Monthly Archives: July 2011

PEPPERFEST 2011 will be 09/03/11


Union County’s annual “Pepperfest” will be held on September 3rd from 11AM -5PM at Rancho Bella Vista, 827 Vines Rd Cobden Illinois. Pepperfest has quickly become a favorite gathering for chile heads and hot pepper fans throughout the Midwest, with some people coming from as far as Washington DC and Seattle Washington.


    • Southwest style cooking
    • Live music featuring Carter and Connelley as well as Wil Maring
    • “Fields of Fire” walking tour
    • Salsa Limbo “How Hot can you Go”
    • Save 10% on all purchases at our Farm Store
    • $5.00 admission covers parking and pepper tasting

Family, Food and Fun

The festival will have all the Jiménez clan working from sun-up to sun-down, picking peppers, making fresh salsa and homemade jams jellies and processed chile pepper products, stringing up ristras, giving cooking classes, walking tours of the pepper fields to show folks the many varieties of hot peppers in bloom.

Meeting all our friends and customers and sharing good food, music and smiles is what makes Pepperfest so great and why this year we expect nearly 500 people to attend the festival.

Check out for more information.

Chile Pepper Profile #6 – Chile de arbol

Chile de arbol

Chile de arbol


The Chile de árbol (Spanish for tree chili) is a small, but potent Mexican chili pepper which is also known as bird’s beak chile and rat’s tail chile. These chilis are about 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) long, and 1⁄4 to 3⁄8 inch (0.63 to 0.95 cm) in diameter. Their heat index is between 15,000 and 30,000 Scoville units. The peppers are a bright red color when mature.

Visit us this summer at Whole Foods Market – Naperville

Sunday Markets at Whole Foods Market Naperville

2607 W. 75th Street
Naperville, IL 60540 USA
Phone 630.579.7700
Store hours:
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.


Map, directions & nearby stores

July 10th, August 14th, Septemer 11th and October 9th

Celebrate Local! Whole Foods second season of Sunday Markets begins July 10th in their parking lot! This year we’ll be part of a wonderful array of local vendors, made to order omelets and entertainment. Kids, become a little Localeer–pick up a Localeer card and visit 6 or more local vendors who will mark each visit on your card. A free gift will await you at the Customer Service Desk. This is one more way to support local!

Darn Hot Peppers meets Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards but we don’t currently sell our products in this location, so they have been kind enough to give us some space in their parking lot at no charge .

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check out some of the other local partners and producers! –
Arbor Vitae Coffee –
The Blueberry Store –
Breslin Farms –
Curry’s Signature Spices –
Darn Hot Peppers, LLC –
Flamm Farms
Heritage Prairie Farm –
Jamaican Tease Co. –
Majestic Nurseries –
Melk & Cookies –
Pan Hellenic Pastry Shop –
RGW Candy Company, Atlanta, IL
Ruth & Phil’s Gourmet Ice Cream –
SenTEAmental Moods Artisan Teas –
Tomato Mountain Farm –
Two Cookin’ Sisters –
UrbanPonics –
Wind Ridge Herb Farm –

Thanks to Four Winds Waldorf School who will provide a Sunday Market activity for children.