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Fresh Toppings for Fresh Oysters

Elegant. Refreshing. Big time-savers. If you don’t count oysters on the half shells as one of your go-tos for holiday gatherings, you should.

Putumayo: French Christmas

Just in time for the holidays, Putumayo brings French Christmas, a collection of heartwarming songs from France and French Canada to enhance the holiday season. Plus read on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling Christmas collection.

Lighter Foods for Post-Holiday Meals

The holidays are a time of indulging and, yes, often overindulging! Luckily, there’s a nice break between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and Christmas to help you slow down from heavy foods and get some of the delicious seasonal greens and other produce on the menu.

We're Thankful for You!


Gifts that Give Back: PBS KIDS Toys

Orangutans, black bears and wooden trucks, oh my! With 100% of the net proceeds they receive from your purchase of these toys supporting its mission of building knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity to empower children for success, PBS KIDS makes it easy to give presents with a purpose.

Creative Cocktails: Stocking Your Bar

Start with a thoughtfully stocked bar, you’ll be serving holiday cheer straight up — or on the rocks — all season long.

Our Rolls and Pies are Great Picks

Be a great guest and bring the perfect Thanksgiving meal accompaniment – baked goods! For that, we’ve totally got you covered with standards you’ll find nowhere else.

Celebrating Fair Trade Friday with a Weekend Sale

Our US Whole Foods Market stores are celebrating fairly traded products with a weekend-long sale, November 28-30. And we’re kicking it off with what we’re calling “Fair Trade Friday”!

Better Bites for Holiday Travel

Avoid bumps in the road during holiday travel by packing your own food. Whether your traveling by car or plane, a little preparation goes a long way to ensure tastier, better-for-you bites.

Dorie Greenspan’s Raspberry-Cranberry Spiced Cheesecake

Some of Dorie Greenspan’s favorite recipes are the ones that invite what she calls “playing around”– a way to change them a bit and make them more your own. Over the years she’s tweaked the classic cheesecake in many ways and now it’s her go-to dessert for the holidays.

Making Magic with Thanksgiving Leftovers

At my house, we go all out for Thanksgiving. Why do we make so much food? One word: leftovers! I view Thanksgiving leftovers as a challenge to making the most creative recipes I can.

Thanksgiving Entrées Beyond Turkey

If you don’t want turkey, how do you celebrate “Turkey Day”? Deliciously! Give thanks for entrée possibilities from vegetarian Savory Butternut Squash Pie with Hazelnuts to vegan Celebration Lentil Loaf to Roasted Beef Tenderloin.

Shrimp is Big on Convenience

Poached, grilled, sautéed or broiled, we love shrimp in just about any dish, any time of year. But somehow serving shrimp during the winter holidays seems extra special — thankfully without extra work or worries when you buy it at Whole Foods Market.

Mushrooms Make Meals Magic

Looking for new ways to impress holiday guests? Mushrooms rich, savory flavor actually elevates other ingredients and evokes feelings of satisfaction — which means lucky guests will leave the table raving about your marvelous meal.

15 Gifts That Won’t Get Re-Gifted

Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or a long-range present planner, our Whole Body department has thoughtful selections for everyone on your list.

Top Holiday Sweet Treats

It’s finally time for pumpkin pies and gingerbread and candy canes, so sure to experience those special flavors to the fullest. Here are our picks for sweet holiday treats you won’t find anywhere else but Whole Foods Market.

Why I’m Thankful for Broth

Deeply rich flavorful broth is a foundation for delicious soups, stews, sauces and stuffings. Learn how to make it and our favorite ways to use it.

Thanksgiving Countdown: A Timeline for Smooth Sailing

Here’s a good guide for getting all the important things done on time, in style, with minimal stress. We can all give thanks for that!

A Mushroom Mini Farm Makes a Magical Holiday Gift

What if I told you about an interactive gift that could get kids excited about growing food, teach them about recycling AND encourage them to try new flavors? With the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Farm, kids can grow their own oyster mushrooms in about 10 days. And no plastic parts to assemble or step on!

Quick Guide to Pies

With our pie primer, you can learn tips for perfectly flaky crusts, winning seasonal combinations and special diet solutions, so you can make a pie anytime — for any reason.

