he said workers were much more comfortable and a few even mentioned they have to remember sweaters.
The family-owned Baloian Farms grows dozens of different vegetable varieties, but peppers are its core, Lane said. The grower-packer also has moved into value-added products with its colored sweet mini peppers and Bella Fina baby bells.
It also recently launched Squash Sauté Kits that come with two green zucchini and one yellow squash, along with a seasoning packet in either parmesan and herb or garlic and red pepper flavor.