The Colorado WIC Program

Colorado’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program helps moms, babies, and young children access healthy foods and helpful resources on nutrition, breastfeeding, and health. The program is open to income-eligible families which can include pregnant women and women with children under 5 years old. Members of the program receive a WIC card which can be […]

Fall in Love with Fall

Today is the first day of fall. Days and nights are getting cooler, pumpkin-flavored products are everywhere, and the leaves are changing to brilliant reds and golds. There’s a lot to love about fall — except, of course, the fact that it means winter is coming! Around the House Now is the time for planting […]

Colorado Beer and Breweries

Each year, Colorado produces nearly 1.8 million barrels of craft beer. We’re third in the nation for craft beer sales and production, says the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, and home to more than 284 craft breweries. In many places around the state, brewing is an important part of the local economy. […]

September is National Honey Month

Beekeeping is growing in popularity, and many beekeepers sell honey at farmers markets and other local businesses. If you’re interested in producing and selling honey, see the publication Colorado Cottage Foods Product Information: Honey. Here you can learn about product safety and the State of Colorado’s rules for selling home-produced honey. You can find more […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The Sweeter Side of Colorado History

This Valentine’s Day you may find yourself the recipient of candies or cupcakes, or might be planning a special dessert to go with a romantic dinner.  Today is also “Fat Tuesday.” Desserts and sweets have long been a part of American culture.  But how has our sweet tooth changed over the last century?  The following […]

Colorado Kids Food Finder

Many Colorado children are in free and reduced lunch programs at their school.  But what happens when school’s out?  The Colorado Department of Education and other partners have launched a new website, Kids Food Finder, which parents/guardians can use to locate community-based sites such as churches and rec centers which have agreed to provide free […]

Colorado Potatoes

February is National Potato Lover’s Month.  Did you know that more than 70 kinds of potatoes are grown in Colorado?  You can learn more about Colorado’s potato industry in numerous publications from the Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Potato producers can find growing tips and resources on pest control, marketing, […]

Holiday Food Safety

Don’t let food poisoning spoil your holidays!  Check out these resources from the Colorado State University Extension that offer tips on staying safe while enjoying some of our favorite holiday treats.  Do you make your own eggnog?  The raw eggs used to prepare eggnog can be contaminated with Salmonella.  Follow the tips in Holiday Food […]

Tastes of Fall

October is a commemorative month for many of our favorite fall foods.  Publications from our library collection can help you learn about growing and preparing these foods. October is… American Cheese Month. Learn how to make your own with Making Soft Cheeses from the Colorado State University Extension. Apple Month. If you have apple trees, […]

Local Food for the Holidays

The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages Coloradans to buy local this holiday entertaining season.  Their website includes resources such as a winter farmer’s market list, a Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, and Colorado Market Maker, an online database for locating Colorado food products. Farmer’s markets aren’t just for summer.  The Colorado Winter Farmer’s Market […]

School Lunch and Nutrition

This week, October 12-16, is National School Lunch Week, which has been celebrated each year since declared by President Kennedy in 1962.  NSLW is about recognizing the importance of healthy school lunches and their effect on student learning.  Here in Colorado, the state’s Department of Education (CDE) includes an Office of School Nutrition.  Their website […]

Candy Apple Recall

Several brands of candy apples are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination.  At least four people have died from eating the contaminated candy apples.  For specific information on which brands are being recalled, see the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)’s recalls page. Everyone should be aware of basic food safety guidelines.  […]

Colorado Cottage Foods Act

It is becoming increasingly popular to produce one’s own food or buy products directly from farmers and other producers.  Many cities such as Denver now allow residents to keep chickens, goats, and bees, to produce fresh eggs, milk and cheese, and honey.  Others have signed up for cooperatives where they can buy fresh milk direct from the farm.  […]