Foodies Gone Wild

Want to take a favorite baked treat from your kitchen to the supermarket aisles? It ain't easy, but lots of food lovers are doing it. Here's what you can learn from their business ventures

When Charlie Ferguson was growing up in Beech Grove, Ind., he would help his dad, a connoisseur of spicy food, to plant and tend a backyard crop of chili peppers. So began a lifelong love affair with hot peppers. As an adult, Ferguson found commercial salsa either too salty or not spicy enough for his discerning palate, and he started making his own. By the time he married Glenda Klingensmith eight years ago and moved to her farm in Noblesville, Ind., Ferguson, now 52, was hooked on homemade salsa--so much so that he started planting jalapenos, habaneros, red chilis, Anaheims and...

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