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The animals on the Nuthatcher’s farm are tired of eating the same thing every day. One day, the rooster watches a cooking show and learns to make a delicious salsa that stops everyone’s grumbling. This book includes a recipe for Rooster’s Roasted Salsa.

This recipe is simple to make and healthy! Great as a snack or as an addition to any meal you cook. Don’t add jalapeno unless you like the extra spice.

This delicious salsa utilizes a variety of local ingredients when they are at their prime!


This dish is perfect for the start of the school year when both local tomatoes and local okra are in season. Allow students to smell the ginger and different spices before they are added to the dish. Eliminate the hot pepper for young children.

This fresh tomato sauce can be especially colorful when made with a variety of heirloom tomatoes. The associated lesson plan includes literature selections and fun tomato activities.


Made with local, fresh, in-season tomatoes, the flavor of this simple sauce can’t be beat. Recipe by Liz and Katie Button of Cúrate.

From Growing Vegetable Soup, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.