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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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CHRIS says …

WENT INTO MY FIRST WHOLE FOODS AND DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE. IS NOW MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP.

Sasha says …

Well, I simply love your organic grapes and since I am a weight watchers member I can have all I want with our any 'points' penalty. They are crunchy and satisfying. Thank you for bringing such great local food to us!

Caryl Rohlfing says …

I just love grapes, especially organic ones, as they are sweeter, meatier and tastier. Just finishing up some green grapes, but like all kinds. Caryl

Dina Partipilo says …

What I enjoy most about organic grapes is that they're so versatile... sweet AND savory! :) And I LOVE California, so... WIN WIN! :D

Bethany says …

I love organic grapes (especially the red ones) because I can enjoy them without any of the sinus congestion that I get from conventionally-grown grapes. love to roast organic red grapes with local sausages, sliced shallots, and a few springs of rosemary. And I love green grapes right out of the bag, especially after they've been sitting in the sun for a few hours - the warm sweetness bursts into my mouth and takes me back to my grandmother's porch (she always had grapes for some reason). I

Filip Boelen says …

Organic grapes are awesome frozen! I throw them in smoothies, eat them as a light snack, or let them come to room temp on a cheese board. I have also added them when making tuna salad. They are great to add with blue cheese, a shallot balsamic vinaigrette, walnuts, & mixed greens for a simple salad!!

Kathy Plummer says …

I love grapes in salads and would like other recipes. I would love to win a cook book

Alfred Olbrycht says …

"Sweet" (In simplicity is elegance.)

S. K. says …

Grapes always make a refreshing snack and purple grapes are my personal favorite.

Danielle Aguado says …

Looks like a good book!

calleen says …

GrapeAway!

Julie says …

My husband and I were just eating organic grapes and discussing how delicious they are during this time of year. We eat them plain, but as a newlywed, I would love to get a copy of the cookbook to really put grapes to their fullest potential.

Nancy St.Laurent says …

I usually shy away from conventionally grown grapes because of their toxicity, but bought some organic reds the other day. To my surprise they are so sweet and delicious! WHOLE FOODS does such s nice job with their displays..irresistible! I'm so excited about this cookbook and hoping I'll win!!!

Lisa says …

Explodes with juiciness...love eating a handful as a snack!

Debbie says …

My family and I would love this recipe book. Grapes are always first on are shopping list ( sometimes I have found them on the list 2-3 times)

Linda Haywood says …

Who doesn't love grapes. They are the perfect fruit. You do not have to peel them....it is wash, pluck, and you are all set to eat.

elizabeth says …

Love grapes in salads... Love wine!

sara says …

I like to snack on organic grapes - they're yummy, and it's nice to know I'm not ingesting pesticides. The cookbook looks awesome.

LD says …

I grapely appreciate the organic grapes. For some reason the organic grapes are sweeter and plumper! I really love biting into the greeny greens. They mix well with a salad; they are the best grapes ever!

Dennis Frank says …

I love using organic grapes (green, red and black) in salads, with cheese, in cooking and just eating as a healthy snack!

Thomas Bruno says …

Dr. Greger recommends black grapes, so I picked up some and they taste great have have a great amount of microneutrients. Great job Allison. - Tom Manorville, Long Island

ThatCompostGuy says …

I love organic grapes because you can sample in the store without worrying about pesticides or other 'cides. Not that I'd admit to sampling or anything... :-)

Maureen S says …

I would LOVE this cookbook!

Mary V says …

What's not to love? They have amazing health benefits, can be eaten as a snack, as desert, and even in savory dishes! And who can forget they are a vital part of wine? And with being organic, you can be confident that no foreign, unwanted chemicals are toxifying your body. Like I said, what's not to love?!?

andrea martinez says …

My 3 favorite ways to eat grapes are : just by themselves, in a delicious & healthy fruit salad, and I just adore them in chicken salad with pecans & tarragon!

Nancy Curran says …

I love cooking with grapes and organic grapes makes all the dishes I cook taste even better! This cookbook will be great and I would love to get it! It would be used a lot in my house!

B says …

My husband is allergic to a lot of raw fruits, but he is fine with grapes and we love them. A handful is a great snack!

Becky Fitzpatrick says …

When i feed my children (and myself)i need to know we are eating fresh,delicious food and not pesticides. My children have always loved coldplates for a snack featuring california grapes,apples cheese crackers and carrots.

