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Carrots and citrus on the menu for Kern Ridge Growers

Carrots are in short supply for Arvin’s Kern Ridge Growers, a year-round shipper of California carrots.

“Weather early in the season was very hot,” said Andrew Bianchi, sales manager. “That has caused both a short supply and size currently is an issue. Also due to the weather, the carrots are smaller than they were this time last year.”

However, the organic carrot program at Kern Ridge Growers “continues to do well,” Bianchi added. “This program has remained steady throughout the year, and our volume hasn’t fallen off.”

All of Kern Ridge Growers organic carrots are packed under the All Natural Label and certified by California Certified Organic Farmers.

In addition to its carrot program, Bianchi said the company is gearing up for its fall citrus program, which should begin in mid-October. He said that this year’s supply of navels, which are shipped under the Kern Ridge label, look to have good size and the volume should be slightly higher than last season.

Kern Ridge Growers history traces back to the early 1970s when the company began to pack cello carrots under the Kern Ridge label. The carrots, for the most part, are grown in “rich, sandy loam soil” that is situated near the mountains in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley.

Kern Ridge maintains a state-of-the-art baby peeled carrot plant and its carrots are harvested with a four-row Vogel carrot harvester, with a volume of up to 150,000 pounds of carrots per hour.