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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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Momma J says …

Lucky for us in Oakville that we have grapes growing just an hour away from us in the Niagara Region.... i like supporting our local farmers...would love to have more recipes at hand at this time of year.

Ashley Mead says …

I love that I can at organic grapes without worrying about how they were grown and what chemicals they were exposed to...grapes are so yummy! Just pop in your mouth for a wonderful fresh treat!

Wayne Lecoy says …

Please Enter Me In Your Cookbook Giveaway. It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of Green Black Red:Recipes for cooking and enjoying California grapes By Susan Volland. In Response To Your Question Of What Do You Love About Organic Grapes? I Love The Fresh Taste Of Organic Grapes Because They Make A Great Snack And Are Healthy For You. Thank You For Having This Great Giveaway!!!!

Talat Diamond says …

I love Wholefoods. When travelling, the first thing I plug into my GPS is the location of the nearest Wholefoods. Organic green, red, black, and champagne grapes are abundant in any Wholefoods. I usually buy a combination, wash them immediately and display them on the countertop. Needless to say, they never last long in my household with the kids, husband and my father gobbling them down any time of the day.

Megan says …

Just entering a comment for the chance to win the grap cookbook!

April says …

I just purchased black organic california table grapes yesterday, because they were magnificent to behold in the store!!!! They did not disappoint. I would enjoy this cookbook greatly, as well.

Nicole Leigh says …

My grandmother used to make a fruit salad every day or lunch and she would let me cut her grapes in half. I have and always will remember those afternoons with her. I would absolutely love recreate her delicious food with my new outlook on organic, healthy, green eating- to include some organic grapes!

Lewis Hughes says …

Grapes are something I like to incorporate into the kids lunch box's, its a good source of vitamins and health and Whole Food's I find my kids are very selective and prooud to show off at class!

judi jecker says …

I attended a seminar at our local Whole Foods last night and while walking through the produce isles I came across what appeared to be the most colorful package of grapes. The display caught my eye immediately and I proceeded to buy the grapes due to the packaging. Thank you Whole Foods for turning me onto this selection of beautiful, crunchy, delicious grapes. I love having the choice of grape in one package. I brought them home and and they are on display to tempt whoever passes to pluck one and pop it into their mouth.

judi jecker says …

I attended a seminar at our local Whole Foods last night and while walking through the produce isles I came across what appeared to be the most colorful package of grapes. The display caught my eye immediately and I proceeded to buy the grapes due to the packaging. Thank you Whole Foods for turning me onto this selection of beautiful, crunchy, delicious grapes. I love having the choice of grape in one package. I brought them home and and they are on display to tempt whoever passes to pluck one and pop it into their mouth.

Kathy says …

I like supporting organic growers.

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