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Roasting Chiles At the Farmers Market
New Mexico Chile Roaster
Photo © Molly Watson
Roasters like this - steel drum cages spun over an open flame – set up around New Mexico throughout the chile harvest, which starts in August and ends in November. Single roasters, like this one, are found at farmers markets stalls and small stands. Larger farm stands and grocery stores (including Walmart) set up multiple roasters where customers line up to have their 20, 40, 60 pounds (or more!) of chiles roasted.