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Gene Versteeg, Produce Buyer and Merchandiser, has been in the produce business for 30 years. He’s an artist of sorts. His medium? Fruits and vegetables. You’ll find his work beautifully displayed at each store. To learn more about the local, conventional and organic offerings at Market of Choice, read Gene’s blog.



Color your life healthy!

With their artfully shaped glossy exteriors and fleshy insides, bell peppers are loaded with nutrients. Packed with vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E and K, these beauties also contain fiber, folate and potassium. A wonderful combination of tangy taste and crunchy texture, they are a healthy way to add color to your meals. Slice them for snacks, stir-fries or fajitas.

Choose Red, Yellow or Orange.

1.99 lb

Good thru 10/17 - 10/30/14

Locally grown in Hood River, Oregon!

Sweet, delicious and rich, pears tempt the palate. Beautifully bell shaped and delightfully thin skinned, they make sensational snacks or welcomed additions to salads and pureed soups. Serve them for dessert, halved and filled with a combination of butter, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, flour and oatmeal. You’ll love our recipe for Baked Stuffed Pears.

Choose Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, D’Anjou or Red Starkrimson.

Tip: Keep unripe pears in a basket at room temperature or wrap in paper to ripen. Once they yield to gentle pressure, they are ready to eat.
Grown in Oregon!

However you slice it – halves or pieces – squash is an excellent way to add vitamins, potassium and fiber to your diet. Once the seeds are removed, squash is easy to prepare: bake it, boil it, or steam it.

For an easy side dish, cut in half, deseed, salt and pepper and place interior-side down in a shallow pan with water and bake until tender.

Choose from Butternut, Danish, Kabocha, Delicata and more.

Named for their brilliant crimson color, Red Starkrimsons are mild and sweet with a subtle floral aroma. Soft, sweet and bell-shaped, Bartlett pears are often eaten raw, but hold their shape when baked. Enjoy both varieties, grown in Hood River, Oregon. Try them in our recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Pears.

Choose from Honeydew, Orange Honeydew, Galia, Tuscan or Snow Leopard. Here are five ways to enjoy them.

5 wonderful ways to enjoy melon:
1. Wrap slices with prosciutto for an amazing appetizer.
2. Puree with sautéed jalapeño, honey and white pepper then chill for cold soup.
3. Create colorful kabobs and serve with honey yogurt dip.
4. Mix balled or cubed varieties with maple syrup or agave and shaved ginger.
5. Puree with sugar and lime juice, pour into molds and freeze for popsicles.

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Produce Dept. Special

  • Ryan’s Fresh Northwest Apple Cider

    64 oz - Superb fresh-pressed cider that can be warmed or chilled. Produced in Hood River, Oregon. SAVE $1

    3.99

    GOOD THRU 10/17 - 10/30/14

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