Ashley Heaton

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Ashley Heaton is passionate about food and a huge proponent of supporting local businesses. In her role with Whole Foods Market, she manages advertising, social media, community outreach and brand building for stores in our Midwest Region, from Chicago to Toronto. Since graduating from DePaul University, she’s focused on brand management and strategic and creative thinking for a wide range of retail, entertainment and food service brands.

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October 31, 2010 @ Whole Story
With the biggest turkey cooking event of the year right around the corner, it's the perfect time to introduce you to some of the local farmers who raise the turkeys we provide for your Thanksgiving dinner.
October 22, 2010 @ Whole Story
Chesterfield, MI Achatz’ 100 employees know how to make a pie. All-natural and created by hand, their pies are as close to homemade as you can get. They’re proud that roughly 95% of their pies’ ingredients – the peaches, strawberries, rhubarb, pastry flour and beet sugar – are local to Michigan. Achatz Pies are perfect for Whole Foods Market shoppers, who know that what they’re buying is free of hydrogenated oils, chemicals and preservatives. You can also pronounce all the ingredients. Learn more about Achatz Pies by watching this short video.
October 16, 2010 @ Whole Story
Part candy bar company and part creamery, Zingerman's is 100% dedicated to handmade quality. Learn more about them and their fresh goodies in this short video.
October 9, 2010 @ Whole Story
To Intelligentsia Coffee doing the right thing is a mantra that's carried over into every aspect of their business, from sourcing coffee to paying growers. Watch their story.
October 2, 2010 @ Whole Story
Rushing Waters Trout Farm Palmyra, WI Farming isn’t just a Monday through Friday job – it’s an every day, every hour job – in particular when your goal is the highest-quality, freshest trout available. Over the years, their philosophy has changed: quality over quantity. In fact, the farm has been chemical free since 1999. The lack of harmful chemicals improved not only the quality of their fish, but also of the water and the land. Rushing Waters hatches their rainbow trout from egg and raises them up to one pound for onsite harvesting.
September 25, 2010 @ Whole Story
Two Brothers Brewery Jason and Jim Ebel Warrenville, IL Beer lovers by nature, the Ebel brothers’ passion for creating beer were bolstered by a “beer adventure” in Europe. The trip helped the two brothers hone in their love for how beer is created – and celebrated. They wanted to bring those same qualities to America, where beer is still considered “that yellow, fizzy stuff.” The Ebel brothers prefer to focus not only on the quality of the beer, but on helping people realize that they’re getting a family owned company that is very concerned about the community.
September 18, 2010 @ Whole Story
Ineeka Tea Chicago, IL Ineeka Tea takes pride in being the only North American tea company that is vertically integrated. With upwards of 25,000 people living and working on their 12 farms, spanning 15,000 acres, they also consider themselves the largest biodynamic community in the world. Every person living and working on their farms receives free housing, medical care, electricity, utilities and mandatory education for children. This focus has created a model never really seen before in the agricultural community.
September 10, 2010 @ Whole Story
Star Valley Flowers John Zehrer and Phil Mueller Star Valley, WI One source of pride for Star Valley Flowers is that they harvest and cut fresh flowers all year– even during the cold, snowy months – without the use of a greenhouse. Star Valley reduces its carbon footprint by foregoing the use of greenhouses. Not only is their environmental impact important, so is a customer’s reaction to their flowers. They hope customers consider their flowers to be interesting, long lasting, traceable, and cared for along the way by somebody who loves flowers.
August 14, 2010 @ Whole Story
Enjoy Life Foods Schiller Park, IL In the seven years Enjoy Life has been in business, they’ve seen the need for devoted gluten-free products increase dramatically. Their products not only meet the needs of those with gluten intolerance, they go even further and are free of the eight most common allergens: wheat, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. While safety is their first priority, taste is an extremely close second. Food, no matter what types of allergies you suffer from, should still be delicious and enjoyable.