Tomato Time - September Harvest of the Month Celebrates Tomatoes

By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD, Jackson In Action Communications Director 

Tomato Lime Salsa  Photo: Katie Schmidt Recipe/Food Styling: Ruth Chipps

Tomato Lime Salsa Photo: Katie Schmidt Recipe/Food Styling: Ruth Chipps

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Harvest of the Month Sept.

 Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at

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Turn Out for These Green Tomatoes:

Watch WEAU-TV-13 Thurs Sept. 12 at the 4 p.m. Newscast. “Tomatoes” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD

BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Pepper Event –Wed. Sept. 18, 11:30am – 12:30 pm. Black River Memorial Hospital Café, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Fresh Tomato & Lime Salsa

Fresh Tomato & Lime Salsa

Tomato Tips & Nutrition 


One tomato contains 25 calories, 20 mg of sodium and 5 g of carbohydrates.

Tomatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C  and potassium.


  • Fresh Tomato can be made into soup, salsa, pasta or pizza sauce.

  • Add a slice to sandwiches.

Local Tomatoes: Melrose tomatoes are green-house grown year round. Find them at local grocery stores or contact The Tomato Patch at (608) 488-2831.

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Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.


RECIPE: Fresh Tomato & Lime Salsa


You’ll forget salsa in the jar with this refreshing Salsa with only 6 ingredients                                                                                                    


  • 1 1/2 cups (about 3-5) plum/Roma tomatoes or other local variety such as “Melrose Tomatoes”

  • 4 Tbsp. red or white onion, diced

  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, fine

  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • Optional pinch of salt and additional hot sauce if desired


Makes 6 servings/Per ½ c. Serving:

Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze to remove seeds. Discard seeds and dice the tomatoes. Gently mix all ingredients in a bowl. Delicious with scrambled eggs. Per Serving Nutr. Info: 35 cal. , 2.5g Fat, 3g Carb, 0g Protein



To view a video of the recipe and printable recipe, go to

Watch This Month’s Tomato B-WELLthy Recipe Video:

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Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community. 

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