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What a Dad Wants

My husband is a great dad. When we moved from a condo to a house a few years ago, one of the most important things in the search was a nice yard for our son to enjoy, and a place where he could grill with ease.

If the dad you’re celebrating on Father’s Day (hint: Sunday, June 16!) love to grill, give him what he really wants…something delicious to sear over the flames.


Foraging at Whole Foods Market

Imagine tasting your way through your local community, meeting local artisans and growers, hearing their stories and then helping bring their products to market to share with others. Now imagine this is your job. 

A forager is someone who searches widely for food or provisions. Whole Foods Market® has local foragers across the nation helping us source from more than 6,500 local vendors. From country farms to urban bakeries, these on-the-go team members seek out the best local products, so we can bring more great stuff to our customers.


Get Your Morning Veggies

Adding vegetables to breakfast is an easy (and tasty) way to pack in more nutrition.

A Special Thank You to Our Team Members

Whole Foods Market Team Members have donated over $4.5 million through paycheck contributions to alleviate poverty worldwide through Whole Planet Foundation.

Berries 101: Choosing the Best


When berry season begins in earnest, I feel like I’ve won the culinary lottery. Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries – are the perfect adornment for a bowl of oatmeal and make excellent afternoon snacks, but do you know how to handle this summertime windfall?


Berry Bonanza

We tend to think of berries as a sweet beginning to mornings or a treat for the end of the day, but don’t limit yourself. When berry season is in full swing, tuck the fragrant fruit into baked goods, mash them with hot peppers for an invigorating sauce, blend them into soups and pair them with savory cheeses for an unexpected appetizer. Don’t forget to freeze a handful or two of whole berries from every batch (if you have any left!) for the ultimate smoothie addition.

Here are some of our favorite ways with summer berries.

Fired up for Chile Peppers

Summer brings a variety of peppers, some hot, some not. Because different peppers have different levels of heat, they offer tremendous versatility in cooking.

Greyston Bakery: Baked with a Fresh Start

Greyston Bakery BrownieDo you ever bite in to a brownie and wonder what makes it so delicious? Perhaps it’s the cage-free eggs? Possibly it’s the perfect chocolate chip crunch? Maybe it’s made with love: real, genuine, wanna-hug-your-grandma love?

Kid Food Fun: Breakfast Banana Splits and More

Just because school is nearly out for summer doesn’t mean learning needs to be put on pause. Trying to introduce a wider variety of fruits and veggies or teach the joy of cooking? With the kids underfoot in the summer, they might as well give you a hand in the kitchen!

Bell & Evans: A True Partnership with a Caring Producer

Our selection of meat and poultry is renowned for great taste and superior quality. We believe this has a lot to do with the care that goes into raising the animals and the true partnerships we develop with the farmers and ranchers that supply our stores. Farmers and ranchers dedicated to meeting our animal welfare standards.


We Love Local

Today about 25 percent of the produce sold at our stores comes from local farms, and storewide anywhere from 10-30 percent of the products on our shelves come from local producers depending on availability, store size and the needs of the community.

My Field Trip to P&F Farms in West Texas

PigsThe best part of my job with Whole Foods Market®’s Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) is the opportunity to build relationship with local farmers, ranchers and food artisans around the country.

Perfectly Healthy Picnics

Healthy eating guru Mary shares ideas for loading up your picnic basket with family-pleasing, nutrient-dense favorites.

Food52's Favorite Big-Batch Summer Snacks

Whether you’re hosting pool parties or sleepovers this summer, you’re going to need snacks that can be made by the double or triple batch.

Raised to Taste Better

Our selection of meat and poultry is renowned for great taste and superior quality. We believe this has a lot to do with the care that goes into raising the animals and the true partnerships we develop with the farmers and ranchers that supply our stores.

Calling All Corn Connoisseurs

Make the most of this quintessentially summer staple with these recipes for your next outdoor party, picnic or barbeque – or even a weeknight meal.

Responsibly Raised

Memorial Day kicks off grilling season and for many people, meat’s on the menu. We believe that the best meat comes from animals raised with more room to move and more things to do, in environments where safety and cleanliness are valued.

In the spirit of enjoying meat from animals raised with respect I asked Anne Malleau, Whole Foods Market’s global animal production and welfare coordinator to point out how five of Whole Foods Market’s suppliers put the animals first.


Blanching And Shocking

Healthy Eating Chef Chad shows us how to keep vegetables crisp and vibrant by learning how to blanch and shock them.

Fired Up About Great Wines for Grilling

Grilling, in all its wonderful smoky sweet complexity, creates flavors and profiles practically begging to be paired with wines, both White and Red.

Food52’s Top 4 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

This Memorial Day, go rogue: grill what no one else is grilling.

