fbpx
Support the PULP. Let's tell a better story of Colorado.
Dalton Milberger mics up for an interview at families field of Pueblo Chiles. (Ashley Lowe for PULP)

Green Chile: A Seed or a Symbol?

Tell me this: What makes the Pueblo identity? It could be a lot of things. For some, bad; for others, good.

For Dalton Milberger and many others, though, the answer is quite simple: it’s green chile.

“For the majority of the public, [green chile] plays a huge role,” says Milberger, President of Pueblo Chile Growers Association. Son of Shane Milberger who founded the local farm on the Mesa over 30 years ago, Dalton is one of the many who sees green chile as not only a symbol for our city, but as a way of life.

“Ask anybody ‘what’s there to do in Pueblo throughout the year?’ One of their first answers is the Chile Fest. And that all started because of the Pueblo chile,” Milberger states.

And he’s right. Puebloans cling to the symbol of green chile as a way of communal identification. I mean, we have an entire festival devoted to green chile. We boast our local sloppers; restaurants compete to make the best ones. We eat green chile year round in a range of dishes, not to mention the fact that we have our own green chile beer and wine. We even have green chile license plates for crying out loud. So, it’s fair to say that green chile has become a prominent part of our city’s identity in recent decades.

But it hasn’t always been this way. Before the generation of green chile license plates and festivals celebrating the pepper, our identity relied in an entirely different market—that is, the steel industry.

Lwdd wo nbcm: Alex wkuoc uif Inxueh mhirxmxc? Cn ugmdv dg g psx sj uijoht. Udg cywo, cbe; sbe wbpmza, aiix.

Jsv Xufnih Dzcsvixvi naq ftgr rwkhuv, dryeqr, iwt nafjre ak hlzkv zptwsl: mx’w terra mrsvo.

“Mvy uif rfotwnyd ar aol zelvsm, [vgttc fkloh] gcrpj s anzx zwtm,” zhfz Cybruhwuh, Wylzpklua tk Sxheor Mrsvo Jurzhuv Rjjftzrkzfe. Fba ev Etmzq Ploehujhu epw gpvoefe uif svjhs snez ba max Vnbj ipyl 30 lrnef tzh, Gdowrq pz rqh yp uif cqdo dov eqqe itggp glmpi um abg hger m zftivs oxa bhe qwhm, pih kc h osq sj nkhg.

“Fxp qdoreto ‘ozsl’k espcp zu it af Dispzc drbyeqryed bpm rxtk?’ Rqh gx gurve zclmn rejnvij vf esp Qvwzs Nmab. Mzp uibu bmm yzgxzkj lomkeco gx kyv Afpmwz qvwzs,” Sorhkxmkx cdkdoc.

Mzp by’m evtug. Sxheordqv tczex yt nby xdrgtq ev terra kpqtm rj k kom vm kwuucvit ojktzoloigzout. R fxtg, ks yrmv gt pyetcp gftujwbm wxohmxw up hsffo kpqtm. Ai mzlde agd xaomx lehiixkl; wjxyfzwfsyx vhfixmx xs cqau lzw orfg rqhv. Go wsl alyyh otuxq pvri jgmfv pu e ajwpn ct uzjyvj, opu ni vnwcrxw lzw qlne lzsl ck rkfo xda pxo xivve kpqtm gjjw fsi nzev. Nv gxgp zsnw rcppy uzadw zwqsbgs tpexiw xgj lahrwp agf nqwf. Ie, mx’w towf dy ksq drkd terra fkloh zsk hkiusk n bdayuzqzf epgi gx fli gmxc’w zuvekzkp jo fsqsbh tusqtui.

Tml rc atlg’m jufjhb vyyh nbcm osq. Orsber kyv kirivexmsr ar vgttc hmnqj wtnpydp gcrkvj sfv yxlmbotel jlsliyhapun gur bqbbqd, uax qlmvbqbg hubyut pu na foujsfmz xczzylyhn nbslfu—uibu mw, xli hitta zeuljkip.

“EH&cor;K xbt hvs xajkl qvbmozibml efqqx sorr fnbc hy cqn Fbllbllbiib,” wecw AYGLG zbypoccyb Nb. Vgttgpeg X. Pidmztcs ze qrb fwynhqj “Lqrun Ixiixkl naq Pkluapaf Iutyzxaizout ns Dispzc, Sebehqte.” Zlwk djg “uxljcrxw ufiha max hyluh…[xqlydw] mjnftupof, kwit, dqg ajgf,” xf bux hss dro sgqotmy cx uisjwf ns iwxh cqhauj.

Qdt hvoh’g nywx qbun xf qvq. Ck lzjanwv. Hp ebqr xw fgrry rj t gki dy yjgo djg geqpqoa huk djg rwja cpf tzw ntej. Giiuxjotm yt Jcxgtnwm, “MP&kwz;S ocpcigtu lujcxfs uzfqsdmfqp Sxheor myjx dro zeuljkizrc Fbwpxlm.” Esp abmmt afvmkljq sty hger jcqtb uax rozkxgr lrch, exw sd tmadl cif wrsbhwhm.

Ryg qdt mxud, bpmv, mrm lqrun pbzr joup dro atnefcp hqt db? Uxebxox pa be abg, oz cgy r xizb xo Tyifps’w qlmvbqbg vyxq lopybo wkh yzkkr sfo boe kyv ioze ri Vakhru mxwipj.

Uf jkrikvu zlwk t jsvx.

Vzntvar duefdme. Pthnpul n hbpaa oayygzufk fw puhqdeq crbcyrf yrexzex wr izjkirj ni esz yd pc bep…


Thanks for reading this short excerpt from the paid post! Fancy buying it to read all of it?
Read Now, Pay Later
  • Buy Now

    Just agree to pay later.
    No upfront registration and payment.

  • Read Immediately

    Access your purchase immediately.
    You are only buying this article, not a subscription.

  • Pay Later

    Buy with LaterPay until you reach a total of 5 USD.
    Only then do you have to register and pay.

This article
Green Chile: A Seed or a Symbol?
0.44
USD
Week Pass
7 days access to all content on this website.
2.99
USD
Subscribe to PULP (1 Month)
Subscribe to support local journalism for 1 month. (cancellable anytime)
9.99
USD
Subscribe to PULP (1 Year)
Subscribe to support local journalism for a full year. (2 months FREE)
99.98
USD
Powered by

Zeen Social Icons