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Mother's Day is coming up on May 10. Looking for ideas on how to celebrate this special day? Follow Mara Fleishman, a Team Member and mom of two, around the store to find out her favorite picks for celebrating being a mom Mother's Day and every day. Then, share with all the moms reading this blog your tips on celebrating yourself and motherhood! Post a comment to let us know your product recommendations. You'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card and a FEED 100 bag, one of Mara's top picks. Please post your comments by midnight Wednesday, May 6. The winner will be selected by our panel of Team Member moms and posted in this blog on May 8. Stop by participating Whole Foods Market stores for more great product picks from Team Member moms. Just look for signage throughout the store.

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Tamar Armstrong says …

We make trips to the Whole Foods Market a 3 generation family affair every other Sunday. My mom ,6yr old son and I. Its such a fun learning experience for all of us! My mom loves the different hot soups you offer and can't leave without some type of tea bags. My son loves corn and has to get some every trip! I LOVE anything from the meat department so that's my recommendantion! I love picking out something to cook and thinking of a way to make it yummy!!!!

aimee c. says …

i would have to say all your produce. the crispness & freshness is unbeatable. totally worth the prices, in my opinion. oh, and another favorite product would be 365 fragrance free shampoo & conditioner. love it!

lydia says …

Deviled eggs for Mom are my favorite tradition!

Michelle Gustafson says …

Raw food entrees in the deli! We have a large and growing meetup group here in Tulsa which is focused on the Raw Food lifestyle. We would LOVE it if there were 2 or 3 selections to choose from like raw crackers and "cheese" dips, raw lasagna's and so on for our families!

Linda T says …

I love your store -- the people who work there are probably the most friendly grocery staff I have ever encountered.... who asks their customer if they would like ice packed into their frozen foods bag... whole food staff does!!!! Love it!!! I am a HUGE fan of the "better 'n peanut butter" products, which you can find at whole foods. Yes, it is pricey for a jar of "peanut butter". But, I'd rather pay a couple extra bucks and enjoy a guilt free peanut butter, and not have to spend an extra 30 hour running just to burn it off!!! Thanks Whole Foods!

Susan Richardson says …

I was born on Mother's Day...So, I will be taking my mom a chocolate torte for us to endulge in together as we celebrate us. However, all of the gluten-free, casein-free products help me get through the challenges of feeding a child with food sensitivities and autism. When she eats well-we all have a good day; a healthy child is the best gift to any mom. Thank you for the many options to help us maintain balance within our home.

Lindy Baron says …

I am allergic to so many foods that it is hard to shop sometimes. I have found that Whole Foods meets my needs for Beauty with your top of the line shampoos and body washes, makeup without any chemicals with Miracle Fusions and I love the lipgloss too. The Tanndori Naan makes the best flatbread pizzas. My husband likes his with just butter on it. My daughter loves melted shredded cheese on hers. They are quick when we need something right before Karate. I love the fruits and vegtables. I also love the different varites of teas. I could spend a week in Whole Foods and find something else to add to my growing list of favorites. I love that it is close to where I live and the prices are reasonable too.

Claire Petras says …

One fancy cupcake from the case, and a homemade card. That is all I want from my kids. If the card was decorated like a cupcake, that would be good!

Scargosun says …

You cannot go wrong in the cheese department, not only for Mother's Day but for any day. Grab some goat cheese, honey, toasted nuts and some dried cranberries and you have a 'milk and honey' treat that satisfies sweet and savory cravings. Add some iced tea and you have a lovely snack for an afternoon outdors with your loved ones waiting on you hand and foot. :)

Ariel says …

I love Whole Foods! My mom loves getting flower and WF has the greatest selection! Also love grabbing a quick dinner or desert. I love everything that Whole Foods has to offer

JZ says …

I really like your organic milk and also the Wellshire roast beef lunch meat that you carry. My kids like your vanilla mini-cupcakes.

