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What are Lil' Ziggy and Buckaroo?

If you guessed artisan cheeses, you'd be right! And you won't find them anywhere other than in our stores because award-winning artisan cheesemakers Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery and Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove developed these two exclusive cheeses to celebrate Whole Foods Market's Big 3-0. What a cool present!

Peak Pick - Figs and Grapes

For most of us, September means back to school, changing leaves on trees and the gradual cooling (thankfully!) that marks the beginning of fall. For produce, September also marks a rare overlap of two distinctive seasons where the remaining bounty of summer is joined by the first of fall's apples and pears.
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Spread the Sprouts Around

Food52 Grand Prize Winning Recipe

Thanks for your help choosing the grand prize winning recipe in our food52 summer recipe contest. The votes are in, and we're pleased to announce that the winning recipe is:

Grass-fed Beef: Rancher Spotlight 2

Did you hear the special news? We are having a great sale on ground grass-fed beef just in time for Labor Day. ONE DAY ONLY - Friday September 3rd, you can pick up ground grass-fed beef for $3.99 a pound.

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Cooking With Grass-Fed Beef

Liz Pearson worked as the kitchen director for Saveur magazine before moving back to her native Texas.

Fast & Fresh: Banana Nice Cream Recipe

Looking for a simple and nutritious after school snack for the kids? Look no further! Our Banana Nice Cream recipe is a fast and fresh treat - free of refined sugars - and it takes only a few minutes to prepare. Watch Mary and her daughters, Josephine and Helen, whip up this snack and talk about how they could get creative with different ingredients.

Building a Nutritious Lunchbox

To help power an afternoon of learning and growing, experts say a nutritious lunch should include lots of fiber and whole grains, some protein and healthy fat, a veggie and just a bit of natural sugar, like a piece of fresh fruit.

Grass-fed Beef: Rancher Spotlight 1

In the lead up to Labor Day - the last big grilling event of the summer - our Whole Foods Market meat teams are pulling out all the stops to introduce you to our grass-fed beef rancher partners.

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Still Fishin': Stories from our Gulf Coast Fishermen

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Cooking Grass-Fed with Chef Gillespie and White Oak Pastures

Join fourth-generation cattleman Will Harris and "Fan Favorite" Chef Kevin Gillespie on Will's ranch, White Oak Pastures, as they discuss what makes grass-fed beef so unique.

The Great Sandwich Stack-Up

Win a Labor Day Bag of Gotta Haves

UPDATE: Congratulations to Birdie in Southern California for being comment #1838, which was randomly selected to win the Labor Day Gotta Haves. Thanks to everyone for sharing the great memories.

How Tweens & Teens Benefit from Natural

This is an encore presentation of a podcast from two summers ago.

College Eating 101

Enjoy Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart

Did you know that Sara Bareilles' new album is coming out? Well, it is and we are sponsoring a preview listen for you!
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Baldwin Family Farms

Baldwin Family Farms – Yanceyville, NC

Kick-Off the School Year with Cool Kid-Snacks

The Scoop on Grass-fed Beef

In the lead up to Labor Day - the last big grilling event of the summer - our Whole Foods Market meat teams are pulling out all the stops to introduce you to our grass-fed beef rancher partners

Looking for Affordable, Organic Non-Dairy Milk?

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iPhone App Guides a Mission to Health

Are you ready to try a range of nutrient dense foods, form some new healthy habits and have fun doing it? As a part of our ongoing mission to promote wellness and encourage healthier lifestyles, our new iPhone app - Whole Foods Market "Missions" - will help you eat better and live better.
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Voting Ends 8/25 for Best Summer Recipe

Don't forget to cast your vote to help choose the grand prize winner in our food52 summer recipe contest! Voting ends August 25th, so make your comment and cast your vote now.

Great American Seafood Cook-Off

For the fourth year in a row, Whole Foods Market proudly sponsored the Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) and featured a mini-store that displayed our exclusive 365 Everyday Value brand along with a beautiful spread of produce that included local peppers, okra, eggplant and peaches.

