About Us

The Bronx Hot Sauce is unique. More than 30 Bronx community gardens grow the serrano peppers which makes this delicious hot sauce. Each bottle you buy directly supports the gardens and gardeners who grow these serrano peppers.

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This is truly a green product: the hot sauce is green, the serrano peppers are green, and most importantly, because of your purchase, the Bronx is a little bit more green.

Gardens & Growers

All of the following gardens received serrano pepper bed donations at the beginning of the 2016 growing season. Many will sell back their serrano peppers to make the Bronx Hot Sauce although they are under no obligation to do so.

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The NY Botanical Garden/Bronx Green-Up

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Pelham Organics

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Wishing Well Garden

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R&R Produce (Grower)

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River Garden

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Padre Plaza Success Garden

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Morning Glory Community Garden

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Garden of Happiness

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La Finca del Sur Urban Farm

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Brook Park

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New Roots Community Farm

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Lehman Edible Garden

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Bissel Gardens

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Drew Gardens

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Latinos Unidos

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Libertad Urban Farm

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Little Green Garden/The Rock Garden

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The Point CDC

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Havemeyer Garden Association

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Rincon Crillo

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Kelly St. Garden

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Community Access Davidson

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Where to buy

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  • Union Square Greenmarket at Managers Tent
    Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • The Roost
    222 Ave B New York, NY 10009
  • New York Botanical Garden (Gift Shop)
    2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY 10458
  • NYC City Store
    1 Centre Street, North Plaza. New York City, 10007
  • Chelsea Market Baskets
    Inside Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue
  • Whole Foods Brooklyn
    214 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Whole Foods Bowery
    95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
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    250 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001
  • Whole Foods Columbus Circle
    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
  • Whole Foods Danbury
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    150 Ledge Road, Darien, CT 06820
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    226 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022
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    350 Grasmere Ave, Fairfield, CT 06824
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    429 North Broadway, Jericho. NY
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    120 New Moriches Rd, Lake Grove NY 11755
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    222 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
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    44 Goodwin Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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    270 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007
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    808 Columbus Ave City: New York State: NY
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    4 Union Square South, New York, NY
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    235 Prospect St, West Orange, NJ 07052
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    1551 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10128
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    110 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY 10605
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    33 Main Street, Yonkers, NY 10710
  • Whole Foods Williamsburg
    238 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Whole Foods Milford
    1686 Boston Post Rd Milford, CT 06460
  • Whole Foods Paramus
    The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ 07652
  • Whole Foods Portchester
    575 Boston Post Road Port Chester, NY 10573
  • Bronx Beer Hall
    2344 Arthur Avenue Bronx, N.Y. 10458
  • Garden Gourmet Market
    5665 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463
  • Eli Zabar
    1411 3rd Ave, NY NY 10170
  • 51st Bakery and Cafe
    5-33 51st Ave Long Island City, NY
  • The South Bronx Farmers Market (Every Saturday)
    South side of 138th St, btwn Willis and Alexander Ave
  • The Bronx Brewery
    856 E 136th St, Bronx, NY
  • Gastronomie 491
    491 Columbus Avenue, NY NY
  • Alphabet City Beer Co.
    96 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
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    121 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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    56 Adams Street | Brooklyn, New York 11201
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    825 Caton Ave, Brooklyn, NY
  • Met Food
    632 Vanderbilt Avenue
  • The Ploughman
    438 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel
    109 E 42nd Street, NY NY 10017
  • Key Food
    991 Fulton Street
  • Bronx County Historical Society
    3309 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467
  • Queens County Farm Museum
    73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004
  • Park Slope Coop
    782 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center
    675 West 252nd Street, Bronx NY
  • Rye Grill
    1 Station plaza, Rye NY 10580
  • Hudson Market
    303 10th Avenue , New York NY
  • Urban Garden Center
    1640 Park Ave, New York, NY 10035
  • NY Minute
    Terminal 5 JFK
  • Teitel Brothers
    2372 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
  • Beer Table to Go
    22 Grand Central Terminal, NY NY 10017
  • Brooklyn Kitchen
    100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
  • Court Street Grocers
    485 Court Street, Brooklyn New York
  • Eastern District
    1053 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Urban Market of Williamsburg
    11 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Foragers
    300 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
  • The Lobster Place
    Inside Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue
  • Fleishers Butcherie
    192 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Brooklyn farmacy and soda
    513 Henry St Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Inwood Gourmet
    95 Cooper st
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand concourse
  • Staubitz Market
    222 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Greene Hill Food Coop
    18 Putnam Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Dickson’s Farmstand Meats
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
  • Staubitz
    222 Court St Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Lockwood Astoria
    32-15 33rd Street Astoria, New York
  • Lockwood Jackson Heights
    77-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
  • Mekelburgs
    293 Grand Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Greene Hill Food Coop
    18 Putnam Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Food Cellar and Co
    4-85 47th road Long Island city NY 11101
  • Jubilee Market
    99 John St, New York, NY 10038
  • Big Deal Supermarket
    1018 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10462
  • Hanas Natural
    24 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Joons Westside Fish Market
    774 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
  • Murray's Cheese
    254 Bleecker St
  • Murray's Cheese
    Grand Central Terminal 89 E 42 st
  • Gracefully
    320 1st Ave, New York 10009
  • Dantes Gourmet Food
    166 William St, New York, NY 10038
  • Good Neighbor Queens
    3100 47 Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Rtisan Coffee Project
    190 Front St New York, NY 10038
  • Taste NY Grand Central
    Space MC05, Grand Central Station
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    84 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
  • Valley Shepherd
    211 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Untapped Cities
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  • Some Like it Hot
    380 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 1743
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    74 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, NY 11937
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    101 W End Ave, Manhattan, NY 10023
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    117 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
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    131 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
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    18 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
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    242 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn New York
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    471 NJ-35, Red Bank, NJ 07701
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    24 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
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    169 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lehman College Farmstand
    Adult Learning Center, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, NY 10468
  • Meltkraft
    442 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Jimmy's 43
    43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
  • Amagansett Food Instititue
    367 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930
  • Havana Cafe
    3151 E Tremont Ave Bronx, NY 10461
  • Red Horse Market
    74 Montauk Highway East Hampton, NY 11937
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    1409 Broad St Bloomfield NJ 07003
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    45 North Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591
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    2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
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    56 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Museum of the City of New York
    1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
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    1776 Eastchester Rd, Bronx, NY 10461

