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Change for Change

Team Member GivingHere's a huge shout out to the amazing team members at Whole Foods Market. It has been two years since we started the Whole Planet Foundation Team Member Giving program.

And the Winner of Bonnaroo 2009 Tickets is...

Comment #350 * Leela of Morrison, TN Her favorite festival food is veggie corn dogs with mustard!

Value Guru and the Search for the Next Pasta Salad

Spring Pasta Salad

Cherry Growing For the Brave at Heart


Summer Skin Care: From Sunburn to Scrapes

Summer SkincareEven with the best intentions, it seems that sunburn sneaks its way into each and every summer for some of us.  And it’s just not summer without suffering some scrapes and bruises.

Healthy Tip: Probiotics are Full of Life

Remember to look for "live" food (it will say so on the package) and try to eat a variety of such foods in order to get different strains. Fermented foods are loaded with beneficial bacteria.

Memorial Day and Beer — A Classic


$2.5 Million and Counting!

I am so proud to announce that Whole Foods Market has recently hit a total of $2.5 million in loans through our Local Producer Loan Program! That’s over a million dollars a year for the past two years in financing to help local farmers and food artisans expand their businesses. That’s a lot of change! When we launched the program in 2007, the state of the economy was very different.


Win Tickets to the Greenest Festival Around!

What do Bruce Springsteen, bio-diesel generators and Whole Foods Market all have in common?  We will all be at Bonnaroo 2009 from June 11th – 14th!   Want to be there too? Read on for info about winning tickets!

Make It Natural: Orzo Salad with Broccoli and Tomatoes


Ready, Set, Grill


Make Your Own Salad Dressing

I am often asked for good ways to improve one’s diet. One of my top suggestions is to eliminate overly processed oils and damaged hydrogenated fats. One great way to do that is to make your own salad dressing.

Totally Novel Re-Use of Bag


What's New in May

Here is a a sampling of the products that are new in our stores this month. if you try them, come back and let us know what you think. Late JulyLate July Organic Mini Sandwich Cookies

Reflections on Overfishing Documentary

End of the Line, a documentary based on journalist Charles Clover's book of the same name, is showing at a handful of film festivals and will play in some cities on June 8th-World Oceans Day.  I had a chance to watch the film and have a few thoughts to share. The film begins with beautiful footage of marine life and quickly (and graphically) moves toward its key message: The oceans are overfished and fish populations are in trouble. Some of the most well-known and well-respected marine scientists are interviewed in the film to confirm these bleak trends.

Solixir with Natural Botanicals


Value Guru Investigates the Herb Garden


Apricots and the False Spring


Mother's Day Contest Winner & Honorable Mentions

Wow! We were amazed by the number of entries to our online Mother’s Day contest – 1400+ comments. Thanks to all of you for sharing your product recommendations and mom stories. We loved reading them all! In fact, we couldn’t stop with one $100 gift card winner, so we also have named 5 Honorable Mention winners of a FEED 100 reusable bag. Hope you all had  a very happy Mother’s Day, everyone! WINNER: Willis Weber

Boost Your Omega-3's

Flax Seeds

Mom Helps Family With Flowers

Whole Trade

A Virtual Value Tour

Green Resolutions - Keep Them Growing!

In celebration of Earth Day 2009, we challenged our readers to make a simple green resolution, and boy did you deliver. Your overwhelming response was truly inspiring; thousands of you shared both green resolutions and tips on how to lead a cleaner, greener, more sustainable lifestyle. Your responses covered everything from biking to work to reducing water waste to composting to reusing shopping bags to teaching children and co-workers the importance of recycling. All of these simple changes added together can and will go a long way towards greening our planet.

Share Your Best Meal of The Week

With the change of the season, which brings a change in the fresh produce available, I've been dusting off recipes from last spring. I bet you have too! So what "best meals" have you had lately? I need some inspiration!


Camembert Cheese

Make it Natural: Blueberry Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Ava, one of our Whole Story readers, sent us this idea for a recipe makeover just in time for a Mother's Day brunch:
Blueberry Coffee Cake This recipe is very good, however it's bad for your figure and unhealthy... Can you give me a healthy look on coffee cake? 2 tbs. butter 1 box white cake mix 3 eggs 1 cup sour cream Crumb topping 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup finely chopped nuts 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Mom's Best Recipes

Thanks for all the great recipes you submitted when we asked for your recipes honoring Mom in anticipation of Mother's Day this coming Sunday, May 10. Your recipe ideas and stories certainly confirmed some basic truths about mothers, such as:

Moms are creative and resourceful.


Help Stop Illegal Fishing

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the government agency that's responsible for managing fisheries in U.S. waters, is asking for public comments on proposed policies for addressing what's known in the industry as illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing (a.k.a. pirate fishing) and bycatch (unintentional or incidental catch) of protected species like whales and sea turtles. Okay, there are a lot of acronyms in that first sentence (I even left some out) but the point is: as citizens we have an opportunity to express our opinion about how these public resources are managed.

You Want Me to Moderate What?!

Shrimp and Broccoli Soup

Think Trash Last

Wheel of Waste

Our Catfish is NOT a Bottom Feeder!

Miso Glazed Catfish

Journey to Bliss Raw Foods

Laura Button - Smyrna, TN