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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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pat hartman says …

First I love eating grapes with no pesticides! The various colors make an attractive presentation along with a nutrious one. I really like sweet and sour or sweet and salty combinations and grapes are great in the "sweet" department. Recipes with grapes make unique dishes to offer guests and yummy dishes just for yourself! I would really appreciate getting a copy of this book and getting excited about making many different recipes.

pat hartman says …

First I love eating grapes with no pesticides! The various colors make an attractive presentation along with a nutrious one. I really like sweet and sour or sweet and salty combinations and grapes are great in the "sweet" department. Recipes with grapes make unique dishes to offer guests and yummy dishes just for yourself! I would really appreciate getting a copy of this book and getting excited about making many different recipes.

L. Rose says …

Grapes are so versatile and portable. They can be enjoyed raw or cooked at any time of day (or night). They are equally at home at a casual picnic or sophisticated soiree. I enjoy shopping at Whole Foods and am confident I would enjoy this book if I were fortunate enough to win. Thank you kindly for this opportunity

Lori P says …

I love that they're firm and fresh and bursting with flavour and goodness.

Ayeshaah says …

I love organic grapes and just use them in salads. Would love to have a cookbook to teach me new and exciting ways to utilize this wonderful fruit.

Ayeshaah says …

I love organic grapes but just use them in salads. The Green Black Red cookbook would teach me new and exciting ways to use this wonderful fruit.

Julie Theriault says …

Grapes remind me of my father who ALWAYS had a bunch of green, seedless grapes in the house. We used to watch Sunday football together when I was younger while I stole grapes out of his bowl. The older I get the bolder I get with cooking - I love creating a chicken salad with grapes. It gives the dish flavor and texture - a mix of sweet and salty. From dessert to main course, grapes are universal. That they remind me of home is just that much sweeter!

Stephanie says …

I LOVE a good grape. A handful of cold grapes quenches thirst and curbs my sweet tooth. I love bubble tea and am very curious try an addition of grape. PS - organic makes all things better.

Joanne says …

Would love a copy of your book......love grapes and wine! Thanks...

Alexandra says …

Would love to expand my menu. I only eat grapes as a snack but with this book I'm looking foward to the many other things I can do with grapes.

anne anthony says …

what i love about organic grapes is that i can eat them without worrying if i am ingesting pesticides.

Kim tarnow says …

Love grapes and they add so much to any dish would love to win the book

Alesha says …

I love eating organic grapes by the handful! I would really love learning how to use them in new/surprising ways in my cooking.

Jan says …

I freeze organic grapes and add them to fruit smoothies instead of sweeteners. Fantastic frozen treat during the hot humid days here in south florida. Toss them in a salad along with walnuts, blue cheese , cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce topped with a chunky blue cheese dressing.

Lora E says …

I love organic grapes in my fruit cup in the morning and make a side dish with a touch of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I collect and use my cookbooks as often as I can. Would love, love to have a copy of this cookbook to try new grape recipes.

Karen Acker says …

I love organic grapes because they remind me of autumn, my favorite time of year. Even though not all small farms are organic, the word "organic" makes me think of local farms and local vinyards, like the vinyard in Napa surrounding the house where my aunt and uncle were married.

Cindy T. Morris says …

My Family and I love organic grapes, once they enter the house, the grapes are gobbled up very quickly with some of Whole Food's 'Cedar Side Chedder" cheese, our Favorite. I also like adding the grapes to my salad with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seeds and a tbl. sp of flax seed meal. I open to learn other recipes that use the organic grapes to wow my family and guest with. Looking forward to reading this book!

Sheila says …

Our family loves organic grapes, they are delicious and so versatile. So many great recipes, but most of them are eaten just the way they are bought and they are gone before I have the chance to make anything with them! :-)

Rob Friedrich says …

Round little vessels of colors so bright, bite into one to your tongues delight!

TC says …

Sounds like a fun cookbook!

TC says …

oops, also meant to say I eat grapes a lot when they are in season. as such, going organic is definitely the way I want to go since they are one of the 'dirty dozen.'

Adriana says …

I grew up with lots of grapes arround the house back in Europe but I never cooked or backed anything with grapes!!!. I only eat grapes with a nice peace of cheese and a nice glass of wine. Maybe it's time to start cooking with grapes but I need some tested recipes.

pamela jollymore says …

Now eat more grapes as I can buy organic. Have lots of great recipes and look forward to more.

susan bliley says …

Grapes liven up just about any salad! I use different coloured ones for visual prresentation as well.

Guy Sovak says …

I love grapes, greed or red. The only problem is the high content of sugar. I still can remember how when I was young my mom used to pack green grapes in a container and I used to lve eating them with a swiss chease sandwich. In my eyes the perfect match.

Nancy says …

Grapes are a perfect snack...already to go, no slicing, peeling or prep work. Easy to just grab a handful on the run. We use the extra long sticks (like toothpicks) to spear treats on a fruit tray. Lots of fun to spear the grapes!

angela says …

Love grapes and I roast them when they get a little old.

Adi says …

I hope to start cooking with grapes. I don't have any tested recipe so far. I hope to win the book so I can choose from.

