NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY CHILE PEPPER INSTITUTE

NMSU Chile Pepper Institute to host annual spring plant sale April 21-22

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New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute will host its annual spring plant sale Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, at the Fabián García Science Center, 113 W. University Ave., starting at 9 a.m. each day. This year’s sale will feature a variety of chile peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, tomatillos, zucchini and summer squash – all grown by Chile Pepper Institute staff and NMSU students. Tomato varieties will include “Early Girl,” “Brandywine,” “San Marzano” and “Goliath.” Chile varieties will include “NuMex Heritage Big Jim,” “NuMex Joe E. Parker,” jalapeños, bell peppers and several super-hot peppers. “People should get there early for the best selection. We sold out last year and anticipate doing the same this year,” said Liza López, program coordinator for the Chile Pepper Institute. Due to shortages of trays and flats, López suggested customers bring containers to carry their purchases home. López said this year’s sale is a collaboration with the NMSU Horticulture Forum, a student club and nonprofit organization dedicated to educating others about horticulture and floriculture procedures on all levels. “These students have grown some very nice herbs for sale, including cilantro, thyme and basil,” López said. All proceeds from the sale will benefit chile pepper research and education at NMSU and the NMSU Horticulture Forum. For more information, contact 575-646-3028 or cpi@nmsu.edu.