Denise Breyley

Whole Foods Market West Coast Forager


I think I have one of the best jobs out there: I get to travel around the beautiful Pacific Northwest and meet the amazing farmers, ranchers and producers who supply our tables with fresh, locally grown food. On this site, I’ll share stories and photos from my journeys to farms, shops and restaurants from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. I hope you’ll visit this site to learn more about everything from shellfish in Puget Sound to cranberries on the Oregon Coast – and maybe be inspired to visit these unique destinations yourself.


I grew up on a farm in Ohio, and I’ve always cared deeply about where our food comes from and the people behind the products on grocery store shelves. I’ve worked for Whole Foods Market for over 19 years on both coasts, and I’ve been in the Pacific Northwest since coming out here to help open the Roosevelt Square store in Seattle in 1999.


I’m always on the lookout for new and distinctive products that we might be able to stock in Whole Foods Market stores around the region. If you have a product or farm you’d like me to visit, please suggest it using the form here.


The Local Forager program:


Whole Foods Market Local Foragers travel the region visiting farms and meeting producers, with an eye toward bringing the products from local farms to shoppers via Whole Foods Market. The Local Forager program also includes the Local Producer Loan Program, through which Whole Foods Market has committed up to $10 million in small, low-interest loans. This program not only supports local producers, but it ultimately provides our customers with the best local products possible.


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