Pepper Season

Taos, NM
Autumn is pepper roasting season. Every grocery store, booths at the farmers' market, even roadside stands --- all have bushels of peppers from Hatch, NM or other towns where peppers are grown. So roasting is a big deal. But so is drying peppers to make ristras, arrangements of drying chili pepper pods, famous in New Mexico as decoration and to keep away "spirits."