(BTW, we just announced some fun new add-ons and stretch goals, see them at the end and thanks for checking out our project!)
For the past 6 years, we have grown some of the rarest peppers in the world, selling them to chefs, hot sauce makers, customers (and the occasional celebrity;) at our farm stand in Union Square in New York City and Brooklyn.
Now, you can experience these amazing peppers for yourself by being a part of our Chili Pepper CSA, and receive a monthly box of peppers shipped anywhere in the US! All grown organically without pesticides or fertilizers, and shipped fresh from our farm, sun-ripened and hand-picked by us.
Be part of the world's first chili pepper CSA and experience the flavor of the most unique peppers on the planet, grown with love at our farm and shipped directly to you each month.
All New Pepper Varieties for 2019, New KS Exclusive Boxes, Classes, Field Days and More
This year, we are upping the ante, and featuring 18 never-before-offered pepper varieties for our 2019 CSA, including Bulgarian Apple, Cleos Dragon, Hurt Berry, Pink Tiger, White Fantasy, Jigsaw, and of course the super hot Carolina Reaper (the Chocolate variety!), Omni Color, 7-Pot Lava Yellow, Peru Purple, Bequinho, Aji Crystal, and more. Every year, I love searching for super rare varieties and have seeds shipped from all over the globe to grow some of the rarest and most flavorful chili peppers on the planet.
We also are offering Kickstarter-Exclusive Boxes, the favorite peppers of some of our chefs (Like Momofuko, Blue Hill Stone Barn, Dean & Deluca, Gramercy Tavern, and more), and the extreme Superhot KS edition. We will also have flat rate boxes of single peppers varieties so you can stock up and hit the sauce!
Hot Sauce Boss Classes and Classes to Launch Your Own Food Product: And, if you want help hitting the sauce, or launching your food product, we are offering virtual and in-person classes. Come visit, pick peppers and make sauce in our commercial kitchen!
Discover the unique flavors from pepper you just can't get at the grocery store, grown organically without pesticides or fertilizers, and shipped fresh from the farm.
How Does the CSA work?
Each Chili Pepper Harvest Share Member receives:
- Three Shipments featuring a total of 18 unique and rare chili peppers sent in three monthly shipments during September, October and November harvest season (6 types of peppers are sent each month)
- A detailed history of each pepper, along with tasting notes, freezing and storage tips, recipes and more.
Since peppers freeze really well, you can stock up and enjoy them all year long. We'll include complete instructions for storing and freezing your peppers, as well recipes to make your own hot sauce, pickled peppers, smoked peppers and more!
Each monthly pepper box includes:
- 6 different types of peppers (18 total)
- History, Scoville Scale and flavor profile of each pepper
- Recipes ideas for making your own hot sauce, infusions, dried peppers and more.
- Storage instructions for freezing, dehydrating and pickling your peppers so you can enjoy them all year long.
- Tips for saving hot pepper seeds, so you can grow your own peppers at home!
Note: Hot Pepper CSA Shares are limited---so reserve your spot now! These also make a great gift, and we can send gift CSA shares anywhere in the US with a personal note from you!
All of Our Peppers are Certified Naturally Grown and Pesticide-Free
Healthy Soil= Healthier (and Tastier) Peppers!
Time to geek out on farming a bit---At Homesweet Homegrown, we use only biodynamic growing methods to encourage robust soil microbes, for the healthiest soil and pepper plants possible. We choose cover crops over chemicals to keep our plants healthy and happy.
Grown and Picked by Us
We handpick the peppers ourselves, recruiting community members who want to make a few extra dollars with a fun side hustle. We pay a fair per bushel wage (fast pickers can earn $20-$30 an hour!) and we have a no-stress approach to picking. We post flyers in our college town, and a lot of community folks come out to help---and it's always a fun time (with the most interesting conversations taking place in the field.
Stretch Goals and Add-ons!
What is a Hot Pepper CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture---through this Kickstarter, you can have a share of our pepper harvest shipped from our farm to you, at a discounted price for paying it forward.
In 2013, we became the highest funded hot sauce on Kickstarter because of our farm-to-bottle mission. Since then, we've grown more than 50,000 pepper plants on our 3 acre field, shipping peppers to chefs, customers and hot sauce makers all over the country, and our farm-to-bottle hot sauce line is sold at more than 350 shelves across the country.
We are dedicated to sustainable farming, and never apply pesticides, fertilizers or chemicals to our peppers.
If you are local, shoot us a message and come visit our field this year!
And, thanks again for checking out our project.
Risks and challenges
Over the past 6 years we have launched several Kickstarters and this will be our fourth year growing our Hot Pepper CSA. All previous Chili Pepper CSA Kickstarters have been fulfilled with no issues or delays.
Farming is always dependent on nature, but we have had no problems in the past and are dedicating a set amount of peppers to be grown specifically for this CSA. We also live in a fantastic climate for growing peppers--weather catastrophes can happen, and if the unthinkable did happen, we would honor the CSA for next year. But let's be positive, shall we? We can't wait to grow peppers for you guys, and backers are welcome to come to the field to see this year's crop. We will also send updates throughout the growing season to keep you in the loop.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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