Dinnertime Solutions: Stress-Free Soups

Soup is a natural go-to when the temperature start to dip, but that’s not the only reason to reach for a big bowl. Soups are some of the easiest recipes you can make, meaning the mad dash for dinner after a long day is a thing of the past.

The Secret to a Juicy and Flavorful Turkey

When cooking lean meats like turkey, using a wet or dry brine before roasting will help ensure juicier results. Salt is the key ingredient in brines for tender results, and when you add aromatics like spices, herbs and citrus zest or even sugar, the turkey is infused with subtle flavors too.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Yes, You Can Please ‘Em All!

If your group is like mine this Thanksgiving, it’s probably going to have a number of friends and family with special diets. As of right now I’m counting two vegetarians, someone who needs to watch their sodium, someone who prefers gluten-free dishes and someone (that would be me!) who hopes to keep their health goals in check. So here’s the challenge: Getting a meal on the table that has something for everyone but still hits the holiday flavor and comfort notes we know and love.

Our Top 5 Picks for Easy Online Ordering

This Thanksgiving, you can do it all. But you don’t have to. That’s because online ordering is available for Thanksgiving feasting, Hanukkah noshing, Christmas celebrating and every holiday entertaining occasion in between at: shop.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Gifts that Groove: Putumayo Music + a Giveaway!

Putumayo’s latest releases, Café del Mundo and Yoga Lounge, continue the tradition with music that celebrates world artists. These comforting collections feature noted musicians that range from Senegalese brothers to LA-based underground DJs.

Cooking with Green Beans: Traditional or with a Twist

Although a summer vegetable, green beans have been gracing our holiday tables since the mid 1950’s thanks to the popular green bean casserole. Today autumn meals include a wide variety of green bean recipes from salads to stir-fries.

The Best Wines for Thanksgiving

Many flavors populate a Thanksgiving table that lend themselves to particularly tasty pairings. So it’s a perfect opportunity to try something new!

Quick Guide to Stuffing

The most delicious foods are waiting for you this season, and we’re here to help you discover them. Through mid-November we’re featuring must-have information on the season’s best ingredients and dishes — winter squash, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing and pies! — to help you plan the tastiest celebrations and everyday meals.

Bringing You the Very Best Prosciutto

Still made with traditional methods seasoned, salt-cured, air-dried Prosciutto di San Daniele has a distinct taste that captures the flavor of Italy.

Pies For All

One of the reasons pies are so wonderful is because they bring us together during the holidays for just one more bite of yum. Plus, there are so many varieties of pie that it’s easy to create a spread that will please everyone at the table — including those with special diet needs!

What’s Brewing: We Want to Hear from You!

In our constant quest to make Whole Foods Market even better, we make a practice of consulting the real experts — our customers. That’s why shoppers are invited to join us for light snacks and good conversation Thursday November 13th, from 6pm – 8pm. #wfmwishlist

Set the Table with Beautiful Thanksgiving Flowers

Fresh, vibrant blooms on a holiday table cover a multitude of hosting sins from children’s toys sprawled out at guests’ feet to the slightly over-toasted sliced almonds in the salad. Flowers make everything better – especially flowers with the Whole Trade® Guarantee.

Extending Your Garden's Harvest

Growing your own food doesn't have to stop in fall or even winter. Cecilia Nasti offers a few tips for extending the harvest beyond what you may think is possible.

Kitchen Fumbles and Kitchen Fixes

Jennifer Cheng has had her share of cooking fumbles and foibles, but more often than not, her scrappy fixes pay off. Learn from some of her missteps and what she did to save the day in the kitchen.

Build a Better Cheese Plate

From taste and texture to a few of our favorite cheeses, here is an easy guide to building a better cheese board.

Cooking with Cranberries: Traditional or with a Twist

This year, I’m in the mood for cranberries all the time, and I’m getting creative with how to sneak them in! Here are some unexpected ways to use cranberries.

Quick Guide to Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts can be boiled, steamed, oven roasted, braised, grilled and even enjoyed raw. Autumn through early spring is peak season for these mini cabbage look-alikes, so now is the time to try them or experiment with new recipes.