The Smell of Fall: Green Chile Roasting

| By Amanda Oien
| Video by Amanda Oien & Brielle Farmer

Crunchy leaves, crisp air and flannels are what most people think of when it comes to Fall. Not in Southern Arizona, though. Pumpkin spice? Some might just say criminal. 

Growing up, I knew Fall was here when I smelled the warm breeze of roasting green chiles. Now that is Fall. 

Heirloom Farmers Market’s 18th Annual Chile Roasting Festival is here until Sunday, September, 22. You bet we’re grabbing chiles for mom’s chile rellenos and snacking on chile specialties as we wander the market.

We got to know Kris Young of Red’s Roasters at the Green Valley Farmers Market where he could hardly keep the chiles on the shelves— they were flying so fast, he was roastin’ to order.

Turn up the heat this weekend and get your taste buds wanting more at these farmers market’s:

Trail Dust Town Farmers Market – Friday, September 20 from 8am – 12pm 

Kris Young of Red's Roasters poses with a bag of freshly roasted green chiles, while wearing a straw hat in front of his company trailer.

Oro Valley Farmers Market–  Saturday, September 21 from 8am – 12pm

Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market– Saturday, September 21 from 9am – 3pm

 Rillito Park Farmers Market– Sunday, September 22 from 8am – 12pm