We have the following Farmer’s Markets lined up for the 2022 season and are looking to add one more.

We’ll have our Artisan Hot Sauce, BBQ Sauce & Salsa, as well as our hand-turned bowls & pens and our hand-made wood gift boxes and caddies. We’ll also have fresh Hot Peppers available as soon as we start harvesting in July or so.

We look forward to seeing you all again, we’ve missed you!

Tacoma Sunday Market – Sundays, 10-3, Starting June 5th

Lakewood Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays, Starting June 7th

Steilacoom Farmer’s Market – Wednesdays, Starting June 15th


Tahoma Spice Company

Heat is Good, Flavor is Better!

February 1, 2022

We Have Babies!

The 2022 crop is off to a good start. This is from 2/1/22 with 3 more trays germinating. Many of these will be available for Fresh Pepper Sales probably starting in July/August.We may have some plants available for sale around May/June. Be sure to check the website regularly or sign up for our newsletter for updates on availability.

Some of this years crop:

Jabba da Hutt * Sugar Rush Red * Devil’s Tongue * Dorset Naga * Bahamian Goat * Ghost * Reaper * Bahamian Beast * Jigsaw * Scotch Bonnet * Jalapeno * Dragon Breath * Death Spiral * Komodo Dragon * Choc Reaper * Choc Bhut * Hatch * Primotali  * Primo x Purple Bhut * Naga Viper

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Back for 2022 – Mini Hot Sauce Sampler

Our biggest seller in 2021 was definitely our Mini Hot Sauce Sampler. Offered in Oak or Poplar with your choice of Hotter, Milder or Mixed hot sauces. So popular in fact we almost sold out of the mini bottles at the Gig Harbor Winterfest Market in December. We’re busy making more to be prepared for the Markets starting in May/June. We do have some left but order soon!

2022 Markets

We are planning to attend the following markets in 2022. This list is subject to change as we get closer to market time.

Sundays – Tacoma Sunday Market

Tuesdays – Lakewood Farmers Market

Wednesdays – Steilacoom Farmers Market

Thursdays – Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market



Super Mario’s Kitchen

We also have some product available for purchase at Super Mario’s Kitchen in Gig Harbor.

“A selection of meals created to fit each part of your day: Breakfast and Dinner. We provide flexibility with ordering options based off your current needs. Our services are for anyone on the path of living a healthier lifestyle. The food created in our kitchen accommodates fitness goals, dietary restrictions, and allergies. Please contact us regarding any changes you need in your order. Each package caters to what you need that best fits your lifestyle.”







2022 – 3 trays, 4th one not shown

2022 planting is going well. After an amazing 2021 we have loads of peppers in stock so are only growing a few of the production peppers and a lot of new varieties. Most likely a lot of the 2022 pepper harvest will be sold as Fresh Peppers starting in July or so .. maybe earlier on some varieties. We’ll have them packaged up and available at the Farmer’s Markets and mail order as well. This year we planted:

Jabba da Hutt * Sugar Rush Red * Bahamian Goat * Ghost * Reaper * Devil’s Nagabrain * Scotch Bonnet * Aji Mango * Jay’s Peach Ghost Scorpion * Naga Bengal * Naga Viper * Jalapeno * Dragon Breath * Death Spiral * Bane Strain Peach * Komodo Dragon * Hatch (Mild & Hot) * Primotali * Chocolate Reaper * Chocolate Bhut * Primo x Purple Bhut.

There may be a few more, we’ll see.

If interested in Fresh Peppers this Summer follow the website & Facebook/Instagram, come see us at a Market (will announce which ones as we get closer. For sure @tacomasundaymarket, likely Steilacoom Farmers Market, hopefully Gig Harbor as well) or shoot me an email.

Thanks and here’s to warmer weather!

Steve & Kathy

Well, it seems the 2021 season just ended but it’s time to plant for 2022 already. Hot Peppers can be very slow to get going so we have to start early. We had a ridiculous harvest last year, and still have lots of peppers in stock.We’re also adding Primotali, Naga Bengal & Jalapeno to the grow this season, as well as growing more Death Spiral, Dragon’s Breath & Bane Strain Peach after last year’s success. Some or all of these may become new sauces!

