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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.

A sure sign of spring is the reappearance of tender, Northwest-grown asparagus. This versatile veggie adds a bright flavor and subtle earthiness to many dishes. Perfect for quiche, tarts, risotto, flatbreads, pizzas and stir-fries, it also makes a simple side that’s quick and easy to prepare.
 
Trim ends, drizzle with olive oil and roast at 425 degrees with capers, lemon slices and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a punch of flavor.
 
Did you know: Asparagus is loaded with fiber, folate, copper, selenium, vitamins B, C, E and K.
 
 
Packed with nutrients and fantastic flavor, chard contains significant amounts of antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may help protect against heart disease, cancer and other diseases. It also helps boost your intake of calcium, vitamins C and K, fiber, folic acid, iron and potassium. Now that’s powerful!
 
Choose Red, Green or Rainbow.
 
Recipe: Sauté some onions and garlic, add chard leaves and cook until greens are softened for a simple side.
 
 
The folks at family-owned Rising C Ranches live among the groves where their oranges grow, and they limit the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insect control. 
 
They don't pluck their "old line" heirloom oranges at the first sign of maturity the way many growers do. They wait until the sugar increases and the fruit reaches optimum flavor for a much tastier, premium orange. 
 
Juicy, seedless and easy-to-peel, these heirloom navels are perfect for snacking. Toss one into your bag or slice and serve with breakfast.
 
 
Named by English explorers for its resemblance to a pinecone and its juicy apple-like center, the pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality for centuries. Rich in manganese, a trace mineral that promotes strong, healthy bones, this fantastic fruit is perfect for your holiday ham. Or use it to create an amazing pineapple upside-down cake. No matter how you slice it, this tropical treat is hard to beat. 
 
For a refreshing drink: In a blender, add pineapple, low-fat milk, a splash of coconut milk and a handful of ice cubes and puree until smooth. Enjoy!
 
 
Loaded with vitamin C, these beauties come from family-owned orchards, recognized for their sustainable farming practices. Seedless, easy-to-peel and packed with juicy goodness, Mandarin oranges add a touch of color and flavor to seafood dishes, baked goods and salads. They also make a sensational snack!
 
 


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Produce Dept. Special

  • Organically Grown Roma Tomatoes
    Organically Grown Roma Tomatoes

    The low acid and sugar content of egg-shaped Romas give them a mild tomato flavor.

    1.49 lb

    GOOD THRU 7/18 - 7/24/17

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