AROUND THE COUNTRY — NEW MEXICANS MAY HAVE TO RESORT TO EATING CHILE FROM OTHER STATES.

AND FROM MEXICO.

HERE )S NEWS 13 )S FRANCESCA WASHINGTON WITH A SIMPLE STORY OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

YOU CAN PUT IT ON PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.

MOS1:00;51:07 "beans and chile or enchiladas or like Spanish rice you definitely want to have the green chile in there.

It seems to add to the flavor.

" 1:00:59;07 PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU THE BEST PLACE TO GET IT IS RIGHT HERE IN NEW MEXICO MOS 1:02:11:07 Green chile is unique to this area it )s something you can )t get anywhere else.

" 1:02:16;17 BUT IT )S NOT JUST NEW MEXICANS THAT ARE CRAVING IT.

WIGHT 1:09:07:12 "there is a lot more demand on a national level, I think people can eat hotter food now.

" 1:09:14:05 C-E-O OF NEW MEXICO )S RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION CAROL WIGHT SAYS THE INCREASING NATIONAL DEMAND FOR NEW MEXICO GREEN CHILE IS PUTTING A STRAIN ON FARMERS AND THE LOCAL SUPPLY.

MOS1:02:55:22 "when we lived in Virginia out was we ad what they called New Mexican green chile in restaurants and it was still not the same so we had it shipped to us on dry ice.

" 1:03:07:03 WIGHT1:04:03:05 "But always it )s a seasonal crop so we have situations where there is less green chile or less chile available.

" 1:04:11:05 WIGHT SAYS LOCALS SHOULDN )T PANIC JUST YET.

THEY WILL STILL BE ABLE TO GET THEIR GREEN CHILE.

IT JUST MIGHT NOT BE NEW MEXICO GROWN.

1:04:13:14 "Sometimes we have to go to other markets for it.

" 1:04:14:08 WIGHT SAYS SOME RESTAURANTS ARE LOOKING TO STATES LIKE TEXAS OR ARIZONA TO ENSURE THEY DON )T RUN OUT.

ITS AN EFFORT THAT COMES WITH A SLIGHT SACRIFICE.

1:09:56:02 "if it )s not New Mexico grown it )s probably not as good.

"1:09:58:08 FRANCESCA WASHINGTON, KRQE NEWS 13.

THE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION ALSO THE STATE HAS WORKED HARD TO IMPROVE BRAND RECOGNITION FOR NEW MEXICO GREEN CHILE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

WHICH HAS INCREASED DEMAND.

THIS — WHILE THE ACREAGE DEVOTED TO GROWING CHILE IN THE STATE HAS REMAINED STAGNANT.