Green Chile Comes To Los Alamos Co+op Market

Chile roasting at the Co+op Market. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

Make space in your freezer because green chile season is here.

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market has organic green chile from Seco Spice in Berino, which is located in the Hatch Valley between Las Cruces and El Paso. Roasting will be done at the Co+op on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

Chile can be ordered by the case while supplies last – hopefully through mid-September.  For the Co+op, chile roasting is about community and culture.

The Co+op’s produce manager and head chile roaster, Leonda Clendenen, recounted her family connection to farming. “I enjoy learning to roast green chile, as I was born and raised in New Mexico and the tradition connects me to the heritage of the state. My matriarchal grandparents, Leon and Fern Hurst, owned and operated a farm in Deming, on which my mother, Leota Clendenen, was raised and where I spent numerous holidays as a child.”

This week, Clendenen spent time in Albuquerque perfecting the art of chile roasting at their sister co-op, La Montanita.

Triny Vigil, the Co+op’s interim general manager, has enjoyed passing on his chile roasting wisdom to the Co+op’s chile roasting team.

“The aroma of green chile brings back fond memories of my childhood in northern New Mexico,” Vigil said.

The Co+op’s deli is already cooking delicious green chile sauce, and the store is buzzing with talk of the spice level and ideas for utilizing this delicious local vegetable.

The Los Alamos Co+op Market provides the community with access to a wide variety of local, natural, and organic foods and can be found at 95 Entrada Dr. Visit or call the Co+op 505.695.1579 for more information.

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