It caught me off guard too.. I don't remember the exact year, but the state issued WIC for fresh vegetables at farmer's markets. Each girl had 10, $2 vouchers to spend at local fresh markets, the Mexicans would buy up all of the hot peppers. That fact started the local jalapeno race. Every farmer at the market started over planting jalapenos to grab the Mexican WIC vouchers. It caused a shortage of pepper seed, and a price hike at the local Southern States!