We have a new look to our website, four new maker stories, and the evenings are getting longer by a rooster's footstep! Things are looking up!
Our newsletter this month brings together a diverse set of interests and unique journeys, that all connect with a passion for local food and hot sauce.
We start at Kitchen Garden Farm, in Western Mass. If you're interested in learning more about farming, going down the path that people say is impossible, and learning about building community and a crew, tune in to this episode of the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast!
"I had a dream where there was a couple, always together, working, and making food to sell. Güero y Maria was first brought into reality by my friend, a Tattoo artist who took my vision and made it into a drawing. They represent the migrant worker who sticks together in order to withstand all obstacles they face just to sustain a family."
Many people get pulled into hot sauce by gardening and growing chili peppers. But what happens when you live in a place that isn't ideal for growing chili peppers? You can turn to hydroponics. Phil, a hobbyist chili gardener from Germany shares more on his experiences with hydroponics and chili growing on the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast. Listen here!
Last, but not least, Eibhlín and Bernard share how they started Town Tine Hot Sauce in the midst of their COVID lockdown in Ireland. Their energizing attitude is apparent in the story they wrote, and I'm sure it's also apparent in their fermented hot sauces!
So! This website redesign project almost sucked the soul out of me. But here I am 9 months later...still standing!
Check out our new Maker Story section where you can search our 118 stories that we've shared since 2014 based on location or medium (podcast vs written).
We also have a nifty hot sauce navigation tab. You can search for over 150 hot sauces by ingredient, heat, flavor, location, and a bunch of other categories.
And for those of you that have read this far, you're the first to learn that Craic Sauce is releasing a new hot sauce next Monday, March 8th!
You'll hear more about it next Monday, but it's the perfect hot sauce for your Shepherd's Pie.
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
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I wanted your first note of the year to come from the hot sauce part of your life. Happy New Year! I hope you’re in good health and I’m counting on 2022 being a great year ahead.
I’m here to share a recent conversation I had, which is now on the Craft Hot Sauce Podcast. Sometimes when I write this newsletter or market a hot sauce, it’s not my most natural channel of communication. The podcast has grown to be my favorite way of connecting with the wider craft hot sauce community and sharing those experiences with you.
Hope you’re enjoying your week as we ease into the winter months. In the past couple of newsletters I’ve described the hustle and bustle of the chili pepper harvest season. I feel like the mania that built up during summer peaked a couple weeks ago at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
The event was everything we hoped for with lots of engagement with hot sauce enthusiasts and makers. We gave out more samples of Craic Sauce over a two day period than ever before, receiving lots of positive feedback, especially with our Brian Boru’s Curry sauce.