|The Hatch Chile Festival
is usually Labor Day weekend.
Why HATCH and Lemitar?
the pepper (chile/chili) centers in the world, Hatch, New Mexico, stands
the tallest. Hatch's plant breeders and botanists are most
unique. And of late, so are the growers in Lemiat as most New
Hatch is widely known as the designer chile/chili
headquarters because Mesilla Valley farmers are constantly developing
new breeds and various tastes to satisfy a steady throng of new
They tailor-make chilis, which are then introduced to the
locals and consumers from all over the US and many, many countries
around the world like NEW car models via e-commerce and the
Here in New Mexico, many say just by tasting a chili/chile pod they can
tell whether the pepper was grown North, or South of Interstate 40
(formerly US Route 66), which runs from East toward Texas and West toward
Arizona. Believe it or not, that little rule also holds true for
South and North Korea.
One more intriguing fact is that Thai's eat
more peppers than any other people in the world (an average of 5 grams
per person daily in Thailand) but residents in the US Southwest are
closing the gap quickly.
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Hatch is located 37 miles north of Las Cruces via I-25. The northernmost incorporated community in Doņa Ana County, the Village of Hatch is home to some 1,673 residents, many of whom work in the fertile fields of the surrounding Hatch Valley. The area produces the
world famous Hatch chile and is home to the annual Hatch Chile Festival, which draws thousands to the village. Hatch is located just west of the banks of the Rio Grande
In the Hatch valley, our green chile harvest begins around July 25 and continues through the red chile harvest or up through the first
frost of the year.
Preparing the fields
in Hatch, oe maybe Lemitar, New Mexico.