The Pepper

Fish peppers, popular among African cooks who brought them to the Mid-Atlantic, were a nearly forgotten crop until Spike learned about them from food historian William Woys Weaver and encouraged local farmers to cultivate the seeds. Denzel Mitchell, then of 5 Seeds Farm, was the first to heed Spike’s call, bringing a case of the spicy red heirloom peppers to Woodberry Kitchen in 2009, which became Snake Oil Batch No. 1.

Our Growers

Talmar Gardens 5.7 miles


TALMAR Gardens
1994 Cromwell Bridge Rd
Baltimore, MD

Chesley Farm 80.8 miles


78 Acres
23340 Fruit Tree Dr.
Smithsburg, MD

One Straw Farm 29.4 miles


One Straw Farm
19718 Kirkwood Shop Rd
White Hall, MD

Heritage Acres 108 miles


Heritage Acres
205 Union Road
Lebanon, PA

Woodberry Pantry

By the Numbers From 2013 Through 2021

31,695 lbs of fish peppers

$79,237.50 returned to growers

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