John Baldwin says …

I love grapes - always have. My Mom, when I was a kid, would even cut grapes in half and remove the seeds (before there were seedless varieties). I recently discovered black seedless - which are scrumptious!

christy piwowarczyk says …

This book is just fabulous! Can't wait to read it!

Audrey Becker says …

Organic grapes - love them, so sweet , juicy and delicious. Love them plain as a snack. Would love to learn how to cook with them.

jackie says …

Freshly picked organic grapes brings memories of my childhood. My Father grew a small garden, apples and grapes. The smell of ripe grapes and taste are beyond compare. Last week at the Farmer's Market, I passed a vendor and the smell of concord grapes filled the air. So many memories! I would love to win a copy of Susan Volland's cookbook.

jackie says …

Freshly picked organic grapes brings memories of my childhood. My Father grew a small garden, apples and grapes. The smell of ripe grapes and taste are beyond compare. Last week at the Farmer's Market, I passed a vendor and the smell of concord grapes filled the air. So many memories! I would love to win a copy of Susan Volland's cookbook.

Amy Strickland says …

Organic grapes are the perfect healthy snack food...for big and little hands alike!

Paula Hurley says …

Love organic grapes! We keep lots of each color in the freezer and have snacks watching TV in the evening of frozen grapes....so much better than chips! YUM

John Trest says …

Given that grapes are one of the "dirtiest" foods with respect to pesticides, I would never give my kids anything but organic grapes. They love them. Give them a cluster of grapes still on the vine and they will carry that around until they have plucked every single one off. I even have one patient daughter who will slowly peel away the skin from each one of them before popping them in her mouth with a big smile. So, I'm definitely interested in how much more we can do with them.

Fiol Cunningham says …

Grapes, Grapes and Grapes what can I say it's in wine, food, snacks it's so versatile and a confort fruit that you don't feel guilty in eating and let's not forget the organic way there are no insecticides and pesticides add to the experience. Looking forward in learning new recipe with organic grapes. Fiol, Boca Raton, FL

Michael Naughton says …

Chicken Salad made right! That is my favorite recipe with grapes. I love making this recipe. Two for the salad, one for me. Two for the salad, two for me.

Donna Ringwald says …

I simply love grapes, everything about them. Their appearance, their flavor, their aroma, everything. I find the vineyard relaxing, and the fruit invigorating. The historical value of this commodity is awe inspiring.

Sandy Kane Marks says …

Love them for the resveratrol , ease of use (lol) and how versatile they are. I use them with pork, chicken, fish and always in salads and desserts .Can't wait to try some recipes from the cook book. My husband has a compromised immune system so organic is very important to me also.

Zuri says …

We bought a juicer earlier this year, and I have to say that fresh grape juice is my absolute favourite!

Susi says …

Organic grapes have wonderful flavor - we didn't know what we were missing!

Eileen says …

I bought some organic grapes last weekend. They are delicious: sweet, nice texture and every single grape is just perfect. No matter what I eat, the grapes fit in: green salad with cherry or plum tomatoes, cheeses, turkey with sauteed apples or by itself as a mid-afternoon snack. Next time I am in a store, I would love to see the recipes that one can do with this versatile fruit (besides wine).

enid portnoy says …

I enjoy adding a touch of Fall color with grapes to almot anything and particularly when nature's colors are coming out too.

Margaret Hadam-Hay says …

What's not to love about grapes - sweet, tart, firm, crunchy and have so many uses. My toddler loves them out of hand, I love them in chicken salad, and they are so good roasted with chicken or fish and turned into a pan sauce.

Ev says …

Looking right now at the big bunch of luscious black grapes I will be eating for breakfast. They are the sweetest. Yum!

Elisa Patterson says …

Thank you for the information on choosing and storing grapes, That was very helpful. Grapes are one of the few foods that can be any category: snack, appetizer, added to other foods for lunch, dinner, or dessert. So healthy and I never feel guilty eating them!

Trish Gonzalez says …

Organic grapes cold from the fridge are a great snack, but frozen makes them all that much better, toss 'em on a chicken salad and it'll give it that lil something extra to savor. I'd love to have a book that would show me other way to use my favorite fruit!

Alice says …

I love the burst of juicy goodness when I eat grapes, and the fact that they're organic makes it even better!!

JOANNE NOBLE says …

ENJOYABLE.. AND REFRESHING... leaves you with a soothing feeling. love them

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