Organic Picks of the Week 10/02/12

Best if Used By 10/09/12

Organic Picks of the week for October 2nd, 2012 features
Concord Grapes, Sweet Potatoes, Delicata Squash, Broccoli,
and Gala Apples

Organic Concord Grapes

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

Big flavor, but only a short time to enjoy it. Organic Concord Grapes are in peak season for from California now through mid-October. These are the dark purple grapes that have thick skins that slip away from the juicy, centers that do have seeds in them. Even though these Organic Concord Grapes have short shelf life and take some thought to eat (unless you chew everything up including the seed), many people adore them for their classic grape juice flavor. Mmm.

A little better for snacking, but not the real Concord – Seedless Organic Thomcords are also available this week.

Organic Concord Grapes – full of seeds, but so much flavor!

Organic Sweet Potatoes (Yams)

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR | VALUE PRICED

Flavorful, sweet and delicious – sweet potatoes can be enjoyed in so many ways! This time of year I love baked Sweet Potato Fries, roasted Veggies with Sweet Potatoes, whipped Sweet Potatoes topped with nuts and Baked Apples & Sweet Potatoes with sausage. Loaded with Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese, Sweet Potatoes are not only tasty, but quite healthy too.

Fall flavors: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cauliflower.

Most of this summer’s crop of Organic Sweet Potatoes, commonly referred to as Yams, has been harvested and stored for shipping this fall and winter. The best Organic Sweet Potato growing states like North Carolina with their Covington variety, and California with their gorgeous Jewel and Garnet varieties are now shipping excellent peak season Organic Sweet Potatoes. October and November will be good months for trying out some new recipes.

Organic Delicata Squash

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

Hard Squash season is about more than just Acorn, Butternut and Spaghetti. Delicata Squash is an wonderful heirloom variety that tastes like yellow-flesh Sweet Potatoes. The skin is actually edible, simply remove the pulp and seeds and bake or roast until you can pierce with a fork. Organic Delicata Squash is in peak season during October from regional organic farms in the Northeast and Mid-West. The flavor is fantastic. Here are some recipes to peruse.

Delicata Squash rings tossed with garlic oil, salt & pepper at 450 for 15-18 minutes.

Organic Broccoli

PEAK SEASON | VALUE PRICED

Is fresh Organic Broccoli part of your weekly meal planning? Versatile, easy to prepare, and affordable – Broccoli Crowns and Bunched Stalks of Broccoli are perfect for school lunches, game day veggie trays and in all kinds of cooked or raw recipe preparations for lunch and dinner. A peak season harvest flush is here at many organic farms in California, keeping prices affordable on this vitamin rich vegetable.

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Steamed Broccoli over Spaghetti Squash.

Organic Gala Apples

PEAK SEASON | BEST FLAVOR

The ever popular Gala – good ones are crisp, juicy, sweet and mild tasting – a nice snack or good for salads! Peak season is rolling for fresh crop Organic Gala Apples from Washington state so expect good quality, flavor and more reasonable prices.

Organic Gala – the apple everyone can love.

When selecting your Apple give it a squeeze with your hand – it should feel hard. Avoid fruit with visible bruises. Don’t take home Gala’s that are dull or have wrinkled skin – a sign of being on the shelf too long and dehydration. Finally, keep the Apples you buy in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them. This time of year, Apples can last for a few weeks in the fridge.

What is Organic Produce?

Certified Organic Produce meets a set of standards for growing, handling and labeling that is governed by the USDA’s National Organic Program. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use synthetic chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers. The terms “Natural” and “Local” are not the same as “Organic.” Learn more about Organic.

Buy Smart. Shop Healthy. Live Organic.

The Produce Geek, Jonathan K. Steffy

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