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Biodynamic 101: What to Know and What to Buy Now

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, April 16, 2018  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Biodynamic. You might have seen the word on signs and packaged goods in our stores, but what does it mean? Biodynamic agriculture is an ecological approach that views farms as living organisms, with the goal for each farm to be a self-sustaining system. The health and well-being of the farm animals, the farmworkers, the farm and the earth are all viewed as integral parts that make up a whole ecosystem. And like organic farmers, biodynamic farmers do not use toxic persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and GMOs.
 
Here are seven biodynamic offerings we’re loving right now — look for sales on these and more from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
Wholesome Sweeteners Biodynamic Cane Sugar                         
Interested in introducing biodynamic products into your daily cooking routine? Pantry staples like sugar and rice (check out the sale below!) are good places to start. Get a 24-oz package of Non-GMO Project Verified, organic Wholesome Sweeteners Biodynamic Cane Sugar for $3.99 from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
Lundberg Biodynamic Short Grain Brown Rice            
It’s grown organically by a 4th-generation U.S. family farm, and it tastes great. Major flavor will take your everyday dishes to the next level. 1-lb bags are on sale for $3.49 from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
Frey Winery Biodynamic Field Blend Wine
Cacao nibs, star anise and berry flavors collide in this rich Rhône-style Red. Raise a glass to a biodynamic wine grown in California on the first organic and biodynamic winery in the U.S. Save $2 per 750ml bottle from 4/18 - 4/24/18**.
 
 
Crofter's Vintage Series Biodynamic Spreads
Apricot, Blueberry, Strawberry
Established in 1989, Crofter’s is a family-owned company located in Ontario, Canada, and they’re making seriously delicious spreads. Their Vintage Series Biodynamic Spreads are made with flavorful and nutritious biodynamic fruit and contains less sugar than many jellies or preserves.  Win-win.  These 10-oz limited-edition varieties are on sale for $3.49 from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
Lakewood Biodynamic Juices                     
Pure Apple, Pure Pomegranate, Pure Beet, Pure Cranberry, Apricot Nectar, Mango Nectar
Enjoy a big dose of fresh pressed juice from biodynamic produce. Pure Apple is just that — the juice from 10 to 12 organic apples in every bottle. Each variety delivers a similar wallop of real flavor from real fruit. Get a 32-oz bottle of Pure Apple, Apricot Nectar or Mango Nectar for $5.99; Pure Beet for $6.49; Pure Cranberry or Pure Pomegranate for $9.99 from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
 
Natural Nectar Biodynamic Brittany Apple Sauce 
Brittany Apple, Brittany Apple Pear, Brittany Apple Cinnamon     
An update on a family favorite! Made from whole Brittany apples from the biodynamic orchards in Nantes, France, these organic sauces have a rich flavor and no added sugar. Get Natural Nectar Biodynamic Brittany Apple Sauce for $5.29 per 22-oz jar from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
The Republic of Tea Biodynamic Teas   
Heirloom Chamomile, Turmeric Cinnamon                   
Sip your chamomile knowing that it’s grown on a 100-acre biodynamic garden at the base of the Italian Alps and harvested at night when the essential oils are at their peak. (Yes, really.) Or try the turmeric trend with an earthy, full-bodied blend of turmeric and cinnamon grown by a collective of four biodynamic farms in central Sri Lanka. Save on a 36-count tin for $11.99 from 4/18 - 5/1/18*.
 
Interested in more ways to support biodynamic farms? Look for the Demeter Certified Biodynamic label on products throughout the store, including grocery staples and wine. The label is your way of knowing that a farm meets the Biodynamic Farm and Processing Standards set forth by Demeter International, the world’s oldest ecological certification body.
 
* Valid 4/18 - 5/1/18. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. While supplies last. No rain checks.
 
**Valid 4/18 - 4/24/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. Wine sale prices not legally available in all stores. No rain checks. Cannot be combined with a case discount where prohibited by law. Must be 21. Please drink responsibly.
Taxonomy: Environmental Stewardship, Organic

10 Ways You Can Support the Planet Just by Grocery Shopping

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, April 16, 2018  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

You're right. Your choices at the grocery store matter, not just to the health of your family but the health of the planet. And every little thing helps. It can be as simple as remembering your reusable bags or choosing products that respect the planet — we make it easy. Here are 10 ways you can make a positive impact on the planet when you’re at the grocery store. 
 

