Las Cruces – Gov. Bill Richardson has recognized the state's long-held chile tradition by proclaiming the week of Sept. 5-12 as New Mexico Native Chile Week.
Richardson says the announcement will help educate consumers about the varieties of chile grown in the state.
He says it will also pay tribute to the state's chile growers and farmers.
The proclamation highlights the development of modern commercial chile varieties from native chile plants through research by New Mexico State University.
It also notes the need to preserve native chile seeds to preserve crop diversity.
Farmer's markets around the state will have both modern and native chile varieties available for sale during the week.
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