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Recipe Roundup: Best of Melon

Now’s the time to go all out with summer melons. Whether you show up at the next picnic balancing a watermelon on your hip, or add chunks of cantaloupe to your morning smoothie and summer fruit salads, there are lots of ways to appreciate melons. Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring one of summer’s most refreshing fruits: Drinks

Cooking for One: Summer Veggies

I’m a big swimmer, especially in the summer. It’s a great way to unwind from a hard day at work, and I usually swim for at least an hour every evening. By the time I’m done, I’m ravenous and it’s late, so I turn to my trusty stash of summer vegetables for a delicious, simple dinner for one.

Driftless Organics


Spotting Bargains with The Whole Deal

Thirty years ago Whole Foods Market opened to make people happy—with better, healthier food choices. We're still listening to our customers' needs and desires and with your help every year these choices are better and more affordable.

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

LANCASTER FARM FRESH COOPERATIVE – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

It’s Hot. Win Iced Tea.

Congratulations to Stephanie and thank you everyone who entertained us with your stories of how hot it is where you are. Stay cool everyone! Yep, it’s late July and hot as heck just about everywhere. Doesn’t it sound perfect to cool down with some ice-cold tea? We know! That’s why we’ve just introduced our new line of 365 Everyday Value Organic ready-to-drink teas.

Heirloom Tomato Recipe Could Win Big

Contest for Small Bites

You could win a $50 gift card for a 50¢ idea!

We’re More Than Food: Chicago

Summertime Fun in Stores

In the grocery business, the summer months can be slower than at other times of the year. After all, the summer is an excellent time to go on vacation, spend your afternoons at the beach and grill dinner in your backyard. We feel that way too!

Peak Pick: Cherry Tomatoes


Best-Ever Zucchini Bread

We’re approaching that time of the summer when, if you garden, you may find yourself knee deep in zucchini and wondering what to do with your harvest.

Make it Natural: Lemon Treats

Amy, a Whole Story reader, requested a healthier version of the traditional lemon bar that she loves.

Enter Your Favorite Beef Burger Recipe

Jesca Hoop - Artist Discovery Series

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.

Dig In to Summer Dips and Spreads

If you’ve decided to chill out this summer, you’re going to love my fast fun ways to serve up some serious summer snacks while keeping your kitchen cool. I’m talking about delicious dips and spreads!

Make Your Own Dog Biscuits

As an avid homebrewer who is also environmentally conscientious, I’ve looked for creative ways to use the byproducts of brewing beer, including the spent grain.

The Five Worst...

The Five Worst Environmental Pollutants in Your Beauty Products This is a reprint of an article featured on GOOD.

Tribute to a Reggae Legend

Congratulations to Patricia for winning Putumayo's 5-CD reggae collection and thanks to all of you who shared your favorite Bob Marley song with us! Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music.

Vital Farms - Austin, TX

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Summer Meals for One or Two

Cookouts, parties, picnics and travelling – when it comes to summer it often seems that more is merrier and busy is better. Of course, The Whole Deal value guide has great ideas for summer entertaining on a budget. But there are also times when you just need to slow the summer down and The Whole Deal is there for you too. Take this weeklong meal plan for one or two. It's got refreshing recipes and tips to savor summer affordably. Plus, it even leaves a little room to party.  

Win a Care Package for Your Pet

Congratulations to JJ and Adrienne for winning their respective cat and dog each a fantastic care package! And thanks to all of you who submitted a response; you gave us lots of ideas for our own pampered pooches and crafty kitties.

Change Your Fuel…Change Your World

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. As oil has been heavy on all of our minds lately, we thought it befitting to bring you a film that asks a valuable question: How do we create a sustainable energy economy for our kids? You can find Fuel, the Sundance Film Festival Winner for Best Documentary, now at your local Whole Foods Market.

Happy N’ Healthy for Pets

Regular readers of this blog may wonder why I, the “meat guy,” am writing a post about pet food and treats. Well, here’s the deal.

Dish Up Swordfish for a Chance to Win

Super Greens

Are you too often tempted to skip the green side of the plate? Getting your greens and meeting the 9-a-day fruit and veggie goal is easier than ever with green superfoods, cereal grasses and vegetables in convenient tablets, capsules and drink-mix powders.

Treat Yourself to Tahini

Remember the days when nut butter was just good ole peanut butter and nothing else? I sure do. It seems that nobody back then thought about making any other sort of nut butter. Well somewhere along the line, something changed. Radically!

Top Summer Leisure Wines


Feeding Fido The Good Stuff

Looking for high quality pet products? With buzzwords like “premium,” “ultra-premium,” “super-premium” and “gourmet” on the packaging, shopping for pet food can be a real challenge.

Is Cherry Country Calling You?

Heads up, folks. If you haven't yet entered our contest to win a trip to Cherry Country (otherwise known as the Pacific Northwest), time is running out!

Our Team Members Give $1.5 Million!

I’ve always known that I work with some of the nicest, most giving, mission driven people I have ever met. And now I have concrete proof! As of June 25th, over 15,000 Whole Foods Market team members have donated over $1.5 million directly from their paychecks to Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe! Check out this video of team members talking about why they contribute.

Harpoon-Caught Swordfish


Herbie Hancock Inspires a Collective Spirit

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.

Peak Pick: Summer Squash


Supplementing with Superfruits

Exotic and extraordinary, superfruits are filling the shelves and the news. They’re “super” because they’re packed with antioxidants and nutrients beyond their common fruit and veggie relatives. Listen to learn about the benefits of some you’ve heard of already, and several that are new to scene.

Best Ever Fresh Salsa

We’re talking ripe tomatoes, cilantro, onion and jalapeños here — not some fancy dance moves.

A Great Basil Dish Could Win

What Would You Do With a Case of Cherries?

Congratulations to Kati, Chantal, Rachel, Miriam & Rebecca! Thank you everyone who participated in this; your answers were alternately amusing, heartwarming and scrumptious! That’s right…a whole case of cherries! We’re giving away a case of cherries to five randomly selected winners and we want to know what you would do with a whole case of cherries.

Lighter Foods for Hotter Days

Nature is amazing! I love to think about the seasons of the Earth and how food grows.

Make it Natural: Raw Berry Crisp

Have we got a summer treat for you! This no-cook berry crisp will save you from turning on your oven in the middle of the summer, and we bet it will be a hit with any crowd. Don’t just take our word for it though — check out the rave reviews on Raw Berry Crisp. Here’s a sample: ZieQ wrote:
“I did not have the dates but substituted with raisins and whatever raw nuts I had available. This was fabulous, easy and will become a staple in our home.”

Recipe Roundup: Best of Corn


Grilling Tips for a Healthier BBQ Season

Grilling can be one of the most satisfying and delicious ways to cook.  You’re outside; cooking over an open flame, sipping a refreshing beverage… it’s hard not to love a good old-fashioned barbeque!