Lunch Sharing

Pop quiz: What do these dishes have in common?

Taking in the Dog Day Traditions

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Smart Food Choices for Back to School

The Nut Butter Dilemma

The kids are heading back to school, and it's time for packing up those lunchboxes. Of course, you want to pack something that's easy, portable, fresh, healthy and tasty... oh, and also something the kids will love.

Jazz Up Back to School

One of the best things about late summer is all of the wonderful fruits available: peaches, grapes, melons, berries, the list goes on and on. But as we head into the fall and the back to school season, you may be on the hunt for a tasty apple to add to those lunch boxes. It's a tricky time of year for apples as the selection of domestic fruit is limited and the new season has not quite started (unless you are fortunate enough to have a local supply that is already underway!).

Can you help this kid eat more salad?

30th Birthday Trip Winners

Congrats to the 30 winners who will receive trips for two in September to our world headquarters in Austin to help us celebrate our 30th birthday.

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Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Foods Schiller Park, IL In the seven years Enjoy Life has been in business, they’ve seen the need for devoted gluten-free products increase dramatically. Their products not only meet the needs of those with gluten intolerance, they go even further and are free of the eight most common allergens: wheat, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. While safety is their first priority, taste is an extremely close second. Food, no matter what types of allergies you suffer from, should still be delicious and enjoyable.

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Wash Those Bags!

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Fund a Dream

Put Salad Bars in Schools!

If highly processed chicken nuggets and artificially flavored popsicles aren't your idea of a healthy lunch, get involved and help make school lunches healthier. Let’s give kids in your area a fresh start!

Natural Oral Care for Kids

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

Vote for Your Favorite Summer Recipe

Vote to help choose the grand prize winner in our food52 summer recipe contest!
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Brainy Breakfasts At a Bargain

Our August/September issue of The Whole Deal value guide is full of bright ideas for back-to-school basics like brainy breakfasts.

Build a Healthy Sandwich

Now, I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do with delicious whole grain and sprouted grain breads is create an amazing sandwich!

Choosing Supplements for Kids

Don’t know where to start when it comes to products designed for children? Join us as we clear up the confusion and outline the most important nutrients and supplements to support growing kids and teens. Malia Curran holds Masters degrees in Nutrition Science and Public Health from Tufts University School of Nutrition and School of Medicine. She is a nutrition consultant, speaker and mother of 2 young children.

Your Own Back to School Medley

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 you’re navigating through the glitter, glam, and superheroes this back-to-school season, you’re bound to get a little nostalgic of your own childhood.  We want to help you embrace the memories with three fantastic new albums that harken back to a different age… Read on for an opportunity to win a gift bag of all three CDs! Sting - Symphonicities
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See You at the Mile High Music Festival

Are you heading to the Mile High Music Festival this year? If so, we’ll see you there!

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Company

Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company Nashville, Tennessee
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Sneak Peek at New Stuff in Stores Now!

Sometimes I get into a routine: I have my shopping list, I know what I need and I go directly to those items on the shelves. I bet some of you do that too. When we do that, though, how the heck are we going to find out about new products that might be the perfect missing link to a fabulous meal?
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Harmony Valley

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Recipe Roundup: Best of Peaches

Texas peaches are so good this summer that I’m eager to include them in as many meals as possible. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, I can’t think of anything that a peach can’t improve. I hope your local peach crop is as good as ours this year.
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Late Summer Peaches and Nectarines

August is a month of change in the produce business when many of the fruits we have been enjoying all summer start to wane and others (that have been growing in the warm summer sun) really start to hit their stride. For peaches and nectarines, August also brings a change in the characteristics of the varieties harvested. These changes affect how you should select, store and eat these fruits. The differences are small but important.
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Time for Tomatoes

It’s tomato time and I am celebrating! Last night I sautéed tiny grape tomatoes in olive oil with garlic, basil, salt and pepper; then spooned it over grilled chicken and served it with steamed zucchini. I love seasonal eating.

The Whole Deal Pack-a-Lunch Contest

Tell us what’s for lunch and you might win a $50 gift card.