For over a century, the Boldt family have been growing, packing, and shipping organic peaches, plums, nectarines, and tomatoes in California’s Central Valley. Continuing the family tradition, David and Dorothy Boldt have raised three sons as the family’s fifth generation to work and care for this treasured and productive farmland.
The Boldts have always emphasized tree-ripened quality, harvesting directly into the best available equipment to preserve the freshness of their products. Like everyone in the valley, they started out with corrugated cardboard boxes, but switched to plastic totes when they became available for greater product protection.
But experience in the field soon showed that these plastic totes left a lot to be desired: the external ribbing was stiff and difficult to keep clean, the sharp edges and sides were hard on their employees, the fruit, and the equipment.
Looking for a better solution, they called InterCrate. Following Brad Fry’s suggestion, the Boldts decided to give the InterCrate Tomato Tote a try.
The differences were immediately apparent: the smoothed sides of the InterCrate Tomato Totes let them operate seamlessly with the farm’s equipment and made the crops easy to clean and store. With the InterCrate totes’ open hand-holds, workers could use their picking straps without struggling with the cumbersome shape and stiffness of the old plastic totes.
Above all, the InterCrate totes – by protecting the tomatoes, keeping them cooler, and speeding the time from field to market — enabled the fruit to meet the quality standards that have kept the Boldt farm in business for so many years. Plus, the InterCrate totes have delivered operational efficiencies and long-term savings to the farm’s bottom line.
After three seasons of use, the Boldts report that they are delighted with the InterCrate Tomato Totes. And we’re delighted to be there for them.