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The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


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In Topic: Hot pepper fudge for sale

Yesterday, 09:03 PM

Nice! How about chocolate espresso bean... or coffee fudge... :)

Both #13 and #14 are coffee flavored. Number 14 is also hazelnut flavored. So far I've been staying away from chocolate flavor, but for no particular reason. There are just so many wonderful flavors to explore.

In Topic: Hot pepper fudge for sale

Yesterday, 07:27 PM

Thought maybe some pictures would be appropriate. From top left, clockwise, test batches #12, #13, #14.




Fourteen is an experiment and is very soft. Just exploring parameter space. Final product is more like the other two.

In Topic: Hot pepper fudge for sale

21 May 2018 - 01:29 PM

I have an account and several domain names at GoDaddy, but no budget for site hosting. I was just going to have people pay with PayPal. Trivial for those with a PP account, but supposedly there is a way for non-account holders to pay with a credit card, as well. I haven't used it yet, but it involves a URL of the form PayPal.me/username

Thank you for the offer, AJ, but I'm not in a position to take advantage of it right now.

In Topic: Red Ghost Original Strain Plants for sale

21 May 2018 - 09:53 AM

I got a bunch of the plants a week or so ago. He sent me 12 extras and 1 has died. The others are perfect looking and are getting bigger already. Oh yea, the fudge. Everyone at hot pepper night loved the fudge. People are asking about buying some. To anyone still thinking, great little plants, yet alone the superior genetics. Tom

Thanks for the feedback, Tom. Glad the plants are doing well and that the fudge was a hit.

I do still have plenty of plants available. My first (ultra dense) planting got the hell beat out of it by an unexpected downpour one day while I was away for the afternoon, and subsequently almost drowned. Pot ups I tried in that weakened state didn't do too well, but the rest are recovering now and appear to be more or less back to normal, if somewhat developmentally delayed.

I have two other plantings of the OS ghosts going, the latest of which are just starting their second set of true leaves. I plan to sow one last batch of 1,000 today, mostly for my own use, but will sell to any latecomers who want them. Even I'll admit this is too late for you more northerly folks, unless you plan to over-winter. But for anyone in more southerly zones, there's still time.

I also have stock beyond my own needs of many other varieties. I don't have a good list just yet, but if there's something you're looking for, just PM me. I'll try to get a list up here or in my glog soon. Depending on the variety, size of the plants and how many I have, I might ask $2/plants.

Orders for at least $10 get a free sample of the hot pepper fudge, while supplies last.

Just last week I received approval from the State Health Department to start producing the fudge for commercial sales. This week I'm working with the commercial kitchen manager to transfer the process. Will post an ad for pre-ordering soon. But while existing supplies last, get a sample here. Current supplies are made in accordance with State cottage industry rules and won't have the finalized label.

In Topic: 2018 - The Farm

21 May 2018 - 08:59 AM

Sucks about the poor germination rates. I had similar issues with a couple of varieties from the same vendor. Maybe too much demand and insufficient stock?

I like the idea of germinating weed seeds then killing the plants before they go to seed. And for cover crops, I'm a big fan of working with natives, chickweed, henbit, dead nettle... they all germinate in early spring thickly enough to suppress other weeds. Then by plant-out time, they are dying back and leave behind a natural mulch. Of course, that's not a good option if you're double-tasking your fields with a profitable winter crop like barley for the local micro-breweries.

Sounds like you're far enough down the new well road that these won't be of much use, or more likely you already know of them, but the IL state geological survey has some relevant resources: