For a growing number of devotees, the Hatch chili pepper season now upon us simply can’t come soon enough. Named for Hatch, N.M., where they were first cultivated in the United States, the long, curvy peppers have a mild to medium heat and are firm enough to stuff and grill. Roasting them’s quite popular, which is why many stores that carry them are set up for roasting onsite as well.
President Obama even gave the peppers a nod recently.
Hatch peppers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days; they can be frozen raw or roasted and skinned, for up to 1 year.
Melissa’s Produce began shipping them last Monday. Find the list of Washington area stores where they are available, and, in some cases, where they are being roasted onsite, after the jump.
A roasting and chef’s demo event is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Annapolis store. The peppers should be available at Washington area Fresh Markets through Sept. 17. Each store offers Hatch chili-cheddar bread (bakery dept.) and a Hatch chili dip (deli dept.)
Rockville store, 1649 Rockville Pike, 240-221-0780.
Annapolis store, 2504 Solomons Island Rd., 410-573-9700.
Towson store, 838 Dulaney Valley Rd., 410-494-4930
Vienna store, 150 Branch Rd. SE, 703-491-0904.
All Washington area locations now have the peppers in stock. Roasting takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these stores:
Jenkins Row store, 1350 Potomac Ave. SE, 202-543-1040.
Pentagon Row store, 900 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. 703-413-7112.
Roasting takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it’s best to call ahead to confirm.
Dulles store, 45131 Columbia Place, Sterling, 703-421-2400. Aug. 24-26.
Leesburg store, 101 Crosstrail Blvd., 703-669-2044. Aug 31-Sept. 2.
Potomac Mills store, 14801 Dining Way, 703-763-5500. Sept. 7-9.
Fairfax store, 11620 Monument Dr.. 703-653-1600. Sept. 7-9.
Bel-Air store, 21 Wegmans Blvd., Abingdon. 443-372-2900. Sept. 7-9.
Frederick store, 7830 Wormans Mill Rd., Frederick. 240-575-7300. Sept. 7-9.
Columbia store, 8855 Mcgaw Rd., Columbia. 443-537-2900. Sept 14-16.
Woodmore store, 9001 Mchugh Drive, Lanham. 240-487-5400. Sept 14-16.