Situated on Saint Helena Island, S.C., Seaside Farm harvests 20 million pounds of tomatoes during a 5- to 6-week period each year. Photo courtesy of Seaside Farm
Taylor specified the kettle, an Italian-made FMT-brand processing mixer-cooker for tomatoes that could heat 400 gallons in 20 minutes. Sanders’ due diligence for the right steam boiler led them to the Pack Expo International show in Chicago. After speaking with several suppliers, the Seaside Farm team zeroed in on Will Brozowski, sales engineer for Clayton Industries.
The swift process helped the family get the new venture up and running by the following harvest, processing up to fifteen 400-gallon batches per day during peak season. “The SigmaFire SF50 steam generator could keep up with the job we needed, no problem,” says Taylor. “The operation costs are fantastic. The burn usage—propane and everything—has been nominal to the degree that we’re not sure how many times we get the tank filled. And we run it hard, six to seven days a week.”