Hard to believe this humble beginning can, and likely will, become this:

Also, the new website is fully up and running so be sure to check that out. I’ve added all the wood pens I have in stock and will be turning more soon. I also have more Bowl Blanks coming soon and will be turning some lovely wood bowls to add to the site. Woods include: Maple, Madrone, Bloodwood, Yellow Mora, Myrtle & Claro Walnut. Fun times in the Wood Shop to shake off this icky weather.

We still have a full stock of Hot Sauce, BBQ & Salsa available online, including the amazing Jamaican Jerk Sauce. We even have a few Gift Boxes and Caddys left, though those went really fast during the Holidays. But don’t worry, we’ll be making more!

Thanks again and hope you all have a great new year!

Steve & Kathy

We want to wish a Happy New Year to all our friends and fans. We appreciate all of you so much and would not be here for a 4th year if not for you. We are very excited about the coming season and are already planting pepper seeds .. indoors of course. We are looking at a few new sauces after trying some new plants last year. The Dragon’s Breath and Death Spiral both look very promising. We’ll also finally get the Cuban Mojo Sauce finished and listed .. one of my favorites along with the Jamaican Jerk Sauce which was a huge hit last year.







We’ve also had a lot of success with our woodworking products, especially the Pens. We’ll be doing more Pens as well as hand-turned Bowls this year. They’re really fun to make for me, and make really nice gifts. I’m always looking for new Gift Box/Caddy ideas as well and should have some new options this year.

I also redesigned the Website for the New Year. I was limited with what I could do with the prior platform (Ecwid) so migrated to WP Easycart (migrate sounds simple .. anything but!) and believe all is up and running as planned. Please let me know if you see anything amiss and I’ll try to get it corrected. The website also shares much of the product line on Facebook and Instagram so you can see much of what we’re offering there as well.

I will endeavor to do better with things like newsletters, specials for registered users, etc. this year. I do want to show my appreciation to all of you that have been with me on this journey, many for years, and those just joining now. As always, reviews on our products are greatly appreciated.

We will see you in May as the Farmers Markets start back up. Still working on how many and which ones, we’ll post when we are set.

Thank you all again and we hope to see or hear from you soon!

Steve & Kathy
Tahoma Spice Company



Hot Pepper Guide

Cooking & Using Hot Peppers



Hot Peppers, it’s what’s for dinner!

For some, the idea of cooking with Hot Peppers, especially SuperHot Peppers, has little appeal. But for those who enjoy some spice in their food and understand these Hot Peppers, it is an absolute joy. Using the right pepper in the correct amount is the answer for success.

Check out our Fresh Hot Peppers! Available Now!!


Hot Pepper Scoville Rating

The ‘Hotness’ of a pepper is indicated by its Scoville Rating which goes from 0 (zero) in the Bell Pepper to over 2 Million in the Carolina Reaper. You can use any pepper in your dish, just use the right amount. I make my Chili Recipe (1 lb burger, 2 cans tomatoes, 1 can beans, bell pepper, onion etc.) using 1 Bahamian Beast Pepper ( 500K Scoville) and it is just right for us; mildish for me and hot enough for Kathy. If I use a Dragon’s Breath (2 M Scoville) I can only use 1/4 of a pepper or it will be way too hot for Kathy. Once you learn your Scoville Tolerance you can try out different peppers without making your dish too hot or even too mild. All our fresh peppers are packaged separately and labeled with their Scoville Rating.

Hot Pepper Storage

Our peppers, like any fresh pepper, only last so long after they are picked. Refrigerated they last maybe a week or so before they get soft. The better option is to freeze them right away. It is highly likely you will dice super fine or even puree your peppers before adding to your dish. This ensures the flavor, and heat, is equally distributed throughout the dish. If you chop an extreme pepper, like the Reaper (2 M Scoville), and you get a big chunk in a bite, it will be like eating a raw pepper .. and most folks would never want to experience that.
When you freeze the peppers it also breaks down the tissue or fibers so when thawed it is very soft and purees really well. It is what I do for all my Hot Sauces, Salsas and BBQ Sauces. You can rinse them or not before freezing. You’ll want to rinse them before use either way.


