Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
March 25, 2014
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Hi there, orange! We’ve been waiting for your warm, zingy energy.

Orange is the “wow” part of sunsets – you remember those? Now they’re finally hanging on a little later than happy hour, and you don’t have to watch them in your rearview mirror on the way home from work.

Think of sweet-tart mangos and simmering saffron. Peachy-colored roses and bright turmeric-spiced curries. The paddle of duck feet, the flash of a bird’s beak. Bonus points for catching spring’s mascot – the bunny – chewing on an actual carrot.

March 19, 2014
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Hello, yellow!

After the dark winter, welcome yellow shines in the finally here rays of the sun; a golden, day-long opportunity to get out and warm up.

Look for fields of daffodils and buttercups, and zig-zagging lines of fuzzy ducklings making their way in the world. (We won’t begrudge you a Peep or two, either.)

Our favorite yellow is the barely green yellowy tinge of tiny new vegetables. How about the buttery yellow glow of, well, butter? Melting on a muffin on a not-as-chilly morning?

March 12, 2014
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Greetings, green!

Spring’s truest sign, green tells us that things are finally turning over; leaves uncurling in miniature on all those previously-bare branches.

The most tender (and tasty) bites of the season signal their arrival with a little shoot of green: Peas and radish tops, or brave asparagus stalks creeping up from the dark ground. The eyes of your littlest one open wide in wonder at what their green garden is growing.

Take a moment to just sit and be in the green grass. Maybe you’ll find your lucky clover.

March 5, 2014
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Spring has sprung! While everything in nature is busy turning over a shiny new leaf, why not follow suit with a little spring renewal of your own? Here are three easy ways to freshen up your life as the days lengthen and the ground thaws.

1. Renew Your Kitchen

March 5, 2014
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Welcome, pink! We’ve been waiting all winter for you. Flirty and flushed, pink is the rosy dawn of a new season. This beauty pops up everywhere: The crabapple and the cherry blossom. The early edges of dawn and twilight. On the cheeks of your favorite folks as they bustle around outdoors.
June 6, 2013
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How would you like to have a chef in your kitchen helping you cook your way through their favorite recipes? You can, with Panna , the award-winning digital cooking magazine, available for the iPad and iPhone.
June 4, 2013
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Recipe appLooking for a hand planning, shopping and cooking? Download the new Whole Foods Market® Recipes app! It’s free, completely updated and better than ever.

May 5, 2013
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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.

June 16, 2012
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Whole Foods Market® is excited to carry the award-winning DVD Nourish: Food + Community, hosted and narrated by actress Cameron Diaz. Look for it in our stores now.

May 20, 2012
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As the receptionist at the Whole Foods Market® Global Support offices, I’m here to help set the record straight on questions that I receive daily from interested investors, customers and potential Team Members.

March 16, 2012
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As the receptionist at the Whole Foods Market Global Support offices, I’m here to help set the record straight on recurring questions that I receive daily from interested investors, customers and potential new Team Members.

March 12, 2012
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Heading to SXSW this year? A seasoned Team Member and SXSW veteran offers useful tips so that you can enjoy everything that Austin and SXSW have to offer!
February 23, 2012
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As the receptionist at the Whole Foods Market Global Support offices, I’m here to help set the record straight on recurring questions that I receive daily from interested investors, customers and potential new Team Members. Here are a few I’ve answered recently:

Q: “I’m so excited there is a Whole Foods Market headed to my area, how do I find out when they will be opening? Also, how do I apply for a job at the new store?”

February 22, 2012
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Blogger Lisa Johnson set out to feed her family exclusively from Whole Foods Market for a USDA-calculated “thrifty” budget of $491.10 for 30 days. Read about her success.
February 21, 2012
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Blogger Lisa Johnson set out to feed her family exclusively from Whole Foods Market for a USDA-calculated “thrifty” budget of $491.10 for 30 days. Read about her success.
January 21, 2012
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Every day, our store team members go out of their way to make sure our customers are part of the family. Read real life examples and see some cool store-inspired wedding decorations.
December 14, 2011
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What do the words “holiday indulgences” conjure for you? My mind goes to decadent baked goods glistening with glaze and also to weekends spent lazing around in my pajamas, totally ignoring all to-do lists. Whatever holiday indulgence means to you, this is certainly the season to embrace it.

