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What’s The Story With…Plastic Cutlery?

So, Whole Foods Market is this really “super-green” retailer with a strong Green Mission. Right? Then why are we still providing single use, disposable, non-recyclable, non-compostable, fossil plastic cutlery in our stores? Our customers ask every day why we seem to overlook our values on this. What’s up with that? As with any decent conundrum, there are a number of ways to look at this issue. The Whole Foods Market Green Mission Specialists would like to share with you why this is one of the most complex and convoluted challenges we face in trying to put our values into action.
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Winter Wellness Part 1

Now is the time to focus on staying well, and supporting the immune system is a smart way to do so. In part 1 of a 2-part series, Dr. Kenna Brooke talks about natural approaches, formulas for wellness and lifestyle suggestions for promoting seasonal health. Dr. Brooke is a Naturopathic doctor who practices as a wellness consultant in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado.

The Value Guru Rewards the Shortcut Chef

Your "Buy-Some-Make-Some" Ideas Could Make you a Winner RotisserieChicken
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The Value Guru Cookbook Giveaway Winner!

With tight budgets, lots of cooks are turning to their home kitchens to recreate their restaurant favorites. We're happy to hear lots of you out there being ambitious and creative with your culinary endeavors! Check out our winning entry for this past week's Value Guru contest: Congratulations to our randomly selected* winner...
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Local Favorites: Apples and Pears

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Help Flooded Georgia Farmers

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Pump Up the Pumpkin

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Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheese

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Thompson Farm Smokehouse

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Raise a Glass to Fair Trade

Parker Hog Farm

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!
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Homeopathy and Oscillo

Given the heightened focus on flu this season, here's a very pertinent encore presentation about the homeopathic remedy Oscillo.

Christophe Merville the national Pharmacy Development Manager for Boiron joins us to talk about homeopathy and share with us the benefits of Oscillo during the cold and flu season.

Prosperity Campaign: Changing the World Together

A huge shout out goes to everyone who supported the Whole Planet Foundation's 2009 Prosperity Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of shoppers and team members, over $1.8 million was donated - 100% of which goes to microlending programs! (Remember, Whole Foods Market covers all operating expenses of Whole Planet Foundation).

Value Guru Gives Bucks and Books to a Cook

Let’s Hear about Restaurant Meals Made at Home

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The Virtual Store Giveaway Winner!

Last week, we thought we did pretty well with over 300 responses to the "Get the Good Stuff for Less" Value Guru giveaway. This week, we had over 1000 responses to the "What is your favorite 365 Everyday Value product?" question.  A big thanks to you all for sharing your faves with us! Congratulations to our randomly selected* winner...
CadesMom: I love your 365 semi-sweet chocolate chips! I make the 30 mile trip to get them whenever it’s time to bake cookies and brownies. I also buy in bulk! They have the richest, chocolaty-est taste. Wonderful!
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Make it Natural: Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

Pumpkin-Chocolate-Cake Remember our secret ingredient flourless brownies that were such a big hit?

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Dear Food Diary

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Help Create a Climate for Change

Fun and Fit in the City

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Try These Pumpkin Ales

adventures It's October and that means it's pumpkin ale time in the beer world. Check your local store to discover which of these delightful brews are available in your neck of the woods.

Wolaver's Certified Organic Will Stevens' Pumpkin Ale

Share Your Best Chili of the Week

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Who Won the School Lunch Makeover?

What school won the healthy lunch coaching session from Chef Ann Cooper? Drum roll, please...it’s the Albert Einstein Academies in San Diego. Congratulations!
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The Value Guru Virtually Gives Away the Store

Tell Us About Your Favorite 365 Everyday Value® Product and You Could Win
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The Good Stuff for Less Winner!

Wow!  We received over 300 responses to this past week's Value Guru giveaway, where you shared how you get the good stuff for less.  Thank you all for your great tips and congratulations to our randomly selected* winner...
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Halloween Pumpkin Carving

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Try Sea Veggies

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Nutrients for Mood Balance

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Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards - Blue Ridge, Georgia
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What's New - October 2009

Every month, we are pleased to add many new products to our shelves that have passed the testing and tasting and met our strict Quality Standards. And each month, we choose a dozen or so to call to your attention. Look for the "what's new" poster and shelf signs for new products — or new varieties of old favorites — that we think you'll especially enjoy. Cascal
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Meet Cowgirl Creamery

One Whole Day

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Chefs of Tomorrow

The Value Guru Gets the Good Stuff for Less

Share your Ideas and You Could Get Some Good Stuff Free!

BetterBag In a recent Harris Interactive survey, 76% said they don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy and 65% say they would like to find ways to be able to buy natural and/or organic foods on a budget.
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Help Jane Goodall by Drinking Tanzanian Coffee

If you're a coffee drinker, why not do some good in the process of getting your morning cup? With every purchase of Allegro Coffee Company's Kanyovu light roast coffee, shoppers support efforts to reforest the area around Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park, a preserve in the region where the coffee is grown, ultimately sustaining the area for local farmers and restoring habitat for endangered chimpanzees.
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The Value Guru Picks a Winner! Small Bites Recipe Contest

Congratulations to Susan K for her Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms recipe! To see Susan’s simple, tasty recipe, check out our upcoming special Giving & Entertaining issue of The Whole Deal value guide when it appears in stores and online December 1st.
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Make it Natural: Tempeh and Mushroom Stroganoff

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Now that fall is in the air, many of us are turning to heartier dishes. Eric, one of our readers, wrote in to tell us that one of his all-time favorite comfort foods is Beef Stroganoff, strips of beef in a creamy mushroom sauce over pasta or rice.

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Go Nuts!

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Breathe and Meditation for Stress Relief

Looking for an easy, practical, and free(!) way to help balance yourself every day? Discover how the healthy mood benefits of conscious breath are available for everyone. Charles F. MacInerney, RYT-500, has been a fulltime teacher of yoga, meditation and mind/body skills since 1989. He teaches in Austin, Texas, and offers yoga workshops throughout the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

It's Here…the New Issue of The Whole Deal Value Guide!

wholedeal-1009Are you ready for fall foods and fresh value ideas? The October/November issue of The Whole Deal value guide is in stores now.
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Celebrate Oktoberfest with Beer & Brats!

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Share Your Best "Comfort Food" of the Week

With the weather starting to change, we find ourselves craving comfort food around here. Here are some of our best comfort food meals from the last week or so. What comfort meals have you been whipping up? Please share in the comments below.

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