Hill Farms, Chile and Pinto Bean Crops
New Mexico's State Vegetable is The Pinto Bean, Not Chile (Chile is a fruit)
If you are from New Mexico or a neighboring state you have heard the all too common statement "We put Green Chile on EVERYTHING". It's not an exaggeration, from brownies and coffee, to mac and cheese, we love our green chile. But what we love it with most is probably the least mentioned, a side of pinto beans. And if you are wondering what our state vegetable is, it's not chile, it's pinto beans. Pinto beans are a staple in the New Mexico farming community, and even though this little bean doesn't get the hype that chile seems to find, one town in New Mexico, Moriarty, boasts of being the pinto bean capital of the World and even has a Pinto Bean Museum.
Hill Farms outside Hatch, New Mexico, knows the love of this combination all too well. I took a Harvest Trail Farm Visit and saw them late last summer to take a look at the newest crop addition to their farm. They grow both red and green chile along with pinto beans (among other crops) on a few of their farm properties in Southern New Mexico. The growing season of pinto beans is considerably shorter than that of chile. Hill Farms plants its chile in the spring and harvests in late summer.