December 10, 2011
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It’s no secret that the holidays bring a myriad of parties, feasts and indulgences, leaving you ready for that New Year’s resolution to do it better, bigger, brighter, smarter in the coming year. But first, let’s take a look back and chat about what went right this year.

December 9, 2011
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Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter and join in on #WFMdish, our weekly hour-long chats on Thursdays at 6PM CST. Plus we tweet about sales, recipes and more.
November 16, 2011
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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.
October 23, 2011
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Nikki, receptionist for Whole Foods Market’s global support office, answers questions all day long! She’s collected a few answers to share with you.
September 26, 2011
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Teens Turning Green is calling on high school and college students to take on a 30-day eco lifestyle challenge. Learn how you can change the world and win prizes.
September 24, 2011
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Want to give someone you love access to healthy food all year long? See why a Whole Foods Market auto-reload gift card could be your best investment.
September 16, 2011
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Oh yeah, our team members know how to shop our store! While we weren’t eligible for the Living Social deal that burned up the internet Tuesday, a few of us got a sweet offer of our own.
September 16, 2011
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If you’re lucky enough be in Northern California’s Bay Area on the 23rd through the 25th, you must visit the Eat Real Festival. You’re appetite will thank you.
July 5, 2011
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Learn how we are supporting diabetic Doug Masiuk in his historic run across the U.S. to educate about healthier living and thwarting this epidemic.
May 15, 2011
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Customer service specialist Rachael shares how one customer found exactly what she needed at our Metairie store in Louisiana — compassion and help in saving a starving kitten.
May 13, 2011
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Learn how team member and first-time Mom Christine rises to the challenge of making healthy meals that appeal to baby and Daddy. This time, she tackles finger foods.
May 12, 2011
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Team Member Jaye shares her secrets for creating delicious summer meals for one while not heating up the kitchen.
April 19, 2011
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The first signs of spring are finally here, and we’re breathing a sigh of relief at our store in Wayland, MA. Spring means the end of snow, cold, and the gloomy pall that can overtake the winter months. Finally, we can put away our boots and scarves and get a much needed dose of sunlight. Spring also means the arrival of Easter and Passover, two holidays we get excited about at Whole Foods Market. We also start setting up our grilling and gardening displays for all of the early birds that want to get a jump on burgers and bulbs.
March 31, 2011
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Featured in our Artist Discovery series, Brett Dennen’s April CD release of Loverboy is creating quite a buzz. Pick up his music in stores and check out his tips for eating healthy while on the road.
March 25, 2011
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What does it mean to catch a dollar? Find out on March 31st as theaters nationwide premiere a special documentary and screen a live panel discussion, featuring Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.
February 22, 2011
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Throw an award-winning party on Sunday by matching your menu to show your choice for the best film of 2010. See our suggested recipes and share yours.
February 17, 2011
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Take a behind-the-scenes look at what our stores do to help you make it through (yet another) winter storm.
January 26, 2011
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Experience the excitement of football’s big event through the eyes of our creative store team members. Touchdown favorites, anyone?
September 11, 2010
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Around here, everyone is getting excited about our 30th birthday, including the 30 winners of our "A Heart as Big as Texas" essay contest. These winners, joined by a guest, will be treated to a VIP culinary weekend event in Austin provided by Whole Foods Market and our anniversary partners, Texas Tourism, JetBlue Airways and the Radisson Austin.
February 14, 2010
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I work on the team in our Global Headquarters that answers customer emails, calls, and letters sent to our office. As I'm sure you can imagine my job can get hectic at times. However, I recently received this letter from one of our customers. When I opened the letter it brought a moment of pause to my day.

