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Fresh New Mexico Chiles in the Orlando area?

ihatemco Jun 19, 2013 05:01 PM

Does anyone know if there is any place that sells fresh New Mexico chiles in the Orlando area? Better yet, any fresh chile roasters?

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    janniecooks RE: ihatemco Jun 20, 2013 01:57 AM

    The Fresh Market in Vero Beach usually has a chile roaster for a couple of days in August/September, when the harvest comes in. Maybe there's a Fresh Market in Orlando?

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      ihatemco RE: janniecooks Jun 20, 2013 05:03 AM

      Thanks, janniecooks!!!! I will definitely ask the store here if they do that!

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        Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: ihatemco Jun 20, 2013 06:14 AM

        I'm pretty sure I've seen a chile roaster at the Fresh Market in Altamonte Springs, but I have no idea when they do it.

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          janniecooks RE: ihatemco Jun 21, 2013 01:22 AM

          You're welcome! If you'd like to be notified, sign up on the Fresh Market site to receive their emails and you'll know when the roaster is scheduled. (Be forewarned: they do send out maybe two, sometimes three, emails a week with their weekly and Saturday specials.)

      2. Veggo RE: ihatemco Jun 20, 2013 05:30 AM

        The harvest season for New Mexico Hatch chilies begins in late July, peaks around labor day.

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          jfischer27 RE: ihatemco Jun 21, 2013 05:34 AM

          You might also want to check with Whole Foods. The one in Tampa has gotten them in before in the fall, but they sold out of them very quickly.

          If you don't mind quantity, I've found the simplest thing is to just order a case and have them shipped.

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            Veggo RE: jfischer27 Jun 21, 2013 05:43 AM

            You roast them yourself?

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              jfischer27 RE: Veggo Jun 21, 2013 10:01 AM

              Yep, its kind of tedious because we use our grill but it works. We generally invite some friends over for "roasting day", fire up the grill and work through the case (bagging and freezing the majority of them.) It would be simpler with a roaster, but its also only one afternoon a year.

              I'm pretty sure there are at least a few companies in New Mexico that will sell them already roasted, but I imagine the shipping gets ridiculous. Ordering them fresh means being able to ship ground with UPS.

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                Veggo RE: jfischer27 Jun 21, 2013 11:07 AM

                That would be a lot of work roasting a case of them, but they are so good it's worth it.

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            janniecooks RE: ihatemco Sep 12, 2013 05:10 AM

            Just got an email from Fresh Market, they're roasting chiles this weekend, Sept 14-15, 1-5pm:


            The first slide in the scrolling top section discussions the chile roast.

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              Veggo RE: janniecooks Sep 12, 2013 06:24 AM

              I'm glad I saw this. I called my Bradenton Fresh Market and they are doing it also, same hours.

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