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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.

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 a little water and bake until tender.

Choose from Butternut, Danish, Delicata, Kabocha, Spaghetti and more.


Sweet, delicious and rich, pears tempt the palate. Beautifully bell-shaped and delightfully thin skinned, they make welcomed additions to salads and pureed soups. Or serve them for dessert, halved and filled with a combination of butter, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, flour and oatmeal.

Choose Bartlett, Golden Bosc, D’Anjou or Starkrimson.

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


Offering multiple culinary possibilities, watermelon can be added to salads, salsas, juices and more. Grown in the Northwest, this red-ripe variety is resplendent with vitamins A and C and boasts more antioxidant-rich lycopene than a single serving of tomatoes.

For a delicious twist: Lightly brush watermelon slices with olive oil on both sides. Grill over high heat until marks have formed and the melon is slightly softened. Remove from grill and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Fact: More than 90% water, this luscious fruit has some serious hydration power!

Tip: Store at room temperature until ready to slice.


1 pt – A culinary delicacy, fresh in-season figs are lusciously sweet and feature a complex texture that’s a unique combination of chewiness, smoothness and crunchiness.

Add them to sweet or savory dishes. Slice and serve over salads, roast with vegetables and herbs or wrap with prosciutto and grill. Most importantly, enjoy them while they last!

Tip: Look for figs that have a rich, deep color and are plump and tender, but not mushy. Store on a paper towel-lined plate or in a shallow container up to two days.

Choose from Black Mission, Brown Turkey or Green.

These summer jewels add color and flavor to salads, pastas and more. Mix or match Red or Black Cherry, Yellow or Red Pear, Orange Sungold and more. Create a fresh, flavorful salsa to serve over grilled meats, or enjoy them in our featured Savories recipe for Blistered Tomato and Watercress Salad!




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