BC Greenhouse Day

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To celebrate BC Greenhouse day numerous greenhouses were open to the public. Did you understand there are 62 BC greenhouses? Our BC Greenhouses produce tomatoes, peppers, long English cucumbers, eggplant and butter lettuce.

The yellow peppers were tipped out of large bins and on to a conveyor belt which led them to a grading station. 6 workers carefully examined each pepper and separated the 2nd grade from the very first grade peppers.

As I stood listed below, boxes of grade 2 peppers pulled up prior to me. You can see the minor imperfections on the peppers. As customers we are method to picky when it comes to our fruit and vegetables. You are probably wondering what they do with the second grade peppers. They are completely fine to use. They are just a bit misshapen. These peppers are offered to restaurants.

This is the sort of pepper that dining establishments have no problem using. In some cases the stem has fallen off or there might be too much green color on the pepper. It turns out that some sellers do sell a line of Imperfect vegetables so inspect it out to see who is offering them in your area. It’s time we purchased more of these and the rate must be less than the grade one peppers. I keep in mind the days of operating in retail and offering fruits and vegetables at decreased prices. Okay, I am showing my age however it wasn’t that long back. Now it’s not enabled. Method excessive food is thrown out. I am thankful the peppers from greenhouses are used by dining establishments. Some even go to food banks.

The grade one peppers travel under a video camera which photographs every one and tallies each peppers size and weight. By doing this the computer knows exactly which peppers to send to the waiting boxes. Each case will hold 5 kg of peppers and with the computer systems assist the weight will be as near to 5 kg without going over. Above, full boxes travel to their last storage area to await shipping.

At the open house we strolled down a long row and on each side were even longer rows of pepper plants in different stages of production. Height is determined by the type of pepper being grown. In this greenhouse we saw red and orange peppers.

The worker talked about how they use advantageous pests to control typical greenhouse bugs such as aphids, thrips and whitefly. These bugs like the warm humid environment of the greenhouse.

Here the peppers are still green. Consistent cutting of foliage is done to keep the plants from crowding each other and to let employees in between the rows to harvest.

This is a photo of one row of peppers. The two rails along the floor supply heat to the greenhouse. They also enable equipment to travel along their lines so a worker can prune and gather the plants. The equipment utilized can be moved up or down so the worker can quickly reach the plant at any level. I noticed each row was numbered. I would picture numbering, would have to be utilized to keep track of what was performed in each row.

This offers you a better concept of how tall the plants are. I was totally impressed at what I saw and can’t wait to go next year. The BC greenhouse market utilizes more than 3,500 people. There are 14,000 pepper plants grown per acre. That’s a great deal of peppers!

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