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Guayakí

Find out how Guayakí brought yerba mate back into the shade and into the international spotlight.

Catching Up with Old Friends at Expo

During the first week of March, I attended the largest trade show for all things related to natural, organic and healthy products. With over 60,000 attendees and more than 3,000 companies displaying the newest products and innovations, the Natural Products Expo West Conference in Anaheim, California, is a smorgasbord of tasty treats, healthy bites and cutting-edge trends on the grocery horizon.

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MAKE: Trash Can Composter

MAKE magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the exciting projects in your life and helps you make the most of technology at home and away from home. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk.

In this post, MAKE contributor Thomas Arey shares how to make a composter from a trash can.

Hilary's Eat Well

Food allergies never stopped Hilary Brown from enjoying what she eats. In fact, they inspired her to create “The World’s Best Veggie Burger.”

Uncle Matt's Organic

“Uncle” Matt McLean knows just what it takes to get the most flavor out of fruit for his organic juices — and what it doesn’t. Read on to find out how he took the family business back to its organic roots.

What’s New Now

My three-year old has picked up the phrase, “that is my favorite and my best” and uses it with a gravity that only someone her age can pull off. Strawberry ice cream, white cats and her sparkly tutu have all recently earned her accolades. As a grocery store that’s in the business of selling the highest quality foods we can find at the most competitive prices possible, our search for quality is a never-ending process. So it’s fair to say that we have a lot of “favorites” and “bests” on every aisle and make it our job to bring in more each month.

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One of Our Hidden Gems: Kailua in Hawaii

KailuaWith over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this final post in this eight-store series. Read through them all, maybe your store was featured!

Dr. Oz Applauds Whole Foods Market on GMO Labeling

This past Tuesday, Dr. Oz reopened the debate on genetically modified foods. His show about GMOs last October sparked a firestorm after he expressed his firm position on mandatory labeling for GMO foods.

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One of Our Hidden Gems: Tarzana Store in Southern California

With more than 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this series. Maybe your store will be featured next!

Healthy Cooking Techniques: Steaming

Steaming helps keep fresh veggies at their optimum for flavor and nutrition. Learn this simple healthy cooking technique and more from Health Starts Here™ chef Derek.

One of Our Hidden Gems: Yonkers in New York

With over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this eight-store series. Maybe your local store will be featured next!

Read on to find out how you could win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market®. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Belinda A.!

EV Rider: Life on an Electric Motorcycle

Electric motorcycleThe best environmental solutions are the ones that are fun. Growing your own food is a great experience, riding a bicycle can be transcendent, and making some good home cooking for friends is just about the best combo of eco and enjoyable I can think of.

One of Our Hidden Gems: Unionville in Ontario

With over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this eight-store series. Maybe your store will be featured next!

Read on to find out how you could win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market®. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Ken!

Peak Season for Artichokes

March through May is the perfect time to steam, stuff, bake, braise and thoroughly enjoy fresh artichokes. Learn how.

One of Our Hidden Gems: Huntington Beach in California

With over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this eight-store series. Maybe your local store will be featured next!

Read on to find out how you could win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market®. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Cimbria!

Power Foods for Pregnant Moms

During pregnancy, you’re working overtime, so you need food that works overtime too! We’ve compiled a list of 10 nutrient-rich power foods for pregnant and lactating women.
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DIY Seed Starters: Turn Trash into a Garden Treasure

scrapkinsWith the season’s egg dyeing and deviled-egg eating, chances are you’re starting to collect a few extra egg cartons around the house. Don’t throw them away!

One of Our Hidden Gems: Mill Plain in Vancouver

Mill PlainWith over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this eight-store series. Maybe your store will be featured next!

Let's Cook: Smoothies

Watch smoothie magic before your own eyes and see how to add greens to your breakfast drink without sacrificing its sweet flavor.

One of Our Hidden Gems: Sonoma in California

With over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this eight-store series. Maybe your local store will be featured next! (Read on to find out how you could win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market®. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Courtney F.!)

