Bailey Farms, Inc. is a family-run business that had very humble beginnings. My father had a passion for farming and my siblings and I grew up working on the farm in one way or another. It all started after Dad had to sell off everything in fall of 1989 as part of a bankruptcy and had me buy back the bare minimum to be able to farm in some capacity afterwards. This started the partnership between my father and I on a new venture.
The next year at age 21 I had to decide what I wanted to grow in the new venture. I fell in love with spicy Mexican food after being exposed to by friends of ours, so I decided that is what I wanted to grow. Dad and I grew only a few acres that ﬁrst year and our production was limited to only the summertime. Over the next several years we grew slowly with a local retail chain (Food Lion) and in 1998 we began seeking other growers to help us supply peppers year-round. This is when business really began to grow and by 2002 we had increased sales six times what they were in 1998. However, on April 23, 2002 my father was killed in a terrible explosion on the farm.
Today we grow many times more than we did in 2002 and now we have growing operations in Florida and North Carolina. We have also branched out to grow not only chile peppers but also Bellaﬁna and mini-sweet peppers. Throughout our operations the ‘Passion for Peppers’ resonates from the farm to the trucks we deliver them in and we hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.
Bailey Farms Inc. is a small,
family-run operation that started from humble beginnings.
We were shipping 300 cases per week.
Bailey Farms starts offering
year-round supplies through
our network of contracted
grower-partners in Florida
and North Carolina.
"To fuel and feed the demand for our high quality specialty peppers
with our passion, expertise and family farming heritage. To build lasting
relationships with our customers and always consider our people and
environment in everything we do."
My father Thomas L Bailey III was killed in a terrible farm accident on April 23, 2002 at the age of 66. He accomplished much during his life and was the hardest working person that I have ever met. He was passionate about farming and taught all four of his kids what it means to work hard and earn a living. I loved my father and eternally grateful for the support and values that he gave to me and this business.
In 2006 a 15,000 sq. ft. facility was completed by our partner Farmer Mikes, LLC to serve some of our customers’ needs from Nov-June when the crops are there.
We moved into our new 30,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art facility in Oxford that will be able to handle growth for years to come.
We started shipping
mini sweet peppers.
We started shipping BellaFina
and started Bailey Farms
South Bonita Springs.
Made a major investment in
automated package equipment.
Bailey Farms South, LLC is the base for our supply from December – May with farmland in Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida that was started in 2010. We recently acquired 640 acres of prime farmland there and hope to be producing top quality chiles, Bellaﬁna and minisweet peppers for many years to come. We also operate a packing house there to accommodate packaging for our customers in Florida.