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An 8-Million-Dollar Milestone

Did you know that Whole Foods Market® has funded $8 million in low-interest loans for small, local producers through our Local Producer Loan Program? Since 2007, this money has helped 130 farmers, ranchers and food artisans grow their businesses and bring hundreds of unique, high-quality products into our stores for our customers to enjoy.

To celebrate this milestone, we're giving away a basket full of goodies made by some of our Local Producer Loan recipients!  Just enter a comment below by February 20 telling us which local producers or products you love and why and you’ll have a chance to win! UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Rachael W.!

Thank you to these vendors, for so generously donating their products:

Edie Johnston and her son, Geo of Dresden, Maine – Maine’s Medicinals’ AnthoImmune Organic Elderberry Syrup is a supplement for overall immune system support.

Michele Thornett of Timonium, Maryland - Michele’s Granola is handmade in small batches. Read more about Michele and her granola in this Whole Story blog post from 2011.

Daniel Sullivan of Long Island City, New York – TumericALIVE elixirs feature raw, organic turmeric root and supports healthy joints and metabolism.

David Rukin of West Palm Beach, Florida – Beekeeper David’s been raising bees since 1975 and his Buzzn Bee Farm was our first ever LPLP recipient. Check out this video of David and learn how he got his honey in to Whole Foods Market.

Danielle LiVolsi of San Diego, California – Nuttzo’s organic multi-nut and seed butters are a high source of ALA Omega-3s. Try the original, chocolate or no peanuts varieties.

The women of Magdalene in Nashville, Tennessee – Thistle Farms hand-made, natural bath products are produced and sold by women who have survived lives of prostitution and addiction. Learn more about Magdalene in this Whole Story profile from 2011.

Farmer Gene Mealhow of Shellsburg, Iowa – Tiny But Mighty popcorn – a rare, heirloom popcorn variety native to prehistoric America. Their Non-GMO Project Verified popcorn kernels are smaller and denser so they’re packed with flavor. Plus the hull disintegrates when popped making them really enjoyable to eat. Learn more about Tiny But Mighty in this Whole Story blog post.

Adam Grossman of Austin, Texas – The Seaweed Bath Company’s soothing powder baths contain responsibly harvested bladderwrack seaweed and soothes dry and irritated skin.

Julie Nirvelli of Boulder, Colorado – White Girl Salsa has been cooking up zesty salsas for her friends and family for years.

Tami and Clark Bowen of Hansville, Washington  - CB’s Nuts utilizes a custom-made barrel roaster to  micro-roast high-quality peanuts and pistachios. They also make fresh ground peanut butter!

Eileen Hassi of San Francisco, California – Ritual Coffee Roasters has been a pioneer of the San Francisco coffee scene since 2005. Focused on sourcing directly from their farmer partners, Ritual’s coffee beans are of the highest quality and can be traced directly back to the farmers who harvested them.

Local Producer Gift Box

In the comments below, tell us about a local producer or local product you love. Post your comment by February 20 and we’ll pick a winner at random to receive a unique bunch of local products.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends February 20, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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stacey says …

I love our local CSA! They now have expanded to year round and offer meat as well. I couldn't be more thrilled.

Michelle says …

Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon, MA. They have the best ice cream and dairy products around!

Rebecca Webster says …

I'm obsessed with Nuttzo's nut butters! They may be pricy, but to me they're completely worth it for a treat!

Jenn says …

It is a tough call between Michigan cherries and some of the apples from the local orchards.

Samantha C. says …

I've been dying to try Nuttzo, but its SO expensive! I'd love to win!

Jeni Burnside says …

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Women of Magdalene! What a wonderful concept and beautiful way for women to heal and to begin bringing back their esteem and beauty. Thank you for supporting them!

Betsy says …

We love Eagle Ridge Ranch Beef we know they treat there cow's in a humane way.

Alison says …

I love milk from Morning Fresh Dairy.

Amy Tong says …

I love using and buying local products, my favorites are Naturewell Natural Beef, Ritual Coffee Roasters and produce from morning Song Farm, just to name a few. What a fantastic giveaway to try these local products! amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy D. says …

I LOVE locally-produced (Charlottesville, VA) Twin Oaks tofu. I eat tofu all the time and their version not only is crafted just down the road, but it is seriously the best tofu out there. That said, I admit that around here we are blessed with a bounty of locally produced foods and goods and it is hard to pick just one. So many dedicated and passionate farmers and artisans!! Thank you! :)

Nicole says …

There are so many to choose from! We love JK's Scrumpy Hard Cider, especially the Winterruption Spiced variety. Spillson's makes a great rice pudding. Both are old family businesses that have been around Michigan for decades.

Elena Vo says …

There is a local honey producer that I always support, he makes a variety of natural organic products that I love.

Rosie says …

Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury! I love going to the Farmer's market and run to their stand for the best fruits and berries, also jam and other goodies from the farm. Also, what is sooo great is going berry picking there!!!!! LUV

Sheila Korman says …

Badia spices are made in South Florida and sold in my local Publix grocery store. They're the only spices I buy now because the prices are good and the quality of the spices is excellent!

J Winterberg says …

I love Carmela's unique take on ice cream and sorbet, with their high-quality ingredients and creative flavor combinations!

meredith says …

I love a local brewery that makes the best ginger ale!

