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Our monthly harvest box features the rarest chili peppers on the planet, picked fresh from our farm and delivered to your door.
243 backers pledged $19,218 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello Kickstarter! 

(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.

About Us

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.

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    Small Box of Ghost, Habs, Bonnet or Ajis

    (Kickstarter Backer Discount, save 25% versus retail)

    Get a small flat rate postal box packed with the peppers of choice, picked fresh from the farm and pesticide-free. Each box contains about 20 to 30 peppers depending on variety. Pepper choices include Ghost Peppers, Scotch Bonnet, Aji Limons, or a Mix of Chocolate, Red and Peach Habaneros,

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    Homesweet Homegrown Book + Pepper Seeds

    You'll get a signed copy of Homesweet Homegrown, and a packet of rare chili pepper seeds to grow your own! Choose from Carolina Reaper, Caribbean Red, Mad Hatter or Brazillian Starfish) to try growing your own peppers at home.

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    Small Flat Rate Box of Carolina Reapers

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    Receive 1 small flat rate box of the infamously hot Carolina Reaper peppers, picked right from the farm. Each box contains about 20 to 30 peppers.

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    Hot Sauce + Box of Peppers

    (Kickstarter Backer Discount, save 25% versus retail)

    Get a bottle of our newest sauces Mix Tape and XXXXX Scorpion plus a small flat rate postal box packed with the peppers of choice, picked fresh from the farm and pesticide-free. Each box contains about 20 to 30 peppers depending on variety. Pepper choices include Ghost Peppers, Scotch Bonnet, Aji Limons, or a Mix of Chocolate, Red and Peach Habaneros,

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    Harvest Box: 6 Unique Varieties!

    (Kickstarter Early Backer Deal, save 20%)

    Experience 6 of the most unique peppers on the planet, representing every level of the Scoville Scale.

    This reward is for one sampler box featuring 6 different varieties of rare heirloom peppers---all organically grown, and all with it's own unique story to tell. Each unique box includes 6 half pints of different chili peppers, along with recipes, freezing/storage/pickling/fermenting/cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper.

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    KS Exclusive: Chef-Curated Harvest Box

    From Momofuko to Gramercy Tavern, we've sold to some of the best chefs in the country at our market stand in NYC. This box will feature their most sough-after selections along with recipes from our chefs.

    A Kickstarter Exclusive!

    You'll get 6 different varieties of chef-curated peppers---all organically grown from our farm. Each box include 6 half pints of different chili peppers, along with recipes, freezing/storage/pickling/fermenting/cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper. Ships anywhere in the US!

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    Copy of Harvest Box: 6 Unique Varieties!

    Experience 6 of the most unique peppers on the planet, representing every level of the Scoville Scale.

    This reward is for one sampler box featuring 6 different varieties of rare heirloom peppers---all organically grown, and all with it's own unique story to tell. Each unique box includes 6 half pints of different chili peppers, along with recipes, freezing/storage/pickling/fermenting/cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper.

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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    KS Exclusive: Insanely SuperHot Box

    Experience six scorchingly superhot varieties of rare heirloom peppers, organically grown from our farm. Each box will include 6 half pints of superhot peppers (Scoville 1 million+) along with recipes, freezing/storage/pickling/fermenting/cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper.
    Ships anywhere in the US!

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    Livestream: Hot Sauce Boss Class

    Can't make our hot sauce class in person? No problem, you can join virtually, and this is your ticket in. You'll get an all-access pass to our class, and have a chance to ask questions and make sauce with our group.

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    Chili Pepper Harvest Box: Quarter Share

    Experience 18 different varieties of rare heirloom peppers, organically grown from our farm. Sent out in three shipments, throughout the harvest season (September through November), CSA members will receive a monthly box bursting with six different chili peppers of all levels of the Scoville scale, including our hottest and rarest varieties of peppers.

    Each month throughout the harvest season, you’ll receive 6 different half pints of scorchingly hot peppers organically grown by us. Each box will include recipes, freezing, storage, pickling, fermenting, cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper!

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    Chili pepper CSA: Half Share

    Receive twice as many peppers as the quarter share.

    Each month throughout the harvest season, you’ll receive 6 full pints of scorchingly hot peppers organically grown by us. Each box will include recipes, freezing, storage, pickling, fermenting, cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper!

    Sent out in three shipments, throughout the harvest season (September through November). CSA members will receive a monthly box bursting with 18 different chili peppers of all levels of the Scoville scale.

    Ships anywhere in the US!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Hot Sauce Boss Class + Field Day

    Love making hot sauce? You and a friend can come to Homesweet Homegrown HQ for the day, visit the farm, pick peppers and make your own hot sauces in our commercial kitchen. Local provisions provided while we all hit the sauce.

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    Chili Pepper Harvest Box: Full Share

    Four times the peppers!

    Sent out in three shipments, throughout the harvest season (September through November), Full share members will receive 6 different full quarts of scorchingly hot peppers organically grown by us. Each box will include recipes, freezing, storage, pickling, fermenting, cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper!

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    Launch Your Own Food Product Class

    Want to learn what it takes to get your food product from your home kitchen to the shelves? Need help navigating UPCs, commercial kitchen rules, scaling up, branding, retailer, distributors, and marketing? I've been there, and am happy to help! This reward includes access to an online webinar, access to a personal Facebook group to meet other Foodpreneurs, and 1 hour of personal one-on-one coaching where I share my expertise to help you take your idea to the next level.

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    Chili Pepper Harvest Box: XXXXX Share

    Our largest and spiciest share, and great for hot sauce makers, or those who want enough peppers to freeze all year. Eight times the the peppers of our quarter share.

    Sent out in three shipments, throughout the harvest season (September through November), XXXXX share members will receive 6 different double quarts of scorchingly hot peppers organically grown by us. Each box will include recipes, freezing, storage, pickling, fermenting, cooking tips and a detailed history of each pepper!

    Reward cost includes all shipping costs for your three shipments.

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    Organic Harvest Brunch for 6 at the Farm

    Host your next event or gathering at our beautiful farm, located just 2 hours from NYC. We'll provide a catered, organic farm-to-table brunch for 6 at our pepper farm, featuring ingredients picked that day!

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