Experience "A Hobby Gone Wild" at Nobska Farms

September 15th - Tour and tasting...
(Photo by Derrick Zellman for Cape Cod Magazine, with permission)

Tour and Tasting at Nobska Farms in Woods Hole

On Sunday, September 15, you can learn about micro-farming and sample dishes made with hot peppers from around the world at Nobska Farms in Woods Hole. The event is a fundraiser for the Woods Hole Public Library.

A "hobby gone wild" is how Rooster and Marianne Fricke describe their Woods Hole micro-farm, nestled around their house on Nobska Road. After a lifetime of unusual learning experiences (camping in the Arctic while doing scientific research, small-scale commercial beekeeping in Texas), the couple settled in Woods Hole in 2010, where Nobska Farms grew out of their interest in gardening and their love of peppers. The micro-farm specializes in growing exotic, rare, hard-to-find, and super hot chili peppers from which they create products for commercial sale with names such as “Demon Dust Chili Powder,” “Rooster’s Spicy Ghost Pepper Chocolate,” and “Pocket Rocket Hot Sauce.” The farm caters to chili enthusiasts and regional chefs and Rooster and Marianne can often be found at regional farmers’ markets.

The farm began as a summertime activity but expanded to a year-round operation with the acquisition of a greenhouse, which has allowed them to continue production despite New England winters. The operation has sustainability as a core principal: the farm minimizes use of electricity, fuel, fertilizer, and water and focuses on collecting as much as possible of what comes out of the sky. As Rooster says, “in come sunshine and rainwater, out go chili peppers.” The couple is interested not only in producing peppers but also in developing growing systems that can be tailored to intensive food production for other crops. Research is ongoing to develop ways to increase production through application of science and technology in integrated systems.

Come join Rooster and Marianne Fricke at Nobska Farms on Sun. Sept 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Learn about how peppers traveled from their South American beginnings to every continent, enjoy a guided tour, sample dishes made with their peppers, and see the peppers in their glory. Nobska Farms products will be available for purchase.

Tickets ($40) are limited and may be purchased at the Library or online at woodsholepubliclibrary.org. Please see the Library website for parking information. In case of rain, bring an umbrella.

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