Grown Green Chile
The fertile Hatch and Rio Grande River Valleys in New Mexico grow the best green chile in the world. For generations, chile has been the pride and joy of New Mexican culture and tradition, the heart and soul of local cuisine.
But, did you know New Mexico’s favorite crop is in peril? New Mexico’s chile farmers and producers are in trouble. And you and I may be too. Imagine New Mexico without our chile—that’s like New Mexico without its sunshine!
- Today 82% of chile consumed in the U.S.A is foreign grown (from Mexico, Peru, China and India).
- While U.S. chile consumption is skyrocketing, New Mexico’s production is in steep decline.
- New Mexico’s chile acreage has dropped by 75% from 1992, at its peak, and by 1/3 from the 2009 to 2010 growing season:
- In 1992, 35,000 acres of chile were grown in New Mexico
- By 2010: only 8,800 acres were grown in New Mexico
- Just five years ago, New Mexico’s chile industry, made up of long term, family-owned farms and small family-owned businesses, provided 5000 full time jobs and 10,000 part time jobs to New Mexicans. Those numbers have dropped almost in half.
*Source: The New Mexico Chile Association (a consortium of New Mexican farmers and processors)