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Craig Underwood grows the peppers that go into Sriracha sauce
Craig Underwood grows the peppers that go into Sriracha sauce

The gig: Craig Underwood, 72, is a fourth-generation farmer who grows all the chili peppers for Irwindale-based Huy Fong Foods, which makes the wildly popular Sriracha in the signature green-capped bottle. Underwood, a Navy veteran and graduate of Cornell University, farms land from Bakersfield to Camarillo. Diverse operation: Underwood Ranches, his wholesale business, is based in Camarillo. His direct-sales business, Underwood Family Farms, is based in Moorpark and has been visited by schoolchildren on educational farm tours for years. Underwood also operates produce stands, appears at farmer's markets across Los Angeles and Ventura counties and maintains a Community Supported...

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