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8 Tips to Keep Your Christmas Décor Green

I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of our beautiful Christmas trees and greens for months. When the tree is up, that’s the day the party starts!


Cheers to Champagne Cheddar

Champagne Cheddar Cheese Straws


How to Stock Your Holiday Baking Pantry

My vote is to stock your baking pantry for practical needs (holiday brunches and cookie exchanges), but to do it with fun in mind. During the holiday baking sprint, call on favorite recipes then give them a seasonal spin. If a sugar cookie recipe never fails you, but you’re interested in a bit of a rev-up, these pantry staples can add a little excitement.

The Ultimate Grocery Store Gift Guide

I’m all for one-stop errands. In college, it was the coffee shop/laundromat. Today it’s just natural that I holiday shop where I grocery shop. No, I’m not gifting collards and cashews. Instead, I’m reaching for truffles, flowers and toys and clothing and picking up ingredients for homemade gifts. Here’s how:

Gifts Under $5, $10, $15 and $30

The Cheese Board: A Host’s Best Party Secret

Baked BrieA truly stylish and delicious way to take your entertaining to the next level is the cheese board. Whether you use a plate, a wooden cutting board or a piece of slate, serving cheese is the smart host’s best party secret. Why?


Turkey Day Kitchen Hacks

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there’s enough on your plate to worry about before even diving into the cooking.


20 Ways with Cranberries

Fair Trade Friday, All Weekend Long

Fair Trade SaleIf you’re planning on shaking off that post-feast food fog and shopping this Friday, worry not! Your experience doesn’t have to be bleak.


The Best Make-Ahead Recipes for Holiday Travel

The holidays can be joyful and tasty, but they can also be the most stressful time of the year. Between entertaining at home and traveling to see friends and family – all while making sure your famed mashed potatoes survive the journey – there’s often very little room to enjoy the festivities.

This year, we’re helping you relax with six holiday recipes that can be prepped in your own kitchen and easily taken on the road. From rich gravy to sweet cranberry sauce to hearty cornbread, these dishes can be made in advance and warmed up when it’s time to feast.

Have a Happy Gluten-Free Holiday

It’s time to get your holiday bake on and the treat train won’t stop until the end of the year. If you’re celebrating a gluten free holiday due to gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, there’s no need to forego holiday pies, cookies, breads and muffins. 

Gluten-free baking can seem like a pretty tough order, but it’s easier (and more delicious!) than you think.

How I Came to Love Brussels Sprouts

Stephen, our VP of Purchasing in our South Region, got his passion for great food from his mother's love of homemade bread and his Nonna's manicotti lessons. While living in Zanzibar working on his dissertation research in African History, Stephen’s personal culinary explorations broadened. Even though the process did not yield a PhD or a career in academia it did imbue him with a passion for food in all its cultural and material forms.


Our Gratitude Grows with Every Gift

At Whole Kids Foundation®, every day brings reasons to be thankful: the victorious smile on a child’s face after tasting that first homegrown carrot, a lunchroom full of kids celebrating their new salad bar, a team of high school students who built a greenhouse from the ground up. Every sweet success for these growing kids is made possible by donations.

Rule Your Thanksgiving Kitchen

While working as a food stylist a few years back, I prepared a Thanksgiving dinner for photos that we planned to take in the afternoon. I started cooking at a reasonable time in the morning, with no substantial prep the day before.

Thanksgivukkah 2013

This year the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide; this won’t happen again for another 70,000 years, so buckle your seat belts.

I have my menorah at the ready and will carefully select all the burnished orange and red candles for the night. I may even attach some (non-flammable) turkey-like feathers to it to really get us in the mood, but I’m frankly feeling pretty excited about the opportunity to mix these delicious food traditions for one unforgettable feast.

Love Your Leftovers

Turkey Nachos with Cranberry SalsaThere’s a chance to celebrate savings with every occasion – even a big meal like Thanksgiving.

Stunningly Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Accent your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece you make yourself. Autumn yields such fabulous colors and textures, it’s easy to create your own arrangement and have fun doing it!

Gourgeous Gourds

Feasting on Sweet Potatoes

5 Simple Less Stress, Be Merrier Strategies

LavenderThe holidays are a time of celebration, spirit…and stress. Even the merriest among us might need a reminder to take care of ourselves. So in the spirit of planning ahead and planning for wellness, how about a smarter perspective this year?


The Best Wines for Your Thanksgiving Table

The Big Meal is a great opportunity to break out of your wine-buying routine and take a look at tasty and affordable pairings. Luckily, traditional roast turkey welcomes a broad palette of wine styles and flavors, with one rule of thumb: avoid big, meaty tannic wines, like Cabernets or Chiantis. (They can overpower, so save them for a charcuterie plate or slow sipping by the fire). Instead, for Reds, seek out unabashed juiciness, pronounced fruit and a soft round finish. With Whites, you want well-balanced acidity and flavors ranging from crisp and dry to delicately sweet to floral.


A Welcoming Table: Making a Meal for Special Diets

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of turkey, stuffing, pie, rolls, and more pie. If you don’t have to worry about what you eat, planning the Thanksgiving meal is a breeze. But if you have food allergies, sensitivities or follow a special diet, or have guests who do, it can be a challenge finding foods that are suitable, yet still deliciously festive.

