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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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Rose Jeter says …

Just bought organic green grapes last week at the SA store grand opening they were wonderful, don't cook with them much but would love to try, and the cookbook I am sure would be a great help.

Elliott Teters says …

Grapes have always been one of my favorite foods, but I stopped eating them years ago due to the chemicals used by traditional farmers. I am so grateful to have Organic choices thanks to Whole Foods. Grapes, added to nearly any salad, add flavor and beauty. They are a true treasure.

Diane says …

Kids love them, and they are great to grab on the go. Organic grapes are like candy!

Kim says …

I love freezing grapes and eating them like candy!

Karen Schuler says …

I love grapes and organic Wow!!!They are my favorite fruit. But I never thought about cooking with them or even grapes being hot. This cookbook would be such an exciting experience for my family and I.

Diane Watson says …

There's nothing like a handful of crisp organic grapes for a quick sweet snack - and a means to stop craving something else that may not be healthy.

sally schwartz says …

recipes look interesting

Barbara H says …

They taste good, are healthy, and organic grapes will not have been sprayed with a poisonous substance.

Barbara H says …

They taste good, are healthy, and organic grapes will not have been sprayed with a poisonous substance.

Bruni Witt says …

I love feeding organic grapes to my hubby for a romantic evening. I love peeling organic grapes to feed my kids as a tasty nutritious snack. Grapes don't need to be added to food or mixed with anything. They are just perfect on there own!!

Lori says …

I've been enjoying delicious organic red grapes in a "fruit cup" with chunks of cantaloupe.

Tiffany Georgia says …

I love organic red grapes in lentil salad! I also add olive oil, avocado, green onions and cucumber. The avocado can be added when served for that fresh, green avocado appeal! Sometimes I get a little crazy and add some balsamic vinegar too! Think I need to go snag some organic grapes so I can make this!

lynn ripley says …

Grapes, especially concord, are among the most delicious produce items for fall.

Liza says …

I love grapes and nuts! Together you got a trail mix kind of girl. So sometimes I'll throw some grapes in if I have a sweet tooth and want fresh fruit instead of raisins when I'm hiking. I don't care too much if it's warm or not, it's still good! Perfect for a day out in the mountains with almonds, sunflowers and chestnuts. Also perfect if you're hypoglycemic and bike a lot and just want to throw something in your bag. :)

suz stone says …

Grapes! Love the way the make a cheese board prettier, love the way they taste in a waldorf salad, love you can make delicious wine with them, love that they burst with flavor in your mouth! (Now if I can only get my 5 year old to eat them!) LOL Hooray Beautiful, delicious Grapes!

Genny Parliament says …

My husband owns a Wine Tasting restaurant.. This would be perfect for some food or tapa ideas.

Marta says …

My kids and I love grapes, I love to have grapes recipes for my family, thanks for sharing

Alexis T says …

I love the taste of organic grapes. They have so much more flavor than non-organic ones.

KRIS OTTO says …

The taste of organic grapes is so different than conventional. Clean, crisp and refreshing...the perfect healthy snack.

Jenn says …

Organic grapes have such a better, fresher, grape-ier taste than non-organic varieties. While great right out of the bag, my current favorite way to eat them is in a lettuce wrap. Grape-parmesan-pine nut mixture wrapped in a red butter lettuce leaf make for a fun addition to my lunch box.

Anne Sherman says …

Looks delicious! I love grapes and feta cheese together, along with red onions in a salad :)

Cheryl says …

My summer favorite this year was the organic black grapes. Yum !

Rhoda Besecker says …

We love grapes..the seedless ones are getting better and better! The book sounds wonderful. What we love is the taste, the colorful beauty, and the sheer snacking convenience of grapes.

Diane says …

I love frozen organic grapes - a cooling treat in the hot summer months.

breanna stikkelman says …

Organic is the only way to go when it comes to grapes because of pesticides. I think they are the best when they are thrown in the freezer, they taste like candy! Love the taste and the fact that the reservatol is helping my skin

Lana Blaze says …

My family has a grape "farm" we would love to have this book!

