It's that time of year when green chile from Hatch, New Mexico makes its way into our northern New Mexican supermarkets. As hatch chile continues to become more and more popular around the country, competition between growers becomes a friendly but serious sport. After all, New Mexico is the 'Chile Capital of the World', as our license plates proudly state.
I had heard from some locals that the chile at Sutherland Farms was a little better than Hatch. I thought to myself - that's impossible! I finally made the trip to Sutherland Farms to see what the fuss was about. The season for fresh roasted green chiles is quick, so you want to jump on it. It's way better in taste than getting frozen green chile from the supermarkets.
So yesterday, we drove to Sutherland Farms to pick ourselves a bushel of roasted green chile. You can order mild, hot, or extra hot. Dori likes it extra hot. The grounds are charming, and the staff friendly. The roasted green chile is more expensive here, but since it's local we don't mind. Our bushel of green chiles lasts almost a year. We literally just finished our last ziplock bag of the old batch the same day we went for the new bushel.
We made ourselves some veggie burgers with the new Sutherland green chiles on top. French fries and a Marble IPA. It doesn't get more New Mexican than that! The verdict, Dori says it's better than Hatch. It was so hot for me that I couldn't make a good analysis. It was more like jalapenos. Green chile is very specific even if I only have Hatch to compare it to. After they sit a while and have been frozen, I'll come back to revisit the flavor.
Dori is happy to have her bushel of green chile
I might have taken the New Mexican theme too far in this picture. Happy Labor Day!