DIY Trellises: If You Build It, They Will Grow

Trellises are essential for vining plants, such as pole beans, peas, and some varieties of squashes or cucumbers. (Check the tag or the seed packet. Varieties that don’t need a trellis are usually called “bush” variety.)



Incredible Crab

Whether you choose lump or claw meat, crab is delectable in appetizers, salads, soups, casseroles and, of course, crab cakes. Try some of our favorite recipes.

Double-Duty Berry Beauty Parfait

Parfait ingredients

A Treat for Skin (and taste buds!)

Summer brings warm, sunny days and berries in abundance! Does anyone else wait all year to scarf down nature’s good-for-you, sweet snacks by the handful – or is it just me?


Animal Welfare and Our Meat Department

When you visit our meat counters, you get quality meats that meet our strict animal welfare standards. This dedication to animal welfare at farms and ranches and the level of transparency in our stores help you make informed choices about the meat you eat.

Essential Seasonings for Grilling

The right combination of spices can give your meal a Southern kick, island flare or Texas twist. Try them with beef, tofu, fish, pork chops, chicken breasts and vegetables.

The Winners of Our 2013 Supplier Awards

We recently recognized the winners of our 2013 Supplier Awards at a special awards ceremony, spotlighting natural and organic non-perishable suppliers who best exemplify our mission and core values.

Our buyers and experts selected this year’s recipients out of the thousands of suppliers they work beside every day to bring products to market. Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a top supplier of organic herbs and spices, earned our highest honor of Supplier of the Year.


The Gift of Travel

Summer presents a wonderful chance to say thanks to your family with a well-earned vacation. While travel may seem like an extravagant gift at first, it provides memories for a lifetime and a reflective space to nurture body, mind and soul.

The Best Michelada Ever

Try this flavorful take on the classic Michelada for early summer refreshment.

The Ideal First Aid Kit for Summertime Fun

“Be prepared.” These words are the reason my suitcase is habitually too heavy to lift, especially in the summer.


World Fair Trade Day Deals + Sweepstakes

Hip hip hurray Saturday is World Fair Trade Day! We’re celebrating by stretching the festivities from Friday to Sunday with a three-day sale on hundreds of Whole Trade® products.

Loveable Mother's Day Dinner Ideas

A glorious dinner worthy of the greatest mother in the land (yours!) needn’t be heavy. Let spring produce and warmer weather dictate a seasonal spread fit for a queen. Ease up on animal protein and swap oils and sugars for healthful substitutes to celebrate naturally flavorful whole foods.

Treat your mother right with light and easy dinner dishes that will leave the whole family feeling great.

Breakfast in Bed for Mom

Scrambled EggsAs kids, my sisters and I always served our mom breakfast in bed to celebrate Mother’s Day. She loved it!


Mom-O-Rama: Celebrate Your Mom-ness

Hey mama. We think you’re pretty awesome and we want to show you just how much during Mom-O-Rama! Come celebrate your mom-ness with us this Thursday, May 9th from 10am to 1pm in all our US stores. There will be tasty samples and lots of treats you’ll love. Plus we’re giving away goodie bags to the first 50 moms to claim them during Mom-O-Rama.

Have Your Meat and Veggies Too

Go beyond center-of-the-plate thinking and load up on vegetables, beans and whole grains along with some flavorful beef, chicken and fish. Try these Health Starts Here recipe favorites.

Let’s Cook: Creamy Sesame Greens

Watch how to make creamy sesame greens by adding steamed kale to a quick tahini sauce for a filling side dish full of nutrients.

Food52's Creative Ways with Fresh Berries

Once you get a load of these inventive approaches to the jewel-like fruits, you’ll have a hard time going back to former summertime standards.

What's New in May

If you’re also on the lookout for products to try, you’ll be happy to know that Whole Foods Market adds many new items to our shelves every month. Dig in to these most recent additions.

Organic India

Learn how Organic India creates their ghee, teas, herbs, spices and wellness supplements with care and empowerment.

Finca Corsicana: No Ordinary Farm

Opening Ceremonies at Finca Corsicana in Costa RicaIn the little town of La Virgen, Costa Rica you’ll find Finca Corsicana, a Whole Trade® Guarantee partner that supplies Whole Foods Market® with pineapples.


Daily Meal Planner for Welcoming Summer

Add up the savings this sum-sum-summer with the Whole Deal value guide. Fresh seasonal flavors + coupons, Sure Deals and fast budget-friendly recipes = everyday savings. Take a look at our daily meal planner and get inspired.

Three Simple Things That’ll Make Mom Really Happy

There are three simple essentials to make Mom really happy on Mother’s Day (or any day). As a mom of a three-and-a-half year old ball of boy energy, I know if I get just one of these little gifts I’ll be a happy mama!