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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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Greg says …

As scatterbrained as I am, I can't recall which products I have purchased but I love buying local stuff from whole foods. It's often times much better quality and I don't mind shelling out a few extra bucks for that!

Rosie says …

I love the honey from Jones Apiaries! I adore honey in the comb, too, and Jones has the best! I also like it when they have the farmer's market and I can get to talk with them, and I'm thrilled when the local store (West Hartford) has local vendors, and Jones Apiaries comes with live bees! I try to find the queen, and never can, but of course, they can!

Natalie says …

Love love! Nuttzo

Keren says …

It's because of local CSAs like Norman's Farm Market that we can provide healthy and diverse foods to our two young children. My son loves to pick out our share each week and he gets excited to cook new dishes. Thanks to Whole Foods and CSAs for helping us raise healthy children who love local food!

Amanda Dietrich says …

I love our local coffee company - Pearland Coffee Roasters. Best coffee, cheaper than the chain stores and good people

Anna Lemmons says …

I love The Lemonade Company when they're here in San Marcos, Texas! Being in the heart of the hill country we have lots of local produce to choose from, and I am always refreshed and satisfied when I buy from The Lemonade Company. The best part is that they come to the farmers market that's on my universities campus, so it's convenient and delicious.

Marci says …

I'm obsessed with these pickled beets from my local farmers market. They are absolutely amazing. I had to stock up for the winter and I'm already out :(

Mary Doran says …

Mmm Morning Fresh Dairy is so delish, like it came right in from the barn!

Raven says …

We love the milk from Crescent Ridge Dairy!

aditi says …

I love local salads

Linda Jordan says …

Love you guys!

diane baum says …

I love the farmers at Royal Oak farmer's market

Jessica Lagowski says …

CBs Nuts makes such amazing peanut butter it's out of this world delicious! I just recently was introduced to it and I am hooked for life.

Catherine Hamilton says …

Parcell's Pantry at the South Bend Farmer's Market, our family loves their homemade lemon, white and chocolate Angel Food cakes!!!!!

Melanie Rhodes says …

Eagle Ridge Ranch Beef

Eduardo Esparza Jr. says …

I shop at Cal Poly Pomona's farm store. They grow excellent fruits and vegetables, canned products and snacks. It's run by the college students and benefits the college.

carizza says …

I love my local honey bee centre! loads of different types of honey, plus an educational tour and a nice cafe.

katrina copeland says …

There is a small coffee shop close by (Las Vegas,NV) named Grouchy John's which is locally owned and operated. They brew Colorado River Coffee Roasters Coffee(also local-Boulder City,NV) and serve baked goods from a local German bread bakery. Its very unique for the Vegas community :)

Kate C says …

My favorite local product is the wildflower honey from my sister's bees, it's just amazing. I keep telling her she should go into business and sell it!

Laurie Shepard says …

I shop at whole foods they are great.

edna sanchez says …

i like to see the cows free and all the animals , if they going to die i list give them a desent life. i like all the farms they have the animals free cage... i love organic foods they are espensive but good for the body...i love treesss!!!

Beverly Rollings says …

Holsten Farms grass fed and finished beef! Delightful!

Linda F says …

I love Yumnuts Cashews which are made by a local company.

Lizz King says …

I absolutely adore our local candle maker, Witty Wicks. Not only is it the cutest name you could ever imagine, their hand-crafted candles are made from 100% soy wax. As a vegetarian and aspiring vegan, I could not be happier knowing that the lovely scent and atmosphere made from these candles comes from soy wax that does no harm to bees or any other animal.

olivia b says …

Nuttzo’s

olivia b says …

Nuttzo’s

Sara A says …

I love the Seaweed Bath Company! There products have helped my sons eczema tremendously. We have tried everything our doctors told us to no avail, till we decided to treat him naturally with sustainable and organic products. The lavender bath really soothes him and we are a changed family. Thanks.

Heather Kinne says …

I love all of Tide Mill Farms' products - their milk, obviously, but also their organic pork sausage and bacon. Their veggies are delicious and their chickens are divine.

Joyce Carter says …

MOO Milk is my all time favorite local product. I grew up on a small dairy farm and understand the importance of these farmers to the state of Maine.

mel says …

santa cruz lemonade !!!! soo good!!

Laura Chase says …

I love drinking fresh, organic milk from family farms in Maine. So glad that MOOMilk is available in Whole Foods stores in New England. Great photos of the cows of MOOMilk at http://www.moomilkco.com

barb says …

I love the seaweed bath company's lotion. It's the only non-prescription product that cleared up my eczema.

Paula says …

Kailua, Hawaii not only has an incredible & helpful team of employees; the local produce & honey helped me into remission. I love, love, love my twice a day smoothies, using local organic produce & honey! Thank you for providing our community with wholesome food choices!

Angela Hansen says …

well my fav local product is Moo Milk! cant beat the farm freshness of this product!! and love its local farmers! charli Biggs sweet bourbon dippin sauce, Windham,Me i also love swans honey, Albion Me, Bakewrll Cream made in Maine my list goes on.......:)

Diana muller says …

Cava hummus!

Gabriela says …

When I"m home visiting my parents in Petaluma, CA I get Strauss Farm dairy products because they come in the glass containers that you take back to be refilled by the farm. At home in Honolulu, HI my favorite local product has got to be Ma'o Farms herbs.

Megan Gold says …

Ono pops! Best afternoon treat after a hot day at the beach. So Ono!!

fabian buentostro says …

Wow!!! I salute your efforts to support local growers. It is companies like yours that make the difference for our small communities. Thank you Whole Foods for being part of Maui!!!

Tamara says …

Love ono pops! Broke da mouth

Tamara says …

Love ono pops! Broke da mouth

Helen Pottle says …

Maine's Own Organic Milk (MOO Milk) is the best! I love the opportunity to support small local business.

Sandy Hunsicker says …

Love Snowville Creamery milk (Ohio) ...all of their products, actually. Healthy, happy, grassfed cows = yummy milk!

Carolina Z says …

Raw local honey. Has helped me defeat my allergies by decreasing the severity every season. Not to mention that it is very tasty and goes with everything!

Toni Buzzard says …

Love MOOMilk and this is the ONLY milk that I buy.

Amanda says …

We love our CSA - Bull Run Mountain Farm, as well as Trickling Springs Organic Farm. Love.

nichole says …

I love nutzo products and ALL of San Diego's local Farms that sell at Whole Foods, especially Suzie's Farms.

Su-Eng Tan says …

Dizzy pig rubs

Crystal says …

Bragg's - all of their products because they are committed to organic, sustainable and healthy products!

Deb Ryan says …

A favorite local product is Monterey Bay Sea Salt. This salt is extracted from the sea water of Monterey Bay and is without the bitter aftertaste of commercial salt. I enjoy using this product as a finishing salt.

Catherine Zoltan says …

Behind my house is a small bakery called "The Gourmet Cake Factory". It is owned, operated, managed, and lovingly kept by a French Baker . I forget his name off the top of my head. I wake every morning to the smell of his baking. He bakes bread, all sorts of pastries, wedding cakes for many of the Casinos. He starts at 5:00 in the Morning. He and his staff are still there working until long after 5:00 p.m.. He makes sandwich trays for events, breakfast or lunch, and sandwiches for take out. There is nothing he can not make in that kitchen. He is also hugely generous and has baked cakes at cost for people with very little money upon hearing of a wedding. All of the sandwiches are made on bread he bakes right there. http://www.tgcf.com/

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