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Whole Foods deal alert: Whole roast chicken for $5 today, Aug. 23

Whole roasted chickens are $5 each today, Friday, Aug. 23, at Whole Foods. No coupon required.

This would be a great price at any grocery store, but it's especially good at Whole Foods, where the roasted chickens are antibiotic-free and free of growth hormones. And you don't have to turn the oven on or cook -- a great thing on a Friday evening in summer.

Whole Foods peach deal on Friday, July 26

Heads up, peach lovers.

Coming up this Friday, July 26, Whole Foods is having a not-to-be-missed one-day sale on peaches -- just 79 cents per pound.

Whole Foods deal alert: Organic grapes for 99 cents per pound

Coming up this Friday, June 28, Whole Foods stores are having a can't-miss sale on organic grapes.

Red and green organic grapes will be just 99 cents per pound.

Bulk bins sale at Whole Foods today, June 12

Whole Foods stores are offering a great deal -- today only -- on purchases from their bulk bins.

From 4 to 8 p.m., shoppers will get a 20 percent discount on bulk grocery items. Coffee, tea and bath salts are excluded from the "flash sale."

Whole Foods deal alert: Organic blueberries on sale

Whole Foods has got a terrific sale on organic blueberries today -- just $1.99 per pint.

These won't last long so if you're interested, I recommend going early.

The sale is today only, Friday, May 31, while supplies last.

Anyone have any recipes they would like to share?

A guide to clipping coupons for healthy foods

If you haven't already, please check out my story in today's Life, etc. section, "Clipping your way to better health."

It's basically a how-to guide to finding and using coupons on healthier foods, including natural and organic products.

There's lots of great information in the story, along with links to coupon sites and blogs that specialize in matching coupons with healthy food deals.

I also do a little myth busting along the way. For instance: Did you know -- contrary to popular belief -- that Trader Joe's accepts manufacturer coupons?

Roundup of Earth Day 2013 freebies

Ride Raleigh's buses for free, trade in your dish liquid or laundry detergent for an eco-friendly version, pick up a packet of flower seeds and learn how to turn your old T-shirts into high fashion.

It's all free in celebration of Earth Day.

Here's a roundup of just some of the Earth Day freebies available in the Triangle.

Swap your cleaner for an earth-friendly version at Whole Foods

Coming up this Saturday, Whole Foods stores in the Triangle will be handing out free eco-friendly cleaners in exchange for a conventional version from your cleaning cupboard.

In honor of Earth Day, the stores will be replacing your laundry detergent, dish liquid or all-purpose cleaner with a natural version from the GreenShield Organic line of products.

Your bottle can be new or nearly empty so if you've been contemplating a switch to green cleaning, this swap is a great way to try an organic product with no out-of-pocket expense.

The exchange runs from:

Raleigh man follows his sauce-making dream

Neal McTighe quit his very stable job at Duke University Press in January to follow his sauce-making dream.

Now Nello's Sauce is available at Whole Foods and other retail stores across North Carolina and throughout the Southeast. (Nello is Neal in Italian.)

Despite McTighe's Irish surname, his great grandmother is from Italy. He was so intrigued by that family history that he ended up getting a doctorate in Italian. 

Two years ago, McTighe, who lives in Raleigh, started playing with making an all-purpose tomato sauce for pizza, pasta and dipping. It was the result of an "a-ha" moment he had one morning; he knew he had to find a career that was going to drive him.

His sauce is made with whole plum tomatoes, good olive oil and a balance of seasonings (pepper, basil and garlic). He describes it as having a brighter tomato taste as opposed to most commercial sauces that taste like tomato paste, which he does not use. He also doesn't use sugar or a lot of salt in his sauce.

McTighe makes each jar by hand at the kitchen incubator in Hillsborough. Each jar has a handwritten date of production on the label.

Much of McTighe's inspiration to create this sauce comes from his great grandmother, Angelina Freda, who came to the United States as a teenager from near Naples. "My memories of her were hanging on her legs in the kitchen and eating her tomato sauce," he says. His desire to know more about her led him to learn Italian and sent him down this path. "She's very much a part of it," he says.

A 12-ounce jar costs between $4.49-$4.99 and a 24-ounce jar costs $7.49-$7.99. To find a store near you, go HERE.

Photo credit: Staff Photographer Juli Leonard

Beer and barbecue festival at Whole Foods in Cary

Whole Foods in Cary is hosting its beer and barbecue festival from 3-6 p.m. Saturday.

You can purchase seven beer tasting tickets for $5 or pay $10 for unlimited beer tasting. Barbecue plates with pulled pork, coleslaw and a roll cost $7 each. Proceeds benefit the Western Wake Farmers' Market.

Some participating breweries include Aviator Brewing Co., Carolina Brewing Co., Lone Rider Brewing Co., Foggy Ridge Cider, Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery, Foothills Brewing, Red Oak Brewery.

The Whole Foods in Cary is at 102 New Waverly Place. For more information, call 919-816-8830

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