CHOP newsletter from CACFP
May 2019
Storing Fruits and Vegetables

Does all produce need to be refrigerated? At what temperature should they be stored? What is ethylene and which produce is sensitive to this gas? 
The answer to these questions will not only extend the shelf life of your produce, but save your program money by reducing food waste. 

Not all produce needs to be refrigerated. Keep these fruits and veggies between temperatures of 55-65°F: 
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Pumpkins
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
Store all other produce in the refrigerator.  Best practice is to keep items that produce ethylene away from those that are sensitive to ethylene.
Ethylene is a natural gas produced by fruits and vegetables to help it ripen. Distribution companies introduce ethylene to allow for even ripening and coloration of the produce.
To ensure your bright red tomatoes stay red and do not begin to decay,  keep them away from ethylene producers such as apples and bananas. See the image below for more information on ethylene producing produce, and produce that is sensitive.  
New Collaborative Training
CACFP & Cooking Matters 

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 full website and information on upcoming training dates. Registration is required. If you do not see a training in your county, please fill out an interest form so we can schedule one soon. 

Upcoming Training Opportunities 
  • Lakewood/Denver Metro Area Training: May 18, 2019
  • Greeley/Weld County Area Training: June 16, 2018
  • Pueblo/Pueblo County Area Training: July 20, 2019

Please contact Britt Martens at or call 303-692-3080. 

May CHOP Webinar
Topic: Recipe Conversions with Chef Fez
Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Link to Join:
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Join us Wednesday May 15, 2019 to learn the basics of recipe conversions and learn how to make healthy substitutions in established recipes. As summer produce begins to roll in, or if you are interested in implementing a CSA at your center, knowing the basics of making substitutions will help to increase variety and reduce waste. Chef Fez from LiveWell Colorado will teach recipe conversion math while providing tools and practical advise on how to make substitutions that meet the CACFP meal patterns. Team Nutrition Grant Educator Britt Martens will finish out the webinar with curriculum based information on CHOP's featured vegetable: beets and strawberries. 

No registration is required. The link provided above will direct you to Adobe Connect. To enter the live webinar, enter your name when requested to do so. Upon entry to the meeting, feel free to try out the chat box and make sure your speakers are on. At this time, no phone conferencing is required.

Suggested Audience: Cooks, Directors, and Nutrition Specialists
Recipe of the Month
Beet Chips
See all CHOP Recipes

Need a bit more instruction? Check out the Beet Chip video.
Looking for more instruction on this month's feature recipe, check out our CHOP Cooking Tutorial. 
Check out These Community Plant Sales!

Visit Denver Urban Gardens Friday May 10 & Saturday May 11 for their Spring Plant Sale. Proceeds benefit Grow a Garden programming, which provides plants and know-how to individuals in need.

Be sure to visit and support our local Colorado Master Gardeners in Denver on Saturday, May 18  and Sunday, May 19 for their annual plant sale.

Keep an eye out for The GrowHaus' Roots to Health Seedling Sales in May. Proceeds support the Growhaus' mission to ensure lasting access to healthy food in our communities. 
Sub-grant Check-in

May - Beets and/or Strawberries

April Activity Sheets are due May 6th

Curriculum: Harvest for Healthy Kids
Featured Vegetable: Beets 

Curriculum: Grow it Try it Like it!
Featured Fruit: Strawberries

June - Carrots

Curriculum- Harvest for Healthy Kids

Save the Date - June Webinar
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Topic: What's Bugging Your Garden
with Master Gardener Julie Pfankuch. 

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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