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Jun 28, 2014 11:51 PM

Hatch Green Chiles 2014

Ok... I know they will be coming soon (about a month?). Anyone know when/where (preferably in SF) that does the roasting? I miss my days in Colorado when I could pick up a bag of freshly roasted, peeled, chopped hatches at just about any street corner.

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  1. Most Raley's stores in the bay area will roast them for you.

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    1. re: Civil Bear

      *Some* Raley's/Nob Hill will roast them for you.

      Usually about a week after Raley's gets them in they put them on sale. As soon as they do, call up the nearest place that's offering roasting (check their website or follow the discussions here) and order them to be roasted for pick-up.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Any schedules for the bay area yet?

        1. re: sparkyr

          I hear Molly Stones will be roasting at various locations in September...


          1. re: Civil Bear

            According to my Mollie Stones circular, roast locations and dates are as follows:

            Greenbrae, August 23, 12-4pm
            Pacific Heights, August 24, 12-4pm
            Sausalito, September 6, 12-4pm
            Burlingame, September 7, 12-4pm
            San Bruno, September 13, 12-4pm
            Palo Alto, September 14, 12-4pm

            1. re: oniontears

              I doubt the provenance of the chile being sold at Mollie Stone's. While the word Hatch appears often on their website, they identify their supplier as Melissa's Produce.

              Melissa's has this to say about their source:

              "These chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. No other chile is prized more than this variety which grows in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces."


              Las Cruces is 40 miles SE of the Hatch area.

              1. re: Pius Avocado III

                Melissa's Hatch Chiles are certified Hatch Chiles from Hatch, New Mexico.

                In fact, come see Melissa's Produce in action for we will be signing copies of the new Hatch cookbook featured by the main stage at the Hatch Chile Festival 2014 on Labor Day weekend.

                Please let me know if you have any questions about our Hatch Chiles ...

                Robert Schueller
                Director of Public Relations
                Melissa's Produce

                1. re: robertschueller11

                  Thank you. Could you please explain more about the Hatch chile certification standard?

                  The New Mexico Certified Chile program launched this year, yesterday in fact.

                  And Chimayo chile has a registered mark and audit program.

                  But I'm unable to find any information about certifying chiles from Hatch and would like to know more.

                  1. re: robertschueller11

                    If Mr. Schueller is unable to explain what "certified Hatch Chiles" are, maybe someone else can?

                    (Or perhaps there's no such thing?)

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      My web searches turned up an LA Times article from last year quoting Mr. Schueller, a few other vendors making the certified Hatch claim, and a TV news story from last Friday, days after the NM program launched.

                      It's worth watching for the perspective of farmers opposed to the program, but most germane to our discussion is this:

                      "The new certified chile program also allows for a registered chile grower in any part of the state to call the chile they grow Hatch green chile."


                      1. re: Pius Avocado III

                        Whoa, then Hatch ceases to mean anything. It's now any kind of capsicum grown anywhere in New Mexico.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          I am a New Mexican transplant to California. The best chile doesn't always come from Hatch. It changes from year to year, depending on which part of the state got rain at the right time, etc. In fact, I know many New Mexicans who steer well clear of Hatch chile these days as it has become the "export" chile. So I wouldn't get hung up on a "Hatch" label. Just look for chile that was grown in New Mexico and make sure it has decent heat, otherwise you could just buy and roast your own Anaheims.

                          1. re: melisum

                            EXACTLY......well put!

                            BTW: A word of caution if you haven't already stocked up your 2014 batch of chiles, this year I bought a 25# case of Melissa's 'Medium' and the chile was what I considered quite mild. Just not much heat.

                            So....I went back to the same store (Nob Hill Alameda) and got 1/2 case of the 'Hot'....and it was REALLY hot (and I am not just talking about an occasional 'zinger' in the batch either).

            2. re: sparkyr

              They had hatch chiles at the Raley's in Merced today, 99cents a lb. My guess is that means they are in the bay area Raley's stores as well, since we are never ahead of you all. I bought a few pounds to roast at home, no roasting facilities in this particular store.

              Edited to add: haven't tasted any yet, but they are labeled 'hot'. (yay).

            3. re: Ruth Lafler

              Alameda Nob Hill is roasting this weekend (8/23-24) from 11 am to 6 pm.

                1. re: Torina

                  We may hv been their last order and we were there ~1p. I think people were buying cases and leaving them to be roasted. They told us to come back at 5p to pick up our 5 lbs.

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              1. I found Hatch Chile's at Lucky's in Mountain View/Sunnyvale this morning. (On El Camino, almost at 85.)

                99 cents a pound. No roasting in sight. I'll be firing up the grill!

                1. Nob Hill in San Ramon is roasting hatch green chiles this weekend 8/15 - 8/17. Great crop this year. Very meaty! I got medium heat. They are perfect. I am from NM. Gotta have green chile.

                  1. I was at the Sausalito Mollie Stone's this afternoon, and they had lots of Hatch chiles. I don't know what the heat level was, and they weren't roasting them. But if you want to roast your own, you'd be set.