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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.

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.

79¢ lb

Good Thru 9/19 - 10/2/14

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.

An outstanding source of lycopene, tomatoes contain powerful antioxidants. But it’s the beautiful hues, terrific textures and fantastic flavors that define these old-fashioned favorites.

Use them to create colorful salads, serve atop sandwiches or burgers, or drizzle with balsamic and enjoy with a variety of cheeses and crusty bread. Slice into these show-stopping fruits and discover the culinary possibilities! Choose Marvel Stripe, Purple Cherokee, Black Russian, Brandywine and more.

Tip: Pick heirlooms that are somewhat firm to the touch, keep at room temperature, and enjoy within a couple days.

Slice through the beautiful, green rind of these Oregon-grown melons and you'll discover the glorious, fiery red flesh within. Serve alongside your favorite entrée, or enjoy on its own. Sweet, juicy and just right for summer, you'll love every scrumptious bite.

Tip: For the perfect melon, choose one that's heavy for its size yet hollow-sounding when knocked on. And look for a yellow or light spot on the bottom, which indicates ripeness.

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Produce Dept. Special

  • Organically Grown Fall Squash

    Easy to prepare, squash can be baked, boiled or steamed. Your choice of Butternut, Delicata, Spaghetti and more.

    99¢ lb

    GOOD THRU 9/16 - 9/22/14

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