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Cheez! That’s great chile!

September 30, 2012 • Local News


Charlotte Barnett shops for a ristra at the Chile Cheese Festival, Saturday. (Noah Vernau Photo)

Most New Mexicans know there’s nothing like a hot bowl of green chili stew in the wintertime, and with cool weather on its way, they populated the 21st annual Chile Cheese Festival this weekend to stock up on their favorite flavors.

But that wasn’t the only reason people came. The two-day festival offered a satisfying fall atmosphere for all ages and taste buds, with live music, fresh treats, free tours of Leprino Foods and a host of vendors.

Graves Farm and Garden was one of many vendors to offer chiles from mild to extra hot, and to arm festival-goers with chile ristras, which owner Buz Graves said are more than decorative and delicious. They’re good luck charms. “That’s what everybody says,” Graves laughed, “and I just go along with it!”

Graves said it’s the perfect time of the year for chile. “Most people will take it home and freeze three or four bushels. People kind of put it off when it’s hot outside, but that’s during Login to read more

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