2013 Hatch Chile Harvest


When I was talking with our produce team yesterday, I asked how everything was coming along in Hatch, and the quick answer was, "let me show you." So I thought it was only fair to share.

We work with the same farmer, TJ, in the village of Hatch, New Mexico, every year to make sure our harvest produces only the biggest, most flavorful peppers. And I must say this year looks to be no different. Peppers will arrive in all stores by August 1st.
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Sara Jane Lee wrote on 8/19/2013 4:08:30 PM

This year I did not see any of the Hatch Chile sauce or salsa at the North Austin store. It was green and creamy, about the same color as the tomatillo salsa. I miss it and would like to have it back.

Global Administrator wrote on 8/6/2013 3:14:56 PM

Hi Lee - At North Lamar they will be roasting in the mornings during the week (Monday-Thursday) and then by customer request. On the weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays), they will be roasting from 8:00am-5:00pm during the festival.

Lee wrote on 8/6/2013 11:01:00 AM

What days and hours will the roasters be running in the North Austin Store?

Global Administrator wrote on 8/5/2013 5:05:23 PM

HI Rick - I chatted with our produce buyer about your question, and as it stands now the "hot" peppers are still a bit on the medium side, due to rain. It will probably be another 10 days to 2 weeks before they get truly "hot". The produce team is happy to let you taste the peppers before you buy to make sure they are what you want.

Rick wrote on 8/5/2013 4:39:42 PM

I'm a Hatch chile fan from way back having come from NM. I love that you bring green chile to Houston. Of course, every year is different as rainfall and sunshine affect the crop. Is the "hot" this year Real HOT or more on the mild side like last year?

Global Administrator wrote on 8/5/2013 9:15:40 AM

Annette - the cases are $26 each for fresh and $29 each for roasted

Global Administrator wrote on 8/5/2013 9:14:43 AM

Donna - unfortunately with limited entries in the recipe contest last year, we let the stores choose whether or not they would like to host the contest. Both Austin stores, Southlake, and Plano are hosting contest at there stores. There are entry forms at the info desk of each of these 4 stores. I am sorry if that means you will be unable to participate. If the contest is not happening at your store I would suggest letting the leadership team know next time you are in, so that next year this can be avoided.

Cheryl Luevano wrote on 8/2/2013 10:33:45 PM

Is there a way I can ordered these and have them sent to me, since I live in Florida?

Annette wrote on 8/2/2013 12:57:16 PM

How much for for a case roasted? Did you get some hot chiles in?

Donna Thomas wrote on 8/2/2013 10:18:22 AM

What about the recipe contest? I don't see anything.

Global Administrator wrote on 8/2/2013 9:52:22 AM

Hi Laurie - Fresh peppers are .68 or .98 cents per pound (price differs by store) and all roasted peppers are $2.78 per pound. Peppers are also available by the case both fresh and roasted.

Laurie lujan wrote on 8/2/2013 12:09:13 AM

How much are they per sack. And are you roasting them for free

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