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GrapesUPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winners Shea Fox, William Radkovich, Jennifer Essad, Koren Feinstein, and Carol Martell!

My son has a picture book where a group of animal friends find a treasure map. They run into some trouble – their canoe tips over, they cross a rickety rope bridge, they go through a spooky cave – before they finally get to the spot where the treasure should be. Instead they find a big fruit tree.  That’s when they realize the fruit is the treasure!

That’s how I feel when I walk into the produce section and I see those glistening bunches of red, green and dark, dark purple grapes piled high, like gems overflowing from a treasure chest. It’s when I eat them that I realize what a sweet treasure they really are.

Organic grapes are at their juicy, irresistible peak in Autumn. During this time of year, the organic grapes in our stores hail from California’s Central Valley. Grown without the use of toxic persistent pesticides by farmers who are committed to sustainable agriculture practices, grapes thrive in this region’s deep, fertile soils and plentiful sunshine. Here’s a blog post from last spring that goes into detail about what you get when you buy organic.

Sonoma Chicken SaladAnd who doesn’t love grapes? If you can keep yourself from gobbling them up right away, they can be used in all kinds of recipes. Our Sonoma Chicken Salad is one of our most requested store recipes. We’ve shared a number of glorious grape recipes in this recent blog post, but we want to share even more!

That’s why we’re giving away a copy of Susan Volland’s cookbook Green Black Red: Recipes for cooking and enjoying California grapes to five lucky readers, courtesy of the California Table Grape Commission.

Green Black Red cookbookFrom innovative drinks like Grape Bubble Milk Tea and Grape and Green Tea Smoothies to entertaining dishes like Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Grape Skewers to kid-friendly fare like the Fresh Trail Mix made of grapes, Cheddar and nuts, Susan covers it all. I can’t decide which I’ll make first, the Creamy Penne with Blue Cheese and Grapes, or the Edamame and Green Grape Salad.

If any of this sounds “grape!” to you, share what you love about organic grapes in the comments below by October 3rd. We’ll pick five winners at random to receive a copy of Green Black Red.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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GLORIA SCHULER says …

I love the tight, almost crunchy, skins on organic grapes. Their natural sugars aren't ruined by the use of pesticides or chemical treatments and you can just pop them in your mouth like they were right off the vine !!

Valerie says …

This year I discovered TomCord seedless grapes -- the sweetest I have ever tasted.

Belinda Gross says …

I love organic grapes because I know that I'm not putting pesticides or chemicals into my body and I can enjoy them as they are. Some of my friends are more sensitive to pesticides and chemicals then me and with organic food and grapes I know they can come over and enjoy the food with me. I also love eating them frozen in the summer and putting them in all kinds of salads no matter the time of year.

gloria williams says …

I love grapes the jellies, and jams and mixing fruits with the grapes and of course the wines. I do not make wine but my late grandmom always did and it was the best ever. She made all the jams and jellies but then the breads and cheeses were also all handmade so you hade the perfect snack, meal or drink all homemade.

whime says …

Organic Grapes are a favorite! Such a simple snack... would love to win the cookbook and learn new ways to enjoy them.

Alexa says …

LOVE organic grapes... especially as a refreshing post-work out treat!

Richard Kolakovich says …

I love grapes in salad but never thought of making a grape smoothie this book would be wonderful to have

Sharon Spaulding says …

We always have grapes in our fridge....and freezer. My 8y/o will just pull them out and eat them whenever he wants a sweet snack. We would have fun going thru this cookbook and trying new recipes together!!!!!

Betty Schnellenberger says …

I have never used grapes in cooking (only wine) so I really would like to know how to incorporate them in my meals. Thanks! Betty

zg says …

I especially love the red and black organic grapes. I know their skins contain the healthy reservatrol nutrient that is also found in wine. They satisfy my sweet tooth with natural sugars. I frequently bring grapes to a party for my fruit offering because most people like them and they are super easy to prepare-just wash and serve. And they look pretty on a plate with other fruits or cheese.

Patti Krysl says …

i love out of hand grapes! i would love to learn to cook with them.

BV says …

I love red grapes!

Abbey says …

I love organic grapes because grapes are my toddlers favorite snack and its a snack I don't mind.

Abbey says …

I love organic grapes because grapes are my toddlers favorite snack and its a snack I don't mind.

Judith Cook says …

I love alll kinds of grapes!

Kara Clark says …

I love fresh organic grapes in my chicken salad. I cut of fresh roasted chicken, add Camp Mix seasoning, some mayo, walnuts or almonds and grapes. It is great alone or in a wrap.

Rob Verge says …

I make a yogurt parfait for breakfast with fresh organic grapes. Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), sliced bananas, green granny smith apples, a dash of cinnamon, strawberries or blueberries if they are in season, some granola or almonds and of course red or green grapes. A delicious and nutritious way to start the day!

Aniela FLeming says …

I love how they are fresh. They keep you full. It a wonderful snack.

Aniela FLeming says …

I love how they are fresh. They keep you full. It a wonderful snack.

Kathi Kirby says …

I love organic grapes ! Super fresh, and delicious.

