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The hot pepper story

Tomatoes, cantalope, watermelon, sweet corn, peppers, lettuce, red, beets and 50 other things- our stand is full of wonderful food. Now is the time to order freezing corn and canning tomatoes if you are planning to do so this year. Now is the time to get out to Martins Farmstand and get the food for a good supper. Late summer and fall is the time the stand is in its full glory.

Here is this years simple hot pepper story- There is a group of us working together to grow food for the market here. We try to plan to grow a balanced supply of all the differant crops that we should have and also to time all of our plantings so as to have a broad diversity of food for your supper spread out over as long of a season as the climate and our energy allows. So somehow in this we ended up with about 1500 hot pepper plants spread out over several of our gardens. They are doing well. If each plant gives 5 pounds of peppers from now till October we could have over 2 ton of hot peppers (mostly jalapeno and hungarian)to sell. I can not quite comprehend selling so many hot peppers. This means that somebody needs to make pickled hot peppers. Following is the recipe

Sweet Pickled Hot Peppers
2 cups vinegar
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt per quart
Slice the peppers, pack into jars. Add salt. Mix brine and pour over peppers. Put jars in canner and cover with water. Bring to hard boil for 5 minutes over high heat. Remove jars. These are good to eat in 2 weeks.

These peppers are really nice in that the sweetness and the hot interacts nicely and tempers the heat. They can sit in the refrigerater and one can fish one on two rings out as needed when cooking or sometimes I use the brine. My children like to eat them with small pieces of hard cheese folded over each ring. They call them pepper wraps. We have bulk amount of peppers available for $1.50 lb. Daniel