Now roasting Hatch, NM Green Chile at both Johnson's Stores.

Hello, again!

We are like kids on summer vacation asking our parents, ‘Are we there yet?’ and ‘How much farther?’ Except around the store the past few weeks it’s been, ‘How’s the Hatch green chile crop this year?’, ‘When will the peppers arrive?’ and ‘When will we start roasting?’ I have just been answering that we should make sure the cooler is cleaned out and ready for the chile any time.

Now I have answers to all of these questions! Jeremy sent me a photo of the chile being unloaded over the weekend. About the same time every year, the first week of August or so, we fill up our cooler with green chile from southern New Mexico. We have started fire roasting chile at both stores, so if you are wanting a bushel of freshly roasted peppers, we are ready to share the experience with you. If you’ve not experienced the roasting of the peppers, come in and watch it done. You’ll become addicted to the sound and aroma of it.

When frequently asked about how to use chile, I direct people to my Pork Green Chile recipe found here along with our cookbook for other ideas for enjoying these special peppers. If you are wanting to give green chile a try and are not ready for a half or full bushel, try one of our frozen starter bags containing about 3 pounds of chile, which is just enough for a couple of dishes.

Check out our Garden Time show for more information on why we love this green chile.

Speaking of Hatch chile, Iron ChileHead is August 19th! Don’t miss out on a couple dozen regional craft breweries and their chile beer as well as food trucks sharing their favorite Hatch chile recipes. Order tickets at or purchase at the stores today!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center

P.S. - It's Garden Rewards Points redemption time! If you have points to spend, it's a great time to get something extra nice, like one of the chimeneas that just arrived!