El Rey Farm's Annual Green Chile Delivery to La Puente
Written with Joel Rane
On Saturday, El Rey Farms brought their last batch of green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico, to La Puente High School. 38-pound sacks were sold fresh or roasted. The mood was festive, with customers sharing recipes and preparing for the big parties that they schedule around the deliveries.
Chiles are roasted on site at La Puente High School. There is also a flea market that takes place around the corner, and some high school kids start cooking the chiles right away, making tacos, so it's like a chile festival.
According to their website, "El Rey is a family business that started in 1970 when Rey & Elsie brought some extra sacks of chile for a few neighbors and their relatives." A tradition had begun. When Rey Martinez, founder of Rey El Farms, passed away in March 2009, his daughter and son in law took over the chile business and changed the name to El Rey Farms. They continued Rey's legacy, bringing in around 200,000 pounds of chile every year.