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Growing Serranos

Below are some tips and instructions for growing and harvesting your peppers;

Serrano peppers are native to the mountains of south-central Mexico and now, many areas of the Bronx. The plants can grow to a height of 2-3 feet and yield prodigious quantities of peppers.

For the purpose of the Bronx Hot Sauce we encourage you to harvest the peppers GREEN. Peppers can generally be harvested about 2.5 to 3 months after transplanting when green, depending on weather conditions.

GROWING INSTRUCTIONS

Early Season

Sow seeds indoors, 8 weeks before you anticipate transplanting outside. Seed germinates best when soil temperature is 80 F or higher. It will not germinate below 55 F.

Keep plants indoors in a warm (70 F during the day, 65 F at night), sunny location. Lack of light will produce leggy, unproductive transplants.

Don’t rush to transplant outside. Set plants out 2 to 3 weeks after average last frost when the soil has warmed and the weather has settled. Cold temperatures can weaken plants and they may never fully recover. A few days at 60 F to 65 F with reduced water will help harden plants and reduce transplant shock. Over-hardened plants grow slowly after transplanting.

Summertime

Plant your pepper plants 12 to 24 inches apart, in rows 24 to 36 inches apart, or spaced about 14 to 16 inches apart in raised beds. Select a location that receives plenty of light and heat, and has not been used for tomatoes, potatoes or other members of this family for the past couple of years. Peppers will do best with soil that is fertile, lightweight, slightly acidic (pH 5.5-7.0) and well-drained.

Mulch plants after they are established and the soil has warmed to retain moisture and control weeds.

Your plants need a steady supply of water. Water deeply at least 3 times per week, especially in the driest point in summer. Peppers like the heat, so full sun exposure is ideal, but they also thrive with more water.

Peppers can be temperamental when it comes to setting fruit if temperatures are too hot or too cool. Nighttime temperatures below 60 F or above 75 F can reduce fruit set.

