Town Farm Gardens was started by Laurie and Ron Starcher as a small farm in Brookfield, MA. They soon discovered that there was much more demand for pickled and canned products made from their produce than the produce itself. After a few years of building a successful pickle, salsa and jam business, Ron decided to try his hand at hot sauces. They were growing lots of hot peppers, way too many for their spicy pickles and salsa. They added ghost peppers and Carolina Reapers to the jalapeños and habaneros that were already in the fields. We grow as many of the ingredients as we can and source the remainder locally.
Town Farm Gardens has introduced four kinds of hot sauce so far. Howlin’ Good is a traditional red hot sauce with chipotle peppers for that awesome smoky flavor. Mango Fiesta is a sweeter, fruitier hot sauce with mango (natch) and habanero. It won a 2016 Scovie award. Green Meanie is a delicious mix of jalapeno, tomatillo, onion and garlic. This best selling green hot sauce won a 2016 International Flavor Award. Finally, the Nuclear hot sauce is made with the ghost and Carolina Reaper chilies, as well as chipotle peppers. It is smokin’ hot, but tastes delicious!
We have only been making hot sauce for a year or so, but it is already becoming our biggest product. Selling well at Whole Foods, and several New England grocery chains. We may have to become just a hot sauce company!
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Cottage Lane Kitchen was founded by me in 2010, and it isn't only my business name, but also refers to a secret lane in Chapel Hill, NC where our family homestead was built in the 1950s. Four generations of my family have cooked and preserved spicy peppers out of love and tradition in that kitchen.
The last homemade batch of my family's spicy pepper relish was made by my Grandfather in the early 1990s. He grew chilies around the outside of the house and harvested and pickled them during my summer visits. I remember him watering the empty tin cans he buried beside each pepper plant.
Normally the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast interviews hot sauce makers all over the world. This episode is more of a riff from Brian the host about some of the things his hot sauce company Craic Sauce got up this summer.