Family opens their farm for chile picking, roasting | KOB 4

Family opens their farm for chile picking, roasting

Colton Shone
September 03, 2018 08:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It's every New Mexican's favorite time of year: chile harvesting time. An Albuquerque family is opening up their well-known farm for families to come pick and roast.


It's one of best smells in the world. Roasted green chile, blackened to perfection. But before you get to that point, some hard work is required.

The Spurlock family came out to Big Jim Farms in Los Ranchos this Labor Day to pick, pull and roast their own haul. 

"It's part of being New Mexican. It's really neat to get the kids in on it. To come and pick it is a whole 'nother level," said Nick Spurlock.

Seth Wagner and his family have been growing chile since early summer. They've got about 50 acres of the good stuff ripe for the taking. He says this year's crop is sure to please everyone.

"Almost all of them are really good. The bigger the chile, the more vibrant, is typically what you go for," Wagner said.

Every weekend through October, people can come to the Los Ranchos farm and pick. Wagner says last year they did it for just one weekend and it was such a hit, they wanted to give more people the opportunity to have a New Mexico true experience. 

As the Spurlocks watch the chiles they picked get roasted, they know they're about to chow down on something special.

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