CHOP newsletter from CACFP
Putting Your Garden to Bed 
With the chill in the air and the first freeze upon us, it is time to prepare our gardens for winter. The process of putting a garden to bed is quite simple but still very important. Each step taken now will set up your garden for success in the spring. Don’t miss the opportunity to create healthy, nutrient-rich soil for the year to come.  

We highly recommend watching the “How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter” webinar hosted by Master Gardener Julie Pfankuch. This recorded webinar can be viewed anytime at the CHOP website.  

If you are interested in extending your growing season into the fall and winter, be sure to look at this wonderful resource on Hoophouses and watch this Video on how to construct your own. 
Fall Harvest Activities
Squash Seed Counting
When cooking squash, be sure to keep the seeds for this fun, hands-on learning activity.    
  • Six cups.
  • Six pieces of paper.
  • A marker.
  • Squash seeds. 
Label each of the six cups and six pieces of paper in order from one through six with the marker. Instruct the children to put the number of seeds in the cup that matches the number on their piece of paper. For example, the cup with the number one on it will have one seed placed in the cup. This is a great way to practice counting skills and offers an opportunity to discuss squash and how they grow..

Choose different sizes, colors and textured squash for even more fun.

To learn more about the different types of winter squash, check out the Real Food Encyclopedia. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are not only edible, but delicious? For inspiration and recipes on how to use pumpkin and other squash seeds, check out Food Print. 
CACFP & Cooking Matters Collaborative Training
Upcoming 2019 & 2020 Training Opportunities

  • Castle Rock/Douglas County area training: October 19, 2019.
  • Colorado Springs/El Paso County area training: November 9, 2019.
  • Aurora/Arapahoe County area training: December 7, 2019.
  • Fort Collins/Larimer County area training: January 25, 2020.
  • Boulder/Boulder County area training: February 22, 2020.

Registration is required, click here.

This exciting new training opportunity will be offered across the state of Colorado to meet the needs of all CACFP participating centers and homes. Join us to learn hands-on skills in the kitchen, as well as simple tricks and tips to identify whole grains and calculate sugar content in yogurt and cereal.

This engaging six-hour training will connect you with your peers while teaching you how to implement the meal patterns in a meaningful and intentional way.  Each participant receives over $120 worth of equipment, as well as groceries, so you can try out one of the fun new snack recipes taught at each training. 

Click here to see the website and information on upcoming training dates. If you do not see a training in your county, please fill out an interest form
Contact Britt Martens by email or call 303-692-3080. 
Recipe of the Month
Harvest Delight
This delicious recipe is a blend of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Squash is found in abundance this time of year and is available at a great price. The squash in this recipe can easily be substituted for different varieties of squash, such as Kabocha or Kuri. You can eat the outer skin, which means less preparation time. 

Preparation Time: 30-40 minutes 

Cooking Time: 1 hour 

Makes six ½-cup servings

For recipe inspiration, view Team Nutrition's cookbooks for child care centers or homes.

Got Questions?

Email your questions to us. We created a special email box just for CHOP questions.

To help our office respond to questions more efficiently, please include the name of your institution in the subject line and the topic of your question.  

                              Example:  XYZ Daycare - Fruit juice for infants

More information on CHOP is located on the CACFP website too!

Contact information for CACFP

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Child and Adult Care Food Program
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246

P   303-692-2330      F   303-756-9926  

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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