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Peppers Are Popular: Community Garden Takes Root for 12th Year

Peppers Are Popular: Community Garden Takes Root for 12th Year

Vegetation flourishes in the Rosemont Community Garden at the Barry St. Recreation Center. (Submitted photos)

By far the most popular vegetable grown in Rosemont’s community garden is hot peppers.

Located behind the Barry Street Recreation Center at 7128 Barry St. on Rosemont’s north side and in its 12th year of operation, the garden continues to thrive.

The garden opened in 2012. The garden is free and open to Rosemont residents, said recreation center events coordinator Lisa Almaraz, who said a small fee may be charged to use the garden’s grounds next year.

The garden has 72 plots, which fill quickly after registration opens in the first week of March. Weather permitting, most gardeners begin planting as soon as April.

The plots contain not only hot peppers but also various vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, corn, onion, garlic, cabbage and radish.

Almaraz said the gardening season usually ends in September and gardeners are asked to clear their fields after harvest to get them ready for next year.

Rosemont’s community garden has an abundance of hot peppers.

Locals head to the Rosemont Community Garden on June 27.