There is a saying that warns you never to go to the grocery store while hungry or else you will buy more food than necessary. The same goes for the Howdy Farm! WARNING: DO NOT SHOW UP TO YOUR INTERN HOURS HUNGRY!! This past Thursday I showed up ready to work, and immediately started harvesting all the peppers. As usual I harvested jalapenos, serrano peppers, and bell peppers. But this week several other peppers were ripe and ready to pick. I quickly learned about all of the pepper varieties we grow on the farm. Not only do we grow red bell peppers (which we usually harvest as green bell peppers, as you can see in the picture to the right), but we also grow a variety of mini orange bell peppers. These are rounder and sweeter than other varieties. For a couple of weeks, I have noticed the cayenne peppers slowly growing on their bush. You know when they are ready because they turn a deep red color and are still very firm. As I was harvesting these, I could smell the spicy flavor and could hear my stomach growling! Next I moved on to the habaneros. These are either orange or yellow and kind of shriveled. Even though they are tiny, they pack a pretty spicy punch! Lastly, even more tomatillos had burst through their protective shell and were ready to harvest. With so many yummy vegetables in the basket, I started dreaming of all the different ways I could make salsa. Tomatillos make a sweet salsa, while habanero peppers create a very spicy concoction. Jalapenos and serranos are in the middle of the spice range, and bell peppers have no spice whatsoever. After harvesting all this food, I decided I couldn't take it anymore! I had to eat something! I wimped out and decided to snack on a bell pepper since I knew it wouldn't be spicy. A couple bites in, however, I realized the pepper had cross pollinated with a neighboring jalapeno plant, and was actually pretty hot! Which brings me back to my opening thought: Don't come to the farm hungry, because spicy bell peppers do no make a good breakfast! Have a wonderful weekend & let's BTHO Bama!