OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – For the past eight years, almost every weekend during farmer’s market season, Mary Current has been at her booth welcoming new and returning customers.
Over time, Mary’s booth has become a fan favorite: Crazy Gringa Hot Sauce. His life for almost a decade revolved around peppers.
“It started out a bit like ‘Miss Feels’, I did it for friends, [my] friends loved it [and said] you have to do something with it, ”says Mary.
But Mary’s reach goes far beyond the simple local farmer’s market.
“I mean, I sent hot sauce to every state in the union,” she says. “And I have to laugh because for the one who was our 1000th Facebook likes, they got hot sauce, a T-shirt, a koozie, all that. It would be a guy from Australia.
Customers from France, Germany, Hawaii and other countries bought her bottles of hot sauce to take home to share with friends and family.
Mary says she didn’t expect her small business to go this far. “It’s incredible.”
Crazy Gringa Hot Sauce has allowed him to work with local nonprofits like City Sprouts and Big Muddy Urban Farm. Some of her favorite parts of her eight years in business have worked with them, she says.
City Sprouts and Big Muddy both grew specialty peppers for Mary, and in return, she makes special sauces.
Mary has to thank her son for helping her get into City Sprouts and Whole Foods, and says she is grateful to all the restaurants and grocery stores where her sauce can be found.
Mary offers four signature sauces: jalapeño, habanero, ghost pepper and chipotle. She also offers a variety of sauces in small batches, like her Scorching Scorpion Mixed Berry Sauce or Lime Chili.
For each small batch, she starts in her home kitchen, perfecting the recipe. Once perfect, she moves to a local commercial kitchen where she makes and bottles the lots.
Everything is done itself, even the delivery. Her husband is her “logistics guy,” helping her take care of online orders and pick up palates of bottles waiting to be filled.
“Making hot sauce, when I do, is probably my happiness. I like to do it, and I like such science, that it’s not difficult to do it myself, ”she says.
Despite its popularity and endless stream of customers, the Sunday Farmer’s Market was one of its last.
Although shutting down her business and saying goodbye to her farmer’s market regulars is bittersweet, she says it’s time for her and her husband to embark on a new adventure and do things they couldn’t. to do.
“We have this bucket list, it’s time to start filling it out. I want to learn how to make sausages. I have a smoker, I would rather smoke meat, I have my grandma’s noodle machine, it is an antique, I want to start learning and making noodles.
Mary says she will also use her retirement to travel and visit her grandchildren in Arkansas.
“I went shopping the other day and I see all these peppers and I’m like ‘oh! and then I had to stop and say ‘you don’t make hot sauce anymore, you don’t have to worry about what kind of supplies you have to buy for next week anymore.’
One of the things she’ll miss the most, however, is the ease of Sunday morning farmers’ markets.
“I just think about the way people stop and want to talk, and always have a smile on their face when they walk by, and they love our product,” she says. “They couldn’t have been more gracious and loving, but also sad. “How can you do that too us?” I say I’m old, I have to retire, and they’ve been just wonderful about it all. “
Market regulars tell 6 News that we will miss Mary very much – her presence, her conversation and, of course, her hot sauce.
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