Big Jim Farms, known for its picturesque and Instagram-worthy flower-picking and Green Chile fields, will be hosting a Red Chile Ristra Workshop every Saturday from Sept. 25 to Oct. 30.
The farm said that due to popular demand, it decided to host the workshop that will will have step-by-step instructions on how to bundle and tie ristras, which will include all supplies for folks to take home. The class is 10 a.m. t0 noon and costs $35. Reservations can be made at www.bigjimfarms.com/book-online, where a $10 deposit is required to save a spot.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, people can also enjoy the U-Pick experience, which is 9 acres of sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds and pumpkins. Although it was available in the past, green chile is not available for the U-Pick season this year. However, the farm will be roasting all varieties of green Chile onsite, from mild to extra-hot. Flower clippers and a mason jar are provided, with a $5 charge to rent clippers, and are exchanged for a mason jar with water at the end. Flowers are five for $15 or $2 to $5 per flower.
Bushels of chile are available with half bushels at $20, full bushels at $30 or a full sack for $45. Roasting is $5 on site daily. Pumpkin patch picking will start the end of September and run until Halloween, and people can cut them directly from the vine.
Big Jim Farms accepts EBT, including Double Up Food Bucks for green chile, pumpkins and produce.
The farm also sells other produce on the weekends throughout the season, including peaches, tomatoes, apples, honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, yellow sweet corn, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers and a variety of peppers.
Parking and entry are free, and people only pay for what they pick. Pets are not allowed, and patrons are encouraged to wear sunscreen, a hat and bring water.
To go enjoy an afternoon basking in the flower fields and see the beauty of what Los Ranchos and North Valley farms have to offer, Big Jim is at 4515 Rio Grande Blvd. NW.
For more information, visit https://www.bigjimfarms.com/.