Kathi Kirby says …

I love organic grapes ! Super fresh, and delicious.

Beverly says …

I eat grapes as a snack or for dessert, included in a fruit salad or a tuna salad or as a garnish, which is also consumed. I would love more recipes with grapes.

Kelli Wellman says …

I love grapes because they're healthy, convenient and so naturally sweet. Whenever I get the munchies, I always reach for grapes because they are perfect for snacking without any guilt.

Kurt says …

All I know is that my wife, son and I eat about 3lbs of grapes a week during the grape season and always miss them when they're gone.

Angie Showalter says …

Clean, crisp, fresh organic grapes. The best way is straight off the vine!

Angie Showalter says …

Clean, crisp, fresh organic grapes. The best way is straight off the vine!

Mabel Chan says …

I love how tart and sweet they can be at the same time!

mary says …

I'd love to try the recipes in this book.

Laura Sanchez says …

I would love to experiment with all these new recipes!!

Elizabeth Krieger says …

Super sweet, juicy, ready to eat little packages of healthy goodness. No matter what time of year, fresh or frozen, grapes make me happy, satisfied, and fullfil my sweet tooth every day. Love, love, love every color of yummy grapes! Even in my wine!!

Julie Miller says …

Going Grapes! Welll for me, I LOVED when I walked into the produce section and seen the organic grapes for the first time, it actually reminded me of when I was a young child, my mother had a 'fake' bowl of grapes, I think everyone had those in the 70's, but the reason they reminded me of them is the perfection, they looked so perfect I had to pick one off the vine and taste it just to make sure it was real, and when I tasted my first organic grape, I told my husband OMG you gotta taste these, it took ONE taste to hook us both and now we are grape crazy, not to mention the kids are as well, so yeah that's my grape story and I'm looking forward to learning more ways to incorporate them into our diet. Thank you!

Rich says …

Just finished off my organic grapes I bought. I love the crisp snap and wonderful taste. Can't wait to buy more!

Angela says …

I am so excited about the opening of the Virginia beach store!!!

Bonnie says …

Who doesn't love sweet, juicy grapes? They are delightful and delicious. I am looking forward to this year's harvest of yummy organic seedless beauties and have been enjoying them in small quantities already! I like to bake them a a bit and enjoy them with cheese and good bread this time of year. MMmm!

SHIRLEY G says …

GRAPES - good for health and delicious in recipes... and organic is the only way to consume this wonder of nature.

Odessa Foster says …

The fresh, crisp flavor of organic grapes conjures up beautiful memories of childhood; the season, the flavours and family.

Megan Kurtyak says …

I love organic grapes because they're like mini real fruit popcicles! I rinse off a bowl full of them, stick it in the freezer, and any time I'm looking for something a little sweet and cool to eat we just pop one in my mouth. Delicious!

Jenny says …

"Ooh I could crush a grape" Stu Francis from Crackerjack is about all I know what to do with a grape. After being told non-organic grapes are full of chemicals - I've tended to avoid them. So I would love the chance to re-introduce grapes into my cooking/eating again with inspiration from green black red cookbook... yogini London

Sarah Galarza says …

There is nothing better than the burst of flavor from a juicy organic grape. Grapes are perfect for me because there is no preparing, just wash them and eat them.

Charlie Parkinson says …

The taste. The way the flavour bursts into your mouth after you bite down and lingers there, rich and full as it ought to be, with no risk of any strange unnatural aftertastes :) This extra heavenly bliss on my tastebuds isn't something I've experienced solely with the grape either - it seems to me every time I buy and eat organic produce I experience another reason why paying that little extra over their conventional cousins is so worth it!!!

Michelle says …

I love organic grapes as a go to fresh snack and also love them in salads!

Michelle says …

I love organic grapes as a go to fresh snack and also love them in salads!

Sara says …

I love grapes!! Fresh or frozen, they're so delicious!! Wish I could learn to cook with them too!

Julie says …

Can't wait for the Virginia Beach store to open!

Linda says …

Grapes are one of the most nutritious foods, with the resveratrol, anti-cancer properties and sweet delicious taste. The perfect snack and super food for everyone! Pass up the wine and enjoy a bowl of fresh grapes on the vine!

Izabela says …

come meraviglioso per mangiare e cucinare con l'uva! Sono un italiano orgoglioso, che non poteva vivere senza di questi frutti incredibili degli dei! how wonderful to eat and cook with grapes! I am a proud Italian who could not live without these incredible fruits of the gods!

Laura Shebelski says …

I love organic grapes. They can satisfy my sweet tooth like no other fruit. Besides eating them straight, I've used grapes in many recipes including drink recipes. What I don't eat, I put in my Vita Mix and make smoothies out of, so grapes never go to waste in our house.

Shannon says …

I know it's not the most exciting thing to say, but I love organic grapes just as they are. As wonderful, tasty little bites to pop in my mouth and eat as is. They are such a refreshing and satisfying sweet treat!

Ashley says …

I like to make homemade grape juice. Great giveaway!

melisssa says …

Grapes have become my favorite snack! I love a grape salad with a cream cheese base, so good!

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