Chile Dean’s Pepper Scene.
Located on the west side of the WSFM, Chile Dean can be found on Saturdays from 9-12 with a variety of plants to spice things up. Stop by, purchase some plants, and be sure to chat with Dean (and Chile Grandma!) on Saturday Morning!
How Many Season have you been at the Market?
This is our second season at the Westerville Farmers Market
Describe Chile Dean's Pepper Scene in 3 Words?
Education, Unique-Plants, Fun
What’s your favorite part of being in the Market every Saturday?
My favorite part about being at the market is the opportunity to interact with all of the locals. After two years I actually have people that rush up to my stand first just so they can get a compost tea or grab some plants before they sell. I even have a summer intern that was a customer last year. He is the reason why I do what I do. Teaching the young and old that gardening is fun and rewarding.
My goal in starting this business was to bring unique and rare plants to the public. Most nurseries only put out what I like to call "Burbee varieties". So I have close to 600 varieties of chile peppers and close to 300 varieties of all my other vegetable seeds. I love customers coming up wanting certain plants and I have to say sorry I don't have that "boring jalapeno" but have you ever heard of the orange, black. purple, yellow jalapenos? And then the look on their faces when they realize that they've never heard of any of what I have. It’s entertaining and humbling at the same time.
To me in this time that we are living in, being able to grow your own food has never been more important. My unofficial slogan is "I'm going to give you the plants for free but sell you the education". So whether you're a customer or not I always want them to feel they can approach me or contact me at any time if they ever have questions. Gardening and growing food is so important to me and I want to share my knowledge with them.
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