Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
March 8, 2012
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Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gaia Herb Farm is one of the largest organic medicinal herb farms in the United States. Watch their story.
October 16, 2011
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Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gaia Herb Farm is one of the largest organic medicinal herb farms in the United States. Watch their story.
October 8, 2011
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Just as bees play a vital role in ecosystems, Sweet Beginnings plays a vital role in the community, providing skills for people with barriers to employment. Watch their story.
September 23, 2011
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When Jane Elder Kunz inherited her grandparents' farm, she and her husband Fritz decided to create the first organic dairy in Indiana. Take a tour in this video.
August 10, 2011
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Tuscarora Organic Growers is a democratically-operated cooperative of more than 40 farms that was founded in 1988 in Hustontown, Pennsylvania. Growers are held to strict standards, spelled out in an 18-page set of guidelines covering harvest, grading, packing, storage and food safety. All of the partner farms are certified organic.
July 12, 2011
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion. We have always believed in and fought for the improvement of welfare for farm animals industry-wide, and all the pork, beef, chicken and turkey in our fresh meat cases comes from producers who have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating system.

July 8, 2011
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With a low interest loan from our Local Producer Loan Program, the father and son team at Thompson Farms are working to increase their Animal Welfare Rating to the highest level possible.
June 21, 2011
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It’s peak season for varietal favorites like Grape, Sun Gold, Red and Yellow Pear, Black Cherry and Sno White. Learn why cherry tomatoes start the season.
May 31, 2011
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Joseph and Anna Maria Severino learned the art of pasta making in Italy 35 years ago and have developed quite a local following for their authentic pastas.
April 4, 2011
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Learn how Howie and Scott, lifelong anglers and longtime friends, combined their love of the sea and their dedication to its preservation in their business of providing wild-caught Florida seafood.
February 5, 2011
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Larry Harding foraged for wild ginseng with his father when he was young, and today he grows ginseng in 80 acres of shaded forest in Maryland.
January 24, 2011
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Produce from our Short Pump (Virginia) store’s Village Community Garden will soon be sold in our store. Find out what magic was created from a free plot of land and a whole lot of heart.
November 23, 2010
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

September 7, 2010
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Icelandic lamb is a wonderfully flavorful, exceptionally lean meat from animals raised with no antibiotics, ever and no added hormones. Pesticides and herbicides are seldom used in Iceland where the climate naturally protects the land. All in all, Icelandic lambs are amazingly robust and live in an idyllic, geographically isolated country' whose strict agriculture regulations protect the integrity of the lamb you are buying.

August 22, 2010
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

August 6, 2010
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Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company Nashville, Tennessee
July 27, 2010
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LANCASTER FARM FRESH COOPERATIVE – Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
July 15, 2010
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

May 25, 2010
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Coosaw Farms was founded in Fairfax, South Carolina, over 30 years ago by Bradley and Louise O’Neal and has since grown to include their two children, Brad and Angela.  Largely known for their Red Seedless Watermelons, Coosaw Farms is now growing Southern Highbrush Blueberries.
May 13, 2010
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Chesapeake Greenhouse – Sudlersville, Maryland
April 27, 2010
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Meadow Creek Dairy Galax, Virginia
November 21, 2009
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Savannah Bee Company - Ted Dennard
Savannah, Georgia

October 25, 2009
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Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheese
Greenville, Indiana

October 24, 2009
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

October 23, 2009
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
October 10, 2009
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Mercier Orchards - Blue Ridge, Georgia
August 29, 2009
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Shawn Thackeray - Thackeray Farms - Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
August 8, 2009
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This blog post previously contained a video about Sweet Stem Farm dating back to 2009, before the implementation of GAP standards. We have taken the video down to prevent confusion. We market this product as GAP Step 2 in our stores, and the farm has been operating at a Step 2 rating since 2010.

July 5, 2009
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Joe & Jerry Watson, Monetta, SC
June 28, 2009
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Snowville Creamery - Pomeroy, Ohio
June 6, 2009
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Hal and Drew Ambos of Savannah, Georgia
May 1, 2009
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Laura Button - Smyrna, TN
April 25, 2009
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Linden Vineyards, Linden, Virginia
April 17, 2009
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BELL & EVANS – Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania
March 6, 2009
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Jessica & Jeremy Little

Thomasville, GA

Sweet Grass Dairy's goats and cows graze happily outdoors on lush green pastures in south Georgia and receive no growth hormones or stimulants. Their fresh hand-crafted, semi-ripened and naturally-aged goat and cow cheeses are some of the most unique and delicious cheeses to grace a plate.
January 12, 2009
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

November 28, 2008
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All the milk at Homestead Creamery comes from two local farms, both in their third and fourth generations of family ownership.  The milk is free of all hormones and antibiotics, and because the milk is sold in recycled glass bottles it tastes fresher longer and is more environmentally friendly.
November 13, 2008
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

October 17, 2008
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

August 26, 2008
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In their own words...
August 26, 2008
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

August 5, 2008
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Our South Region has joined with Farmer D Organics to recycle the green waste from select stores and bring it to Longwood Plantation where Mike Smith and Daron Joffe, a.k.a. Farmer D, transform it into biodynamic organic compost.
July 22, 2008
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Join our South region as they hit the backroads and discover the stories of the people and places behind local and regional foods found in their stores. They’ll travel the farm-to-market roads and interview farmers and producers whose passion it is to produce the highest quality, best tasting food available.
July 17, 2008
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Join us as we hit the backroads and discover the stories of the people and places behind local and regional foods found in our stores. We'll travel the farm-to-market roads and interview farmers and producers whose passion it is to produce the highest quality, best tasting food available.

April 23, 2008
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
April 3, 2008
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Savannah, Georgia
Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Check out Farmer D Organics! Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
April 2, 2008
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Fitzgerald, Georgia
Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
February 19, 2008
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
February 19, 2008
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
January 23, 2008
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
January 23, 2008
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
January 23, 2008
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
November 14, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
November 14, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
October 22, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
October 22, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
August 28, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
August 28, 2007
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion.

July 30, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
July 25, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
July 5, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
June 15, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!
June 3, 2007
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Check out our South region's local grower and vendor profiles. Thanks for watching our slide show and please let us know what you think!