Organic flame-roasted chile heats up local stores

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By Carol A. Clark

With the increasing trend toward eating organic, Smith’s Food and Drug Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock are stocking organic flame-roasted chopped green chile from Bueno Foods.“We see an increase in organic food sales almost weekly,” said John Roberts, store manager of Smith’s on Central Avenue. “We’re trying to expand our organic products line every opportunity we have. Along with the organic green chile, we’re stocking organic foods in almost every category including canned vegetables, fresh produce and meats. We’re bringing in an upper-grade, private selection line of organic meat that even exceeds standards set by the organic industry.”The mild chile, manufactured by Bueno Foods, is certified by the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission and USDA, is stocked in the frozen section of stores throughout New Mexico, said Ana Baca, one of the second generation of Bueno Foods owners.“This is the first organic green chile product on the market,” Baca said.Her father, Joseph Baca, loved green chile, she said, and grew it organically in his own garden every year. He and his brothers started the company in Albuquerque following WWII. His children have positions in the company now, Baca said.“Our father built this from the ground up with his brothers and I think his spirit is here.

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