Hatch Chili Pepper Season is almost here! I am told that the small town of Hatch, New Mexico turns into a pretty big city during the Hatch Chili Pepper Festival!
The folks at Wikipedia.com note that this small city of about 2,000 residents or so swells about fifteen times to about 30,000 during Labor Day weekend! Is it any wonder that this city is known as the home of “The World’s Best Chili Pepper?”
If you are familiar with Hatch Peppers, or for some reason you are not, let me share some info with you from the Hatch Valley Chile Festival web site. It seems that just one fresh medium-sized chili pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges! Also, hot chili peppers burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body, which speeds up metabolism. Now that’s pretty cool (actually hot)!
Having said all of this, we want to let you know that we will have Fresh Baked Hatch Chili Pepper Focaccia Bread available in our bakeries around August 1st. We’ve sent the recipe out to our Bakery Managers who will begin the process of baking this really fun bread in our bakeries.
If you are heading to Hatch, New Mexico, how about taking some of this bread with you for mealtime along the way! If you’re sticking closer to home this summer, we invite you to stop by next week at one of our bakeries sometime and try a loaf!