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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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Beth Slee says …

I would love to have a copy of this book and I have enjoyed seeing what other people are doing with grapes. They are the perfect snack.

Jeanette says …

Best thing about organic grapes is eating something that has no pesticides.

Heidi says …

As someone who doesn't care for celery, I've been using grapes to jazz up my chicken salad for years! I love the sweetness and they go great with the onion and spices I use. I'm a big fan of savory/sweet dishes and would love to try the recipes in this book.

Catherine Lyle says …

What do I love about organic grapes? Obviously, the spray-free health benefits. But mostly, I love the feel of a grape in my mouth, rolling the firm fruit around and around, postponing the moment when I bit into it and the juicy center bursts with spectacular flavor. Some fruit just tastes good. You bit into it, chew and swallow. A grape is a sensuous experience, to be savored.

Michelle says …

Love grapes. Love them to snack on, as a healthy dessert and also to cook with. A favorite recipe of mine is braised chicken with gewurztraminer and grapes, another sausage with grapes and balsamic onions.

Harvey Jones says …

I love organic grapes because they make organic wine!!!

Sharon Haas says …

I LOVE to cook (and eat). However, I am embarrassed to admit even though I eat grapes frequently, the only dish I put grapes in is chicken salad!! I would really enjoy reading this book and trying the recipes!!

Anita Garrison says …

I love grapes both as a food and the great wines they produce. I have to drive 100 miles round trip to buy any organic grapes but it worth the trip. I also stock up on my other organic purchases also. Here is a shout out to Ward's Market in Gainesville Florida. I will be making a trip over when the Autumn grapes arrive. I would really appreciate a copy of this book and put it to use as soon as I have it. Thanks for writing it. Whoever wins the copies, Enjoy!!!

Ora says …

Ahhh grapes...the purple kind. Grape juice was my favorite juice as a child, and it's still my fav! Grape jelly was/is my fav jelly flavor. Purple is my favorite color. Okay, I like the green grapes too. But purple grapes do a body good!

Karen says …

My favorite dish is Chicken Salad with grapes... YUMMY! I would love to have this cookbook to expand my menu with grapes!

Deborah Pierce says …

I enjoy cooking with grapes (and wine!) - anything chicken or fish or pork

Rob says …

My favorite food in the world is Lebanese hot stuffed meat grape leaves! But I love eating the fruit too, sometimes I'll freeze grapes, an awesome cold snack in the summer time - and it brings back childhood memories :)

Linda says …

Love the healthier option of organic grapes.

Wendy D. says …

I love grapes because they are so easily portable, and last pretty long in the refrigerator if I don't get them eaten right away.

Jinjer Stanton says …

Walking past a fence draped heavily with ripe grapes fill the nasal passages with a rich, fruity sweetness so compelling that the errand I was on is forgotten. I burrow through the leaves to uncover the heavy dark fruit and begin eating without hesitation. My mouth fills with layers of flavor. I hold out my shirt to make a basket to fill with as many bunches as I can justify. There is no other treat more evocative of the bounty, richness and flavor of autumn. And yes, that shirt was stained, but oh, so worth it!

Jean says …

Organic Grapes! Yum, yum!! I love grapes to juice them; they make great grape juice! I also like to put them in with smoothies and I love a good chicken salad with cut up grapes. I wish all the people that enter this contest the best luck to winning this book!

Amy says …

I make a spread that everyone looks at funny, but ends up loving! I mix cream cheese, curry powder, & mango chutney together, then pace it on a plate in an oval shape. I cut grapes in half and place them on top of the cream cheese mixture, rounded side up, so that it looks like a cluster of grapes. I put sliced almods around the edges of the cream cheese, sort of like a crust. I serve it with crackers or a sliced baguette. YUM!

LSP says …

I love organic grapes on their own (especially the tiny champagne grapes), but I'd love to learn some new grape recipes and try them in a different way!

lorie sesgren says …

It would be great to get one of these books. Because we have a whole back yard.

Emily Luker says …

I definitely love organic wine! Thanks for this opportunity to win!

Eliza says …

we love finding new ways to enjoy fruit with every meal - I would love to win this book

sewgoode says …

I love organic grapes because I don't have to worry about lingering pesticides. I can rinse and eat with joy!

