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Velvety, chunky, lime-y guacamole from local producers

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Ben Russo and Amanda Bauman, owners of Chica de Gallo.


If you bought guacamole at a Boston farmers’ market that was fresh and velvety, chunky with avocado, and zesty with lime, it was likely made by Chica de Gallo, or Rooster’s Girl, a small batch guacamole and salsa producer in Jamaica Plain. Owners Ben Russo, 38, and Amanda Bauman, 30, started the business a year and a half ago when friends who love their dips (guacamole, 10.5 ounces for $6.79 to $7.99; salsas, 16 ounces for $6.99 to $7.99) persuaded them. The couple rented space in Jamaica Plain’s shared kitchen, CropCircle Kitchen, and sought advice on buying produce from Steve Napoli, owner of Snap Top Market in Boston. “We learned from scratch,” says Russo. They select ingredients from local suppliers; avocados come from Mexico, and the duo judiciously monitor ripening. “If you wait too long you loose the crunch,” says Russo.” Salsas are made with tomatoes from Backyard Farms of Madison, Maine, tomatillos, and blends of jalapeno, habanero, and ghost peppers. One salsa, a twist on a pico de gallo, has a pleasant sting; another one is mouth-searing. Available at Bee’s Knees Supply Co., 12 Farnsworth St., Boston, 617-292-2337; Snap Top Market, 303 Columbus Ave., Boston, 857-250-2825; American Provisions, 613 East Broadway, South Boston, 617-269-6100; Dave’s Fresh Pasta, 81 Holland St., Somerville, 617-623-0867; Needham Center Fine Wines, 1013 Great Plain Ave., Needham, 781-400-1769; for farmers’ markets schedule go to


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