Lisa says …

One of many favorites, whenever I shop at Whole Foods I try to leave with one or two (if my husband is home that day) Mozzarella, tomato, and pesto panini. They are sooo good, I bring them home and grill them and it is just the best treat for lunch I can think of. I love the sound of the cheese platter idea for Mother's Day, add a nice bunch of sweet, seedless red grapes, a glass of wine and a lovely bunch of fresh flowers and you have a beautiful and delicious treat. I hope my husband reads this for ideas before Mother's Day!!!

J. Fox says …

I love Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit. A great snack for the kids. I also love the selection of healthy produce, free range meats, and gluten free selection to bring healthy meals to the table for the kids. The healthy cleaners and chlorine free diapers are an added bonus.

Christina says …

I absolutely love the bakery! The presentation of sweets alone is enticing, but looking isn't enough for me, so I get the lemon tarts topped of with blueberries. Absolutely heaven...what a treat! And the bakery is always a great place to visit to pick up an assortment of goodies for special occasions. :)

Diane W says …

My mom is a big fan of shellfish. She would LOVE the jumbo lump crab cakes over a salad of organic mixed greens tossed in a light balsamic vinegarette. And a bouquet of Birds of Paradise!

Annie Feldman says …

My mom loves granola, and we both love to bake. She doesn't have any Whole Food stores near her home on Long Island, so when she comes down to the Washington, DC area for Mother's Day we'll go to the Whole Foods and buy all of the fresh, wonderful bulk items to make homemade granola. Our favorites are the bulk figs and dried cherries -- they make the granola spectacular!

Stacy Syed says …

I was so excited when you opened up in my neighborhood! I always wanted a store that was fresh, new and good for the body. I love all organic and the variety you have is wonderful. I shop nowhere else. For Mother's Day I plan to make a gift basket for my Mom and Grandmother with a bunch of goodies from your store. Thanks!

kimmie says …

Nancy's Organic Blackberry Kefir rocks my world! Other Whole Food favorites are Pederson's Humane Certified bacon - if only all meats were humane-certified! - and 360 brand CoQ10, which I take daily. Also, I like to cook up some quinoa and add goji berries just before the end, so they get all steamed and make the quinoa really sweet. I think Whole Foods should promote quinoa more - it's got tons of complete protein. I'm going to make some tabouleh with it right now!

Emily Barklage says …

Always have to get a panini when I go to my Whole Foods!

Lisa Ruth says …

While I love so many of the products at Whole Foods, these are the ones I bring home each visit... Yummy's Hummos with the Whole Foods brand mini whole wheat pitas. Fresh cut fruit from the produce department. Grab a container of berries and melon, or berries and pineapple to snack on or have your kids snack on while you shop! Local milk - I get the Morning Fresh Dairy milk in glass bottles every week. 365 Shampoo and Conditioner with the lavender scent. Greek olive mix from the olive bar. Store-made croutons. Strawberry Boston Creme Cake in the bakery (well, don't get this every visit, but it is soo good!)

Henry B says …

Bread bread bread bread bread. Seduction bread!

Allison Betts says …

I love WF sushi...it is perfect on a day I am craving it an dont want to go to a restaurant to get it :)

Ebony says …

I love Whole Foods. My son has food allergies and Whole Foods has several alternative foods he can eat that taste yummy. He likes to look at the cakes at the Bakery. Unfortunately, he can't eat them. He'll say, "Mommy when I get a older I want to come and get a cake."

Elizabeth says …

Whole Foods, I love the frozen Belle Evans brand mozzarella chicken patties! My Whole foods store carries the best fresh meatballs too. The Frozen peasano bread and frozen sourdough bread are delicious and really complete a meal. I love the cannolis at the bakery. Did I mention the pink lady apples are yummy too?!

