Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10, 2017
Washington, D.C. Chapter Annual Green Chile Roast and Taco Picnic

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September 2017 will mark the 48th year that UNM alumni in the D.C. area will hold the Taco Picnic at Fortuitous Farm in Owings, Maryland. The Taco Picnic is a fun time for everyone who loves good company, authentic New Mexican tacos, and fresh roasted Hatch Green Chile.

This year, the registration, chile order form, volunteer registration, and payment form are online. Using this online site saves tremendous time, and provides both order confirmation and better funds control. To reserve your green chile, you must complete your order online. Hatch New Mexico’s finest green chile will be available this year for purchase. You can choose medium/mild, hot and extra hot (not for timid folk) chile. Harris Teeter has again agreed to ship our entire order, which saves about $4,000 in freight overall! A 10-pound bag has about 60-70 chiles and a 1-pound bag has 6-7 chiles.

We roast chile from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Taco Picnic is from 1 to 4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. Again this year, we plan to have the ever popular hayride around the farm. Attire is casual. NO PETS ARE ALLOWED AT THE PICNIC — not even in your car. This is a working farm, so it is generally best to avoid wearing open toe footwear. We suggest that those who plan to pick up roasted chile at the picnic bring a cooler with ice and/or a cold pack in it to preserve the roasted chile on the ride home.

Ticketing and Registration:

Registration, chile order form, volunteer registration, and payment form are online. Using this online site saves tremendous time, and provides both order confirmation and better funds control. To reserve your green chile, you must complete your order online.

Hatch New Mexico’s finest green chile will be available this year for purchase. You can choose medium/mild, hot and extra hot (not for timid folk) chile. Harris Teeter has again agreed to ship our entire order, which saves about $4,000 in freight overall! A 10-pound bag has about 60-70 chiles and a 1-pound bag has 6-7 chiles.

When you reserve and pay for your chile, you can choose from two pick-up options.

  1. Saturday, Sept. 9 Chile Pickup: Pick up your reserved and paid-for raw green chile at Fort Ward Park located at 4301 West Braddock Road in Alexandria, VA between 10 a.m. and noon.
  2. Sunday, Sept. 10 Pickup: Pick-up your paid for raw or roasted green chile at the Taco Picnic at Fortuitous Farm. Bring a cooler with ice and/or a cold pack in it to preserve the roasted chile on the ride home.

Chapter Scholarships:

Over the years, this event has grown from a cozy potluck picnic hosted by Bob and Geri Werdig, UNM alumni and the owners of Fortuitous Farm, to a blockbuster picnic and chile roasting event attended by more than 350 people. The sale of Hatch Green Chile at the Taco Picnic, along with donations, has provided more than $55,000 in scholarships for students from the D.C. area and New Mexico who attend UNM. In addition, the Chapter created an endowment fund that now totals more than $40,000 with which to perpetually endow this scholarship program. For 2017, the D.C. Chapter is also sponsoring a Presidential Scholarship for a New Mexico high school graduate. You can donate directly to the Washington D.C. Chapter Scholarship Fund through this secure online link (opens in new window) .

Volunteer Options:

A restaurant in Virginia provides the taco meat, beans and rice. Other food items — shredded lettuce, chopped onions, tomatoes, desserts, fruit, and/or your secret New Mexican dish — must be provided by volunteers who come to the picnic, so please volunteer to bring these items. We also need volunteers to help with pre-picnic preparation on Saturday and picnic day setup (including the “ambiance patrol”), traffic control, registration, and serving. You can sign up for the volunteer task of your choice when you log into the online site to buy chile, register for the picnic, or just log in to volunteer.

Contact:

For questions or more information, contact Don Iver at iversd41@cox.net, or Larry Harris at  larryd797@gmail.com.

Location:


Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA
Raw Chile Pickup, Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Take I-395 to Seminary Road East, turn left on Howard Street and then turn right on Braddock Road.
  • The entrance to the park is on the left.
  • Look for a rental truck and the UNM banner in the park or simply follow the aroma of the fresh green chile to find us.

Fortuitous Farm
Green Chile Roast, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Taco Picnic, Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Take the Beltway to Maryland Route 4 (exit 11A) going east to Upper Marlboro. Stay on Route 4 for approximately 20 miles until you pass through Dunkirk.
  • On the left, after you see buildings housing Stevenson’s Pools and Dunkirk Supply, turn left on Skinners Turn Road and go 1.2 miles to Fortuitous Farm on the right.
  • If you are coming from Baltimore or Annapolis, use Maryland Route 2 South past Mount Harmony Road and turn right onto Skinners Turn Road, proceed 0.6 miles to Fortuitous Farm on the left or simply follow the aroma of the roasting green chile.
  • For GPS purposes address is 550 Skinners Turn Road, Owings, MD.

For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)
E: alumni@unm.edu