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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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Maribel Lira says …

I love grapes, and would enjoy a book to tell me how to use them in my everyday cooking!

Nadia Janson says …

Frozen organic grapes are the best -- but I'd love to try some of those recipes this fall

jane says …

I love the crunch of a juicy organic grape from Whole Foods!

Christian Imani says …

I love all types of grapes because they really do satisfy your craving for sweets. They really are nature's candy. When you have an arrangement or centerpiece of assorted grapes on your table, it always gives you the feeling of abundant harvest.

Michaela says …

On Wednesday, I threw in a few organic black grapes into my morning green "juice" to help cut the taste of the greens. Lemon doesn't always cut the taste but coupled with the few luscious grapes? Worked like a charm. Today, Thursday, I threw in a few organic black grapes into my blueberry/flax smoothie. The blueberries were frozen and not so sweet so the grapes helped sweeten the drink. Wonderful! Don't we all love grape jelly, the staple from some of our childhoods in our pb&j sandwiches? Yum, I'm looking forward to finding a recipe to make my own grape preserves. Next experiment: frozen grapes to mix with frozen bananas for ice cream made in my juicer.

CDMcAnally says …

Organic grapes are so yummy! Would love to learn different ways to use them in meals and snacks and this cookbook would be the ticket :D

Tracy Valadez says …

I grow organic concords in my yard and am always looking for ways to use them outside of making jam. Especially for my husband who is an organic grape freak! He would be eternally grateful if his wife (me) could win one of those great sounding cookbooks so I can create so many more wonderful organic grape dishes for my wonderful husband!

Kathy says …

I love grapes any way they are served My favorite is with my homemade goat cheese and rosemary crackers.

Jenn Perkins says …

Grapes are so versatile. They are lovely in many different types of foods. I love using them while cooking

Carol Ruddick says …

Love grapes with cheese and bread. I use bunches of red and green grapes when garnishing dishes, very colorful and my guests love them.

JackAy says …

I love to snack on organic grapes, grabbing handfuls while working is delightful. But my favorite way to eat them is frozen, just pop them in the freezer and enjoy the icy treat! They also make great ice cubes for refreshing juices or lemonades, just drop them in the glass and enjoy them when the drink is done.

Jean says …

I just discovered grapes in chicken salad but mind did not turn out. I love 2 cook!! I know this book will help me and be fun cooking with grapes! ❤ wine!!

Donna Shadrake says …

We love organic grapes, and eat them all the time. That's all I've ever done with grapes. I have never been adventurous enough to cook with them. I would love to have a cookbook just for that. Just imagine the places I could go. Also, I couldn't imagine eating grapes that aren't organic. Their skins are so thin that the pesticides and things other farmers use permeate the fruit inside. Organic is the only way to go. Thanks.

Jane McKinnon says …

I LOVE snacking on grapes and I LOVE LOVE wine - don't like pesticides at all so...i LOVE organic grapes. I have never used them much in cooking so would LOVE to see these recipes to try!!!

Sharon Alexander says …

I would love to win this book.........love me some grapes!!!

Maryanna Posey says …

I've added red grapes to my salads, tossed them on top of yogurt with nuts and a little honey, but I've never really cooked with them nor thought about cooking with them until I seen a recipe for 'Roasted Salmon and Grapes' and 'Grape Harvest Cake'! wow what endless possibilities of deliciousness....and I thought to myself I"d love to find more grape recipes..SO me, me, choose me...LOL really, if I'm chosen as one of the lucky winners to receive "Green Black Red Grape Cook Book, Its safe to say that I would be grapeful. =:)

Danielle says …

My daughter and I love grapes! From just plain old grapes by the handful or combined with other ingredients for more complex flavors, we like it all! My favorite thing about grapes is wine and hers is grape juice!

Gabrielle says …

What do I love about organic grapes? What is there not to love? But seriously, one thing I really love about them is that they are a delicious and healthy snack, and you can eat them slowly by taking small bites of each.

Maryanna Posey says …

I've added red grapes to my salads, tossed them on top of yogurt with nuts and a little honey, but I've never really cooked with them nor thought about cooking with them until I seen a recipe for 'Roasted Salmon and Grapes' and 'Grape Harvest Cake'! wow what endless possibilities of deliciousness....and I thought to myself I"d love to find more grape recipes..SO me, me, choose me...LOL really, if I'm chosen as one of the lucky winners to receive "Green Black Red Grape Cook Book, Its safe to say that I would be grapeful. =:)

Dana Fischetti says …

Eating organic grapes just makes me think of summer. I love the sweet, crunchy, juicy burst when you bite into one, and the flavor of organic is wonderful! It also makes me feel good about my health, my family's health and the sustainability of the earth to know that they are free of harmful pesticides and grown by farmers who are committed to everyone's well being.

Carolyn Leahy says …

Wow! An entire cookbook related to grapes. I hope to win one!

Annette Lewis says …

Love grapes, all kinds. This will be GREAT to learn new ways to incorporate them in receipes, give a nice sparkle tk an old dish even. Him!