Susan says …

The Good Batch. They make great products in nyc. They are famous for their stroopwafel which is a Dutch spiced waffle cookie with a caramel filling.

Cathy Bradford says …

Love Mountain Valley Farm meat products!

Micaela Felch says …

I love Metropolitan coffee company. Obviously the beans aren't grown in Chicago, but the brewing company is local and uses sustainable products.

karla says …

Suzies Farm in San Diego, Ca. I always see them around our local farmers markets doing their part in the sustainable movement, and their staff is very friendly as well :)

Julie says …

Definitely the local farmers here in Colorado who produce some of the best stone fruit I've ever tasted.

Savannah says …

I buy local produce whenever possible! Must say I love Iron Gate Winery's flue fire though, fresh out of my home town, and reminds me of my grandfather because it's muscadine which is what he used to grow! I remember eating those things straight off the vine...doesn't get fresher than that!

Marcia Hackett says …

We have a local honey producer that makes honey sticks that are perfect for a single serving of hot tea. they also make a hand lotion out of beeswax

Deanna Mitchell says …

We support Thistle Farms! In addition to having wonderful products, we are glad to support this organization's mission to give women in prostitution a new start on life.

Sarah says …

Trickling Springs Creamery. All of their products are AMAZING! But I especially love the yogurt and ice cream. They are real and you can taste the difference!

Shana S says …

As a public defender, I see the way that trafficking and addiction can be devastating for women and their families--each of these clients has a special place in my heart. The women of Magdalene and the items of Thistle Farms mean so much to me. I hope to try these!

Lizzie Sager says …

I live in Asheville and other than the abundance of delicious local beer breweries (Pisgah, Highland, and Asheville Brewing Company just to name a few) we also have an awesome chocolate making company French Broad Chocolates, where my valentine's day treats will be coming from, and Roots hummus who's inventive Thai coconut curry hummus is addictive. The even greater thing about all these wonderful products is that I know I could be supporting my neighbor when I purchase them!

Francine says …

Love the Beretta meats at my local Whole Foods.

Kristin says …

I love the Lemon-Blueberry Swede Farm Goat Cheese!! I always stop by the stand at the Austin, TX market!!

Kirsten says …

Maple Rowe soaps because they have amazing scent combinations and are committed to an organic and sustainable lifestyle! http://www.maplerowe.com/ I also love Milk & Honey's granola, especially the Rick Bayless blend. So delicious!!!

CL Brantley says …

Emerald Valley organic salsa, from Eugene, OR. The black bean dip is delicious too!

Uriah wright says …

I live in winston Salem North Carolina and I work at a local convenience store that carries all kinds of local things but my favorite thing is probably the homeland creamery ice cream it's like 8.00 for a half gallon. It's delicious

Rachel Gould says …

Love local honey good for allergies and love support any local businesses.

Candice Blas says …

I have honestly never tryed one of these products But my family is all about local organic and sastainable living. We love to support our local producers. I would love to try these local products in hopes to makes a change to support our friends in the fight for our healthy but most important our childreans futures.

RJ says …

I love supporting the Atlanta State Farmers Market. Their vendors are all local/GA farmers. In the summer in particular we love to go there and walk through the various stalls talking to the vendors about their produce.

Patricia Hancock says …

I love Lux Naturals. They are a local company and also sell in Whole Foods.

Cas says …

Two of my absolute favorite local D.C. products are Apinya Thai chile sauce and Gordy's Pickle Jar products.

Betina Finley says …

We love Smith Brothers Farm. Local producers of dairy products. They sell in stores and do local delivery. Also recommend Beecher's for cheese of all kids!

Cindy Aiton says …

Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. A few of my favorites are honey from Fitzgerald Apiaries, free range eggs from Clover Creek Farm and the constant supply of canned goods from family.

Nora says …

I love supporting the local businesses around town. One of my favorite places to dine with friends and enjoy a fine glass of beer is Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak, Michigan. The beers are hand-crafted on-site with the finest malt, fresh hops and unique Belgian-style yeast strains for delicious flavor and character. My favorites are the Blonde and IPA.

cyndi davis says …

Love local-live local!

Lisa says …

I love Michele's granola - it's delicious and a great snack.

Lali Castillo says …

Farmer's Market at Imperial in Sugar Land, TX - What a way to spend a Saturday morning! Lots of local produce, fresly baked breads,farm fresh eggs, organic beef, honey, lavender creams, crafts, kettle corn (the best!), food carts including tasty Indian cuisine, live music and much, much more! And of course -- I love WHOLE FOODS Market in Sugar Land!

Whitney Keltch says …

White girl salsa is amazing - so fresh!

Ron Salik says …

Nuttzo is a fantastic product. We have added nut butter to our diet and have never looked back. White Girl salsa is awesome. We live in the AZ and salsa is a serious addition to every meal.

ann laurence says …

Beef raised at Edgemont,SD by Jamie Lawrence is the best!

Rita Richardson says …

Love local!

Kelli Schulenberg says …

We recently bought local beef from Williams Beef in Kaycee, WY. Local, grass fed and finished, delicious beef.

Heather o says …

We buy local oranges and honey. I have not tried any of the products above but love the idea of the bath products sold by women who have survived lives of prostitution and addiction, what a great cause.

Kim Menaster says …

LOVE Ritual Coffee.

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