Beth Miller says …

The perfect Mother's Day would be spent with my mom and mother-in-law at the Belmar Whole Foods - one of my absolute favorite locations (what is better than a great restaurant and store all in one!) I'd take them for a delicious and appetizing lunch at the sushi bar. Then we'd stop over at the coffee bar and have a cup of coffeee and on of your incredible desserts. Then, we'd stroll down your aisles of organic beauty products and I'd help them pick out a selction of products that will make them feel great and keep them beautiful and healthy. Hint, hint to my children and husband - that is what I'd LOVE for Mother's Day!

Anna says …

Love your cheese pizza. Your produce is always fresh and clean here in Austin, TX.

Melissa M. says …

There is a great variety of natural body lotions here, like the vanilla and sweet orange one. And of course, there are delicious sweets.

Cinella says …

How to celebrate myself and motherhood? When we thinking about it's difficult, but it can really be pretty simple. What I would do is get some fresh greens, apples, pecans and cheese to enjoy a fresh salad. Then use some essential oils to enjoy a great session of aromatherapy. Then I'd enjoy sitting on a comfy chair while I look at some family photos! Happy Mother's Day!

Gina says …

I just moved to the Sacramento, CA from Santa Cruz, CA. There are not a lot of options when it comes to natural/organic/health food in this area. I wanted to thank Whole Foods for being a beacon of light in health food arena! I enjoy your store very much and recommend you to everyone I know every chance I get. In terms of celebrating my Mom... Well, she loves to be pampered and she loves your deli. So, after a morning at a spa I would give her a gift certificate to your deli for lunch! She loves your Sonoma Chicken dish so I know she would get that for sure. She also has quite the sweet tooth (although she would never admit it) so she would definitely get one of the mini fruit tarts from you amazing array of deserts! What a day!

heather says …

I love Goodbelly...I always buy 2 boxes every week...Yeah Whole foods is a little bit pricey but I'm not bothered buy it cause I always find deals and I know that it's healthy and my son loves Whole foods....his favorite store...

Lindsay says …

Whole Foods has helped me build my own pizzas. One day while perusing the frozen pizzas, a tiny sign alerted me that they have dough in the pizza area. So I went, they had yummy dough and I've now started making my own pizzas. The multigrain dough is the best, in my opinion. They're pre-cut bell pepper mix is great, so I don't have to buy 4 different colors of peppers and waste anything. Their cheeses are amazing. And on the days I'm feeling lazy about making a pizza I call before I leave work to put an order in for one and pick it up on my way home. And on Wednesdays a large is only 8.99!

Autumn Kirk says …

If you haven't already, try Whole Foods Wasabi Peas either prepacked or you can choose how much you want and put it in a plastic bag. They're an awesome snack to add some flavor to your day! Delicious! I like to have them after work, while I am cooking dinner, the flavor rocks!

Parrish Nored says …

One of my favorite products is Boylands Cane Cola. It seems hard for you guys to keep it in stock. So whenever I see it I buy it up. I dont drink cola everyday anymore, but do have one as a treat. Among other things, I love the wine and cheese dept. and the deli!

Tamar says …

I love of all of the 365 brand stuff! Our favorite is unsalted organic butter, we use it in and on everything. Another one of mu current favorite products you carry is earth's best toddler toothpaste. It's the only one my daughter will use. Also love annie's low sodium microwave meals especially the lowso pizza.

Alan D says …

I really like your line of Republic of Tea products. My favorite is the standard white tea. I also like your 365 line of products, especially the soups and sauces. Thank you.

Stacey says …

I L_O_V_E the 365 sandwich cookies! Satisfies the chocolate cookie craving and a healthy choice too!

Donna Stephens says …

Finding food that my husband will eat, was difficult until I started shopping here, we both enjoy the unique products that we find in the store, and we are finding dinnertime so much more enjoyable. Thank you for your dedication to the many charities that you support, and providing such delicious and healthy foods.

Maureen Winston says …

For my mom, I would get some Port Salut from the cheese dept, a fresh loaf of french bread and a bottle of white wine. I'd pick up some bulk almonds, dried cherries, and chocolate chips to mix together for a high-protein delicious snack. Finally, I'd get a pretty fruit tart from the bakery and some pink roses to decorate the table.

