FINDING NEW MEXICO CHILES
How to get chiles in all forms, from mail-order options to fresh-roasted at farmers' markets to piquant local cuisine.
WHERE TO BUY
The Chile Shop Good source for ground dried red chiles. INFO: From $5.50 for 8 oz.; Santa Fe; 505/983-6080.
Chimayo to Go Sells ground dried red Chimayo chiles grown in southern New Mexico. INFO: $5.25 for 8 oz.; 800/683-9628.
Native Seeds/SEARCH Grow northern New Mexico chiles from heirloom seeds. INFO: 866/622-5561.
New Mexican Connection We couldn't find a reliable mail-order source for roasted northern green chiles, but we did find good roasted Sandia chiles here. INFO: $56 for 5 lbs., including shipping; 800/933-2736.
Pojoaque Valley Farmers' Market Margaret and Eremita Campos sell their produce here. INFO: 3-7 Wed and 8-2 Sat while weather permits; Pojoaque; 505/455-5068.
Santa Fe Farmers Market The best place to find northern New Mexico chiles, both fresh and dried. INFO: Various locations and hours; contact 505/983-4098.
WHERE TO EAT
Comida de Campos Lessons in classic New Mexico cooking. INFO: $75 per class, by reservation; Embudo; 505/852-0017.
Hatch Chile Festival Southern New Mexico's big chile blowout. INFO: 10-5 Sep 1-2; 505/267-5050.
Leona's Restaurante We can't visit New Mexico without a stop for Leona Medina-Tiede's superlative carne adovada. INFO: $; lunch only, closed Tue-Wed; Chimayo; 888/561-5569.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta A weeklong celebration of wine and local food. INFO: Sep 26-30; from $50, by reservation; 505/438-8060.