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Hatch Chile Season is Heating Up!

posted on August 8th, 2016 by John Savidan

It’s getting hot in here! Get ready for Hatch Chile Season.

Hatch chiles are only here once a year—in August and September—and that’s why you might find us Hatch-heads going a little nuts. Grown exclusively in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico), Hatch chiles have a reputation among foodies as the best peppers grown in the U.S. and some people say the world. The Hatch chile has the same shape as its Anaheim cousin, but has firmer flesh and a greater range of flavor, from mild to medium. It’s that strong New Mexico sun, those cool nights, and the mineral-rich soil that makes the flavor so distinct. Hatches are hardly ever eaten raw; it’s when they’re roasted that the smoky richness and depth of flavor really shine. If you buy them fresh, we recommend roasting over an open flame to get the absolute best flavor possible. Once roasted, they’re easy to seed and make a great Southwesterny addition to almost any dish. Hatches have a short harvest season—just six weeks! So come get them while they’re hot!


With the help of Melissa’s Produce, eight exciting New Mexico Hatch Chile Roasting events are being held in front of select Bristol Farms stores. Although we will be roasting in eight locations only, product will be available in all stores starting August 8, 2016.

We invite you c’mon down and awaken your senses with the world’s best chile! All roasting events are from 8am – 2pm.

Saturday, August 13th
73101 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Saturday, August 20th
8510 Genesee Ave.
San Diego, CA 92122

Saturday, August 20th
8448 Lincoln Blvd.
Westchester, CA 90045

Saturday, August 27th
837 Silver Spur Rd.
Rolling Hills Est., CA 90274

Saturday, August 27th
1570 Rosecrans Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Saturday, September 3rd
606 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Saturday, September 3rd
810 Avocado Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Saturday, September 10th
3105 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

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