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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.

Loaded with flavonoids, fiber and vitamins C and K, pears make a smart snack and a wonderful addition to recipes. Chop and add them to salads or muffins, or create our online recipe for Champagne Poached Pears Stuffed with Candied Pecans and Blue Cheese to celebrate the New Year. Choose from Bosc, Comice, D’Anjou or Red.

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

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

Try our recipe for Chicken Seychelles, a flavorful South African dish that features sweet Mandarin oranges and savory spices.

Loaded with vitamin C, these beauties bring a touch of sunshine to even the cloudiest days.

Grown in the Northwest, 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 a tendency to stay bright white when sliced.

Try shredding Pink Lady apples into traditional recipes for added moisture and flavor. Simply add one apple to cornbread or spice cake mix, reducing standard liquid by 1 to 2 T. Enjoy!

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 water and bake until tender.

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

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.

Use them to create colorful salads, serve atop sandwiches or burgers, or drizzle with balsamic and enjoy with a variety of cheeses and crusty bread. Slice into these show-stopping fruits and discover the culinary possibilities! Choose Marvel Stripe, Purple Cherokee, Black Russian, Brandywine and more.

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

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Produce Dept. Special

  • Organically Grown Russet Potatoes
    Organically Grown Russet Potatoes

    5 lb bag - Loaded with fiber and vitamin C, these spuds make great garlic mashed or twice-baked potatoes.


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