1. Switch to organics

Organic agriculture prohibits toxic and persistent chemicals to help prevent them from getting into our air, soil, water... and food! Choosing organic supports farmers and producers who believe in good health, quality food and earth-friendly agricultural practices.
 

2. Buy biodynamic products 

Biodynamic agriculture is an ecological approach that views farms as living organisms, with the goal for each farm to be a self-sustaining system. The health and well-being of the farm animals, the farmworkers, the farm and the earth are all viewed as integral parts that make up a whole ecosystem. Like organic farming, biodynamic farming does not permit GMOs, synthetic fertilizers or toxic persistent pesticides.
 

3. Shop and give back

Since 1993, our stores have hosted quarterly Community Giving Days (also called 5% Days) where five percent of the day’s net sales are donated to support nonprofit or educational organizations that align with our core values. On Thursday, April 19, 2018 more than half of our stores in the US and Canada will donate five percent of the day’s net sales to The Nature Conservancy. Check if your local store is donating to The Nature Conservancy or if they’ve designated another worthy partner focused on environmental stewardship to support. We estimate we will raise up to $2 million in support of local environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy — plan to shop on April 19! 
 

4. Choose sustainable seafood

Yes, you can make a difference at the seafood counter and help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems and build a more sustainable seafood supply. All seafood — yes, every choice — from our seafood department is either Responsibly Farmed or sustainably caught, and we can trace all of them from farm or fishery to the store. 
 
 

5. Reduce food waste

Buying ingredients from our bulk bins not only means that you’re cutting back on packaging, it also allows you to buy only the amount you need. Bonus: Look for a new selection of buy-as-‭much-or-as-little-as-you-like nuts, dried fruit, candy, grind-your-own nut butters, grains, beans, trail mixes and more and new lower prices on select items too.‬‬
 

6. Improve lives with every purchase

Every Whole Trade® purchase funds community projects — such as schools and health clinics — determined by the farmworkers themselves. Keep your eyes out for the logo on a wide variety of everyday items from fresh fruit and coffee beans to chocolate bars and flowers.
 

7. Support responsible packaging

Look for products with minimal packaging, those that use recycled and/or recyclable materials and products with other packaging like Stonyfield multi-pack yogurt cups. In 2010, Stonyfield launched cups made from plants by replacing their polystyrene containers with plant-based plastics. 
 

8. Clean up your cleaning products

Look for botanical-based cleaning solutions like Seventh Generation sprays, surface wipes, laundry detergents, dish soaps and more, which are powered by plants and rooted in results. Tip: Save on a variety of Seventh Generation cleaning solutions through May 1*.
 

9. Buy recycled products

Buying new products made from recycled materials allows you to "close the loop," creating a market for the items recycled curbside or in other recycling programs. 
 

10. Bring a bag

This Earth Day marks the 10th anniversary of when we banned disposable plastic grocery bags at store checkout. When you bring your reusable bag, you save a paper bag, and you’ll get a little discount, too.
 
*Valid 4/4-5/1/18. While supplies last. U.S. only. Not available at 365 stores. No rain checks. Some exclusions apply.
Taxonomy: Environmental Stewardship

10 Spring Cleaning Photos That Will Make Type A Cooks Swoon

By Paula Forbes, April 9, 2018  |  More Posts by Paula Forbes

Credit: @withsarale
 
There’s just something about a hyper-organized kitchen. Something ridiculously satisfying, almost soothing. And while it may seem a daunting task to get all your containers labeled and your shelves neatly arranged, an organized refrigerator or pantry can be the calm in the middle of the weeknight dinner storm. We asked 10 of our favorites how they stay so organized, and they shared tips sure to inspire you before the next grocery shop.
 
The Organizer: Minneapolis-based nail designer Sara Le (@withsarale) could definitely have a second gig as a pantry designer. Not only is this space well-organized, it’s also gorgeous!
Spring Cleaning Tip: “Keeping my pantry organized is fun and simple when using glass jars labeled with a white paint marker. I have a clear visual when it’s time to restock my bulk items such as pasta, rice or cereal. I store produce in wire baskets so I can see what’s fresh and healthy snacks and canned goods in large baskets, so they are easily accessible.”
 
