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There’s Plastic on Your Face… and it’s Washing Down the Drain

Many body care products use plastic microbeads as exfoliators. These microbeads are so small that they can easily slip through water treatment systems and end up in our waterways. Here’s what you can do to help.

Potato Salad For Celebrations

Although traditional potato salad is always a favorite at a picnic or outdoor party, it’s fun to get creative by exploring a variety of flavors and ingredients like grilled veggies, olives or legumes.

Flavor Crusaders

It’s time to recognize the potential of our old pals ketchup, mustard and mayo. Sure this trio is a barbecue necessity, but they can do so much more than that. Imagine homemade sauces, dressings, marinades and glazes. Your cool factor goes up and you save money on fancy condiments.

4 Ways to Pit a Cherry

The Internet is full of cherry pitting hacks that run the gamut from ingenious to outlandish. There’s the pastry tip method and paper clip tip. But my favorite version, by far, is the chopstick in a bottle way.

New Music: Putumayo’s Australia

The compositions on Putumayo’s latest release, Australia, represent some of the cultural song-lines connecting the people of Australia and the rest of the world. Read on for a chance to win Putumayo’s Australia and Australia Playground CDs.

Food-Focused Road Trips

Culinary road trips are totally a thing. Gaby Dalkin shares her tips for food-focused travel. Now grab some homemade snacks, hop in the car and head somewhere fun where you know good food awaits!

Bodacious Burgers

Nothing says summer more than a burger fresh off the grill. These days, burgers are more than the classic beef-and-cheddar variety. We’ve taken to making burgers out of everything, from chicken to seafood to beans!

Ready, Set, Grill

Backyard barbecues are casual by nature, so don’t spend hours cooking in preparation. However, it would be a shame not to get a little adventurous and try grilling a less common cut of meat or mixing a new cocktail. The solution: get the best of both worlds and make some, buy some.

11 Flag-Waving Desserts

There’s so much fun to be had when you’re using the red, white, and blue in your desserts. Especially in summertime when sweet fruits and berries are at their finest, naturally patriotic-themed desserts are just begging to be made.

Simple Pies for Eating or Throwing

Making a delicious pie (or hand pies) is easier than you think! Get simple pie crust tips and easy pie recipes right here.

Cherries are Here! Win a Box.

Cherry season is short and sweet. Very sweet. To help you make the most of this fleeting season, we’re giving away a 5-lb box of plump, juicy cherries to five randomly selected winners who share what they would do with that many cherries.

A Guide to Parboiling: Praise and Practice

Parboiling can actually add flavor, plus speed your grilling time, reduce flare-ups and increase moisture and tenderness. Best of all, it can take a lot of guesswork out of that eternal question “Is it done yet?”

Perfecting Pasta Salad

Pasta salad can be simple and good, but the real fun starts with the addition of fresh herbs, seasonings, grilled or roasted veggies and experimenting with noodles.

Summer Meals That Bees Built

Bees pollinate many of our favorite summer foods, including berries, melons, squash and peppers. They’re also responsible for many of the cover and alfalfa that feed beef and dairy cows. Without pollinators, summer barbecues and picnics would be bland.

We’ll Drink to That: Summer Wines for Every Occasion

Summer is the season for going places, reuniting with old friends and family, recharging by the pool or at the beach, entertaining. Here are our top picks for summertime wines and the occasions they’ll pair perfectly with.

Delicious Meatless Options for Summer Entertaining

No meat? No problem. Whether you’ve recently adopted a plant-based diet or are hosting a summer barbecue with vegetarian or vegan guests, fear not. We have delicious ways to help.

Dishes for the Perfect Patriotic Party

With the sun shining, the grill sizzling, and plenty of friends and family enjoying the day, Independence Day is the height of the summer entertaining season. Plus, the day is capped off by brilliant fireworks. What could be better?

Give Bees a Chance

You can thank a pollinator for one out of every three bites you eat. Bees help produce more than 100 types of crops, everything from almonds to watermelons. They’re also vital to the clover and alfalfa that feed beef and dairy cows. If you care about food, you need to care about bees.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Melons

Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, oh my! Don’t let these peak-season fruits pass you by. Here are five tips for making the most of melons.

Kabobs: Summer on a Stick

The infatuation with food on sticks starts when we’re young, with hot dogs and marshmallows speared and roasted over a campfire. We might move on to other things, like corndogs or tornado potatoes, but the heart of food on sticks lies with the fire, and that’s why, every summer, our minds and bellies turn to the kabob.

Four Outstanding Summer Cheeses

Summer, when milk is freshest and most flavorful, is the golden season for cheesemaking. Here are four of our favorite picks. Stop by and taste them for yourself at our next in-store Cheese Nights event.

Can’t Get Enough Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is delicious and cooling, sweet and juicy and in-season now! June through August is peak cantaloupe season, so it’s time to experiment with different recipes.

Get to Know: Freekeh

Let’s explore the world of special ingredients together! We’ll do the research and make some mistakes in the kitchen so you don’t have to. Today, experiment with freekeh, an ancient grain that’s gaining serious popularity.

