- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) - High school students from the farm town of Immokalee are developing their own line foods and spices.

The youths tell the Naples Daily news (https://bit.ly/1p9NsFY ) in a story published Saturday that they draw on their grandmas’ recipes using tomatoes, oranges and herbs harvested locally. They’ve also relied on advice from professional mentors and private startup funds.

The products: a spice mix, fire roasted tomato and jalapeno sauce, a hamburger and orange zest chocolate chip cookies.

A local market has begun selling the spice and sauce. It’s been tougher to market the meat and cookies because they need to be fresh.

Eighteen-year-old Alfredo Villalobos-Perez hopes the business will one day put the rural town on the map.

The students dream of building a bottling factor in town that would create jobs. For now, they’ve contracted with a Sarasota company.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, https://www.naplesnews.com


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