 
The Organizer: Of course, stylist and photographer Katie Jacobs — @katiejacobsnashville — has a picture-perfect kitchen in her Nashville home. And when it comes to dry storage, she is not messing around.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “Organizing your pantry with labeled clear containers just makes life more simple. It’s easy to see what you’re out of which makes grocery shopping a cinch, and the air-tight containers keep food fresher longer.”
 
 
The Organizer: Ellen Charlotte Marie has an app called Effortlessly Healthy, and she certainly makes pantry organization look effortless as well.
Spring Cleaning Tips: “I like to use a combination of up-cycled jars from jams or olives along with screw top jars and hinged canisters to store my dry goods. Hinged top canisters are great for storing everyday ingredients that you need to access quickly and easily.”
 
Credit: @raw_manda
 
The Organizer: Amanda Le, a Los Angeles-based vegan Instagrammer and blogger who, as you can see above, has a very serious seeds and nuts storage situation. You can read all of her nuts and seeds storage tips on her blog.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “I typically buy nuts, seeds, beans, grains, etc. in bulk. I store what I’ll eat in the upcoming weeks or months in the pantry and the rest in the fridge/freezer. If they’re not stored properly, they‘ll go rancid or stale quickly. If you have enough fridge or freezer space, I would recommend popping them in there right away to keep everything fresh — you don’t have to worry about any food going to waste.”
 
 
The Organizer: Bi-coastal blogger and Instagrammer Meera of Nutriliciously keeps an eye on the environment through bulk shopping and reusable storage.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “I like buying bulk items and storing in recycled jars (I also reuse pasta jars and glass jelly jars) and spices in vintage tins I collect while traveling. I love dried beans, nuts and granola from Whole Foods Market bulk bins for their quality, and I can buy the quantity I use regularly. This reduces package and food wastage.”
 
 
The Organizer: Kristen Hong is a California wellness blogger with some serious rainbow-colored refrigerator game.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “I pre-cut and stock veggies in clear jars so I can see exactly what ingredients I have on hand and when it’s time to make a run to the produce department. I also like to store my fresh herbs in water so they stay fresh longer.”
 
 
The Organizer: South Florida-based marathoner and blogger Sanaz of S Runs for Cake has a knack for getting her kitchen up and running.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “My biggest fridge tip is storing condiments on a lazy susan, which saves a ton of space and lets you easily get to everything with a turn of a finger.”
 
 
The Organizer: Wellness blogger and plant-based cook Sapana Chandra, of Real + Vibrant, is based in Seattle and she’s a huge avocado fan.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “Since I enjoy avocados on a daily basis, I buy enough for an entire week. While I store the avocados on my kitchen counter until they’re fully ripe, I move them to my fridge immediately after where they keep well for up to a week (sometimes longer)!”
 
 
The Organizer: Wellness coach and blogger Caroline Ginolfi of Plant Based Blonde lives in Philadelphia where she loves to eat her greens.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “I try to buy only organic leafy greens so I love that Whole Foods Market sells organic herbs — a leafy green that is often over looked. I keep them in a jar of water in the fridge to keep them fresh for weeks at a time!”
 
Credit: @kalejunkie
 
The Organizer: Nicole M. is an Instagrammer and mother of two who finds the key to calming the chaos is planning ahead.
Spring Cleaning Tip: “I have a Sunday routine. Every Sunday, I wake up and go through my refrigerator and toss anything that's expired and make a quick grocery list so that I know what to buy for the upcoming week. Once that's done, I head straight to the store and pick up most of the produce I need for the week, as well as a few other items, such as yogurts, almondmilks, pasta, pasta sauces and the like. Once I come home, I move quickly. I remove everything from the refrigerator and place it on the counter. Then I clean the inside, and start putting everything back in, grouping like items together.
 
My top two tips for maintaining an organized fridge is to do a weekly clean out, so that you see what you have and consume it before it expires (always minimize throwing away food!), and second, only buy what you really need. Not only will you save money, your fridge will be less cluttered, and again, you will be less likely to throw away food at the end of the week.”
 
