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Good Things to Give Without Giving Away the Bank

Does the list of people you need to buy gifts for this holiday season keep growing?

Holiday Baking Recipes

Chilly weather, festive gatherings and hungry guests are just a few excuses to bake up some holiday cheer. Try a few on our favorite baked sweets and treats.

Bone Up on Holiday Hams

Ham is a great choice for the holidays because it's so easy to prepare and provides delicious leftovers for days. Learn how our hams are from pigs raised to meet our high standards.

Kosher Offerings That Shine

Whether you’re looking for traditional holiday staples or the best organic and gourmet offerings, Whole Foods Market is a one-stop shop for kosher items this holiday season.

Winterize Your Salads

Take advantage of the bounty of gorgeous greens and fabulous fresh fruits and veggies that nature naturally provides this time of year. Keep salads on your plate all year long.

Gift Giving Guide: Part Three

Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess a little holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find something to share with everyone on your list.

Fresh Christmas Trees Are Here!

Mother Nature is gearing up for a wardrobe change as we head into the holidays, and so are we! This year, as in years past, we're offering fresh Christmas trees in most of our stores*.

Theo Chocolate

We love our producers, suppliers and vendors and we think most of them have some pretty interesting stories behind their products too. We’re sharing some of our favorites here in an ongoing series.



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Gift Giving Guide: Part Two

Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess some holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list at Whole Foods Market.

Add Flavor with Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are a fantastic way to add subtle flavor to a dish or they can be used as boldly flavored garnishes and in sauces. Since herbs are quite perishable it’s best to use them soon after purchase.

'Tis the Season for Citrus

We like to celebrate this time of year with our citrus growers who bring the bright taste of sunshine to the holidays! Many people think that citrus season is in the summer when other juicy fruits are in season, but peak citrus season is actually in the cooler months.

Gift Giving Guide: Part One

Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, sending a gift across the country, handing a hostess some holiday cheer or simply putting something special in the hands of someone special, you’re sure to find a gift for everyone on your list at Whole Foods Market.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks to Turkeys

Chef/Activist Daniel Klein’s The Perennial Plate is an online weekly documentary series that began in 2009. Dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating, the episodes follow Klein’s culinary, agricultural and hunting explorations across America. The Perennial Plate visits Living the Dream Farm in Welcome, Minnesota, where customers are invited to help butcher the turkeys for their Thanksgiving tables. Watch this warmly intimate (and slightly graphic) portrait of a connection not often experienced. **Viewer discretion is advised.**

We're Here for Last-Minute Help

The day before Thanksgiving is our busiest day here at Whole Foods Market and it's the day many of our team members have been working toward for months.

20 Leftover Turkey Recipes We Are Thankful For

Leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving as far as we’re concerned, and we have lots of ideas for getting creative with cooked turkey.

Early Season Citrus

At a time when we get less sunlight, Mother Nature brings it to us in the form of citrus. Explore the varieties of citrus peaking in early winter.

Turkey Triage

Our stores receive thousands of phone calls on Thanksgiving day. Whether you forgot to turn on your oven or you've set your bird aflame, our turkey triage tips are sure to help.

Crank up the Cranberries

Fresh, frozen, dried or juiced, cranberries add a tart splash of color to everything from muffins and quick breads to salads and stuffings. Try these cranberry recipes.

Green Your Holidays

Every year I try to be more mindful about how my entertaining, decorating and gift giving affects the environment. Some studies say that household waste in the US increases by 20 to 25% during the holidays. Yikes!

Carve Your Turkey with Confidence

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey can be a downright daunting endeavor. But with our step-by-step illustrated instructions and Chef Hosea's how-to video below, you’ll soon be carving with confidence.

Holiday Exclusive: Bonhomme French Brie

Our exclusive Isigny Ste. Mère Holiday Brie is back! Stop by the cheese counter at your local Whole Foods Market for a taste.

Let's Cook: Slow Cooking

It doesn’t get any easier! One of the best cooking methods for beans and stews, Chef Chad shows you how easy it is pull together a slow cooked meal.

Simple Tips for Holiday Flowers

The holidays are coming, and with them, the many opportunities to share your time with family and friends. One of the things I like to do this is get together and make holiday flower arrangements for our homes.

Navigating Holidays with Food Allergies

Navigating the holidays with severe food allergies can be challenging. Get tips and strategies for enjoying the season without the stress.

Beaujolais is Here!

It’s the third Thursday of November and that means the first cases of Beaujolais Nouveau have arrived in our stores! Stop by for a taste.