May 28, 2009
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Comment #350 * Leela of Morrison, TN Her favorite festival food is veggie corn dogs with mustard!
May 20, 2009
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What do Bruce Springsteen, bio-diesel generators and Whole Foods Market all have in common?  We will all be at Bonnaroo 2009 from June 11th – 14th!   Want to be there too? Read on for info about winning tickets!
May 11, 2009
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Wow! We were amazed by the number of entries to our online Mother’s Day contest – 1400+ comments. Thanks to all of you for sharing your product recommendations and mom stories. We loved reading them all! In fact, we couldn’t stop with one $100 gift card winner, so we also have named 5 Honorable Mention winners of a FEED 100 reusable bag. Hope you all had  a very happy Mother’s Day, everyone! WINNER: Willis Weber
April 30, 2009
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Pizza with Salad

It's in the job description: moms have to make up all kinds of rules.

March 30, 2009
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Wow! We received nearly 300 comments on our SXSW Food Blogger Bash post.  Thank you to everyone who left us a note; we love hearing from you guys! And without further ado, the winner of the SXSW Gift Bag Giveaway is... Comment #3 from Michele Pineda!
March 22, 2009
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After four days of running between panels, keynote speakers and core conversations during the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Conference, I was exhausted and needed refuge from the madness of the Austin Convention Center.
March 20, 2009
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One of the most important things Whole Foods Market does is expressed in our first Core Value: Selling the highest quality natural and organic products available. You'll find that statement on our walls, our website, our brochures, etc. But what do "natural" and "organic" mean, and who sets the definition? I'll start to get into the nitty gritty details of these questions in this post.
March 13, 2009
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365 Organic KetchupI've been avoiding this post. Not because I don't love talking about what I do, but because I couldn't figure out how to shrink this topic - an overview of our Quality Standards - into an easily digestible post.
February 25, 2009
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We thought we’d get in on the fun and post our own “25 Random Things” list. How many of these did you know about us? Do you have a favorite fact about us that has missed our list?

January 27, 2009
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We had a lot of fun with our first ever Live Blog: Ask the Expert. Angela Rakis, a Purchasing team member from our Northeast region, did a great job answering questions about value shopping in our stores. If you missed it, you can check out the transcript below.

December 25, 2008
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Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and healthy Christmas Day! Need last minute help on your holiday meal prep?  Check out our recipes and tips pages!

December 23, 2008
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It's two days before Christmas (as if you needed me to remind you!). Are you ready? We know this day is coming all year long but it somehow it manages to sneak up on us. To help reduce that last minute stress, here are a few things that just might help.
December 16, 2008
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null Having food allergies or special diet needs can be especially challenging this time of year. Sometimes I just want to scream "Can we please have a gathering without food?!" Of course, that's not going to happen and I really do realize that "breaking bread" together can be a wonderful experience.

September 11, 2008
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Bill Tolany works on the Whole Foods Market Integrated Media team, which includes digital efforts for customers and Team Members. Greetings All! Many of you have noticed our new website.  (Those of you getting the Whole Story via RSS, come check it out!)  I say it’s “our” website, but we made it for you.  Some of the things you can do are:
  • find great recipes, which now include ratings and reviews from customers and Team Members
June 5, 2008
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For anyone who is interested in the business practices behind Whole Foods Market, you may want to check out John Mackey's blog. An occasional blog, John shares his thoughts about creating a new business paradigm, addressing issues facing the natural and organic food industry, and exploring the nature of human development. John will be speaking on Conscious Capitalism in Austin, Texas on June 12, 2008.
June 2, 2008
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Thanks for checking out our new and improved blog. We’re really excited to have this space and wanted to give you a quick heads up about what we plan to do with it. Many passionate people work here and they know the inside scoop about what’s happening in their area of expertise — organics, local growers, body care, green practices, social responsibility, micro-lending and all kinds of food-related stuff. Since we share this info with each other all the time, we figured you’d be interested too! We are lining up quite a few different writers to blog about what’s going on around here.