Nicole says …

All I know is that when I was pregnant with my second baby, around this time last year, the ONLY thing that consistently sounded good and made me a little less miserable was your amazing 365 unsweetened organic applesauce. I'm not sure what makes this applesauce so mysteriously amazing and superior to all others, but let me tell you- I've tried many! Thank you for having such a fantastic product that kept me going! And, coincidentally, my baby is now 6 months old, and of course she has a serious love for this same applesauce,herself!

Patti Ziegler says …

ONE of my favorite things to do at Whole Foods is the fresh made items you can choose for a meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner ... it's all there!). I have learned so much from the chefs at Whole Foods and my favorite salad is the freshly prepared quinoa (pronounced "Keen-wah") salda with that wonderful grain, red onion, fresh corn, black beans, etc. It is so refreshing and healthy for you. Quinoa is an ancient grain, back to biblical days, and so very healthy for you. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did, trust me! Patti Ziegler Belen, New Mexico

Julian Henry says …

Please start carrying rice bran oil again. I first bought it at Whole Foods after reading about it and it was great. When I went back to get more, y'all didn't have any and I was told that you didn't know when you might have some more.

Brie says …

I do not get out to your store as often as i would like, but we love your 365 cereal bars and lately my 3.5 yr old son loves anything organic. And you are the only place i have found organic edaname (which he LOVES) and it is priced very reasonably. Thanks for having good foods at good prices! and many organics to choose from.

Michelle says …

Some fresh burgers and some of your delish bread would do the trick for me!

Stacy Alexander says …

I love the hand made tamales at Whole Foods. Can't think of a better inclusion for a Mother's Day brunch than a plate of this hearty and delicious fare! ~Stacy Alexander

Jill says …

One of my favorite things to do is to go into a wholefoods store and look around. There isn't much they don't have in the whole body section and everyone that works in that section is extrememly knowledgeable and very helpful. They also contribute great idea's if what you are looking for isn't available.

Susie Q says …

I am not a Mom...YET....but when my Mom comes to visit me from Canada the FIRST thing on HER list of things that she NEEDS to do, is have a morning at Whole Foods with me, her "Darling Daughter", as she says. We start at the Bakery and pick out two of the LARGEST cinnamon buns you'll ever see (DELISH!!) ...and we usually pick out a few treats while we're there for my Dad and husband too (heaven FORBID that we come home empty handed from the Whole Foods Bakery!). THEN we head over to the COFFEE BAR for some of the BEST coffee you'll ever have!! Starbu*ks has NOTHING on the coffee at Whole Foods - it is SERIOUSLY fabulous!! So - once our bakery treats and coffees are in hand, Mum and I sit, soak up the wonderful atmosphere...and time with each other. It is PRICELESS. Thank you Whole Foods for being what you are to my Mom and I. Thank you for providing such amazing products - that are HEALTHY. Oie - and most of all...thanks for the memories that Mom and I have HAD...and will HAVE!!! xoxo Susie Q

Dana says …

What better way to celebrate Mom's than with FLOWERS! Weekly bunches are a great way to celebrate mom all year long. And it's so easy when you can pick them up at the same time you buy your groceries. Love that!

Kathy Bambach says …

Yes, yes, yes! I love to shop at the Whole Foods Market in Durham, NC, whenever I visit my daughter. The must buys for me are fresh seafooc, locally produced goat cheese, many items from the Deli, especially the Tabullah. The Tabullah is the best I have ever eaten without a doubt. I am most impressed with the store service people and their knowledge of the products. When I am shopping for wine in the store I always get very good advice. However, in my opinion, you do need a senior citizen discount program.

John K. says …

I come to your store for the great cheese selection.

Tara Orr says …

I would love to see fiesta mole'. A seasoning that is a staple for a raw foodist :-) I also think the prices are high. I usually only go for specific items such as spices or a few vegan foods. If I was rich I would *only* shop at Whole Foods! :-)

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