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Lola is a VERY picky eater, and she definitely will not ever eat a tomato. One night her brother Charlie has to make Lola dinner and comes up with creative ways to get her to eat all the things she thinks she doesn’t like.

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.

Poems to celebrate spring, written in both English and Spanish

Everything we eat comes with a story. This book shares the stories, memories and feelings that live within each yellow pear tomato that grows in a young girl’s garden. What stories grows within the food in your school garden?

This lesson plan has step by step instructions for cooking in the classroom and features literature and curriculum connections.


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.

This rhyming vegetable chant is illustrated with colorful photographs and serves as a great introduction to a wide variety of vegetables for young children.

Introduce students to different varieties of tomatoes, how they grow, and how they taste. Guide students in making a three dimensional object.