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Catch the Reel Big News: No Red-Rated Seafood

As of this Earth Day (April 22), we no longer carry red-rated wild-caught fish in our seafood departments. Learn how to make responsible seafood choices.

Berry Time Begins

Spring marks the start of the strawberry and blueberry harvest season. Our product expert tells you what to expect berry-wise in the coming months.

Welcome Spring

Asparagus, artichokes, berries and avocados finally return to the limelight – all delicious enough to make you forgive nature for making you wait to enjoy them once again.

Salud to Spanish Wines, part 2

This spring we are celebrating Spain’s wine heritage by featuring 12 exceptional wines.

Healthy Brunch Recipes Every Bunny Will Love

The healthy options don’t have to hide among the rich foods on your spring table. Our Healthy Eating guru shares her go-to festive brunch dishes.

Meaty Easter Entrées

Update your holiday favorite with a bit of a twist or a complete 180° and make this meal one to remember. Start a new tradition with our favorite Easter entrées.

7 Money-Saving Tips for a Spring Bash on a Budget

Don’t let high costs crash your celebration. The Value Guru shares seven ways to wisely save on seasonal soirees and let your savings grow.

Creative Team Members Raise Funds for Prosperity Campaign

Team Members around the country go above and beyond to raise awareness and funds for Whole Planet Foundation. Learn how you can help in the home stretch of the campaign.

Cooking with Wine

Learn how adding one simple ingredient — wine — can propel a meal from good to outstanding. These tips and recipes will have you cooking like a pro.

A Better Brisket

Whether you’re on your 40th brisket or your first, why not impress your guests with your fork-tender signature flavor style? Here are some suggestions.

Seder Solutions for Passover

Our grocery buyers work hand in hand with vendor partners to develop great tasting kosher products that also meet our strict quality standards which require no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

"Sweet" Dog Treats

Keep those chocolate Easter bunnies away from the pups in your life. Try these ideas for treating Fido with carob and other natural ingredients instead.

Color Eggs Naturally

You can easily color your Easter eggs using nature’s own bright vivid colors from fruits, vegetables and spices.


Have you tried Biokleen’s Bac-Out? Get the story behind Biokleen’s planet-friendly practices and gentler, natural ingredients with serious cleaning power.

No Gestation Crates for Our Pigs

We’ve prohibited the use of gestation and farrowing crates by all of our pork suppliers since 2003. Find out what that means and learn more about the program.

It's the Final Week of the 28-Day Challenge


Premium Body Care for Kids

According to Jeremiah McElwee, Executive Senior Global Whole Body Coordinator, it is important to babies and children’s health to choose products carefully:

  • Children’s skin is sensitive and helps regulate body temperature, hydrate and protect internal organs.
  • The skin is the largest detoxification organ in the body.
  • Artificial colors, preservatives and scents can cause irritation, especially for young children.


In Anticipation of Asparagus

Fresh, in-season asparagus is delicious hot or cold, sautéed or steamed, roasted or grilled. Try our favorite asparagus recipes.

Salud to Spanish Wines

This spring we are celebrating Spain’s wine heritage by featuring 12 exceptional wines.

Quinn Reinvents Microwave Popcorn

Kristy and Coulter Lewis developed a “Pure Pop” bag made from recycled and compostable paper for their mom and pop popcorn business. Learn about other upgrades to their microwave snack.

Small Change for Big Change: Win a Trip to India

Learn how your 25 to 350 word essay on how your small actions are making a big impact might win you a trip for two to India from Whole Planet Foundation.

7 Essentials for Early Pregnancy from a New Mom-to-Be

Expectant mom and Team Member Melissa shares her favorite products for treating early-pregnancy symptoms.

Dispelling Rumors: Organics from China

Updated March 1, 2017

Editor's note: An inaccurate news story from 2008 has resurfaced on social media. We've updated this blog post to include an official response from Whole Foods Market: 


The Other Greens

Whether showing off your passion for the Emerald Isle or simply feeling spring-y, now is the time to get more green in your life. Try these healthy recipes for asparagus, broccoli, bok choy and more.

It's Week 3 of the 28-Day Challenge

Join us for Week 3 of the Health Starts Here® 28-Day Challenge! If you want to eat healthier and are looking for plenty of cooking resources and inspiration – this challenge is for you.

Supplier Alliance Plants Seeds of Prosperity

Find out which like-minded companies are joining Whole Planet Foundation in bringing more microcredit lending to very poor in 50 countries, including the US.

Starting Your Spring Garden

Look at what’s sprouting up at the home of our produce expert, James. Read his tips for a successful spring garden and then share your own.

Spring Meals for Four on a Budget

In the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide we have a week’s worth of meal ideas made with those seeking to save in mind.

Quick & Simple Meals with Canned Tuna

Tuna’s not just for sandwiches! Perfect for appetizers, soups, main dishes, casseroles, pasta dishes and all kinds of salads, try some of our favorite tuna recipes.

SXSW Survival Tips

Heading to SXSW this year? A seasoned Team Member and SXSW veteran offers useful tips so that you can enjoy everything that Austin and SXSW have to offer!

An Irish-Inspired Family Meal for Saint Patrick's Day

Learn how team member and first-time mom Christine travels to Ireland and learns how to prepare Shepherd’s Pie in her mother-in-law’s kitchen.

Premium and Organic Body Care Standards

Supplier Stories: Wild Planet

Watch our slideshow to learn how Wild Planet co-founders William Carvalho and Bill McCarthy put the interests of their most important stakeholders — the fish — first.

Green-Themed Grub

Not only is it in the spirit of the day but eating green foods can be good for you too.

Gaia Herbs

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gaia Herb Farm is one of the largest organic medicinal herb farms in the United States. Watch their story.

St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef

March 17th is the perfect time to serve traditional corned beef. Ours come from beef raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. Learn more.

It's Week 2 of the 28-Day Challenge

Join us for Week 2 of the Health Starts Here® 28-Day Challenge! If you want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start – this challenge is for you.

Microcredit Inspired Recipes

Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients share their stories through traditional recipes. Try our versions of their favorite dishes, and donate at the register or online to help more people live a better life.

Cabbage: A Perfect Match

Cabbage pairs well with a variety of root vegetables as well as meat, fish, chicken, pork, beans, tofu and tempeh. Discover some of our favorite cabbage recipes.

Pork Newsflash!

Have you heard? Thompson Farms has achieved a 5+ rating through the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating System!

Local Producer: Firefly Kitchens

Our local forager in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Breyley, shares the story behind Firefly Kitchens’ naturally fermented foods and how their Local Producer Loan helps grow their business.

Putumayo's Latest: Instrumental Dreamland

Tell us what music helps lull you to sleep for a chance to win a 6-CD set of Putumayo Kids’ award-winning Dreamland series.

Healthy Recipes for Spring