So much more than a peck of peppers

There’s nothing like a pepper fest to pep you up. See comments for a note about these jalapenos.

There’s nothing like a pepper fest to pep me up. Unfortunately, I won’t be in town for Sunday’s Pittsboro Pepper Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. at Piedmont Biofarm.

Here are highlights:

Pepper dishes from local chefs. A pepper tasting led by famed farmer Doug Jones, who runs the farm. He grows more than 40 varieties of peppers, mostly sweet. A talk by farmer Doug on plant varieties, seed saving and sustainable agriculture. Doug is a nationally known seed-saving expert, and we’re lucky to have him here. His other big thing is year-round growing.

Farmer Doug Jones will lead the pepper tasting

Also, music by Holy Ghost Tent Revival. An “eco-industrial tour” of Piedmont Biofarm and Piedmont Biofuels. A crowning of a Pepper king and queen. A local pepper beer (interesting!). Other beer from Triangle Brewing Co. and local wines from Benjamin Vineyards.

Is all this doesn’t pep you up too, what will? For tickets, contact our friends at the Abundance Foundation.

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7 Responses to So much more than a peck of peppers

  1. didaniel says:

    So after I posted this I worried that the peppers we (i.e. my webmaster spouse) used to illustrate this were not healthy because of the variegations. So I sent a question about it to the wonderful “growingsmallfarms” list-serve. Here’s what I heard from “Rob.”

    “It’s a perfect Jalapeno. The marks you see going down it mean perfect ripeness to the gourmet and rotten to the general consumer-just chalk it up to educating the public on perfect peppers.”

    Not only does Rob clear the air on the peppers here, he underscores the sad truth that retailers care more about looks than taste/ripeness. This also means they waste food by selling only “perfect/attractive” fruits and veggies.

  2. alex hitt says:

    It is called corking and all peppers will show some from time to time but Jalapenos the most and some varieties more than others. It is a sign of full pod growth, full maturity/ripeness of course has to do with color. Most latinos look for corking in their Jalapenos but Americans do think it means something is wrong.

    • didaniel says:

      Thanks, Alex! Alex Hitt runs Peregrine Farm in Alamance County with his wife, Betsy. They are long-time leaders in sustainable farming, so Alex knows of what he speaks. And, again, it underscores our need for “unblemished perfection” in our “fresh” foods.

  3. Lael Moe Denver CO USA says:

    Good stuff about peppers that “even I” didn’t know. Sustainable farming – pretty soon you will be shopping only at coops. That will make you a coed.

    Hope things are going well for you and Wessel, and his firmware work is steady.

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  5. Mike says:

    Is there a master list of peppers by Doug and Alex that could be referenced?
    Looking for varieties that will do well on my farm in the Wilmington area.
    Where can I find these varieties for purchasing?
    Any guidance is most appreciated!
    Thanks much. Mike