|Hatch Chile Bushel Boxes|
|Fresh Green Hatch Chiles|
|Roasted Hatch Chiles|
|Hawking Hatch Chiles|
The drive was uneventful, and I had the benefit of knowing where I was going this time. When I pulled into the parking lot, a tent and roasting area were set up outside the entrance to the Gelson's. The smell of roasting chiles perfumed the air.
|Shoppers ISO Hatch Chiles|
The chiles were available fresh, roasted, dried, ground, and in salsas. There were cookbooks available for sale and samples of food using both the mild and the hot chiles. I'm a coward, I only tried the mild offerings and I still had the taste in my mouth when I got home.
|Hatch Chiles in a Roasting Drum|
|Chocolate Chip Hatch Chile Cookies|
|Worker with a Box of Roasted Hatch Chiles|
|Container of Hatch Chiles--Hot|
When I got home, I found that four or five chiles would store in a single layer of a quart freezer bag. Each store container filled five or six quart bags and they are now freezing flat. I'll move them out to Melinda's the next time I go check her mail.
|Roasted Chiles Ready for Peeling|
Check out the article from the L.A. Times (above) if you are interested in purchasing Hatch chiles. They will be available for about a month at selected grocery stores.