Anna Madrona

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May 1, 2011 @ Whole Story
Celebrate Mom on her special day with a scrumptious brunch starring easy-to-make treats that feature the bountiful fruits of the season.
March 19, 2009 @ Whole Story
When I spot Epic Roots mache in the salad greens aisle, I invariably start humming Macho Man, the 1970s dance tune by the Village People.
October 30, 2008 @ Whole Story
Photo courtesy of julianmeade via Flickr
September 10, 2008 @ Whole Story
The roaster is turning ‘round and ‘round and the Hatch chilies go up and down. Standing in front of the drum roaster, with its dragon's breath bursts of propane and flame, I'm almost mesmerized by the rhythmic movement of the darkening chili pods as they drop damply to the bottom and slowly spin back to the top of the drum.
July 3, 2008 @ Whole Story
About the only things sprouting up on lawns this summer in central Texas are "Alarm Stage Drought" signs.
June 9, 2008 @ Whole Story
I’m not talking about what it looks like when I’m left in charge of the grill at family summer cookouts. Tongs in hand, I typically try really hard not to think about the pig lips my brother assures me are in the 12-for-a-dollar hot dogs that Aunt Minnie brought—and they end up neglected and charred.


Former park ranger Anna Madrona helped open the fourth Whole Foods Market store in Texas in 1985, leaving after a few years for, literally, greener pastures. After working in the environmental field as a cartographer, GIS specialist, archeological dig bum, and historic preservation professional, Ms. Madrona returned to Whole Foods Market in the late ‘90s on the start-up team for Whole Foods Market’s dotcom experiment. In her third incarnation at Whole Foods Market, the ever-curious Anna works as a writer and researcher in Austin. She has degrees in agriculture & resources management, geography, and public history. Her current enthusiasms include permaculture and authoring the first book in her koan mystery series.