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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.

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 versatile fruit is perfect for salads, salsas and marinades. 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 flavonoids, fiber and vitamins C and K, pears make a smart snack and an excellent addition to recipes. Chop and add them to salads or muffins, or create our online recipes for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Pears or Pear-Pumpkin Spice Cake, featuring wonderful fall flavors. Choose Bartlett, Bosc, D’Anjou or Red Starkrimson.

Did you know: Although pears mature on the tree, they ripen best off the tree. Wrap in paper or store in a basket or bowl at room temperature until ready to eat.

An American variety, the Jonagold apple has a balanced blend of both its parents’ flavors, offering the sweet-tart taste of the Jonathan apple and the aromatic honey-like scent of the Golden Delicious. Large, crisp and juicy, it’s perfect for desserts. Use them to make pies, cobblers, muffins or applesauce. Or pair them with robust cheeses on a sandwich, pizza or cheese board. The possibilities are endless!

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, roast it or steam it.
 
Colorful and supremely satisfying, our online recipe for sweet and savory Honey-Glazed Squash celebrates the joys of fall roasting and is sensational served with our recipe for Herb-Crusted Pork Loin Roast
 
Choose from Butternut, Danish, Kabocha, Delicata, Spaghetti squash and more.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, these flavorful fruits come from seeds passed down by generations. Fresh, colorful and perfectly imperfect, each heirloom variety boasts its own shape, color, texture and taste. Choose from Black Russian, Purple Cherokee, Marvel Stripe, Brandywine, Yellow Boy, Green Zebra and more!

Insalata Caprese
4 lg heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced
1/3 c basil leaves
3 T extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste

On a large platter, alternate and overlap tomato slices, mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper.



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