Breakfasts That Won't Rob Your Nest Egg

According to culinary mythology, the hundred folds in a chef's hat represent the hundred ways to cook an egg. While we home cooks don’t need to know a hundred ways to cook with this versatile ingredient, it sure pays to know a few. So rise and let your cooking and budget skills shine with eggs.

One of Our Hidden Gems: Tanasbourne in Oregon

With over 340 stores (and counting!), we’ve got a lot of hidden gems out there. Get the story behind the store in this series. Maybe your local store will be featured next! (Read on to find out how you could win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market®. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Stephen!)

Join Us This Saturday for Eggstravaganza!

Get ready for an eggtraordinary event coming to your local Whole Foods Market this Saturday, March 23rd. It’s an Eggstravaganza and we’ll be celebrating the versatility and the deliciousness of eggs throughout our stores.
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Handling Hard-Cooked Eggs

Hard-cooked eggs are the unsung heroes of spring celebrations everywhere, and we’ve got a trove of fast and fun ideas to get them out of their shells and onto the table.
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How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg

When it comes to fried eggs, there are many versions of perfection. We’re here to help you find yours.
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Food52's Spring Staples

Daylight Saving Time has extended our evening light, and we’re brightening things up in the kitchen to match.
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For Pineapple Lovers

Pineapple is enjoyed the world over in salads, sides, desserts and more. Here are our favorite ways to serve up pineapple.

Bonarda: Argentina's Most Intriguing Red Varietal

Argentina continues creating rock star Reds like malbec and cabernet sauvignon. The latest Red to make it to the stage, bonarda, may well be the country’s true chart-topper.
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Kitchen Basics: Blanching Vegetables

Blanching vegetables

"Blanching," is a cooking technique that brightens the colors and enhances the textures of fresh vegetables, and also makes them easier to digest. It's perfectly suited for recipes where you want to maintain maximum freshness and flavor, but avoid eating raw produce.

Summer in the Alps

Connect with cultures and food traditions around the world by taking a Whole Journeys tour. Depart on a summer to remember with one of these glorious mountain destinations.
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Loving Leftover Matzo

Discover a new pantry staple with two easy techniques and six tasty recipes for using up leftover matzo.
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Getting Your Greens

To complement your wearin’ o’ the green for St. Patrick’s Day, why not turn your focus to eatin’ o’ the greens? Here’s how we get more greens on the table!

Throw a Salad Bar Party Kids Will Love

Throw a salad bar party for a fresh, healthy and tasty meal that’ll please folks of all ages. We’ll show you how in four easy steps!

Get Your Greens In

From wearing green clothes to drinking green beer, everyone seems to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Why not take it one step further and eat green food, too?

Not only is it in the spirit of the day but eating green foods can be good for you too. How lucky! Here are some of our favorite green foods and recipes to inspire your menu on March 17th and beyond.

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Asparagus Tips...and Spears

Asparagus is one of the season’s superstars – freshest and at its best during the spring. Hot or cold, sautéed or steamed, roasted or grilled, this versatile vegetable can do it all so don’t waste a spear.

Dos and Don'ts When Hosting a Passover Seder

The Passover menu is not an easy one to create. Boston-based writer and photographer Brian Samuels shares his tried-and-true tips for setting a Seder table.

ABC's The Taste: Chef K from LA

Did you catch the new reality cooking competition, “The Taste,” on ABC? Visit ABC.com for full episodes.

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Putting Your Best Brisket Forward

We embrace the lean, adaptable slab of brisket as a springtime favorite, but look to it year-round to inexpensively feed a crowd. You can go several ways with brisket – slow-cooked pot roast-style with root vegetables, smoked and slathered with barbecue sauce (burnt ends please!), blanketed in lemon slices and simply roasted. You really can’t go wrong with this versatile cut, but we here to make sure things go very right.

Supplier Alliance Gives Opportunity Around the Globe

You have through March 31st to help us reach Whole Planet Foundation®'s Annual Prosperity Campaign goal of raising $5.7 million by donating at your local Whole Foods Market store or online. What amazing progress we've made! So far, with your help, we have raised $3,274,338. Your donation will help us give opportunity by funding microlending programs for more than a million of the very poor in 55 countries, including the US.