FERTILIZING & OTHER POINTS

Don’t recommend you use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers in your community gardens. If you’d like to fertilize your plants, add finished compost in the planting holes when you transplant, or topdress the garden surface with a 2-3 inch layer of compost.

You can also use fully composted chicken manure if your garden keeps chickens. Fish and seaweed-based fertilizers like Neptune’s are also good. Dilute them in water and drench the soil around the roots of the plants, following the recommendations on the package.

Stake your plants for best performance. Once they are heavy with peppers, your plants will grow best when staked, with peppers kept off the ground.

Too much nitrogen fertilizer may promote lush vegetative growth but fewer fruits. Peppers usually respond well to phosphorus fertilizer.
Do not plant in same spot more than once every 4 years.

Check the blog as the season progresses for in season tips and pointers. Feel free to share any and all wisdom along the way.

FAQs

Where do your peppers come from?

Our peppers are grown in Community Gardens throughout the Bronx by community gardeners. At the beginning of each season, we donate pepper seedlings to these gardens. At harvest, we buy the fully mature peppers back from our gardeners at premium, fair trade prices.

What type of peppers do you grow?

The Bronx Hot Sauce is made exclusively from serrano peppers, hotter than poblanos, but milder than habaneros. They originally come from the Mexican highlands, which combines the dry arid air of Mexico with cool mountain air. They are perfectly suited for the climate in the Bronx. We think of them as the goldilocks of peppers.

Can I grow peppers for you?

Our peppers are grown in over 30 community gardens throughout the Bronx. Please check out our list of gardens for more information about ways to get involved. All of our gardens are managed by our partners at GrowNYC, who train farmers in sustainable growing practices.

Where can I buy the Bronx Hot Sauce?

Check out the constantly updated list of retail locations on our website. Also you can purchase the Bronx Hot Sauce online. We ship everywhere in the world.

How long does the Bronx Hot Sauce last?

Unopened, our hot sauce has a shelf life of at least 18 months. Once opened, if it is refrigerated, it should still last another 6 months. But we guarantee you’ll finish it before then.

What makes the Bronx Hot Sauce special?

The Bronx Hot Sauce is primarily a community development project dedicated developing and maintaining community gardens and green spaces throughout the Bronx. In addition, it is delicious. Our hot sauce has only six ingredients, without additives or preservatives so it’s always natural and fresh. Lastly, the Bronx Hot Sauce is more savory than other hot sauces, allowing you to actually taste your food without simply overpowering it with spice.

Our Team

kingKing Phojanakong is at the forefront of the burgeoning Filipino food movement and is the chef-owner of Kuma Inn and Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s 43, in New York City. King is a NYC native whose culinary influences began at home with the inspirational cooking of his Filipino mother and Thai father. A Culinary Institute of America graduate who worked with Daniel Boulud at “ Daniel” and David Bouley at “The Danube”. Chef King has been featured in television programs including Cutthroat Kitchen, The Rachael Ray Show, Food(ography), Selling New York and Mike Colameco’s Real Food. King was a presenter at CIA’s Flavor, Quality and American Menus 2012, Worlds of Flavor 2013, Worlds of Flavor 2015 and Flavor Summit 2016.

Off line he likes to spin old school hip hop, jam on his Fender Strat and play pinball with his daughter.

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. For more than 40 years, GrowNYC’s garden program has been building and sustaining community gardens, urban farms, school gardens, and rainwater harvesting systems across New York City.

Bronx Green-Up is the community gardening outreach program of The New York Botanical Garden. They provide horticulture education, training, and technical assistance to Bronx residents, community gardeners, urban farmers, local schools, and community organizations

Small Axe Peppers is run by John A. Crotty, John Fitzgerald, Todd Snyder and Drew Doscher, four partners who share the central belief that successful communities are made, not by brick and mortar, but mutual collaboration. Our name comes from a Bob Marley song which embodies this central philosophy: “if you are the big tree, let me tell you that / we are the small axe, sharp and ready.” We believe large societal problems become solvable when everyone works together to do their small part. Small Axe Peppers empowers everyone to swing their own small axe.

Contact

We would love to hear from you!
Please send us a message with all inquiries, feedback and questions.

info@bronxhotsauce.com