The Heat is Not in the Seeds! Inside the pepper is a white substance called the pith or placenta where the seeds are formed. There is also an oily liquid there that is the Capsaicin, that is where the heat is. You can, and should in most cases, remove the seeds for mostly aesthetic reasons. You can scrape out the Pith to remove some of the heat though I see no reason to. If you want it milder, just use less pepper. The easiest way to remove seeds/pith is to cut peppers in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon. Make sure to use gloves when handling peppers. Getting that Capsaicin in your eyes or on other ‘sensitive’ areas can be extremely painful, though it should only last 10-15 min … but it can be a long 10 min.

Feel free to email me with any questions, and Enjoy!

Happy New Year


We here at Tahoma Spice Company want to wish all of you the best in the coming year. It’s a been a tough one for many and our thoughts are with all of you. We’re really looking forward to the Tasting Parties, Farmer’s Markets and other events that got put on hold during these tough times.

Being home more has allowed me to focus more on the Business and things are looking really good for the future. I will be retiring from my ‘day job’ (construction) May 1st and going to full time as Pepper King .. I can’t wait! I have lots of new products and merchandise planned and know many of you will be really excited about these items.

I’ll be posting more on the Farmer’s Markets we plan to attend, and the Tasting Parties we will be offering as we get closer to Spring/Summer.

I’ve also set up a Patreon Account and will be offering Memberships to those interested in supporting our business more directly. Patreon is an American membership platform that provides business tools for content creators to run a subscription service. It helps creators and artists earn a monthly income by providing rewards and perks to their subscribers.
Check out http://patreon.com/tahomaspice for more info.

Thank you all for your amazing support over that last year and here’s to better times ahead!

Stephen (Pepper King)

While we’re still not getting out to Tasting Parties, Farmer’s Markets, and other venues, we do have plenty of product in stock. Order some today and we’ll send it right out. Buy 4 and get 20% off. That more than pays for the shipping. and as always I’ll throw in some kind of sample .. you never know what. (but it’ll be tasty!)

Choose from 13 Hot Sauces, 2 BBQ Sauces and 3 Salsas .. mix and match.

Also, keep an eye out for our Jamaican Jerk Sauce coming soon .. it is amazing!!


Thanks and take care!!

Steve (Pepper King)

New Tasting Party Service!

Our Tasting Party/Grand Opening Event held at the RAIN Urban Kitchen last year was a huge success. We made a lot of Sales that day, but more importantly introduced a lot of people to our products .. and that has created some wonderful relationships as well as sales. We realized we needed to get our products in front of more people so they could taste and experience it. We’ve been thinking about other ways to make that introduction which can be hard this time of year without the Farmers Markets.

So we decided to take our Tasting Party on the road, so to speak. When I mentioned this to Brandon & Michelle Green, friends and very active customers, they were all in. We had our first “Home” Tasting Party recently at their home in Tacoma. We brought all the Hot Sauce, Salsa & BBQ Sauce, plus samples of some of the new things we’re working on: hand-turned exotic wood bowls, spice grinders, and pens. We set up the Hot Sauces, Salsas & BBQ Sauces to sample while the Hosts were readying the food, a wonderful array of Taco fillings and sides. 

Everyone had fun tasting all the Sauces, working from “Mild” to “Oh My That’s Spicy”, so they knew which to use on their food when the time came. Later on, guests were able to purchase items … with discounts available on most everything. As a business we did very well, as a friend and pepper lover we had an amazing time and met some truly wonderful folks. I can’t thank Brandon and Michelle enough for this wonderful opportunity to share our passion with like minded folk.



We are available for Tasting Parties at your home too! Our product line is always evolving, but we currently have: 13 varieties of Hot Sauce, 3 Salsas, and 2 BBQ Sauces. Our website has a listing of all products and descriptions of each at: https://www.tahomaspice.com/15279-2/

Thanks! Stephen “Pepper King”




New Website, Blog Subscriptions & More!


Really excited about all the new things going on here at Tahoma Spice Company. The new website has really come together well. I’m very excited about the new “Subscriptions” feature.

Subscribing to the site will do several things. You’ll receive any new Blog Post via email as soon as it is published, ensuring you don’t miss out on any news you might be interested in. I can also send out updates about the website and other news that doesn’t warrant a Blog Post.

We will also be offering special sales and offers to our subscribed members exclusively. 

You can of course unsubscribe at any time.

Also, watch for more info on the new Tasting Party service … coming soon!

Thanks! Stephen “Pepper King”