Alter EcoNourishing Foodie, Farmer and Field

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we’re most grateful for – this year we’re thankful for quinoa (and of course our farmers who grow it)! This intriguing whole grain is packed full of protein, essential amino acids, fiber and iron – the perfect ingredient to balance out any holiday dish! Whether you’re […]

  Last year, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op took part in a contest to sell Alter Eco’s fair trade chocolate truffle variety packs; maybe you, dear reader, were even one of the awesome customers who purchased a box. If you did, I’d like to say a big “Thank you!”, because this past fall Mississippi Market was named winner […]

Tomy Mathew is the founder of Calicut’s and Kerala’s first FT Organic Grocery store.  Tomy and his wife Seepja founded Elements in 1999, after moving back from Chennai. The establishment of Elements allowed farmers of Kerala to catalyze the now thriving Fair Trade movement in Kerala.   Tomy’s journey into the Fair Trade movement was […]

Six Bolivian quinoa farmers visited the U.S. this year with our friend, Sergio Nuñez de Arco of Andean Naturals. They visited Washington, D.C. and Baltimore for the annual Natural Products Expo East. Farmers Efigenia, Irineo and Arturo are siblings from the Urcuri community in the Pampa Aullagas Region of Bolivia. Raised in the countryside, they […]

To follow up from last month’s blog post on the Whole Foods Market Team Member volunteer work with the cacao farmers, I wanted to tell you a bit more about this region of Peru, and more specifically the untouched primary forest at the end of the River Alto Huayabamba known as Martin Sagrado and its […]

  Our latest visit to our cacao cooperative in Peru was a bit different than those past. This time we were not only there to visit our cacao producing farmer friends, talk about their annual harvest and community and development programs, we were also there to introduce 11 volunteers from Whole Foods Market, ready to […]

VIDEO: the Acterra staff takes the time to compile a video showing exactly why we were chosen for their Environmental Sustainability Award. We are beyond honored for this recognition!