Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, located in Lebanon, OH, has offered homegrown fruits and vegetables for more than 60 years. In January of 2018, Randy and Robyn Lane took ownership of the historic farm and market. The Lane Family envisioned continuing the traditional aspects of the farm and adding event venues to cater up to 300 people.
As the CEO of American Thermal Instruments in Dayton, OH, Lane always saw a synergy between the two companies. ATI provides temperature monitoring solutions for various industries and has a focus on cold chain logistics and food safety. Temperature monitoring fresh produce ensures the freshest products and, therefore, satisfied consumers.
Farming and Temperature Control
The food industry has strict regulations and processes around the shipping and storage temperatures of products. Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a system that was put in place by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to provide the framework for monitoring the total food system, from harvesting to consumption, to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. The system is designed to identify and control potential problems before they occur. A critical control point for fresh produce includes making sure certain products do not freeze or reach certain high temperature that could compromise quality or safety.
Through the analysis of the farm, temperature became a big focus with the amount of fresh produce being moved throughout walk-in coolers, dairy kept in small chillers, refrigerators throughout the kitchen and the ice cream cooler located in the Cider Bar. The critical control point to eliminate or reduce temperature exposure was the addition of temperature monitoring solutions throughout the market. These solutions would verify that product is kept at the ideal temperature until disposed or consumed.
Monitoring procedures have been put in place to have daily and weekly checks throughout the space to guarantee there hasn’t been an exposure to critical temperatures. A mix of both NFC electronic data loggers and chemical freeze indicators allows HVO to check temperature at a quick glance or track full time and temperature history to ensure that temperature breaches haven’t been reached around the clock. ATI’s electronic data loggers have app and cloud technology to provide digital data – anytime, anywhere. This gives HVO an easy record keeping and documentation process and the ability to maintain temperature history data.
Buyers expect a safe, attractive and fresh product. Combining modern technologies with the freshest fruits and vegetables straight from the land of the historic farm, brings a new level of guaranteed freshness and ultimately happy consumers. HVO is committed to making sure each customer has the perfect farm experience to enhance family traditions for years to come!