CHOP Grant Parent Newsletter
August 2018
Tomatoes & Peaches
In August the children will split their time learning about both tomatoes and peaches. 
Below you will find fun facts about each, as well as produce tips, ideas to involve your children in cooking and 3 great recipes to encourage your children to continue eating healthy fruits and vegetables at home. 

Fun Facts about Tomatoes

  • Tomatoes come in many different colors including red, green, yellow, striped and even purple.

  • They grow on vines and love sunshine.

  • There are many different types of tomatoes including cherry, plum, yellow pear and green zebra.

  • They can be eaten raw, cooked in sauces and soups, or dried in the sun/oven (sundried tomatoes).

  • Tomatoes are actually a fruit, although many people think they are a vegetable.

  • The Spanish word for tomatoes is tomates.



Fun Facts about Peaches

  • Peaches have a fuzzy peel.

  • They are creamy yellow in color with a bit of red on the outside.

  • They have a large seed on the inside called a “pit.”

  • They grow on trees.

  • They can be served and prepared in a variety of ways, including in smoothies, on pancakes, with yogurt, baked in cobblers or cooked with chicken or pork.

  • Peaches are in season from June to the end of August.

Produce Tips

  • A peach is ready to eat when its flesh has a slight give when gently pressed.

  • Firm peaches should be placed on the counter at room temperature to ripen. Once they are ripe put them in the refrigerator and eat them within a week.

  • Store tomatoes at room temperature.

  • Over-ripe tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator to prevent mold.

Involve Kids in Cooking & Table Talk



  • They can wash peaches.

  • For the recipe, the kids can scoop yogurt over the peach slices and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

  • They can wash tomatoes
  • For the recipe, they can help to squish ripe tomatoes with a wooden spoon and cover the tomato mixture with a towel. When the pasta is ready, they can sprinkle basil and oregano on top. Table Talk - engage your kids when they try tomatoes during meal time.

Table Talk 

  • Ask them - What do they taste like? Are they soft? Sweet? Juicy? Do tomatoes taste different when they are cooked versus eaten raw?
  • Tell them tomato starts with the letter “T.” Ask them to think of other words that start with “T.”
Family Friendly Recipes

Click each recipe name to be redirected to the full printable versions.
Fresh Tomato Sauce Recipe

Peaches Ala Mode

CHOP's Peach Salsa 
Other Tomato Activities

Tomato Sing-A-Long with your child

I’m a big red tomato

I’m a big red tomato

Growing on a vine,

A big red tomato

Looking oh, so fine.

Now you can make good things with me -

Soup, juice, pizza to name just three.

I’m a big red tomato

Growing on a vine.

Grow, grow, grow.

See more fun ideas here. 

Other Peach Activities

Peaches Grow on Trees Coloring can be found here.

Peaches…A Look Inside

  • The adult cuts the peach in half.

  • Talk to your child about the inside of the peach.

    • What color is the inside of the peach? (yellow with red or pink blush around the pit) How does the peach smell? (sweet)

  • Then eat a slice of peach with your child

    • How does the peach taste? (sweet, juicy) How does the outside of the peach feel? (fuzzy)

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