Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Goat Milk Panna Cotta

Learn how to turn panna cotta from a sweet ending into a savory beginning with a great recipe for Roasted Baby Beet and Fennel Salad with Goat Milk Panna Cotta from Aamalea Tshilds and Jason Hammel, chef-owners of Lula Café in Chicago, Illinois.

Whole Trade Rose Trip - Quito, Ecuador

The Coffee Helping Children

This comment came in to John Mackey's CEO blog this week and I thought it was worth sharing here -- cool story about Mr. Moore's coffee company and what they are doing (story starts in the 3rd paragraph).

The Whole Deal™ Customer Tips

Oh man, you guys made this hard! You shared hundreds of great tips for saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market. We picked three to feature in this blog post and these customers will each receive a $25 gift card.
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Bittman on What's Wrong

Check out this 20 minute video of Mark Bittman's talk at the EG (Entertainment Gathering) Conference from TED. (TED - Technology, Entertainment, Design - has a lot of great stuff from a wide variety of thought leaders.) TED describes this piece as "a fiery and funny talk" where "New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk." Do you agree with Mark's suggestions for necessary changes?
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Stone Fruits

In spite of their tough-sounding name, stone fruits are some of the softest — and most delicious — summer fruits you can sink your teeth into. Listen in as our produce expert, James Parker, explains what to look for and what to do with the stone fruits now in season.
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Josiah's Field Inspector Notes & Photos

I just visited Ron Cottle, one of the better conventional and "emerging organic" growers (and long-time vendor/partner with Whole Foods Market) in Eastern North Carolina and took a bunch of pictures to share. He is just about wrapped-up with organic and conventional blueberries and is just now starting his blackberry harvest (they're awesome!), and in about 8 to 10 days will be full-speed ahead with his organic grape tomatoes.

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Cheddar Cheese Drop Biscuits

Secret Ingredient host Scott Herbert prepares cheddar cheese biscuits using a non-food secret ingredient: a cast iron skillet. Learn why cast iron skillets have been an essential kitchen tool for hundreds of years and why they can be a healthy choice for your kitchen too.

Local Loan for Sticky Toffee Pudding Company

For about a year, we've been giving small, local producers low-interest loans to help them grow their businesses. You can learn more about Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program. Just this week, we finalized our first loan in our hometown, Austin, Texas! Tracy Claros, originally from England, makes and sells incredible English puddings, or cakes, under the name The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company.

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The Whole Deal™

With gas prices averaging over $4 a gallon and other economic challenges causing many to talk about belt tightening, Whole Foods Market wanted to create a way for you to share tips with each other about smart shopping.
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Whole Body Exclusives

Hey fellow Whole Bodies! Jeremiah here, the Senior Global Whole Body Coordinator. Having been in the natural products industry for 15 years I have never seen a more exciting time than now. Check out the shelves this month for all kinds of fun EXCLUSIVE products launching. Many of them are what we call "mission driven" or, in other words, they support a cause besides just making a profit.

Goat Cheese

Cheese made from goats' milk is lower in fat than comparable cheese made from cows' milk and has a deliciously distinct flavor. Tune in for tips on selection and serving from our cheese expert, Cathy Strange.
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One Woman’s Story – Aracely Cruz

Copper River Salmon with Basil Lemon Butter

Secret Ingredient host Mark Law reels in the season’s most anticipated catch: Copper River salmon. Learn how to prepare this rich, firm textured fish and discover a simple way to complement its buttery texture with a homemade basil-lemon butter.

Father's Product Picks

Our favorite Whole Body expert, Jeremiah McElwee, was featured in this Dad's day post on Planet Green sharing his picks for favorite personal care products for his kids. Look for Jeremiah to start blogging on Whole Story next week. Happy Father's Day to all those deserving dads.
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Alaffia Bodycare - Whole Trade Guarantee

My name is Jessica and I am the Whole Trade Guarantee Specialist. In my role I have the opportunity to promote social responsibility through the ethical sale and trade of commodity products. We donate 1% of all Whole Trade Guarantee sales to the Whole Planet Foundation, which funds micro-credit loans to women all over the world to help end world poverty.

Challenges of Recycling Plastic Containers

Wanted to share with everyone the answer to a recent question about the plastic containers used in our prepared foods. Our customer Julie wrote:
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Summer Snacks

Because summer is such a busy, on-the-go season, snacks are a staple for kids and adults alike. Tune in to find out all about healthy, convenient snacks from Cindy Cuomo, our authority on snacks.
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Natural First Aid for Summer

Sunburn and scrapes, bites and bruises remind us that summer’s not all easy. Fortunately, there are effective natural products for addressing nature’s small challenges. Learn how to create your own summer first aid kit with essential oils, vitamins, herbal ointments and homeopathic remedies. Malia Curran, MS, MPH, is a nutrition and health consultant.

Carbon in Food

I’m not talking about what it looks like when I’m left in charge of the grill at family summer cookouts. Tongs in hand, I typically try really hard not to think about the pig lips my brother assures me are in the 12-for-a-dollar hot dogs that Aunt Minnie brought—and they end up neglected and charred.
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Classic Chicago-Style Hot Dogs with Root Beer Floats

Host Scott Herbert gets frank about his passion for Chicago-Style Hot Dogs and shares the secret to a frosty Root Beer Float.

Is Organic from China Possible?

Update: June 13, 2010

Since I wrote this post about two years ago, we’ve had a few changes and I wanted to make sure anyone reading this is up to speed on current information.
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CEO's Blog

For anyone who is interested in the business practices behind Whole Foods Market, you may want to check out John Mackey's blog. An occasional blog, John shares his thoughts about creating a new business paradigm, addressing issues facing the natural and organic food industry, and exploring the nature of human development. John will be speaking on Conscious Capitalism in Austin, Texas on June 12, 2008.
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Inside Scoop: Organics from China

I’ve been hearing some questions about whether it’s possible to get organic products from China, so I went to Margaret Wittenberg to find out the inside scoop. Margaret has been with Whole Foods Market for about 27 years and she served on the National Organic Standards Board and helped write the USDA Organic Rule, so I figured she would be in the know. (Transparency alert: Margaret was my Team Leader for many years and I love this woman. Her integrity is unbelievable!) Anyway, here’s a quick blurb from Margaret on the whole organics in China deal:
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Salad Success

Successful salads are healthy salads. Tune in to hear our salad wizard, Alana Sugar, give us the scoop on how to create salads that sing with health and flavor.
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Summer Fun, Not Sore Muscles

Don’t let sprains, strains and pain get in the way of your summer fun! Discover homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations for supporting the muscles, joints and whole body before during and after your activities. Dr. Tiffany Binder is a Naturopathic Physician, a general health care practitioner and a leading expert in nutrition and supplements.

The Story on Whole Story

Thanks for checking out our new and improved blog. We’re really excited to have this space and wanted to give you a quick heads up about what we plan to do with it. Many passionate people work here and they know the inside scoop about what’s happening in their area of expertise — organics, local growers, body care, green practices, social responsibility, micro-lending and all kinds of food-related stuff. Since we share this info with each other all the time, we figured you’d be interested too! We are lining up quite a few different writers to blog about what’s going on around here.
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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with BBQ Glaze

Get the recipe now! Scott Herbert shares his grilling secrets for making Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers with Honey Chipotle BBQ Glaze. Plus, discover a better tasting, better-for-you bacon that features 40 percent less fat than most bacon!