About us and Our Team
The Hatch Chile Store Team
Preston started selling fresh chile through his website when he was 15. With the help of his parents, extended family, and little sister they “bootstrapped” one of the first farm-to-table businesses in the Hatch Valley. We aren’t really sure if he learned through example, or if his entrepreneurial spirit is genetic. His grandparents, Dennis and Patricia Mitchell started the drug store in Hatch, NM in the early 80’s after members of the community called Dennis (a pharmacist) every Tuesday afternoon asking him to move to Hatch and start a pharmacy to serve their community. His parents, Greg and Barbara Mitchell, still run the store and continue to improve the business.
Preston is a proud New Mexico State University alumni with his bachelors in Accounting and Business Administration as well as a Masters in Accounting. Currently Preston is an assistant professor at his alma mater, passing forward his knowledge of accounting and business skills.
Hello! My name is Taylor Graciano (formerly Mitchell) VP of Operations. I was born and raised in the Hatch Valley and I couldn't have asked for a better place to grow up! When I'm not in the office helping spread the Hatch Green Chile love all over the US I'm attending school at New Mexico State University. I am a triple major in Finance, Economics, and General Business. I'm currently in the midst of applying for PhD programs in Risk Management and Insurance. I hope to one day return to New Mexico and teach at NMSU. In my spare time, you can find me baking up a storm or loving on my sweet pup Finn (who is everyone's favorite coworker in the office).
I enjoy spending time with my young daughter and exploring the great outdoors. My vacations aren’t spent in fancy hotel rooms; they’re spent in dense forests and mountainous wilderness where the words amenity and leisure don’t exist. Fishing, backpacking, and camping are how I spend my free time, so if it’s not Chile season, I probably don’t have cell service!
I am so happy and excited to be a part of the Hatch Chile Store, and can not wait to help you experience a touch of New Mexican culture!