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Road Healthy

Featured in our Artist Discovery series, Brett Dennen’s April CD release of Loverboy is creating quite a buzz. Pick up his music in stores and check out his tips for eating healthy while on the road.

Earth-Friendly Project: Herbs in a Can!

Grow herbs in a can! This simple earth-friendly project will get the kids (or your inner child) gardening and recycling all at once.

True Partnerships with Farmers and Ranchers

To provide the highest quality, local and organic meat choices, we visit producers to see first-hand their passion for how they raise their animals. Learn more about these real relationships.

The First Yum Winners

Congratulations to the winners of The First Yum baby photo contest.  Our Grand Prize winner, Amy H with her entry "Finger Lickin' Good," will be receiving a $500 Whole Foods Market gift card and a Canon EOS Rebel T1i camera.  Second prize winners will receive a fabulous Whole Baby gift basket and third prize winner will receive a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!  Here are all the wonderful winning photos: [gallery columns="4"]

Uncover Springtime Fruit

Spring brings a reawakening of fields and orchards. Our produce expert James explains how the weather is affecting spring crops and shares what’s ripe now.

Fair Trade and Organic Coconut Oil

Thanks to Dr. Bronner’s commitment to sourcing Fair Trade and organic ingredients, you can now feel good about using coconut oil in your favorite recipes.

Ginger Rules!

For good “grub” and a groovy gut, ginger rules! Fresh, dried, pickled or candied, spicy, earthy ginger adds zing to these favorite recipes.

Perfect Companions: French cheeses and Bordeaux wines

Looking for the perfect cheese and wine companions? Our global cheese buyer speaks French – cheese and wines, that is.

Alleviating Poverty with Gift Cards

When purchasing this new Whole Foods Market gift card you donate a dollar to help alleviate poverty. Learn how easy it is to making a last impact through microcredit.

Make Sure to Catch “To Catch a Dollar”

What does it mean to catch a dollar? Find out on March 31st as theaters nationwide premiere a special documentary and screen a live panel discussion, featuring Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Discover French Cheeses: Comté

What does Napoleon, a French cow called Montbeliarde and the Mountains of Jura have in common? Comté! Discover the celebrated ancient French cheese with our global cheese expert.

Cooking for One: Spring Produce

Learn tips and ideas from Team Member Jaye on buying just the right amount of spring produce to freshen up your cooked-for-one meals.

Vote for Cute Babies!


Stores Raise Awareness and Dollars

Get inspired by our stores’ creativity and learn how you can help us reach our new goal of empowering 100,000 people to lift themselves out of poverty.

Springtime Matchmaking with Bordeaux

Bordeaux wines are just right for springtime matchmaking! Our Wine Guys help make the perfect (food and wine) match!

The Foodie Fantasy Food Blogger Video Contest


Dandelion Greens – No Common Weed!

Spring is the time to turn over a new leaf - a beautiful green, dandelion leaf – at its very best, most tender, and most delicious right now. Try these recipe ideas to add the good health and good taste of dandelion greens.

Vote on The First Yum™ Baby Photos

Head over to our Facebook page to view and vote for your favorite photo of babies experiencing their favorite foods. Vote daily now through March 25th.

Zucchini Pesto- Really?

Will zucchini pesto be a hit when team member and first-time Mom Christine tries to create a healthy, organic, budget-friendly meal featuring zucchini for baby and hubby.

Adventures in Brewing: Bass, Fischer and Full Sail

It’s beer-drinking weather! Be adventurous and grab a bottle of something new and share it with friends. Where to start? How about with one of these cool brews.

Learn to Cook: Roasted Asparagus

Stalking new ideas for cooking spring-fresh veggies? Try roasted asparagus! Our Value Guru reveals easy steps to delicious success and savings.

Bringing Spring Flowers to Market

Learn in the inside scoop on how we transcend crazy weather patterns and harvest conditions to bring spring floral beauty to our stores and your home.

Get Keen on Kidney Beans!

