Thursday, August 28, 2014


Bobby in the MidWest gets a shout out on Twitter.

Arizona Grown Wheat

Darcy did a great job sourcing the local wheat for these beautiful breads.

Oracle Bread - Tucson

Best Tomatoes Ever!

Cool, Arizona Mead

Roasted Oysters By Laney!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Local Cheese - love NY Cheese producers

Napa. CA Whole Foods Market

Sunday morning view of the Napa, CA Whole Foods Market Wine Department.
Thankfully no team members were hurt during the earthquake that took place early Sunday morning.
We are so grateful to all that have come out and rolled their sleeves up to help with the cleanup effort.

PL end cap of Olive at Albany! Like the floor sign.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My girls are growing up so fast…love them so much!

MW Region's Most Recent Local Producer Loan Recipient: Bee Free Honee

We are happy to announce the Midwest Region’s most recent Local Producer Loan recipient, Bee Free Honee! Located in Plymouth, Minnesota, Bee Free Honee produces vegan “honey” made from apples. They can currently be found in the MW region but will launch nationally soon.

Bee Free Honee is the brain-child of former Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Team Leader, Katie Sanchez (pictured left). Growing up in Mound, MN, her family had an apple orchard in their front yard and her father (coincidentally) was a bee keeper.  As an adult, Katie worked on a restaurant line and then went to work at an all-natural bakehouse back in Minnesota.  There she worked with vegan products and learned about the all-natural foods world.  On more than one occasion she wished she could use honey in some of the vegan items.  The vegan sweeteners were so strong they would often mask subtle flavors such as vanilla or hints of lemon.

One day in 1999, while trying to make a less sweet version of apple jelly and being a novice with jelly, Katie accidentally created something that was definitely not jelly.  Not wanting to be wasteful, she ‘canned’ it only to discover in the morning, that what she had was honee! Years later when she heard about the decline of the bee population, she asked herself two questions, could she reproduce her honee and was there a market for it?  She went back to the kitchen and after much trial and error she was able to say that she had a solid recipe.  Four years later, she started to sell her product and this year she and her business partner, Melissa Elms (pictured right), will launch nationally at Whole Foods!

Since loan recipients have a unique relationship with Whole Foods Market, we’d really appreciate you keeping Bee Free Honee in mind for things like in-store marketing, promotions, demos, etc.  Please share this information with your team members and guests! Facebook and Twitter verbiage is below.  Let me know if you need contact information in order to set something up in your store.  Also, please contact Erin Harper if at any time you are considering discontinuing or significantly decreasing your purchase of this product.

 Thanks to everyone for your support of the program, and please let us know if you have any questions!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Produce Reset in Tamarac

Fun, new Produce reset here at TMC!
·         Increased width of aisles for customer browsing, both in the interior and on the sides by the uprights
·         Moved the whole Produce Department back 15 feet to better bridge the gap from Produce to Seafood (see view from Seafood in last photo)
·         Enlarged customer decompression area at the entrance of the store
·         More power, stand alone displays for impact

·         Added an on-the-floor interior theatre/production station within our horseshoe set.  Visible (just barely! 

DIY Pickling Set

19 Reasons to Start Running

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You can probably come up with countless reasons for why you just can't run. You don't have enough time or enough energy or the right neighborhood or the right sports bra. You don't have the body or sturdy enough joints or the desire to compete in a race. You're just not crazy enough to be a runner.
To all of those reasons and more, we say: How do you know until you've tried?
The beauty of running is that just about everyone can play -- and succeed -- in a sport that has the power to change lives.

Here are just a few convincing reasons to start running. Let us know if you agree.
1. Because you can do it anywhere. We think it's safe to say that the more accessible your fitness routine is, the more you'll stick with it. Traveling for work? You can still go for a run! On vacation? You can still go for a run! Snow, sleet, rain, hail? Yep, you can still go for a run.
2. To make new friends. You don't have to toe the starting line to meet some friendly competition. Try a group run organized by a local running club or running store, or look for a Meetup group of like-minded runners near you.
3. To spend some time alone. Then again, if the running buddy thing isn't your scene, you might as well lace up for some "me time" and escape everything for a while.
4. To accomplish a goal. We don't have to tell you that it feels darn good to set a goal and then crush it. If you've always wanted to run -- whether your goal is to finish a marathon or just a loop around the block -- now's the time to lace up and check it off the list.

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Cherry Hill Whole Body! Nice break thru!