CHOP newsletter from CACFP
June 2019

June Featured Vegetable: Carrots

Farmer markets are open for business and that means it's time to start eating local. Colorado has an abundance of amazing produce available over the next few months. Markets are a great way to introduce children to the food system. Find the closest market to you here.

Make Your Visit to the Market More Fun
Farmer's Market Scavenger Hunt.
Create your own version each week. Here are some ideas:
  • Find one red fruit that you haven’t had before.  
  • Taste an organic strawberry and a conventionally-grown (non-organic) one. Which one tastes better?
  • Find a red food that is bigger than your fist. What is it?
Here are fun scavenger hunt printables for older and younger children. 

Have the children practice money management. 
Using play money, set up your own market in the dramatic play area. When children are at the market with family, they can practice using real money. 

Be a food scientist.
Ask the children lots of questions to get their curiosity flowing. What color will the squash be inside? Will it have big or little seeds? Will it be soft and juicy like a grape, or hard and crisp like an apple? Entice children to think about their food instead of asking if they will like it or not. 

Discuss seasons and weather.
Each week, the available options at the market change. Discuss what is available now in the cooler spring and what will change as we enter the hot months of summer. See what's in season now.


Purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables just got a bit easier for Colorado SNAP participants. With Double Up Food Bucks, participating individuals can get their EBT funds matched up to $20 per visit. You can use them right away or save them to buy more locally grown fresh Colorado fruits and vegetables later. Click here for more information. 

Download this poster to share with families at your center in English or Spanish. 
New Collaborative Training CACFP & Cooking Matters 
More locations added!

Upcoming Training Opportunities 
  • Greeley/Weld County Area Training: June 08, 2018
  • Pueblo/Pueblo County Area Training: July 20, 2019
  • Grand Junction/ Mesa County Area Training: August 31, 2019
  • Cortez/Montezuma County Area Training: September 28, 2019
  • Register 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 so we can schedule one soon. Contact Britt Martens at or call 303-692-3080. 
June CHOP Webinar
Topic: What's Buggin' Your Garden


Date: June 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Link to Join:
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Join us as Master Gardener Julie Pfankuch discusses bugs, pests and rodents in your garden. Julie will provide information on how to tell what type of bugs you may have and the best ways to be rid of them. In addition, Julie will discuss natural ways that plants can get sick and warning signs.

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: Directors, Nutrition Specialists, Teachers and anyone interested in gardening. 
Recipe of the Month

See all CHOP Recipes

Not sure how to cut carrot fries? Check out our knife skills video on carrots. 
Learn five ways to cut this month's featured vegetable, carrots. 
Sub-grant Check-in

June - Carrots
Curriculum- Harvest for Healthy Kids
May Activity Sheets Due: June 7, 2019

June Webinar
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Remember to please submit for reimbursement only once per month! 

July- Crookneck Squash

Curriculum- Grow it, Try it, Like it! 
Save the Date - July Webinar
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Topic: CHOP & LiveWell Video Release

Check your Inbox: Site visits schedules have been sent to each individual sub-grant. Please let Britt know immediately if your scheduled date and time will not work for you. 


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
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