Cori says …

YUMMIE I LOVE GRAPES OF ALL SHAPES AND COLORS!

Colleen says …

I like to freeze grapes for a cold treat later on.

Frank Puloma says …

We love all colors of grapes, especially from whole foods. Frank

Tracy says …

Love organic grapes! Always a favorite when the kids want something sweet, and the perfect partner to brie on a lovely Fall evening... Yum!

AlixScott says …

Organic grapes are so sweet and juicy. I love eating one after another. Sometimes I freeze to eat when I'm so hot. Other times I make fruit drinks and am sure to throw in a bunch of red, green. Can't wait to win

Dawn Poole says …

I love organic grapes because I don't have to worry about just what has been sprayed, etc on my produce. I love to freeze grapes and eat them as frozen candy....YUM!!!

Sarah K. says …

Fresh, juicy, versatile, and just plain delicious!

Yao Xu says …

I love the different flavors (sweet, fragrant, sour) and textures (soft, crunchy, smooth) of grapes. It's like creating a cheese tasting platter but with grapes!

Marlene says …

Whenever I think of organic grapes, it's sweet, whether fresh from the vine, dried or wet!! From start to finish, it's delightful -- so many ways -- fresh grapes, raisins, wine -- what versatility!

Linda K says …

Ah, the beauty of an organic grape! Even better when chilled or frozen for a healthy snack or to dress up a fresh field greens salad.

maggie steinbrecher says …

Yes I was one of them, who got hoocked on the Sonoma Chicken Salad from Whole Foods Market this past summer. Just finished having some black grapes the other day...got to get some more quick please before the local season is over and will have to wait until next summer again to get the best ones. I do not like to buy grapes in winter, since those come from Chile and such where they use pesticides much more heavily than in the US. Grapes are one of the fruits that is most recomended to buy in organic form if you want to avoid the repercusions that pesticides could have on your health.

Dory Young says …

What I love about grapes is the grape jelly my husband makes!

Meredith says …

Organic grapes are delicious in salads!

Edith Rae Brown says …

I love the surprise grapes give when you add them to a dish. They add something unexpected and wind up as a treat.

Edith Rae Brown says …

I love the surprise grapes give when you add them to a dish either cooked or not. They add something unexpected and wind up as a treat.

nancy wilkinson says …

I love Whole Foods in Boca-I shop there practically every day-friendly people who work there are more than willing to help their customers and as we know the people who live in Boca are not the easiest people to deal with but I just go about my bussiness and do my own thing-I do a lot of fund Raising and I can't say enough about the suppost that Whole Foods does for these Charities-I look forward to the Block Parties that Whole Foods have every other Wednesday-they are not only fun but educational-thank you!-Nancy Wilkinson

Emily W. says …

they are so juicy!

Greg Allbee says …

Love a nice cool crisp grape with the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness!

Lauren says …

Organic grapes help satisfy my sweet tooth while nourishing my body!

Jennifer Essad says …

I am a collector of cookbooks, brochures and recipe cards, even if I don't win a copy of "Green, Black-Red I will be buying it. I think it is very different from any other cookbook published. Thank you California Table Grape Commission!

Calshondra Williams says …

I just love the fresh taste of organic grapes. I can eat them in a bowl for a snack, in my salads, frozen, jelly, in various recipes. I would love to win the Cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jennifer Essad says …

This is a cookbook that I am interested in even if I don't win! Thank you California Table Grape Commission!

Heather Harries says …

I love knowing that I'm giving my kids healthy options that they enjoy eating!

Kathleen Nahas says …

I grew up picking grape leaves with my Lebanese grandmother. We would hunt down the best vines near an old railroad station or next to an old farmhouse fence. She showed me the best leaves and the tender grapes that hung from the spindly vines. My gosh, those memories are so vivid...those were the days! Rolling grape leaves at her kitchen table and watching her make cooking magic as she cooked for her family. I'd love to win Ms. Volland's book! I , too, am a cook and proud to make delicious food for my family. New recipes are always welcomed in my kitchen.

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