Bonus tip: While you’re organizing and prepping your pantry for meals ahead, take advantage of new lower prices on some items in our bulk bins and a new selection of buy-as-much-or-as-little-as-you-like nuts, dried fruit, candy, grind-your-own nut butters, grains, beans, trail mixes and more. 
Taxonomy: Trends & New Stuff, Pantry Makeover

5 Fast Tips for a Cleaner Spring from Seventh Generation

By John Stewart, April 9, 2018  |  More Posts by John Stewart

Because a big part of Earth Day (and Earth Month) is about getting out and enjoying all that our lovely planet has to offer, we’re sharing some quick time-saving spring cleaning tips that’ll help you get to the things you really love to do. These tips come to us from Seventh Generation, whose botanical-based cleaning solutions — sprays, surface wipes, laundry detergents, dish soaps and more — are powered by plants and rooted in results. Bonus: Save on a variety of Seventh Generation cleaning solutions through May 1*.
 
  1. Clean as you go.
    Spend a few minutes wiping down the sink after you brush your teeth, and give kitchen surfaces a quick once-over with cleaning spray after cooking meals. Tip: Try Seventh Generation All Purpose Natural Cleaner to wipe up grease, grime and dirt without harsh fumes.
  2. Don’t let clutter happen. 
    When you bring something in the door, find a place for it immediately. Don’t leave a mess you’ll have to tidy later.
  3. Multitask. 
    Wash prep dishes as meals cook, or start a load of laundry before bedtime stories. Tip: Try Seventh Generation Dish Liquid to limit environmental impact.
  4. Take stock. 
    Every time you reach into your pantry, fridge or freezer, do a quick scan for expired or old food to compost or toss. Before throwing away, be sure to check and see if the container can be recycled.
  5. Hit the hot spots. 
    Make a game out of wiping these down every day: faucets, appliance handles, doorknobs, phones, cabinet knobs, remote controls, toilet handles. Try Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner to clean with botanical ingredients, including thyme oil.
     

100% Clean Energy Starts With Your City

Seventh Generation is all about clean — that applies to energy too. This year they’re partnering with the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign by asking mayors to commit their cities to 100% clean energy. Interested in joining the Ready for 100 campaign? More info here.
#Readyfor100
 
*Valid 4/4-5/1/18. While supplies last. U.S. only. Not available at 365 stores. No rain checks. Some exclusions apply.
Taxonomy: Grocery

Yogurt on a Mission: The Stonyfield Organic Story

By Whole Story Editors, April 9, 2018  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors
 
 
"I came in with a social and environmental mission — not a money-making mission — that’s what made it a success." — Stonyfield Organic co-founder Gary Hirshberg.
 
In 1983, co-founders Samuel Kaymen and Gary Hirshberg were running a nonprofit organic farming school on a small New Hampshire farm and were on a mission to help family farms survive, keep food and food production healthy, and help protect the environment. But the school needed funding. So they used milk from the farm's seven cows and began selling really good yogurt. 
 
The yogurt was a hit. A big one. And Samuel and Gary realized that a successful organic company could make a bigger difference for family farms, people and the planet than their school could. 
 
Today, Stonyfield Organic proudly makes organic yogurts, smoothies, dairy-free yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk and cream. They call themselves "obsessively organic," and they make all their products without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.
 
Co-founders Samuel Kaymen and Gary Hirshberg
 
The company is still located New Hampshire — about 30 miles east of the original farm — but now their organic ingredient purchases support a huge network of food producers made up of hundreds of organic family farms, thousands of organic cows and more than 200,000 organic acres.
 
Stonyfield has also pioneered planet-friendly business practices from offsetting their yogurt works’ emissions, to making yogurt cups from plants instead of petroleum, to making their own renewable energy. These efforts have awarded Stonyfield a B Corp Certification, given to companies that use business as a force for good. It means they meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. 
 
The thought and passion that started Stonyfield has only grown stronger — and they’ve never stopped working for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet.
 
Find Stonyfield products at your local Whole Foods Market.
Taxonomy: Supplier Stories

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