Yeah, the cotton down here in Mesilla Valley is pretty much shot. Pecans aren’t as adversely affected. I lived in New Jersey for pretty much all my life until last year. I’ve never seen a wetter August in my life in New Jersey. This is absolutely surreal. The next time someone yells the word "drought" to me, I’m gonna punch em in the mouth! [;)]
I spoke to my friend in Santa Fe last night and his mother’s chile crop in Chimayo is doing well so you will still find local chile in that area at the farmer’s markets.
Thanks for the advice. This whole thing is wierd. I hear that things are a mess for crops around Albuquerque, too, that the ground can’t absorb any more water. It rains for a while every day or night in Santa Fe, but usually pretty much dries up except for a few pools of water. At east everything is much more lush and green than usual.
Has it been affecting any other crops near you besides chile?
i know you want to take the chiles back with you..
just make sure they’re hatch..we’re going
to be inundated with chiles from south america
trying to take advantage of the situation.
i’ve already sent funds to hatch via our
local tv station.
Yes, it is so wierd to have these flooding problems in NM, which is usually so dry that people cheer over a few raindrops. Can’t beleive the arroyos broke and floods were waist deep.
The radio said today it’ll take at least a week to get to the chile crops in Hatch. There will probably be at least some saved, but the price will go up for the chile that survives.
The harvest started, but has not been completed. Things are really bad here this morning. I can’t help but wonder how this devastation will impact the Chile Festival this year. This crop was way better than last year’s too, because up until July, it was very dry here. That is what positively impacts the harvest, so I am told, arid weather. Clearly, in the last 3 weeks, it feels like Vietnam here. I’ve never seen more rain, except maybe in 2004, the last year I spent in New Jersey, when Medford recieved 14 inches in one day. That’s about the only event more extreme than this one.
Just saw this on the Weather Channel…. amazing to think of that much rain in that area… take care
This Just In
the city of hatch is flooded with 3 feet of water.
people are being evacuated out of the city.
Oh, THANK YOU! So there’s still hope! It’s s good world!!
We’ll be here til late August….then and with a big bag of frozen chiles on the airplane back to NYC!
the first crop that comes in are usually the mildest of the season.
the later the crop, the hotter the chiles get so lots of people wait til late august into late sept. to get theirs. i just couldn’t wait. wish i had. the chiles i got were too mild (did i say that?) so i’m going to wait a month before i pick up another batch.
I’ve been in Santa Fe over a week now, and haven’t seen (nor smelled) much chile roasting. I wonder if its too early for the "North" or whether its just a smaller scale this year up here?
Thanks, Xannie…..I may have to try and track that trailer down when it comes to LA in a few months!
i love hatch chiles because they have such a depth of flavor.
it’s not just the heat. i find the taste addicting.
i took some pictures but don’t know how to post them.
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