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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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Jaimee says …

grapes make for a great snack

Judy S says …

WOW..cooking with grapes! For years I have eaten grapes as a wonderful snack. During the last handful of years I have been freezing grapes to enjoy during the hot weather. And now the possibility of cooking with grapes is very intriguing and can't wait to try some of the recipes. Thanks for broadening my horizons to some additional ways to enjoy grapes.

Vicky Paulson says …

I grow organic grapes. I have used the red, purple and white grapes together to make jams or crushing the grapes into a glass of wine. I really enjoy eating them outdoors, sitting on the lawn surrounded by grape vines... it's heavenly.

Judy Peterson says …

I have always loved grapes and love to add them to many dishes. I would love to find more dishes I could make with grapes add to them. Great giveaway and a brilliant book idea.

Judy Peterson says …

I have always loved grapes and love to add them to many dishes. I would love to find more dishes I could make with grapes add to them. Great giveaway and a brilliant book idea.

Janet Evans says …

I think my favorite things to do with grapes is freeze them and eat them later. They are so sweet and yummy

Phyllis Polk says …

One of the best ways to eat grapes is to put them in the freezer and then pop them into your mouth! Easy, low-calorie, and delicious.....

Stephanie YKung says …

Nothing better than organic grapes, fresh baguette and some raw milk cheese

valdeena rush says …

I would love to try the recipes....hope I win!

valdeena rush says …

I would love to try the recipes....hope I win!

Fran conrad says …

I just made chicken salad with grapes....it was awesome. Would love this cookbook. I love to cook and try new recipes.

kat says …

Really. What is not to love about a grape? Hot, cold, frozen. In a morning smoothie or an evening wine, salad, entree, or dessert. Grapes.

Leila says …

We love grapes in our household. And the recipe samples that were out in the store last week were AWESOME. I can't wait to try some of them.

susan aviram says …

what else is there to say? Grapes are great and cooking with grapes is even better. We have a grape jamboree here every fall, and I love eating grape pie, grape ice cream, salads with grapes, etc. They can go in most everything.

Lanette says …

What a fantastic book! I love grapes and didn't know there were so many possibilities!

Mark Duvall says …

Organic grapes are great.

Mark Duvall says …

Organic grapes are great.

Lori says …

I love them Frozen, or straight from the bag fits the bill :)

Chris Segedy says …

Red grapes are a natural antihistamine so they are delicious and good for you!

Carole says …

I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN MORE HOW TO USE GRAPES IN COOKING, SALADS AND DESERTS. I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANY RECIPES AND WOULD FIND THIS VERY HELPFUL TO ME. THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN.

Barb says …

I like knowing that organic grapes aren't cover in all kinds of chemical stuff, so they are so much healthier for me. I must admit I've not done much cooking with grapes, so a cookbook like this would be a lot of fun.

Mark Guncheon says …

Always looking for new ways to cook with grapes. Our kids love them so they have always been a go-to food.

Stephanie Patterson says …

Love grapes in many forms, jelly, in salads, and roasted.

Fran says …

I love not only the taste, but also the smell of grapes

Dorothea says …

I love the versatility and natural goodness of organic grapes. They're perfect packed in lunches, and on trips as a healthy snack. They also add a sweet dimension to cold salads, and are perfect served with cheese and nuts for dessert.

Kati says …

Chilled organic grapes to enjoy with cheese and a great glass of organic wine :)

Kati says …

chilled organic grapes with cheese and a glass of organic wine! Would love to win!!

Ann says …

I've been eating and loving grapes for more than sixty years. I still love to "pick and eat" until I can hardly eat anymore. I can't imagine cooking with grapes. We eat pounds every week and I'm losing weight!

Sara Boxer says …

I always buy organic grapes!

Alison says …

I love grapes and I love organic grapes even more. I mean, who wants to pop pesticides into their mouth! Grapes are my favorite snack food. When I get "the nibbles" mid-morning or mid-afternoon, there is nothing like a few cool grapes to keep one going until mealtime. Yum!

Sandra says …

I love the crisp, healthy goodness of organic grapes. I love knowing that pesticides have not been used on them and my kids can eat a lot of them without worry.

Roxanne Baker says …

I love how juicy grapes are. yum!!

Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez says …

Please enter me in this Yummy Contest and I would really love to Win this wonderful Prize too. Thank You, CECE

Dana Stacy says …

Love the versatility. For years my go-to dessert has been frozen grapes topped with liqueur of choice - delish every season of the year!

Danielle says …

I love that my son loves organic grapes and gets so excited when he see them!

Lynn N says …

You know, I have never cooked with grapes, but they are hands down one of my son's favorite fruits! It would be fun to try some of your recipes with him. He loves to help in the kitchen (cook that is, dishes are another story).

Nasreen says …

I love just eating grapes straight. My favorite are dark purple. Sweet but not tart :)

Kim says …

Yummmm... Grapes! The pure essence of fall and harvest time. Just the right amount of sweet with such beautiful color. Perfect for snacks and dessert.

Carol Rockwell says …

My grape plants are three years old. This is the first year I really had a big crop. What a joy to watch them grow. Fortunately, I managed to harvest more than the birds. Now I need some recipes and advice.

Yas N says …

I love eating the grapes fresh by themselves, but would definitely like to try including them in recipes to add a delicious flavor.

Kathryn Spry says …

I use all varieties of grapes i can find - they are terrific additions to salads, I toss them with pasta, add them to chicken and pork dishes! Also serve them warm with pancakes - a great replacement or addition to breakfast fare.

Roger Schelm says …

I must have been ahead of my time since I never used chemicals to raise the grapes I planted along our fence when we moved into our new home in 1971. The eating of one's own fruits and vegetables raised using natures way is fertilize and protect the crop is pure joy.

Rachael Martin says …

Love the taste and the reduced pesticide exposure!!

Mary Ann Hartigan says …

nothing like a perfectly ripe sun-kissed grape to add that wonderful sweet/tart combo to almost anything or savor alone!!

Cristi Bond says …

I love the crunch and squirt of juice you get from the first bite and all the delicious recipes that grapes can be used in. But most of all, I love to watch my (almost) 2 yr old enjoy such a basic food. And to know that what I am feeding her is not only nutritious but not toxic and that I am teaching her an appreciation of her food and where it comes from.

Kathryn says …

I love grapes and grape juice and would like to try some recipes that incorporate them.

AnnieC says …

I love organic grapes because my family and I can enjoy their tasty goodness without worrying about pesticide residue.

Patricia says …

My favoite grape salad was cut up cooked chicken, pineapple chunks, grapes and chopped celery mixed w/Miracle Whip and a little pinapple juice, but now that I have cardiologists orders to be strict vegetarian now due to an allergy to statins, I have to learn how to cook all over again.Right now my main course is Morningstar veggie burgers and salad and it is getting a little boring after 3 months-but my cholesterol has gone way down, Now I am ready to add a few more interesting dishes to my diet.Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.Thanks. Patricia.

Denise says …

Organic grapes .... ahhh, I love the way they look in a bowl on the table! Yummy.

Cindy Hansen says …

I just tried the Whole Foods receipe for Quinoa Salad w/Chicken, Grapes and Almonds. It was fantastic and I'd love to have a whole cookbook devoted to cooking with grapes! What a treat.

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