Jim Kottke says …

I am always looking for creative ways to cook food that is healthy and flavorful. I never really thought about grape recipes, but would like to try them out.

Annette Lewis says …

Love grapes, all kinds. This will be GREAT to learn new ways to incorporate them in receipes, give a nice sparkle to an old dish even. Yum!

DDoyle says …

I absolutely love organic grapes--healthy, easy to prepare, goes great with wine and cheese so a terrific party food! What's not to love!?!

Bonnie J. Hiniker says …

My 10 year old grand daughter went out to the garden searching for raspberries initially. Her and her 7 year old sister Allysun came tumbling into the house instead with a basket overflowing with purple Marquette grapes and we proceded to juice them and drink up. "Better than grape koolaid" they said. I should hope so!

lucy says …

I love grapes, especially roasted and put in salads. Would love new grape recipes.

Rachel Topaz says …

What a great book!! I love grapes, whether fresh, cooked, jellies, in salads, and of course WINE!!

Ava Paracsi says …

Organic Grapes - conjurs up a refreshing treat to satisfy that particular sweet tooth or that special taste of something when you do not know exactly what you want - you see them and your eyes light up and the taste buds are on alert-ahh...something good, nutritious, and tasty-we want them!!!!! As someone who enjoys eating grapes right out of the package, it would be exciting to learn how to cook with them and even find more adventurous tastes and simple new meals with that certain something different to make it delicious. Thanks for the offer!!!!!

linda sellew says …

I love grapes. We have wild ones growing in the woods and they are delicious.

Janice Dean says …

This book sounds great. Grapes are so good for everyone. I had a great recipe with chicken & grapes, but lost in Hurricane Katrina, maybe there is a recipe in this book like it.

john says …

Chilled grapes and a cup of coffee is great.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@XSTIAN - We will typically email the randomly chosen winner!

cindy pouncey says …

I love organic grapes with a glass of wine and really good cheese.

Linda Falkenstein says …

Grapes, some chevre, some freshly toasted hazelnuts and maybe a glass of hard cider (local, preferably) make a nice late afternoon plate in fall. Organic grapes -- you don't have to feel bad or worry eating them.

jean says …

I feel like I have found the "Tresure" when I came across this (cookbook giveway) I love all grapes and love trying any suggested ways to eat them, and serve to family and friends.

Patty Buskuehl says …

What I love about organic grapes is that they have everything in them that they are supposed to; all the vitamins and minerals, as well as TRUE "varietal character"! They make me want to utilize them in so many ways! - my favorite of which is to simply pop them in my mouth, gently bite into them and savor the wholesome deliciousness!

jean says …

I feel like I have found the "Tresure" when I come across this (cookbook giveway) I love all grapes and love trying any suggested ways to eat them, and serve to family and friends.

Linda Wiley says …

Oh, what I could do with that cookbook! I live in Northern California, surrounded by vineyards. I would so love some new and exciting things to do with the bounty. And when I perfect my dolmas recipe, after having researched exactly which variety of leaves are best, and how to process them, I will share it with you!

beckerad says …

Just love organic grapes and can't wait to learn how to cook with them. Have just been using them as a delicious snack and and sometimes in a salad. So juicy, sweet and satisfying.

Donna Gorsch says …

I love grapes and love cooking so would love to learn new recipes with grapes! I am also a huge fan of Sonoma Chicken Salad! Donna from Raleigh

Michelle says …

I'd love to learn more about cooking with grapes. Just last week I made my first batch of concord grape jelly!

norma vidinoff says …

I love to always have a bowl of organic grapes around just to snack on! Almost as good a picker-upper as dark chocolate and fewer calories and less sugar for me.

Lauren W says …

I love organic grapes as a delicious, healthy snack for my kids and myself! Easy, portable and tasty!

Alethea Smartt LaRowe says …

Organic grapes are the perfect compliment to lunch or a local cheese tray and a key ingredient in my "famous" curry chicken salad!

Bridget Kraemer says …

Grapes are a sweet, juicy, luscious, bite-sized fruit that I find irresistible. I think that I love them more then my children do! My children gobble up grapes like they are candy. I would love to be chosen to win this cookbook so that I could make delicious meals, using grapes, for my family.

kathy site says …

thanks.

Kathy says …

Organic grapes - I've been buying them since the Cesar Chavez strikes and boycotts of what, the 70s? It is as important to protect the workers as it is the health of my child and myself by eating organic. I'd love to have access to more grape recipes. And, as much as I love the grapes I absolutely love stuffed grape leaves.

Lynda says …

I love grapes, all kinds. But, I have never experimented and used them in unusual ways. Looking forward to my copy of Susan Volland's cookbook so that I may try something new. Thank you.

Feliz Delfin says …

I love grapes any color but most especially the black ones. I put them in salad and smoothies. Grapes are my favorite snacks because of its essential nutrients. Most of all, grapes is my favorite frozen snack. Instead of ice cream, I freeze the grapes and when I am craving for frozen desserts, i reach for my frozen grapes instead.

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