Posted on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 by Lola

Salvador Molly’s likes it hot

Today’s trivia: How large is a bushel of peppers?

One person to ask is Margot Wilcoxon, chef of Salvador Molly’s, who posted a request in the FoodHub marketplace for a local farm to grow 80+ bushels of habañero peppers. Salvador Molly’s has been serving up flavor-packed food for fourteen years on SW Sunset Boulevard. The restaurant also runs booths at three area farmers markets, selling handmade tamales.

How large then is a bushel of peppers? Others to ask include Anne and Rene Berblinger of Gales Meadow Farm, who were among the ten respondents to Wilcoxon’s post. Gales Meadow Farm sits in Washington County in the Gale Creek Valley. With over 250 varieties of vegetables and herbs—among them ancho, cayenne and jalapeño peppers—the farm had what Salvador Molly’s sought in terms of “variety, quantity and price,” Wilcoxon says. “They were personable and knowledgeable about their product and their growing capacity”

Wilcoxon made verbal contracts with Gales Meadow—which will grow jalapeños, tomatoes and cilantro—and two other local farms to provide her with not only peppers, but also other ingredients for salsas and tamale fillings.

“Hopefully we will enter into partnerships where we can let the grower know what we will buy next season, allowing them to plan, grow and get some stability in their business,” Wilcoxon continues.

A bushel is approximately 30 pounds. This year, with 80 bushels of hot peppers grown only one county away, Salvador Molly’s will receive some 2,400 pounds of local heat. Spicy!

Photo by Carole Topalian

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