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Harvest of the Month

Using, you can also find great recipes using September’s Harvest of the Month, Tomatoes. Check out the information below on tomatoes, sports, and food safety!

September Themes:

  • Nutrition: Be Food Safe
  • Harvest of the Month: Tomatoes
  • Physical Activity: Sports

Be Food Safe:

September is National Food Safety Education Month – the perfect time to learn how to safely store, handle, and prepare your food. A critical part of healthy eating is food safety. Reduce your risk of a foodborne illness by following the four basic food safety principles – Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

Here are some tips to Fight BAC!®
  • Clean  – Wash hands and surfaces often. You should wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before preparing food, eating, and after you use the restroom. Additionally, it’s important that you clean and disinfect any surfaces you might use when preparing your food. This includes countertops, cutting boards, dishes, and utensils.
  • Separate  – Do not cross-contaminate. Raw meat, seafood, poultry, and eggs should be kept separate from other groceries in your refrigerator to prevent cross contamination and the spread of bacteria. Try keeping your raw meat on the bottom shelf of your fridge and have a designated cutting board for fresh produce and another for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
  • Cook  – Cook to the safe internal temperature. Ensure that there are no harmful bacteria in your food by checking the internal temperature. This is best done by using a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature at the thickest part of your food. Compare the internal temperature to this safe minimum internal temperature guide. If your food is below the safe minimum temperature, continue to cook it until it is.
  • Chill  – Refrigerate promptly. Bacteria thrives and grows quickly at warmer temperatures. Slow the growth of foodborne bacteria in your perishable food by refrigerating to a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Use a refrigerator thermometer to keep your refrigerator at a constant temperature that is between 40 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit to slow the growth of bacteria, while maintaining the quality of your food. Not sure if you should refrigerate or freeze your food? Check out this storage time chart to learn more!
Additional Resources:

Harvest of the Month: Tomatoes

A ½ cup of sliced tomato is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A.  It is also a good source of vitamin K, potassium, and lycopene. There are more than 4,000 varieties of tomatoes ranging in a variety of size, color, and shape.
Featured Recipes:
  • Tomato White Bean Soup – Enjoy this hot soup for your next lunch! English / Spanish / Chinese
  • Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad – This salad makes an excellent side dish or snack! English / Spanish / Chinese
Additional Resources:
  • Harvest of the Month Community Newsletter: Tomatoes – English / Spanish
  • Harvest of the Month Family Newsletter: Tomatoes – English / Spanish
Additional Tomato Information and Recipes:

Energize Your Body with Sports:

Sports are a great way to have fun while being physically active. Engaging in recreational sports is a great way to be physically active; however, this year sports will look different than they have in years past. To keep our community safe and healthy, slow the spread of COVID-19 by only playing sports with those you live with. Do not share any sporting equipment, including sports balls such as basketballs, soccer balls, and footballs, with anyone outside of your household.
Here are some tips for getting started with physical activity:
  • Play your favorite sports with those you live with.
  • Do not share sporting equipment with anyone outside of your household.
  • Play at a local park, but remember to bring a mask, and maintain at least 6 feet between you and other groups or people outside of your household.
Additional Resources:
Healthy Communities Branch
CalFresh Healthy Living Program
1775 Story Road, Suite 120
San Jose, CA 95122
Main Line: (408) 793-2700
Fax: (408) 251-4014​

Last updated: 9/1/2020 12:00 AM