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Sunny with a side of salsa

October 16, 2013
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Local meteorologist makes & sells homemade salsa

GLENBURN - Todd Simcox of WABI TV5 is more than a talented meteorologist. He's proving he is also quite a cook and entrepreneur. Over the past several months, Simcox has been mixing up numerous batches of his homemade salsa, and after successfully receiving his home processing license from the state, he's now ready to sell his creation to area viewers.

"I have yet to have someone tell me they don't like it," Simcox said. "I've had professional chefs taste it, and everyone says it's great."

Todd's Original Homemade Salsa is a dish Simcox has been whipping together for family and friends for quite some time.

"One of my friends who is a foodie is also a business person. He said, You've got to start selling this.' He kept pushing and pushing and I thought, Why not look into it? It can't hurt,'" he said.

But what Simcox discovered is that just like forecasting, it takes a lot of work and research to sell a homemade product - along with a little luck. 

"It's been quite a learning curve to figure out what I need for a license, what I need for insurance and who does what when you're doing it on your own," he said. 

Simcox had his salsa tested at the University of Maine, and once his kitchen was inspected by the state for cleanliness and safety, this weather man was given the green light to proceed. 

"The process of making the salsa isn't super time consuming. It's more or less making the amount I need to make in order to sell it to stay stocked," Simcox said. 

For now, Todd's Original Homemade Salsa will be available in mild, medium and hot at Tradewinds in Milo and Blue Hill. 

"I have a very high-quality canned tomato I use, and everything I put in it is available to me year-round," he explained. "And the good thing about this is it is so shelf stable. It has no preservatives in it, but has a one-year shelf life because of the process."

Simcox said it goes great with a bag of tortilla chips or baked chicken. 

"I've also had people dip vegetables in it as an alternative to ranch dressing. And I actually heard someone say they've put it in spaghetti sauce, which makes sense because it's all tomato based."

Simcox isn't giving up his day job anytime soon, but he does hope the long-range forecast for his salsa business is sunny and bright.

"Everyone asks, What's your plan?' and I don't have one yet because I don't know what to expect," Simcox said. "Hopefully I'm making enough and it sells and I don't get stuck with it all."

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