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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.

Attention Adventurous Southern Illinois Small Farmers!

Darn Hot Peppers is growing up and we are planning on a much larger crop of specialty peppers this year. We invite you to be part of this adventure. If you agree to grow peppers like the Mirasol, Guajillo, Chile de Arbol, Cayenne, Habanero, Poblano, Tepin and Pequin, and they meet our quality standards, when you are ready to sell them we would be interested in buying them from you.

If you’re interested in growing and selling your crop, lets reach an agreement before you grow your peppers. You can send me an email message , or call us at 618-893-1443 or if you are close stop by the farm.

– Buen Provecho, Jerry

Photo by Peter Lee

Family Farmed Expo in Chicago 3/17-3/19

Que pasa Chicago Chile Lovers and friends?

Darn Hot Peppers will be an exhibitor at the Family Farmed Expo held at the UIC Forum at Chicago on March 17 – 19. We will exhibit only on Saturday March 19 so stop by for a tasting and purchase of your favorite salsa, pepper jelly, spices and other pepper products. Special 10% off on purchase of a full or mixed case during Expo. Go to Family for info
about this year Expo.

Hasta la Vista Amigo.


We Need a Name…

We are having a contest to name a new product.

The product is the “Habanero-Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce” that many of you may have tasted at Pepperfest this past year.

We are looking for a name that is shorter, just as descriptive, but catchier. We are still waiting on approval from the FDA for this to be a product that we can sell in the store but hope to get the naming and packaging done before the holiday.

If you have a clever name you think we should use, email it to or leave a comment here on this post.

If we pick your name we’ll send you a free Jar.