Randy Bailey started Bailey Farms with his father in 1989 at the young age of 21. Randy had a passion for spicy Mexican food, so he decided to grow hot peppers. The first year, Randy and his father grew just a few acres and their production was limited to the summertime only. Over the next few years, the business grew slowly with a local retail chain, Food Lion, and in 1998, Bailey Farms started sourcing peppers from other growers in order to supply peppers year-round. Today, Bailey Farms is 35 times the size of what it was in 1999.
Bailey Farms is based out of Oxford, NC, but they also have farms in Florida. They grow product in North Carolina from late May until the end of the summer, then head down to Florida to grow throughout the winter. Having two growing locations like this lets them supply their customers with premium quality produce year-round. Bailey Farms utilizes open-field growing techniques on both of their growing locations.
Bailey Farms understands that quality and safety go hand-in-hand. They are extremely aware that in order to maintain a quality product, you must not only protect its appearance and taste, but also its integrity as a food that is safe to eat. To ensure that the commodities they supply are absolutely safe to be consumed, Bailey Farms uses GLOBAL G.A.P. food safety program. This program starts with the quality of the seeds planted, ongoing personnel training, sanitation procedures enforced in all facilities, and a PTI-approved traceability program installed on our packing houses. The program is placed under the supervision of SCS Global Services who makes sure that proper standards of handling and sanitation are met through audits of company fields, facilities, and operating procedures.