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Glorious Grapes Glisten at the Farmers' Market

Grapes are this week's featured product from the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association. Here are a few inventive recipes for the surprisingly versatile fruit. Share your own too!

Small. Round. Juicy. They make a great snack for the kids and the perfect gift for a sick relative. But is there more to grapes than their commonplace reputation?

Perhaps so, says the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association. You might already know that there are three basic colors of grapes — light green (also called "white"), red, and blue/black — but did you know that these tart little orbs may also help ward off certain kinds of cancer?

Grapes are rich in phytonutrients and antioxixidants, and good for hearth health, according to PCFMA. There are more than 50 varieties of grape currently available at farmers' markets, and each type has its own color, taste, texture and history. 

Try putting grapes in the freezer for 30 minutes for a naturally sweet snack with a supernatural texture and taste.

What else can grapes do? Well, let's not forget the pièce de résistance — wine, of course.

Where to Find Grapes at the Market

Grape sellers at the Tuesday Concord Farmers' Market include Cipponeri Family Farms of Turlock, CMC Farms of Fresno, Diaz Farms of Fowler, J&M Farms of Reedley, 

Find grapes at the Thursday market from Cipponeri Family Farms of Turlock, Diaz Farms of Fowler and J&M Farms of Reedley.

Grapes are sold at the Clayton Farmers' Market by J&M Farms of Reedley.

Grape Recipes

A selection of grape recipes can be found on PCFMA's website, including:

Chicken and Grapes
Classic Waldorf Salad
Grape Pie
Grapes and Feta Cheese with Bulgur Salad
Grapes with Creme Fraiche
Grapes with Creme Fraiche
Honey Ginger Fruit
Pan Seared Scallops with Grapes
Roasted Grapes
Watermelon Feta Salad

About the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association

The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association is a not-for-profit organization that develops, operates and supports Certified Farmers' Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concord Farmers' Market

Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass & Grant Street

Day Time Season Tuesday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round Thursday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Clayton Farmers' Market

Diablo Street, between Main and Center in Downtown Clayton

Day Time Season Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

What's your favorite grape recipe? Share it in the comments below. Find out what's in season this fall at the farmer's market.

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