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hatch chile time?

much to my regret, i missed the chile roasting events in the area last year, and i am bound and determined to git me some this year. seems like it's about time...any idea if albertsons' is scheduling roastings, or anywhere else? (i'm in la canada, but will do some road time for them)

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  1. Seems like the Albertson's tour was mid-August last year. I hope Albertson's does it again. Those chiles were fantastic! (but very spicy).

    1. So far I haven't seen any ads from Albertsons or Big Saver for these products.
      Some last year threads:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/313007
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/314386
      The El Rey Farms web site contact looks the same (but no email):
      http://www.elreyfarms.com/contactus.html
      Some other Hatch chile web sites:
      http://www.hatch-chile.com/
      http://www.nmcchile.com/
      http://www.nmchili.com/order_fresh_ch...
      http://www.wholesalechili.com/
      http://www.hatchnmgreenchile.com

      I'm in the same boat this year - no room in the freezer for a 20# bag.
      If anyone has a local Hatch chile sighting, please post!

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      1. re: DiveFan

        The Albertson's in Montebello, Via Campo and Wilcox will have them the weekend of August 18 - 19. Apparently extreme weather conditions delayed the crops this year. I am keeping a watch on the other markets for their ads of when the chiles will be available and I'll post as soon as I know.

      2. Give El Rey farms a call - the phone info is on the website listed in the thread above.
        The phone number will be busy, but just keep redialing :-)

        FYI, you can order less than a bushel (though it's much cheaper to just buy the bushel, then split the order with one or more people).

        1. I just called Albertson's in South Gate and they will indeed have Hatch Green Chili this Sat. & Sun. Aug. 18 & 19, 2007. It is $24.99 for a 30 lb. bag (including free roasting!) or you can buy it by the lb. Their address: 4155 Tweedy Blvd. South Gate CA 90280
          They will also have it at the Albertson's in Montebello : 855 N. Wilcox. Ave. Montebello 90640. Might as well try calling your local Albertson's too. The roasting times are 8 AM -2PM. Hope this is helpful

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          1. re: Laina

            Thanks for the heads up. I called my local Albertsons in Hawthorne. As expected, they are Totally Clueless.
            Haven't heard back from Big Saver.
            Nothing seen in ads around here :-(.

            Neta, where are Via Campo and Wilcox?

            Maps in Place links below.

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            Albertsons - Sav-On
            4155 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280

            Albertsons - Sav-On
            855 N Wilcox Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

            1. re: Laina

              Any other Albertsons doing it this year? They did it in Reseda last year. Haven't had much luck finding other locations.

            2. Well, I might have got skunked this year.
              Got to the Albertsons in South Gate about 11:30am today, only saw one unattended roasted leaning against the side of the building.
              Wish that these farmers would learn from the past and bring more product.
              Wish that more grocers and other hosts would encourage AND ADVERTISE these seasonal sales.
              Bonus activity - at the suggestion of Bandini's home page I visited Taqueria Los Barrigones one block west. Had two tacos; the al pastor was good but the chorizo was better - not the red greasy disgusting store bought kind. The salsa verde was mostly jalapeno with no lime or tomatillo tang - boring. However, the salsa roja had a good kick.

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              Taqueria Los Barrigones
              4070 Tweedy Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280

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              1. re: DiveFan

                Sorry you got skunked ... i made a late-night run to Montebello Albertsons last night and grabbed some hatch ... if your still up to it you might give them a call and see if
                they still have some in stock. I didn't see any roasters yesterday ... though it was pretty late ... I prefer roasting my own ... makes the house smell great in anticipation of a chile verde dinner. Pick up some Albuquerque Tortilla Company flour tortillas while your there ... and your in for a treat.

                1. re: lilygirl

                  I'd rather not spend the gas money to drive all the way to Montebello for (I hope) a small amount of NM chiles; I don't have an excuse yet to be in that area.

                  BTW that 'Albuquerque' brand is an example of how Albertsons really ticks me off. There are Plenty of good local sources for tortillas, why do they need to import them from 800 miles away? There aren't that many Albertsons stores left to service. Buy Local!

                  Hello Neta, are you still tracking Hatch chiles :-)?

                  1. re: DiveFan

                    My SO's from New Mexico, and he preordered his Hatch green chiles (half a bag of hot; half of medium) from El Rey Farms (www.elreyfarms.com) last week. We picked them up at their set up in La Puente High School yesterday. The lot was packed with people looking and waiting for their chiles. The roasters were in full force. And, it was nearly 100 degrees. Because there was a two-hour (!) wait for roasting, he decided to roast 'em at home. We did make an attempt to stop by the Montebello Albertson's but, alas, we were too late for the roasters. (And we were roasting!

                    )

                    Next time, we'll ask for an early pick-up time for the chiles so the wait for a roaster won't be so long. I think El Rey will be delivering Hatch chiles to LA for the next month or so. I think a full bag of fresh chiles is about 25-29 lbs. I don't know the cost.

                    If you love Hatch chiles, the trip out to La Puente is worth it. The bonus is that we found cheaper gas prices out there, too.

                    1. re: DiveFan

                      Hey, I remember that Huell Howser episode from several years ago at La Puente HS. High 90's and high humidity this weekend, how fun :-\.
                      El Rey Farms web site doesn't say if they are delivering elsewhere in SoCal, nor does it have pricing info. Guess I'll have to call them about that. Per the web site their delivery schedule is:
                      1st LOAD Saturday, August 18th, 2007
                      2nd LOAD Saturday, August 25th, 2007
                      3rd LOAD Saturday, September 8th, 2007
                      4th LOAD Saturday, September 15th, 2007
                      5th LOAD Saturday, Septenber 22nd, 2007**
                      **5th Load Depends on Mother Nature

                      1. re: DiveFan

                        Yes DiveFan, I've been watching the local throw-away ads for the ELA, Montebello, Pico Rivera areas and no ads for the chiles. This is really strange. I'll keep checking for you.

                    2. re: DiveFan

                      I complained via email to Albertsons and got a nice call from a regional management person. He couldn't promise anything but will escalate this issue to the marketing folks for a possible repeat.
                      In the meantime, there's El Rey Farms visiting La Puente HS.

                      Map in Place link below.

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                      Hacienda La Puente Unified School District: La Puente High School
                      15615 Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91744

                    3. Minor chile alert - I happened to visit the Gigante store in Inglewood today and they had a bin of Hatch chiles for sale. The signs were marked both 99 cents and 3 lbs/99 cents, I was charged the latter price. The sale was not announced in their flyer, so possibly they carry them as a seasonal item.