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Green chile makes its appearance at the Santa Fe Farmers Market

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The chile roaster was out and in use at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Tuesday. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

The chile roaster was out and in use at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Tuesday. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

The smell of roasting chile in the air often shows up just about the time we feel the first very slight nip in the early morning air — not in the middle of a week with heat rising into the 90s.

But, there it was at Tuesday’s Santa Fe Farmers Market. Matt Romero was turning the handle on the chile roaster, the pungent smell redolent of New Mexico drawing interested shoppers. Isn’t this early for the crop? A market seller nodded her head.

We don’t know if it’s refined agricultural practices, global warming or what — but locals are always eager for

Grower Matt Romero bags some roasted green chile for a customer at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Tuesday. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

Grower Matt Romero bags some roasted green chile for a customer at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Tuesday. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

that fresh green chile to treat their taste buds.

It’s getting into high season for the market — zucchini, potatoes, carrots, onions, leeks, greens of all sorts and much, much more are available from local growers.

And you also might be able to nab a free sample, like some pan-fried potatoes offered Tuesday.

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