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Dear Friends/Family and Chileheads One & All

It is time to start thinking of the various Holidays and Celebrations upcoming this time of year.
Wouldn’t YOU love it if someone gave you a unique gift with spicy flavors and exciting aromas?

Check your memory banks or make out your lists and then go to
You’ll find plenty of gift ideas; a “gift card” is available also just for the asking.
If ordering to be sent directly to the address of the gift-receiver, we can sign your name and/or a 20 words or less message on the card and send it along with the package. ( just let us know you want this in a separate email to
If ordering several items to be sent to you for your own wrapping, just ask for a ” gift tag” for each one. They are FREE.

Please do remember to ORDER EARLY… between NOW AND DECEMBER 15TH.
Orders received after the 15th will ,of course, be filled in the order received, but cannot necessarily
be expected to arrive before the end of the year.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL. Buen Provecho. Enjoy!

Michelle Obama’s organic garden makes big agriculture shudder

michelle-obama-organic-gardenA proponent of healthy eating, The first lady wants to encourage Americans  to eat more healthfully.

The new organic garden at the White House is  intended to provide food for White House residents as well as help Americans understand local farming better .  The organic garden is reported to have arugula, cilantro, tomatilloes, hot peppers and other  herbs.

According to Colleen’s Organic Gardening Blog, Whatever the First Family does is considered fashionable and  fans of real food have been delighted by the White House garden, but the agricultural industry has not.  All of this positive PR for organics seems to be a little unsettling to Big Ag. So one group, the Mid America CropLife Association, has sent an email defending chemical ag to Mrs. Obama. 

In part, the letter says:

“As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America’s farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation.”

However, Mid America Crop Life didn’t just send the letter to Mrs. Obama, they also  sent it to hundreds of people who they thought would be sympathetic to their views. Except that to these people, they included an additional note:

“Did you hear the news? The White House is planning to have an “organic” garden on the grounds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the Obama’s and their guests.While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made Janet Braun, CropLife Ambassador Coordinator and I shudder. As a result, we sent a letter encouraging them to consider using crop protection products and to recognize the importance of agriculture to the entire U.S. economy.”


So, it seems organic gardens make Big Ag nervous or shudder. Why is that? maybe it is that as many of us already know, organic food production is growing rapidly and has reached a level of popularity, that is now competitive to big agriculture. For a long time Big Ag had a monopoly on food production in the US and now it is having to rethink some of is strategic planning and that means disruption. Disruption is always painful to large institutions, just look at the banking industry. That being said disruption often leads to innovation so we hope that the First Lady taking the step of putting in an organic garden at the White House is truly a sign that the tides are turning. 

You can see the full text of the letter at La Vida Locavore.

FDA Clears U.S. Hot Peppers in Salmonella Outbreak

Some of you may have heard recently about a “salmonella scare” related to Jalapeno peppers. We’ll it’s has takin’ some time but today a top U.S. health official said the “tainted jalapeno peppers had been definitively traced to a farm in Mexico.” We thought you might like to know this and that this issue had no affect on Darn Hot Peppers customers.
This issue has made it a tough sell for some chile farmers, especially farmer in new mexico who have had to resort to advertising their chiles as “salmonella free” (see image on the left). Luckily the worst seems to be over and the strain has now been found to have been isolated to a specific area in mexico, and US peppers have not been affected.
According to the Associated Press, Dr. David Acheson, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave the all-clear to jalapeno and serrano peppers grown in the United States, but warned consumers to avoid any grown in Mexico and also avoid salsas and sauces that are made with them. Click here to read the full story.
This is one more reason why buying local is better, as Jerry says “it helps people have more assurance: you get to know your farmer and their ways of doing things and you can be confident that proper care is being attended to.”
For more information visit the FDA for more on the salmonella outbreak.
– Carol

How the spice trade changed the world.

Next time you spice up that steak, or season your fish before you put it on the grill, remember that pepper was once so valuable that it could be used to pay the rent.

“Pepper, along with other spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, was such a hot commodity five centuries ago that it drove nations to sail across vast oceans searching for new routes to the spice-rich Orient. Spices didn’t just make merchants rich across the globe — it established vast empires, revealed entire continents to Europeans and tipped the balance of world power. If the modern age has a definitive beginning, it was sparked by the spice trade, some historians have argued…”

Reade the entire article here