Bonsai People: Do Something Reel Film Festival

The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, an uplifting documentary about one man’s extraordinary humanitarian work and his influence around the globe.

Madly in Love with Mangoes

April is mango madness time around here and! Here are some of my favorite facts and tips to get the most out of mangoes during this lively – albeit short lived - season.

Kosher for Passover

At Whole Foods Market®, we’ve got Kosher cooking basics from salt to olive oil and holiday essentials from gefilte fish to grape juice. You’ll also find less traditional but no less important Kosher finds too.

Food52's Favorite Recipes for Spring Entertaining

To celebrate spring's bounty, we’ll be throwing plenty of parties full of light, fresh fare. Here are just a few ways to delight guests with the best of the season.
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Gaga for Green Beans

Green Beans with Pecans and ClementinesI’m always on the lookout for fabulous side dishes. I want simple but unique.

Six Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Okay, I’ll be the one to admit it: Nursin’ ain’t easy. Am I right, ladies?

The New Rules of Entertaining

Don’t let a lot of fussy details get in the way of your next dinner party. Kinfolk Magazine refreshes the rules of entertaining.
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Whole Planet Foundation: Helping Alleviate Poverty in the United States

Thank you Whole Foods Market® shoppers! You have already raised $2.3 million to alleviate poverty around the globe, including right here in the United States!

Whole Planet Foundation® works with trusted microfinance partners to fund microcredit loans (typically loans of around $200 requiring no collateral or contract) to more than 259,000 clients (89% of them women) with a repayment rate of 97%. To date, the foundation has committed more than $34 million and disbursed more than $24 million.

Nature Fed Eggs

At Nature Fed, the chickens always come first. Find out more about their Non-GMO Project verified eggs in our ongoing series.
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GMO Labeling Coming to Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market commits to full GMO transparency by giving supplier partners five years to source non-GMO ingredients or to clearly label products with ingredients containing GMOs.

Today, we stood up for the consumer’s right to know by announcing that all products in our US and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be clearly labeled within five years. We heard our customers loud and clear asking us for GMO labeling and we are responding where we have control: in our own stores.

Meal Matters and Pretty Platters

Before you serve your guests this holiday, make sure you gussy it up with a few of these pretty plating pointers.

Putting Your Best Lamb Forward

Lamb is a delicious sign of spring. From roasts and chops to stews and comforting braises, lamb has something to offer everyone at the table. Explore all the preparations that make this meat shine.

Prepare for the PARMAGEDDON!

Join us in our stores on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 3pm EST as we simultaneously crack and sample over 400 wheels of authentic Parmigiano Reggiano across the US, Canada and the UK. Plus we'll have food pairings and more! Who doesn’t love free cheese samples?
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Spring Cleaning for Your Plate

Ease out of winter's heavier fare with energizing plant-based recipes, perfect for Sunday brunch.

The Purposeful Potato

Mashed, hashed or smashed; baked once, twice or stuffed; scalloped, grated or fried — here are some of our favorite ways to serve up spectacular spuds.
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Meet a Microcredit Client You Support

ZaharaMeet Zahara. Zahara owns a small home-based weaving business in Morocco. She sells her weavings in the market to townspeople who use in their marriage ceremonies and to visiting tourists. She raises her own sheep and uses their wool to prepare her thread for her and her daughter, who is also a weaver.

DIY Easter Egg Dye

Color your Easter eggs using nature’s palette of bright vivid colors from fruits, vegetables and spices. Got hard-boiled leftovers? We’ve also got some great tips for what to do with your Easter eggs after the big day!
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A Stout-Spiked Twist on Shepherd's Pie

I’ll say it once, I’ll say it twice – heck I’ll say it all day long. Just about any recipe that calls for water, broth, stock or some sort of cooking liquid can be partially substituted with beer! As a result, casseroles, stews, soups and chilis all make excellent bases for cooking with beer.

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