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We hope that you are all having a delightful last day of 2009!


Liberation Soup and Whole Planet Foundation

Norzina-Haiti-9-2009As the Internal Programs Ambassador with Whole Planet Foundation I know I am truly blessed, but my recent trip to Haiti with Programs Manager Steve Wanta reminded me just how much.

Time for Bubbly

jp-chenetAre you ready to ring in the New Year? We are! While our wine departments are stocked with many great Champagnes and sparkling wines perfect for toasting, we have to admit that we do have a favorite: J.P. Chenet Blanc De Blancs Brut.

Calendar = Doing Good + Great Coupons

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This is My Year to…Do Good on Facebook

thisismyyearto It’s that time of year again – when we examine our waistlines and lifestyle choices and set ambitious goals for the New Year. We’ve got lots of suggestions to share throughout the month of January, but we wanted to kick it all off with three very special ones we're focusing on and a way for you to join in!

Eat "Lucky" Foods


Zero Waste: The Day After

GreenMission_200Thanks for all of the great feedback on our Zero Waste holiday series of blog posts. If everyone was taking the steps our readers are, we'd make a huge dent in that stat about North Americans producing 25% more waste during this time of year!

Merry Christmas!


Hope you and your loved ones are enjoying a joyous and healthy Christmas Day!


Holiday Traditions


Tips for Traveling


Peak Pick: Mushrooms

mushrooms10I had a bit of a panic moment earlier this month. Our annual office holiday meal was right around the corner and I was having no luck locating good foraged mushrooms (Chanterelles) for the dish I traditionally contribute.

The Buzz on Make it Natural

flourless_browniesWhat do brownies, cookies and cupcakes all have in common? In addition to being just plain fun to eat, these favorites have all received recipe makeovers as features in our Make It Natural posts.

Healthy Tip: Travel With Good Food

airplane2 With Christmas and New Year's just around the corner, many of us will be packing our bags and heading off to celebrate. Unfortunately, most airports, train stations and roadside stops offer the standard American junk-food fare. The good news is you can bring your own food!

Chestnuts Roasting...


...on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose. I've sung that song for (many) years but grew up with little understanding of chestnuts. Living in Texas and California, I spent more time decorating cactus at Christmas time than ice skating, playing in the snow or eating roasted nuts.

Time for Port Wine

Holiday time is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious port wine! Port wine is a "sipper" kind of wine - it slowly warms your spirit and soul while you mingle and enjoy time with family and friends.

Best Meals for a House Full

SpinachLasagna Got a lot of extra mouths to feed with holiday guests? We do! Here are some of our best recipes for serving a house full of hungry visitors. What are your go-to favorites for a crowd?

The Value Guru Confronts the Grinch


Savoring Leftover Cheeses


Seafood for the Holidays

Change up traditional holiday fare and celebrate with cioppino, an Italian-inspired seafood stew. The rich and flavorful tomato broth can be made ahead of time, making this a smart choice for entertaining.

A Better Gift Card

giftcard3One of our core values at Whole Foods Market is to care about our environment.

Try Natural Sweeteners

Natural sweeteners have their own unique flavor and nutrients; and when enjoyed in moderation, can go a long way towards satisfying a hearty sweet tooth.

Holiday Coffee

Sip into the holidays with Allegro's Celebration Caffé and wow your guests with Espresso Pots de Creme, our creamy coffee-inspired dessert made with Allegro's holiday blend, eggs, cream and vanilla.

Samuel Adams Winter Classics

adventures_smThe adventure began in 1984 when Jim Koch took an old family recipe dating back to the 19th century and brewed his first bottles of Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

The Whole Deal Online Coupons

Here's the Deal...

Do Good Flowers


Toys with Integrity

Barbera is founder and president of ImagiPLAY. sukie_pink

Eight Crazy Nights and Edible Delights

sugar_cookies When I was a kid, I always looked forward to Hanukkah with its eight nights of lighting candles, singing songs and best of all, exchanging gifts. Like all Jewish celebrations, food also played a major role.

Zero Waste: Gift Wrap


A Wish for Peaceful Co-Existence

Rocky Dawuni is the newest musician in our "Artists Discovery Series," which celebrates exceptional emerging artists who share a passion for the causes and social initiatives that Whole Foods Market supports as well. You can find Rocky's latest album, Hymns for the Rebel Soul, exclusively available in our stores for the holidays. It's a great honor to celebrate the release of my new album "Hymns For the Rebel Soul" within Whole Foods Market and also to share my music and love with everybody within the extended family that has supported Whole Foods' efforts over the years.

Zero Waste: Precycling


Make it Natural: Brown Rice Pudding


Don't know about you, but the cooler weather makes us want to indulge in comfort foods.


Peak Early Season Citrus


Holiday Art Project for Winter Days

Whole Foods Market recently introduced an exclusive all natural line of children's art supplies including crayons, markers, paint, play dough, and glue.* Clementine Art is a Boulder, CO based company dedicated to providing high quality, eco-friendly, 100% non-toxic products - perfect for your little one's burgeoning art career. The folks at Clementine put together this fun Festive Star Garland holiday art project. Watch the video and download a pdf instruction sheet.


Fight Festive Failure


Brickman's Bag of Goodies

jimbrickman4Jim Brickman ("America's romantic piano sensation" who was just nominated for a Grammy for Faith as Best New Age Album) is a dedicated Whole Foods Market customer and shares his thoughts here about which healthy snacks he packs on the road.

Party Time

shrimp_cocktail 'Tis the season for holiday gatherings, and it's never too late to make a plan to invite friends and neighbors over for an evening of good food and company. Hosting a holiday party is easier than you might think.

Zero Waste: Holiday Parties


Inspirational Gifts for the Season

Celebrate the true spirit of the season with our recipes for gifts from the kitchen and our favorite gifts that give back, available in our stores.

Delicious Ideas for Special Diets

Chances are your holiday guest list may include someone with a special diet need. From vegetarian to dairy-free to low sugar, people have a variety of special dietary needs — some personal choices and others medically required. Whatever the reason, as the host you want to make sure all of your guests are well fed and happy.

Holiday Baking Favorites


Top Wines for Entertaining


For some reason people consider the words "holiday party" to be among the scariest in the English lexicon. Well, we don't. Yes, you'll certainly need to create the guest list, send invitations, plan the menu, pair the wines and decorate the house... maybe that is a lot of work.

Pick Up Our December Whole Deal Now


How to: Budget-Friendly Appetizers

Check out three festive holiday appetizers that taste delicious, are super simple to prepare and cost as little as 29 cents per serving:

A Natural Hanukkah Destination


The Value Guru and the Case of the Vegetarian Guest