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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 23:59
MESILLA, N.M. — Chile harvesting in Southern New Mexico has already begun for a lot farmers, but for others the season is delayed due to the drought.
This year chile growers are expecting a good market for New Mexico's world famous chile.
"It's a really pricey market out there because of the availability," said Chris Alexander, owner of Ristramnn Chile Company in Mesilla.
Alexander has been growing chile in Mesilla for more than 20 years.
He said the drought really hurt some farmers and delayed the season, meaning higher prices throughout the area.
"I was looking at some last night that was a little better than a bushel was $22.50," Alexander said.
He added prices would likely be higher at chain stores because they only sell chile for the first couple of weeks of the season.
Prices could be even higher if most farmers had depended on rain and irrigation water.
"Luckily some of the farmers that had wells were able to start production a little bit earlier," Alexander said.
Alexander estimates they will have a good crop and plenty of variety for all those people that come from far and wide to get some of the hot stuff.
"New Mexico chile seems to have such a unique flavor," Alexander said. "Some people don't want anything other than that."