Get an inside look at Juan O’Sullivan’s Gourmet Salsa Co. and Chile Gardens. Sean Sullivan and John Whitson will lead a tour and discussion of chile pepper gardens, best chile pepper horticulture practices, chile pepper varieties, irrigation design and produce marketing, followed by a chile pepper roaster demonstration. Sean and Becki will answer questions regarding Juan’s Commercial Kitchen, where they manufacture their salsa and sauces. Juan’s is currently working under a Value-Added Producers grant through the USDA. You will learn how they prepare their value-added products for sale in retail stores. Juan’s will provide smoked pork sandwiches, chips and salsa, sauces and beverages.
-Best chile growing practices, Zone 5
-Irrigation system review, installation and management
-Chile varieties for Zone 5
-Chile roaster demonstration/value-added ag and vertical produce markets
-Commercial kitchen tour/basic design requirements
-Preparing value-added products for sale in retail stores
-MarketMaker as a link between producers and consumers
RSVP: Sally Worley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.232.5661
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