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We LOVE This Grower!

By Karen Christensen, July 28, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Karen Christensen
Joe and Karen Soghomonian Every summer season there are a few special items I just can't wait to see in our stores, and Joe Soghomonian's certified organic champagne grapes are on the top of my list come the middle of July. I've been eating Joe's grapes for years and his champagne grapes are among my all-time favorite produce items. This year we're featuring Joe's fruit nationwide and putting the word out about why we are feeling the love. Here's the story: We love champagne grapes for their unusual appearance and sweetness - small, deep purple grapes on tight clusters. The fruit is super sweet and the stems are so tender that they can be eaten along with the grapes. We love the Soghomonians for being an authentic family farm. Joe and Johnni Soghomonian's 540-acre certified organic ranch is located near Fresno, CA, in California's Central Valley. Joe has been a farmer all his life, working on his parents' farm from early childhood, eventually taking over the farm and growing it to its current size. Joe and Johnni's daughter, Natalie, now supervises the harvest and packing of grapes and is the 3rd generation farmer on their land. FAMOUS for their champagne grapes, the Soghomonian's also grow several varieties of table grapes as well as wine grapes. (We're looking forward to later in the summer when the Soghomonian organic wine grapes will be ready. Fresh wine grapes are fragile and delicate, but a wonderful treat eaten out of hand!) We love to satisfy and delight our customers! Expect to find organic champagne grapes at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide from late July through August. Enjoy!
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gina says ...
Great blog! I just found it and I look forward to some more interesting posts :)
07/28/2009 10:45:23 AM CDT
Brett Chisholm says ...
07/30/2009 10:58:06 AM CDT
yoquieroseramada says ...
keep the good work! becouse my health condition i changed my diet i am cancer patient and my doctors saw a big diferent after three month.. i recomend organic for everybody! i buy everything in wholefood so i have a request i would like to see more vegetables product organic like brocoli rabe that it is very healty for my condition.
07/30/2009 11:13:18 AM CDT
David Peatrowsky says ...
We used to buy Joe and Johnni's grapes at the Los Gatos CA Farmers market. They produce remarkable products and we miss being able to buy from them since we now reside in Colorado. I'm anxious to try them again now that Whole Foods carries some of this marvelous produce. Maybe you will some day carry their Ribier grapes. Say hello for us next time you see Joe or Johnni.
07/31/2009 11:28:08 AM CDT
Jack says ...
Champagne grapes are so much fun to eat! I am happy that these grapes are organically grown. I can't wait to buy them at the new Capitola store!
07/31/2009 12:15:25 PM CDT
Benjamin Turpin says ...
I sure hope that the champagne grapes make it all the way to Florida. They sound delicious and we would love to try them. Keep up the great work Whole Foods and Joe and Johnni.
08/02/2009 7:29:14 AM CDT
Crystal brown says ...
Those champagne grapes r the best grape i'v ever had. I can't wait till they r back in the store. Oh what will I do till then UGGGGG.I feel like a kid wainting to get a Bday gift.
02/01/2012 9:20:34 AM CST