Kat says …

I try to purchase organic whenever possible to support organic farmers. The produce tastes better and I'm not putting toxins into my body.

debra stall says …

They are healthy, they are juicy, they are scruptous, they are green or red or black( darker the better for you) Not to mention what combination of dishes you can make them in and lets not forget the "WINE" warms my heart and lightens my cares..Love to have one of those books:)

Nicki says …

I always enjoyed snacking on grapes. I'm interested in finding recipes with grapes.

Nicki says …

I always enjoyed snacking on grapes. I'm interested in finding recipes with grapes.

Lucy Williams says …

I love a salad of Organic grapes with Smoked Chicken a great swiss and some Raspberry Chipoltle sauce mixed into the mayonaise for a Texas Kick

Karen Hawrysz says …

Whole Foods is my grocery store and I love grapes! I think I would make an excellent owner to the green black red cookbook. I'll take really good care of it! Thanks, Karen <3

Sarah Gielow says …

I love frozen grapes as a healthy treat or for chilling a nice white wine.

Theresa says …

Living in the great San Joaquin Valley supplies those lucky enough to live here with the best produce in the world, and organic is best! Grapes are delicious, portable, and there are so many varieties.

Barbara Woods says …

I wish I could be poetic for you, but really, when I buy organic grapes, I know they will taste like grapes, (aside from any danger pesticides may pose). I have bought regular grapes in which the taste of chemicals competes with the grapes' natural flavor. Perhaps the skin of grapes, like some other fruits and vegetables, is simply too thin to withstand the application of pesticides. I always buy organic grapes for this reason.

khachatrianalla says …

I love grapes with feta cheese

Edie says …

Organic Grapes have a flavor incomparable! Such a great addition to lunch - a quick healthy snack or paired with cheese!

Maria says …

I love the fact that they can be FROZEN and used for a snack days and days after. Frozen Grapes Rock n Roll !!!

Edie Smith says …

Organic Grapes have a flavor incomparable! Such a great addition to lunch - a quick healthy snack or paired with cheese!

Francine says …

I love that Organic Grapes are the ultimate portable snack - wash & toss in a reusable container, and you've got a snack-to-go!

Barbara Miller says …

Organic grapes have a much better taste then non-organic. I used to only eat them with cubed cheeses, but now because of the Sonoma Chicken salad, I add them to almost every cold salad. Of course, to eat healthy and still have my cravings for sweets, I frreze them and enjoy guilt free.

Linda Zeigler says …

We love eating grapes both frozen and in salads.

pat sirianni says …

We are trying to eat Vegan...it's difficult. I add grapes to everything, even pasta. Very good!

Shaylee says …

I love freezing my grapes to make a nice frozen treat that tastes like candy but with a lot less bad sugars.

jule says …

After a workout, they're the perfect combination of refreshment and delicious! Nature is always the best power food.

Leanne says …

Love the crisp, sweet taste of organic grapes and would be very grapeful if I won a copy of the Green, Black, Red cookbook. One of my favorite ways to use organic red grapes is to wrap them with Boursin and roll in crushed walnuts. Also a big fan of grapes in pasta salads.

Lanette D. says …

Organic grapes are a sweet, refreshing, tangy taste of bright freshness. They are peak cute, firm and so petite to put in my mouth. Yum!

Josh says …

Grapes make wine, which of itself is fabulous. But... mixing that wine with other fruits makes for a spectacular Sangria! I love those small round bits of loveliness that make so many things in life better!

Gail Fyhrie says …

I love grapes and I'll tell you why, it's not that tough to see. Green, Black and Red they're all the rage with me! Juicy, tart, sweet and sour, I eat them ALL the time. And best of all when I run out, I always have my wine!

Carolsue says …

I love organic grapes because they are treated with fewer chemicals and seem to last longer.

MaryBeth Graber says …

Organic grapes rock!!! Grapes that taste like grape heaven compared to the mass-produced, pesticide laden impostors that glut the average grocery! Thankful and grateful for food emporiums that truly provide tasty healthy options!

Kimberly Ballard says …

I'm a newly committed vegetarian striving to live a 100% vegan lifestyle and I also enjoy the raw vegan livet. There is absolutely nothing better than fresh fruits and veggies. A book dedicated to grapes, grapes, grapes is new for me and I'd love to share in the joy of it with all in my life, regardless of their livet

m.cancro says …

I just love that they are yummy!!!!!

Marlene V. says …

Nice cold grapes from the fridge make an excellent snack on a warm day!

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