What's Fabulous: Greenmarket Hot Sauce
Community gardens and urban farms across the country are in the hot sauce business and it all began in The Bronx.
In 2014, Small Axe Peppers donated serrano pepper seedlings to five Bronx community gardens. A year later, twenty additional gardens joined in and collectively they grew nearly a ton of serrano peppers, which became 15,000 bottles of hot sauce.
Today Small Axe works with city gardens, farms, and Greenmarkets across the country -- including GrowNYC, the parent organization of the City’s Greenmarkets -- to produce a collection of popular hot sauces that are now sold nationwide. The gardens get free pepper seeds and seedlings plus technical support for their growing, and after their pepper crops are grown and harvested and turned into hot sauces, they receive a share of the revenues.
Today more than 50 gardens in ten cities nationwide are part of the program, including in San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Charlottesville, Hartford, and New Haven, plus, of course, The Bronx and Queens in NYC.
The hot sauces are both sweet and savory and feature The Bronx Greenmarket (green and red), Queens 7 Greenmarket, Serrano, Mango-Habanero, Ginger Habanero, Ghost Pepper, and Jalapeño. These flavors were developed by New York chef King Phojonakong, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
So if you want to savor some of the best heat of our favorite cities, you can buy Community Garden hot sauces at Amazon, Jet.com, and HeatHotSauce.com, as well as at Small Axe Peppers’ own website.