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Homemade Summer Thirst Quenchers

It’s getting hot out there, so take off all your artificial additives and enjoy the season and everything it has to offer with cool homemade drinks.

Red, White and Blue Cheese

Ain’t no cure for the Summertime Blues! Or maybe there is a cure. What about the many blue cheeses available that will make your picnickers do a happy dance? Think sliced blue cheese on burgers — there are some great ones from Wisconsin that are sure to please.

Food Blogger Cherry Favorites

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we are all about cherries these days. While we have lots of great recipes of our own for serving up delicious cherries, we know we don’t have a monopoly on great ways to serve up these seasonal delights. So, we reached out to some of our blogger friends and asked them to share their favorite recipes starring fresh cherries and they certainly delivered. Enjoy!

Enter Your Summer Squash Recipes

A Bounty of Basil

What would a summer garden be without basil? Pretty boring if you ask me! I love to think of fresh herbs as staples for exquisite cooking and, come summer, basil is a must-have. Its refreshing aroma and distinct flavor are loved by cooks all over the world and the popularity of pesto simply added to its appeal.

Get Your Kid Rocking

Get Fired Up For The 4th With a Great Menu

It’s easy to put together a great spread for July 4. Whether you get a thrill from making everything from scratch or prefer to leave the work to us, we’ve got you covered. Approach #1: Let us do the work!


Experience Malenchini Winery

Diletta Malenchini and her family have been producing estate grown Chianti varietals at their Villa Medicea (Medici) di Lilliano for many decades.  Their estate, originating in the 11th century, was established as a lookout tower in the heart of the Chianti Colli Fiorentini region outside Florence.

Our Top Cherry Recipe Picks

Fresh cherries are such a summer treat that sometimes it can be hard to consider doing anything with them other than eat them straight from a bowl. But fresh cherries make a sweet addition to any part of the meal.

Kenyan-Style Kale & Tomatoes

Recently I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Africa (for the first time!) as part of my work with the Whole Planet Foundation.

Enter to Win a Trip to Austin!

Don't forget: Our 30th birthday is coming up and we’re giving away 30 trips-for-two to help us celebrate in our birthplace: Austin, Texas!

Our Cherries Are The Bomb!

Even though I’ve worked at Whole Foods Market for over a decade, and been a loyal shopper for even longer, I am still constantly impressed with and amazed by the consistently stellar quality of our produce. Nowhere is that quality more apparent than with those tasty summer jewels: cherries. Right now, cherries are at their absolute peak of deliciousness (trust me: I can’t stop eating them), so you should DEFINITELY pick some up to enjoy the next time you’re in the store.

Make it Natural: Lentil Walnut Burgers

Lentils are so nutritionally rich that I think they should be eaten way more often – in fact, I just wrote a whole blog post about Loading Up on Lentils

Cherry Season Superheroes

Best Ever Potato Salad

This week in our series tracking down the “Best Ever” classic summer dishes (see Best Ever Pasta Salad and

Got a Great Cherry Recipe?

It’s week three of our collaborative 8-Week Recipe Contest with food52, an online community for home cooks. If you have a great recipe starring fresh cherries, go to the food52 contest page to submit your recipe for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods Market.

Support Haiti with Mangoes


Load Up On Lentils

I was a youngster the first time I had lentil soup – I’m guessing maybe 11 or 12 years old. I liked it a lot, and after that I always associated lentils with soup.

Four Ways To Pit A Cherry

We’re going cherry crazy around here! A few Whole Foods Market team members got together to give you some quick tips on making the cherry pitting process a little easier. You can try these methods in some of our great cherry recipes like these:

A Huge Step for Organic Body Care

When it comes to food, the definition of “organic” is extremely clear, thanks to the USDA’s National Organic Program standards, the Federal regulation that defines just how organic food is grown, raised, processed and sold.

Local Producer: Skin Organics


Enter To Win A Trip to Cherry Country!

It’s cherry season! A bowl of fresh cherries is one of the best ways to savor summer.

Summer Fun, Not Sore Muscles

This is an encore presentation of a podcast from last summer. 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.

Lighten Up Your Meals and Your Budget for Summer

It’s grilling season, and for good reason. Who wants to turn on the oven if you don’t have to? Quick, light meals made at home with fresh whole foods are a health- and money-saver compared to going out.

Got a Great Mozzarella-Based Recipe?

Give Arugula an A+

Remember the old days when salad-style leafy greens meant lettuce and spinach and not much else? Not only were varieties not well known, they were not exactly appreciated either.

Burgers for Dad’s Day

Let Dad put his feet up while you man the grill this Father’s Day.

Beth Nielsen Chapman Supports Whole Planet Foundation

Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post.

Top Summer Picnic Pleasing Wines


Best Ever Pasta Salad

Now that the season of picnics, cookouts and all manner of summer get-togethers is officially here, I’m reviewing my recipe arsenal carefully to consider what I’ll be making in hopes of earning rave reviews at eve

Sunflowers – A Happy Guardian


Men’s Health for Now & Later

8-Week Featured Ingredient Recipe Contest!

Healthy Salad Dressing

What could be cooler than a crisp green summer salad? You know: plenty of dark leafy greens, ripe red tomatoes, purple onions, fresh herbs, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, peppers — you name it. So healthy!

World “Cup” Music

Congratulations to Sarah from Miami for being randomly chosen as the winner of the African CD collection!

Map of Local Growers

Our web team developed this cool map of our local growers and vendors and we couldn’t wait to share it with you. Now remember: this is a work in progress!

The Whole Deal's Meals for Four

Summer’s here and it’s time to relax and have some fun! But that doesn’t mean you have to relax your health or budget standards for the sake of fun. If feeding your family well is important to you any time of year then turn to The Whole Deal value guide. This weeklong meal plan for four (or a few more) will help you keep your cool and avoid the summer meal meltdown by keeping your fun up and your expenses down.

Share The Love To Win A Trip

Our 30th birthday is coming up and we’re giving away 30 trips-for-two to help us celebrate in our birthplace: Austin, Texas!