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Gene VersteegGene 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.

Extra sweet during winter, kale earns its superfood reputation from its abundant vitamins and calcium. Use it to create soups, salads and crunchy baked chips. Or try our online recipes for Pumpkin Kale and Chorizo Frittata or Beef Fillet with Bourbon and Mushroom Sauce on Kale and Roasted Potatoes.

Versatile, nutritious and delicious! Choose from Red, Green or Lacinato.

Storage tip: Keep unwashed kale refrigerated in an airtight container 3-4 days. To revive limp kale, simply trim the stems and soak in tepid water for 5 minutes.

Loaded with flavonoids, fiber and vitamins C and K, pears make a smart snack and a wonderful addition to recipes. Chop and add them to salads or muffins, or create our online recipe for Champagne Poached Pears Stuffed with Candied Pecans and Blue Cheese to celebrate the New Year. Choose from Bosc, Comice, D’Anjou or Red.

Tip: Keep unripe pears in a basket at room temperature or wrap in paper to ripen. Once their surface yields to gentle pressure, they are ready to eat.

Easy-to-peel Mandarin oranges add a splash of color to seafood dishes and salads. They also make a sensational snack.

Try our recipe for Chicken Seychelles, a flavorful South African dish that features sweet Mandarin oranges and savory spices.

Loaded with vitamin C, these beauties bring a touch of sunshine to even the cloudiest days.

Grown in the Northwest, these pink beauties are a natural cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams varieties. With a distinctive sugar-acid balance, Pink Ladies taste both tangy and sweet. Tightly packed cells make them firm with a long storage life and a tendency to stay bright white when sliced.

Try shredding Pink Lady apples into traditional recipes for added moisture and flavor. Simply add one apple to cornbread or spice cake mix, reducing standard liquid by 1 to 2 T. Enjoy!

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.


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Produce Dept. Special

  • Organically Grown Personal-Size Seedless Watermelons
    Organically Grown Personal Size Seedless Watermelons

    A good source of vitamins A and C, watermelon makes a sensational springtime snack.

    2.99 ea

    GOOD THRU 4/25 - 5/1/17

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