Get Your Pantry Hanukkah Ready

What ingredients do you need to prepare a delicious Hanukkah? Seasonal favorites, like root vegetables, hearty whole grains and a selection of proteins, are always important to have on hand this time of year. Beyond that, here are my top suggestions for outfitting your pantry.

Like all of the products we carry in our stores, these essentials meet our strict quality standards, which require no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats.

Steep in Relaxation with “Bath Tea”

All photos by Evi Abeler

All photos by Evi Abeler


Putumayo Presents A Jewish Celebration

Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.


Dos and Don’ts for the Ultimate Friendsgiving Potluck

This year I hosted my third Gobblefest, a pre-Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving potluck that’s become tradition over the years. It’s a way to “rehearse” before the real deal and a great excuse to spend some quality time with friends over a meal before the hectic holiday season starts to ramp up.

Artificial Trans Fats Unacceptable at Whole Foods Market Since 2003

No Artificial Trans Fats Since 2003Want to avoid artificial trans fats? Shopping with us makes it easy because Whole Foods Market removed these unhealthy fats from all the food products we sell back in 2003.


Ideas for Green Beans

When you think of your Thanksgiving spread, are green beans on the table? They are for a lot of us, too! Interestingly, green beans are a summer vegetable so who knows how they ended up as a holiday classic. Whether you opt for an updated version of the classic Thanksgiving-favorite Green Bean Casserole or choose to go a bit more outside the box with a Panko-Crusted Green Bean Casserole, chances are that green beans are on your menu.

Mulled Winter Beer

Known amongst the craft beer community as The Beer Wench, Ashley Routson is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist and social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy.


Biodynamic FAQ

You may have noticed “Biodynamic®” on fresh and packaged products around our store. While the seeds of Biodynamic farming germinated in the early 1900s, they have begun to flourish more widely in recent years.

Biodynamic is an exciting — and a little bit complicated — way of growing crops. The short version is: Biodynamic = food grown well. Want to know more? Read on.

Great Gravy!

Gravy is the linchpin of any celebrated Thanksgiving feast – it manages to tie all the meal elements together and is one of those special holiday things many of us rarely make outside of Thanksgiving.  

Pour it over dressing, mashed potatoes and turkey, sop it up with a roll and be sure to save a little for your leftovers sandwich.

The Art of the Thanksgiving Salad

Thanksgiving is a holiday of indulgence. It’s a day of decadent pies, thick slices of turkey, rich gravies, loaded stuffings and all manner of potato-based sides. We fully support feasting on this day of thanks, but let’s be honest – sometimes your palate needs a little break from the heavy-hitters. Try adding one of these six salads to your Thanksgiving spread to offset your feast – and prepare for them to be the first to run out.


Have a Healthy Holiday: Thanksgiving Edition

One of the biggest and most hotly anticipated meals of the year comes, thankfully (ha!), as the fall harvest season wraps up. Count on winter squash, fresh cranberries, Brussels sprouts, root veggies and a few tropical fruits for a truly special Thanksgiving feast. Skipping added oils, sweeteners and sodium also means you can focus on the flavors of the foods you love.

Perk up your plate with these flavorful, healthy holiday options.

How to Host Your First Thanksgiving

It’s only the biggest meal of the season. The one people have waited all year for. A meal wrapped up in tradition and family and tied with a rosemary bow. No pressure, right?

How to Stock a Serious Thanksgiving Pantry

This year I will be hosting my first ever Thanksgiving. I have a little notebook going with my menu plan and my brother-in-law is on cocktail-planning standby.

Here's how I'm stocking my pantry for success and you can, too.

A Vegan Thanksgiving Feast

I’m grateful for sound solutions for special diets. After hosting The Big Meal for more than five years with some vegan guests, here’s what I’ve learned.

There are a few approaches: the host offers a vegan main, a side and a dessert; vegan guests bring dishes and the host makes a couple too; or the entire meal can be vegan. Whichever strategy you choose, a vegan Thanksgiving is easier and tastier than you may think. I promise.

Recipes for Success

Ideas for Brussels Sprouts

This holiday season, celebrate the full bounty of the produce world. Brussels sprouts are a perfect place to start. These cute little cabbage-look-a-likes are marvelous baked, roasted, steamed or pan-cooked.

Kitchen Planning for the Holidays

Peeking at your calendar once October is over can be a little frightening. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and holiday parties seem to creep sooner and sooner each year. But don’t fret! With a little planning and prep work you can smoothly sail into the entertaining season.


Get the Best Bird: Turkey Talk with a Butcher

Turkey TipsThere’s no denying the importance of turkey this time of year. It’s not only the showpiece of the Thanksgiving table, it’s the centerpiece in most conversations too.


Etsy + Whole Foods Market = Ingredients for Creativity

Between travel, school plays and work functions, does a homemade holiday seem as unrealistic as flying reindeer?


Holiday Meal Giveaway: We Do The Work, You Take the Credit

You’ve waited all year for this meal! That’s why we want to help you stress less and enjoy more of the best.

Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your Thanksgiving less stressful. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that participated. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winners: Sue, Wendy T., Alice, Michael S., and Phyllis!


Whole Foods Market Supports WA522

Will Vote For Food. We Say Yes on I-522.Joe Rogoff is the Pacific Northwest regional president, overseeing stores in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, a distribution center, and Select Seafood, a seafood facility.