Recently, there has been some talk on web sites about how carrots are handled once they are harvested. Unfortunately, much of the information out there is inaccurate. Bolthouse Farms, the largest producer of cut and peeled baby carrots in the world, wants you to know the truth about baby carrot production and how we handle the carrots once they are harvested.

A Carrot’s Journey After Harvesting

Since carrots are a root vegetable, they grow underground and need to be cleaned once harvested. A fleet of trucks bring the carrots to the plant for an initial gentle washing. The water used to wash the carrots is made safe following strict FDA and USDA guidelines. The use of small amounts of chlorine is a common practice used in the fresh-cut produce industry to kill harmful bacteria and sanitize the water. The minute amount of chlorine in our water for washing carrots is nearly 90% less than the chlorine level in normal tap (drinking) water. This helps provide the safest product possible and is a scientifically proven level to kill any harmful bacteria. Bolthouse Farms continuously monitors the chlorine levels and verifies those levels throughout the entire production day. Bolthouse Farms does not soak its carrots in water. Carrots are moved as rapidly as possible through production to assure the freshest, safest and best tasting carrots available. Once cleaned, carrots are sorted for the highest quality, cut, peeled, cooled, polished smooth, then placed in bags. A carrot’s trip from entering the plant to being placed in a bag takes less than an hour. Carrots are ready to ship within 24 hours of harvesting to ensure quality and fresh flavor.

What Happens When Carrots Dry Out?

When entertaining for example, you may notice a baby carrot with a white color on the surface. This is absolutely not chlorine residue. It is simply a sign the carrot is drying out. When we peel the carrots, we take away some of their protection for maintaining moisture. By rewetting your baby cut carrots for a few minutes, the whiteness should diminish.

Who Is Bolthouse Farms?

Bolthouse Farms has been producing America’s finest quality carrot products since 1915 and we continue to be committed to providing the very highest level of excellence. Our carrots are grown in regions where there is optimal sunlight and soil quality. California is our main growing region where we are able to grow and harvest year ‘round because of California’s rich soil and ideal climate. We also grow carrots seasonally in Washington, Georgia and eastern Canada. Our seasonal plants supply local markets and help us minimize the distance carrots travel once they are bagged and ready for you to enjoy. We are committed to using the most reliable quality control systems and procedures to ensure that our food is produced within the strictest standards.

Our Commitment To The Environment

Bolthouse Farms takes responsibility for preserving the land it farms and the environment in which we all live. In California, we use Solar Power Farming which reduces emissions and fossil fuel use. Solar panels generate energy for powering the pumps that water the fields, resulting in the largest solar powered field irrigation system in the nation. In addition, Bolthouse Farms makes every effort to ensure that all parts of a carrot are used once harvested. For example, the green tops are left in the field and used to help keep the soil nourished. The carrot peel is used for fiber as an ingredient in baking and other industries, and the wider portions of the carrot are used to produce other carrot products, such as carrot coins and Matchstix. Bolthouse Farms also ships products from California to a distribution center in Chicago, IL via high speed rail. This reduces co2 emissions, diesel fuel usage and prevents the production of numerous other toxins and particulate emissions. To learn more about the products and practices of Bolthouse Farms, please visit our website at or call us at: 1-800-467-4683.

Occasionally you may notice a baby carrot with a white color on the surface. This is absolutely not chlorine residue. It is simply a sign the carrot is drying out.
The amount of chlorine in our water for cleaning the baby carrots is 90% less than the chlorine level in normal tap (drinking) water.