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What Color is Your Food?

Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health

Gisele Jefferson, Extension Agent, Washington County

It’s been said we eat with our eyes before we take our first bite. A plate filled with colorful fruits and vegetables makes us more hungry and eager to eat. Research tells us eating a variety of fruits and vegetables help keep our hearts, minds and bodies healthy. Read more.

Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products

Tomatoes are the most widely home canned product in the United States. They also are one of the most commonly spoiled home-canned products.  Canning processes recommended as a result of USDA research on safe home-canning procedures for tomatoes and tomatoes products are available on Colorado State University Extension fact sheet No. 9.341.

Food Protection Manager Certification Training

This one-day training with certification exam meets the requirement for individuals wanting to produce and sell home-based food products in accordance with the Colorado Cottage Food Act, as well as retail food managers seeking advanced food safety certification. Participants must achieve a passing exam score of 75% or higher to receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. For more information contact the Otero County Extension office at 719-254-7608,


More information for the Cottage Food Producer and a copy of the Colorado Cottage Food Act can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website:

Farm to Table

Farm to TableColorado Apples: Apples keep best when stored in the refrigerator’s fruit drawer. Learn more