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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.

The folks at family-owned Rising C Ranches don’t pluck these “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. It’s a risky way to grow them, but it produces 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.

A cross between Washington and Brazilian Bahia navel varieties, Cara Cara navel oranges feature a striking pink flesh that’s similar to grapefruit but much sweeter with notes of cherry, rose petal, orange and blackberry.

Naturally low in calories and full of vitamins and minerals, they offer a generous dose of vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium and antioxidants and make a sensational snack or delicious drink when juiced.

Everyone loves these stem-and-leaf Satsuma Mandarins! So what's the great "ap-peel," you ask?
 
Not only do they appear as if they were just picked straight from the tree, they make a simple easy-to-eat snack – proof that good things come in small packages. These sweet, seedless citruses are also great in recipes, from salads to seafood dishes.
 
Loaded with vitamin C, they bring a touch of sunshine to even the cloudiest days.

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.



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