A roasting machine and tent set up in the parking lot. Roasted and fresh chiles in produce. A cream cheese spread in the cheese section. Even a "floral" arrangement of chiles by the florist.
|Roasting in the parking lot|
But Mena paid $39 for 23 pounds of fresh peppers, which they'll roast for you as well. Mena reports:
My peppers are are chillin' in the freezer now. House smells amazing. I put about four peppers in each bundle. When frozen, I will put them in a ziplock. The rest are in the basement freezer. Bought a pork shoulder and will probably make chile verde. Couldn't remember what ingredients I needed except tomatillos -- so will have to make another trip.Wegmans in Columbia is selling two varieties of Hatch peppers -- a spicy and a mild. The roasted spicy pepper has a real bite, but it's all delicious. You can buy everything from a few peppers up to the 23-pound boxes. They're only available for about a month in the fall, so people freeze them like Mena in small batches to pull out for salsas, chili, and all kinds of Southwest dishes.