Wild About Wild Alaska Salmon

Salmon is particularly delicious in the summertime, when the wild Alaska fish are in season and at their freshest. Learn more about salmon varieties and try some tasty salmon recipes.

The Magic of Greyston Bakery

Greyston Bakery is part of the Greyston Foundation, an integrated network of programs providing jobs, workforce development, low-income housing, supportive services, child care, after-school programs, tenant services and community gardens for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency.

Summer Wine Tasting with a Master Sommelier

Summer is for sipping great wine, and we've got something you won't find anywhere else: detailed tasting notes from a renowned expert on 6 totally-within-reach bottles. I recently sat down with Devon Broglie, Master Sommelier and Associate Beverage Buyer for Whole Foods Market®, to sip, swirl and sample six of our Summer Top 10 wine picks.

How We Source the Best Wild Alaska Salmon


Send Your Kid to Camp with Special Foods for Their Special Diet

I never wanted my daughter’s wheat sensitivity to keep her from experiencing all the joys and trials of summer camp. From packing the right snacks to getting chummy with the resident mess hall cook, here are some tips and tricks from a mom who’s hiked the path.

Panna: Elevating the Art of the Cookout

Discover Panna, and discover the chef in you. Panna is the video cooking magazine where master chefs share their skills, techniques and more in step-by-step HD video recipes, guiding you to flawless results. Watch Chef Chad Sarno make Dairy-Free Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream with Date Cocoa Swirl.

DIY Body Mist

The fine folks at Aura Cacia shared their recipe for a DIY body mist made with pure essential oils. The refreshing scent features lemon eucalyptus oil in a base of green tea. It’s the perfect spritz for hot summer days and long summer nights.

The Accidental Beekeeper

Dr. John C. (Jack) Gilbert is a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Santa Clara University in California’s Silicon Valley. He’s also an amateur beekeeper — or, as he would say, a “sideliner” in the world of beekeeping. We asked him to tell us about swapping his lab coat for a beekeeper’s suit.

A Guide to Spatchcocking: Funny Name, Sensible Technique

Love cooking a whole chicken, but wondering how to do it quickly and easily on the grill? Wonder no more! The answer is spatchcocking, a simple technique that requires just a pair of poultry shears or heavy kitchen scissors and less than 5 minutes of your time.

Go Wild This Summer…for Seafood Sustainability


Great Guacamole

While traditional guacamole calls for onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomatoes, hot peppers and salt, there are plenty of unique ingredients to try. Pick up green garbanzo beans, peas, Greek yogurt or bell peppers and experiment!

Harvesting the Garden's Goodness

How can you know when crops are ripe and ready for harvest? We look at three favorite garden crops and the signs of their ripeness, how to harvest them, and the best way to store them.

Bee Busy with Kids’ Activities

June marks the end of the school year and the start of a summer full of fun learning opportunities for kids. Whole Kids Foundation® makes it easy with four hands-on activities.

Tasty Ways to Tame the Spicy Heat

Who hasn’t downed a glass of water or beer in a frantic panic after a nuclear mouth-blast of heat? As it turns out, there are better solutions out there for taming the flames. They’re so flavorful, you’ll likely find yourself seeking more heat just so you can go back and forth on a rollercoaster ride of sweet heat and cool relief.

A Bit of Hemp History + a Sale

It’s the 5th annual celebration of Hemp History Week and our US stores are closing out the week with sales on select products. But first a bit about what Hemp History Week is all about.

How to Host a Pool Party with Camille Styles

Lifestyle blogger Camille Styles shares her favorite ways to savor a day of sun and swimming, while just saying “no” to mosquitos, sunburns and dehydration!

Hack Your Grill: Turn it into a Smoker

You probably don’t want to shell out hundreds of bucks on a large barbecue smoker if there’s a shortcut way to get the same results. If you have a grill, you’re half way there. Just follow these steps to hack your grill and turn it into a smoker!

A Guide to Grilling Your Whole Meal

Starters, sides and even desserts can all be grilled over the same fire you light for your main course. It’s fun and delicious, with the added bonus that you can step outside and stay outside for a whole glorious summer evening.

A Strawberry Shortcake Story

Called a “culinary guru” by the New York Times, Dorie Greenspan is a James Beard and IACP award-winning author of 11 cookbooks, including bestsellers Baking with Julia, Baking from My Home to Yours and Around My French Table. Her latest book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, will be published October 2014. She’d love to hear about how your shortcakes turn out — and any of your baking adventures — at @doriegreenspan or www.doriegreenspan.com.

Salad in 15 Minutes or Less

With peak-season fruit (berries, melons and stone fruit), pantry staples (beans and grains) and leftovers (rotisserie chicken, grilled steak and veggies), you can make a big impressive salad in just a little time.

Cooking with Beer

In recipes for soups, stews, marinades and batters, you can replace some or all of the water, broth, wine and other cooking liquid with beer. You can even add beer to a cake or bread batter. Beer adds character, an earthy, rich flavor and depth, and that certain something that you just can’t put your finger on.