Chilies will be grilling once more on an authentic New Mexican chili roaster this September at the Pico Farmers’ Market at Virginia Avenue Park.

The “Chili Roast,” hosted by the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, will take place every Saturday in September starting at 9 a.m. until chilies run out.

Poblano, Anaheim and other California-grown chilies are provided by local farmers and will be grilled on-site for $2 per pound.

According to Farmers’ Market official Darra Henigan, customer’s stock pile the chilies, cooked in a southwestern style, some buying up to 50 pounds as the chilies are easily frozen.

“People from the Southwest get really excited because you don’t see many [chili roasts] out here,” Henigan said.

The popular event was around for years in Santa Monica, but disappeared and now, resurrected, is back for its fifth consecutive year.

Virginia Avenue Park is located at 2200 Virginia Ave. For more information on the Farmers’ Market, visit

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