I love trying new varieties of vegetables. When I got some seed from a farmer friend for the Espelette pepper I immediately put it into our crop plan to make sure it got seeded in the greenhouse and had a designated spot out in our field. When you grow over 200 varieties of vegetables it can be easy to look over one or two if it is not put into a plan and written down on paper. It has only taken me a couple years to figure that out. We planted the Espelette pepper out into the field and it has produced well. After doing some research on the pepper I found a strong cultural connection attached. Espelette, France is a town that claims this pepper for their own. They dry the pepper and make hot pepper flakes. People across the whole town hang strands of peppers on the sides of their house to dry them. They have a harvest festival and the whole town relies on this pepper. I find this fascinating and would like to discover more cultural traditions attached to raising food. Here at our farm we are drying the pepper as well. I am excited to see if I can save the seed year after year and bring the cultural tradition from France to New Jersey.