Whole Foods Certified Organic

Whole Foods has recently announced that its 273 U.S. stores have been certified organic by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).

Last November, the USDA told WF that it was about to get much harder to be a certified retailer. Rather than walk away from certification altogether, WF opted to go down the much more difficult road of getting each of its stores individually certified. The USDA was right: it was much harder. But WF did what it took and made it happen.

You can read more here.

The Whole Foods Market on Wade Avenue in Raleigh has a number of happenings this month including:

Luscious Summertime Tomatoes with Chef Sheri Castle

Thursday, August 6th 6:30 – 7:45 pm $20.00, Pre-Register.  Join Chef Sheri Castle for a fun-filled evening and learn some fantastically delicious yet easy to prepare tomato dishes, featuring the juicy and perfectly ripe tomatoes that are at their peak this time of year.  We’re talking Real Tomatoes, those luscious vine-ripened beauties that burst with flavor and juice. Perfect tomatoes need nothing more than a pinch of salt, but they can also be the stars of simple recipes that highlight their flavor and texture. Recipes will include Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, No-Cook Cherry Tomato and Fresh Herb Pasta Sauce, and Green Tomato Pie… yum, the tastes of summer!  Generous recipe samples and a wine pairing will be served. Hurry, Sheri’s classes fill up fast!  Please note that Refund/Credit may only be given for cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to class.

First Friday Art Opening — Belize, a Photographic Journey, by Sherry Derry

Friday, August 7th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Join us for this First Friday Art Reception and enjoy this photography exhibit, featuring works by Sherry Derry, Whole Foods Market Team Member.  These lovely photos were taken on her recent trip to Belize, and they capture the breadth and beauty of the flora, fauna, and cultural history of this intriguing Central American country.  Works on view through the end of August.

Sugar Busters – How to Curb Your Sugar Cravings, with Jean Wright, Certified Health Counselor

Thursday, August 13th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm $5.00, Pre-Register.

Is your sweet tooth sabotaging your health efforts?  Looking for some practical ways to help curb your sugar cravings, without driving yourself crazy?  Join us for this insightful class, led by Jean Wright, Certified Health Counselor, and learn some valuable tools for kicking the sugar habit and reclaiming your health.  We will also learn what our individual cravings say about ourselves, and Jean will share some easy-to-make recipes made with natural sweeteners.  As a special treat, we will get to sample one of Jean’s delicious recipes at the end of class, and we will receive informative handouts to take home.  Come meet other members of the community as we learn together how to “kick the sugar habit”.

Vive la Paris! Celebrate with French Cheese and an American Twist!

Tuesday, August 25th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm $5.00, Pre-Register. Come celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris in style!  We will enjoy learning about and sampling a variety of delectable French cheeses during this informative class led by Michele, Specialty Team Leader and cheese connoisseur. We’ll also be treated with samples of some outstanding modern American counterparts to the French classics.  See how American artisan cheesemakers have taken age-old recipes and techniques from France and applied them to American terroir.  A wine pairing will also be served… Ooh la la!

More information, call the store at 828.5805.

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