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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.

Think Pink!
 
Grown in Washington, 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 help them stay bright white when sliced. 
 
Try shredding Pink Lady apples into traditional recipes to provide extra moisture and flavor. Simply add one apple to cornbread or spice cake mix, reducing standard liquid by 1 to 2 T. Enjoy!
 
 

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

Loaded with antioxidant-rich vitamin C, these beauties help neutralize free radicals in the body. They also contain a healthy dose of calcium for bone strength and beta-carotene, which supports eye health and the immune system.

Go online and try our recipe for Chicken Seychelles, a flavorful South African dish that features Mandarin oranges and savory spices for a satisfying meal. Or peel and add sweet segments to fresh, leafy greens.

 
The queen of greens, kale packs a nutritional punch. Low in calories and high in fiber, this beneficial veggie boasts many benefits. Iron transports oxygen to the body, while vitamin K supports bone health. Its naturally occurring antioxidant properties protect against free radicals, while vitamin C boosts the immune system. And that’s not all! Kale is also high in calcium, protein, vitamin A and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 
 
In addition to being good for you, kale is great in pasta dishes, salads or simply sautéed in olive oil with chopped red onions and a spritz of lemon for a sensational side.
 
Choose Purple, Green or Lacianto, also known as Italian or Dinosaur Kale.

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.

Grown from seeds passed down from generation to generation, these tomatoes taste like the garden-fresh ones your grandparents enjoyed when they were kids.

Use them to create colorful salads, serve atop sandwiches or burgers, or drizzle with balsamic and enjoy with crusty bread.

Choose Marvel Stripe, Purple Cherokee, Black Russian, Brandywine, Lemon Boy and more.

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

 

Blushing Pink Lady apples are the first apples to blossom and the last to be harvested. That extra time on the tree, along with a warm climate and rich, fertile soil give these apples their sweet taste, succulent crunch and famous color. Chop and add them to warm oatmeal with walnuts and honey, slice and serve alongside creamy soups, or enjoy with cheese and crackers as a midday snack. 
 
Tip: Best eaten fresh, you can store these beauties up to three months in your crisper.


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Produce Dept. Special

  • Organically Grown Garnet and Jewel Yams
    Organically Grown Garnet and Jewel Yams

    Highly versatile, easy to prepare and packed with nutrients, yams make a yummy side or main course ingredient.

    1.99 lb

    GOOD THRU 4/14 - 4/27/17

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