We’ve always been a big proponent of local produce, as the farmers can pick one day and deliver to us the next day. This allows the fruit more time to ripen on the plant, instead of being picked early.
Often this leads to the fruit being more fragile, as it is softer, and not protected by waxes or antifungal treatments. Local produce is generally less beautiful than produce produced in big farms in California or Mexico.
There is a tradeoff however, because fruit picked ripe is much more delicious. There is a reason we sell so many different local fruits at our chile stand.
Benefits of buying local
More than just flavor, buying locally grown produce strengthens our community and reduces our carbon footprint. There are many reasons to buy local, and we have always tried to promote that. For us, the main reason has always been providing the best possible quality produce. In our industry, things go bad in days, not weeks. If we get it fresh, we can sell it fresh. This helps ensure we have happy customers who remember us every chile season. It’s great that there are so many other benefits to buying local too. With covid and geopolitical problems, we now face supply chain issues, and shortening the supply chain makes us a stronger society, which is less prone to shortages, and more able to support itself.
Remember, you can always find us at 2010 Eubank, Albuquerque, NM 87112. We carry many different seasonal New Mexican products when they are available, including cantaloupes, watermelons, pumpkins, posole, tomatoes, onions, apples, and more. We aren’t just a chile roaster. If you want to buy local, remember Farmers Chile Market. We are a great spot to support the local community, and pick up roasted New Mexico green chile and red chile ristras along with your produce from Hatch, or another great growing area in New Mexico.