Laughing Giraffe Organics

The best part of my job as administrator of our Local Producer Loan Program isn’t giving out loans to our small producers – it’s watching loan recipients use those loans to grow their businesses. In the year and a half since we launched the program, Whole Foods Market has provided loans to 29 small producers of products ranging from grassfed beef and honey to wine sorbet and body care products.


Eating Local When the Dog Days Come Early

About the only things sprouting up on lawns this summer in central Texas are "Alarm Stage Drought" signs.


Frozen Treats

popsicklesSummer is officially here and, to me, 4th of July celebrations seem like the perfect place to indulge in a bit of frozen fun.


The Coffee Helping Children

This comment came in to John Mackey's CEO blog this week and I thought it was worth sharing here -- cool story about Mr. Moore's coffee company and what they are doing (story starts in the 3rd paragraph).

Josiah's Field Inspector Notes & Photos

I just visited Ron Cottle, one of the better conventional and "emerging organic" growers (and long-time vendor/partner with Whole Foods Market) in Eastern North Carolina and took a bunch of pictures to share. He is just about wrapped-up with organic and conventional blueberries and is just now starting his blackberry harvest (they're awesome!), and in about 8 to 10 days will be full-speed ahead with his organic grape tomatoes.


Local Loan for Sticky Toffee Pudding Company

For about a year, we've been giving small, local producers low-interest loans to help them grow their businesses. You can learn more about Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program. Just this week, we finalized our first loan in our hometown, Austin, Texas! Tracy Claros, originally from England, makes and sells incredible English puddings, or cakes, under the name The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company.


Livingston’s Seafood

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!

Local Foods

Hear from our local foragers on how to find locally grown and produced foods. We'll also share some recipe ideas for those delicious local peaches available this time of year.


Jones Valley Urban Farm


Locally Grown: Tomatoes and Basil

Learn about the benefits of locally grown foods, find out what’s fresh in our stores and get some quick and simple recipe ideas.



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