Know Your Baking Basics

Flours and sugars and eggs, oh my! We’ve got you covered for the holiday baking season—learn about the variety of baking supplies we carry.

Good Food and Even Better Company

Our on-going conversations are proof that good food brings people to the table but great company keeps them there.

A L.I.F.E. Jacket for Your Coffee

Get a L.I.F.E.! This reusable coffee sleeve handmade by Kenyan women helps them earn a living and send their special needs children to school.

Will Work for Wine

In this episode of Hungry for More, host Kieron Elliot tastes his way through a biodynamic and organic vineyard, climbing into the process with both feet.

Join the Fight Against Childhood Hunger

More than 17 million kids in the US are at risk of hunger. Find out how you can help Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign.

Thanksgiving Pie in the Sky

You’ve got more than 3.14 options this Thanksgiving, and we’re here to help you navigate them all. Take a look at our pie-namite recipes!

The Thanksgiving I'm Most Thankful For Contest

They don’t call it Thanksgiving for nothing. Tell us about a Thanksgiving that your particularly thankful for and you could win a $50 gift card.

Whole Foods Market Leaders Get Their Garden On!

One of the most wonderful traditions within Whole Foods Market is that each of our teams are encouraged by our leaders to hold an annual team building event. More often than not, teams choose to include a community service component. Our company leaders are no exception; they truly practice what they preach!

Holiday Wines: Our Favorite Reds

Is red wine your thing? We’ve got some seriously affordable, delicious holiday reds and some luscious cheeses for the perfect pairing.

Turkey Talk

Watch as host Kieron spends a day bantering with organic turkeys, eating their food and attempting to drive a combine, in this episode of Hungry for More.

Pacific Natural Foods

Focusing on high-quality ingredients, simple recipes and “doing things like you would in your own kitchen” — that’s the Pacific Natural Foods way. Learn more from founder Chuck Eggert in this slideshow.

Traveling with Healthy Foods

Before you head over the hills and through the woods, check out our tips to help you eat well along the way. What are your tricks for healthy eating when traveling?

Get the Party Started with Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau is coming! This fresh, playful, once-a-year party wine is all about sharing. Will you be sipping some this season?

Holiday Cleaning with an Eco-Conscience

Lower your holiday stress by using earth-conscious products to spiff up your home before guests arrive.

Entrées Beyond Turkey

Whether you want to cook a smaller holiday meal, add a 2nd main entrée or serve up a turkey-free event, these recipes take you beyond the bird for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Produce Update and the Best Stuffing Debate

Produce expert James shares the outlook for the harvest of Thanksgiving favorites. Join him in assessing what (or who) makes the best stuffing.

Gluten-Free Flours for More Than Baking

We’ve put together a list of simple, delicious ingredient substitutions for flour to help you keep on track for a happy, healthy gluten-free holiday.

Vote for a Chance to Win $1000

View a YumSugar slideshow of Thanksgiving recipes and cast your vote for your favorite for a chance to win a $1000 Whole Foods Market gift card.

Simplify T-Day with Planning

With Thanksgiving still a few weeks away, there’s plenty of time to get a jump on holiday meal planning.

10 Favorite Stuffing Recipes

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, your guests will call it delicious. From chestnut to oyster and many flavors in between, our stuffing recipes have you covered.

Mom's Challenge: Sick Family, Slim Cupboards

Sick toddler. Sick husband. HELP! Learn how team member and first-time Mom Christine rises to the challenge of making healthy meals that appeal to toddler and hubby, even when they are under the weather.

Our Exceptional Turkeys


Try Something New in November

Broaden your shopping list with this sneak peek at the latest and greatest hitting our shelves, then rate them and let others know what you think.

Portuguese Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Tag along with Emma as she eats her way from bacalhau to beef, sipping Madeira and learning folkloric dance.

Festive Pairings for Holiday White Wines

Love white wine? We’ve got some seriously affordable, delicious holiday whites and some mouth-watering recipes to pair with them!

Budget-Friendly Small Bites

Celebrate with our team members’ winning recipes for appetizers that are tasty on the palate and easy on the wallet. These all ring in at less than 50¢ a piece.

Local Producer: Epicurean Butter

In the infamous words of Julia Child, “With enough butter, anything is good!” And that couldn’t be more true when it comes to our most recent Local Producer Loan recipient, Epicurean Butter.


Take Advantage of our Holiday Table

Have you ever been in our stores during the fall and noticed folks huddled around a table happily being helped by Whole Foods Market team members?

Give Thanks for Shrimp

Get the story behind our standards for farm-raised and wild-caught shrimp and pick up some tips for choosing, cooking and serving what the pilgrims ate: shrimp!