Haha, yeah I hear ya. After doing 1000lbs I am pretty wiped.
That is what I need to do, but all of my three freezers are constantly full and I can't find room for more pods :-(
Bummer! We are lucky to have a large walk in freezer.
Wow that's awesome. Maybe next year I'll have enough grown to actually need to store them. Great processing technique, thanks!
No problem, best of luck!
YOWZAA!!!!! That is Awesome!!!! Both that your farmer knocked it out of the park with the grow, and that you're getting them processed 1000 pounds at a time. Hope you got some good tunes or podcasts to listen to~~~
Thanks SL! Yes, we burn through lots of tunes. Hard to get everyone to agree though!
Thought some of you might enjoy seeing our peppers. In an effort to scale our production massively and continue using 100% Canadian grown hot peppers we partnered with a local farmer this year. He absolutely killed it and produced around 6000lbs for us. Unfortunately being in Canada, they all get harvested within a 4 week period making for some long days processing. We can do about 1000lbs in an 8 hour day. We have another 2000lbs sitting in the walk in for this week, and another 2000lbs coming next week that should wrap it up.
600lbs of Paper Lantern & Orange Habanero Peppers
800lbs of Paper Lantern Habanero Peppers with my old man
In one season I'll get a hundred pounds of peppers off of just one plant, maybe more. I haven't tested the limits yet. When I say season, I mean year. As we have fairly tropical weather in Florida all year.
This I would love to see as well. If you figure an average pod is in the 10g range, even harvesting 1000 pods from one plant would only yield roughly 10kg (22lbs). So you are saying your plants are producing well over 5000 pods each? We grow our peppers as well, and if there is some way to up the plant production by 40 or 50 times I would enjoy learning about it.
I'm in Canada so it might be slightly different, but likely much the same.
I always get the temporary food vendor permit. In most cities here, it is free, the odd one does charge though. I have done at least 200+ events over the last 5 years, and it really becomes a pain to have to fill out the forms for every event. I tend to build a relationship with the different inspectors in each city and they usually let me send them the documents directly through email which makes things easier. I usually spend a day in the spring and fire through 20 or 30 of them and send them out.
I have quite a few times however ran into the issue where the health inspector calls me and says they have no information about the event, and asks me for the organizers contact info. A few times I have then had the organizer call me and ask why I am drawing attention to their event from the health department. Apparently they have other food vendors who do not bother with the proper permits etc. and now all of a sudden the city is asking for them. I just tell them that it is my business, and that it is not just a hobby for me as it likely is for many of their vendors. A citation from the health department does not look good on your record. Only one time did the organizer ask me not to attend the event because of this. This only happens for the smaller events like you are describing (in a school, community centre etc.). Luckily I don't do very many of those anymore, lol.
Fantastic, we are super stoked to take home another 7 Hot Pepper Awards (that makes 26 over the last 3 years!). Happy to see our Blueberry Plague snag a 1st as well. Congrats to all the winners, cant wait to try some of them out!
Any pics of the event??
I wish in south Florida they had a event like that
Thanks, unfortunately we could not be there in person this year, it's a long trip from Canada. If you are on FB check out Ken Alexanders "It's a fiery world", he live streamed a lot of the show including the awards banquet.