DAYLE B. says …

Sounds like a useful book. Just love all grapes.

Jan Cooper says …

Grapes are a fantastic snack: they're sweet, one-bite treats, and kids especially love them frozen! They add a refreshing, exotic touch to salads.

Colleen says …

Grapes are always a tasty addition to salads and sandwiches. I am sure there are many other ways to utilize grapes so it is was a fabulous idea to put together a cookbook!

Katie Borrett says …

I love shopping for fresh concord grapes @ the Penticton farmers market! The greatest summertime cheese platter addition:)

Amber L says …

I love grapes althow I have never cooked with them. I would love to see what I could make with them

Janice Manson says …

My favourite way to enjoy my two favourite grapes is to remove Champagne or Coronation grapes from their stems and freeze them. I then store the frozen little bundles of flavour in a zip bag and snack on them whenever I want an intensely flavourful, highly nutritious, sweet treat. As small handful of these is sooo satisfying. It also lets me enjoy them long past their short season. Yum!

Heather Nelson says …

I feel lucky to have a friend who grows a fair number of grape vines and enjoy her sharing the fruit. Would love to have this book to make some of the recipes to reciprocate her sharing with something I might make for her as a gift item for her labours.

Tava says …

Uh oh this book sounds like trouble; as it is I have to buy double the grapes I think I need because I can't be trusted not to eat them all before it comes time to use them! But my lovely neighbours grow champagne grapes so there is certainly a window of time every fall where I have more grapes then I can eat; a book like this sounds like the perfect solution!

Kim Liska says …

Like yourself, I find it hard to do anything with grapes. They are great to eat as a snack but I would love to learn to cook with them and diversify my family menu. Thank you.

Amanda C. says …

Organic grapes have better texture and flavor. They're just the right size, not overblown like those huge traditional grapes are sometimes. i also like that they are not covered in pesticides. Grapes are one of those fruits where organic really does makes a difference.

Kristin Steinbach says …

What's not to love?! Grapes are so versatile, great in both savory and sweet combinations. I recently purchased a Vitamix and I've been going through POUNDS of Organic Grapes a day, and buying extra grapes to freeze and get me through the off-season - or at least part of it, we'll se how long they last :) They're so refreshing and light as well, my go-to for guilt-free mindless snacking!

Idania says …

Our family ate organic red grapes for the first time ever, this week, because they came in a box of organic produce from a buying club we are trying. Generally, for our large family of 7, grapes sometimes go bad in our fridge. These lasted two days!!! Even my little guy was surprised that he liked them. I would love to try new recipes with grapes.

Christina says …

I love organic grapes with raw almonds. I tried this at the farmers' market and it's a nice afternoon snack!

Chris van Paasschen says …

Love grapes but they're always gone by the time I get home. Would love to try to get them unpacked and into recipes.

Heather S says …

I love organic grapes because like most other organic foods, they truly taste like grapes! YUM!

Jean Baum says …

Grapes are wonderful, they can be dried to make raisins, they can be cut up in fresh salads and chicken or tuna salad. Grapes are great to use the leaf for wraps on dishes like tabbouli and couscous or quinoa. I like using grap leaves for salad holders also. Great to add hoping john in and light red sauce over the wraps. Grapes themselves are awesome in all types of wine making also. My father used to take our grapes out back and make a homemade jelly or jam preserve out of them and it was better than any jelly at the store! I used to eat grapes in lots of dishes also like making stuffing and adding grapes at the end of the cooking process to just warm up with it but not cook, great sweet and crunchy addition to stuffing.Last time I bought a large bunch of grapes my two boys (5 and 8) ate the entire bunch without any left to cook with, lol! I can't complain through because the grapes are much better than potato chips or empty calorie snacks that they would have ate.

Jean Baum says …

we have made grape leaf wraps, grapes dried to raisins, grapes into wine, grapes at home with dads homemade jelly, grapes by themselves, grapes in all types of salads and lastly, grapes in my belly, yum! Grapes Rock! My two boys (5 and 8) took the last bunch of red seedless grapes from Whole foods in Mason and ate the entire bunch before I got dinner cooked that night! Can't complain because it was good for them. Maybe better in small doses though, LOL

Chatelaine says …

I love grapes right out of the bag. I need serious portion control though I love them so much. recently discovered a mock tuna salad recipe and now I have a 2nd favorite way to eat grapes!

Debbie says …

Organic grapes are outrageously versatile. I add red grapes to my breakfast cereal ( hot or cold). I have green grapes after a wholesome bowl of soup for lunch. At dinner, I add a handful of grapes to any salad ranging from grains such as quinoa to greens like arugula. The crunch and sweetness of organic grapes add flavour to any meal.

Lauren says …

I love how they can be added to absolutely any cold dish without a hitch. I add them to my salads, sanwiches and pastas and they always fit!

Tonya Vasquez says …

My picky 2 year old loves grapes and I love that I can provide an array of colors to him with all of the organic options!

Jim Hayes says …

I love how I can eat non-stop organic grapes and not feel bad about it. They really are great!

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