Whether you cook dried beans, open a can or sprinkle on at the salad bar, you can’t go wrong with kidney beans. Get that plant protein and dietary fiber in our favorite recipes using kidney beans.

Help Us Celebrate $4 Million and Counting!

We’ve just passed the $4 million mark in providing low-interest loans to small, local producers! Help us celebrate by sharing why you love local products and you just might win a basket of local goodies.

Homeopathy and Healthy Babies

Supporting the health of an infant can sometimes feel like a guessing game with a limited amount of safe options. Find out why homeopathic remedies are gentle and easy to use for a variety of baby-related issues. Dr. Trevor Holly Cates is a naturopathic physician practicing in Park City, Utah, and a consultant for Hyland’s.

Snacks Best Suited to Sports Watching

Pass on conventional snack brands this March and try these Whole Foods Market® MVPs. They’re a slam-dunk for fans of basketball and snacking alike.

“Waiting for Superman” Hits a Nerve

If you’ve been waiting for “Waiting for Superman” to release on DVD, wait no longer! This heart-breaking documentary about the U.S. failing educational system is now available in most of our stores.

Supplier Alliance Helps Alleviate Poverty

Through worldwide microfinance partners, Whole Planet Foundation has reached over 130,000 microcredit clients with an opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, supporting over 650,000 people to live a better life.

The First Yum™ Baby Photo Contest Ends March 16

Time’s running out to enter a photo of your baby experiencing their favorite foods. March 16 is the deadline for a chance to win great prizes.

Taste and Tweet Bordeaux Wines Tomorrow!

Join us for this Twitter-licious wine tasting to sample the highly anticipated 2009 Bordeaux vintage! Sip, taste and tweet March 11.

The Obedient Onion

Whether grilled, baked, sautéed or raw, these flavorful vegetables turn a good dish into a great one! Try some of our favorite recipes featuring onions and share yours.

Better Body Care for Babies

Just Say Oui to French Cheese

Discover French cheeses to pair with our Bordeaux wines. Our global cheese expert tells why you should say oui to French cheese.

Taste and Tweet Bordeaux Wines!

It’s a party 30 years in the making! Get an early taste of the limited-time-only 2009 Bordeaux vintage and join us for our Bordeaux Twitter Tasting.

Whole Foods Market and Marathon Kids

While I grew up living a fairly active lifestyle between softball and dance lessons, I also grew up eating a lot of poor quality food (think deep-fried, fast food). Today, I’m extremely passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and teaching kids to adopt healthier eating and exercise habits in their own lives. On February 26th, 2011, I was pleased to volunteer with Whole Foods Market for Marathon Kids, a national organization in nine cities that provides a free running/walking, nutrition, and schoolyard gardening program to kids between kindergarten and the fifth grade.

Ten Ways to Enjoy Asparagus

Celebrate spring with asparagus in your menus. Try some of our favorite ways to prepare it and tell us yours.

Moving Up: Get the Lowdown on 5-Step Beef

Learn about the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Standards for beef cattle. The higher the Step, the more time the animals spend on range or pasture and the more natural their life.

Meet Microcredit Clients and Donate

Whole Planet Foundation has empowered 130,000 clients with microcredit loans in five years. Meet a few of these entrepreneurs and donate in stores or online.

Enter The First Yum™ Contest

Say cheese! Or peas! Or bananas! Submit your best pic of baby experiencing their favorite foods and you could win great prizes.

What's New: March to a Different Drummer

You’ll kick up your heels when you try these exclusive new products. So, march on over to your nearest Whole Foods Market and give them a try.

Get Bordeaux Bargains While They Last

Bordeaux bargains abound! Discover Bordeaux Vintage 2009 and uncork the best sippers in 30 years!

Welcome Spring Savings with The Whole Deal

Hooray for Spring! From Spring cleaning to celebrating Earth Month, we’re ready to help you save some green with the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide.

Peak Pick: Asparagus

Our produce expert explains how the recent freezing weather will affect this year’s asparagus crop and shares his favorite recipes for this early spring vegetable.