The tomatoes at Big Lick farm are plentiful this time of year. They grow many different varieties including big, small, yellow, orange, green, red and multicolored. This week in my CSA box, I got so many Green Zebra’s. It was my first time having a Green Zebra tomato.

To be honest, I do not like fresh tomatoes, but I love salsa and marinara sauce. My husband and daughter eat the Green Zebra’s like apples. I had to hide my share to make salsa. The Green Zebra tomato gave the salsa a great color. If you cannot find them, any tomato will work.

If you are not familiar with a CSA, it is community supported agriculture. You help support the farm by paying for a weekly box of produce at the beginning of the season. That helps the farmers purchase all the seeds and necessities to grow their produce for the season. Every week throughout the growing season, you get a nice-sized box of the freshest produce from the farm.

One of my favorite things about a CSA is being surprised each week with a new variety of fruits and vegetables. I get things I would never normally purchase. That forces me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Each week is an adventure in the kitchen.

Using local ingredients has so many benefits. You are keeping your money in Douglas County, and the food is fresher. Almost everything in this recipe was local except for the salt and pepper. You can purchase all of this at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1771 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg.

This salsa is delicious. It is husband and daughter approved. My husband is a much better cook than me, so it is rewarding to make something he loves. We served the salsa with taco beef, guacamole and organic corn chips.

Beth Schultz is a local Douglas County Family contributor. See more recipes at

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