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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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Mercedes Golip says …

Looking forward to try all these products :D

Nancy Palutis says …

Oh my goodness! We looove White Girl Salsa! The flavor is so tasty, and my kids eat it on everything!

Jane Fraser says …

Great job! Keep helping.

sarah says …

Maine blueberries. The best!

Jodi Ream says …

What an awesome giveaway.

Linda Gallagher says …

That is such a wonderful thing. We love to try products that are local to us especially when they are good for us also. :-)

Kristen says …

Looks yummy!

Alaina Adkins says …

Nuttzo is the best :) Thanks for the chance to dig into it even more!!!

Catherine says …

Heck yes! Good job!!!!

Ji says …

Michele's Granola is the best granola ever. It is more expensive than mass-produced granola, but I prefer quality over price quantity.

Jordan Laguna says …

Well, Ya'll should give this to me, cause I'm a college student who tries to eat as healthy, pure, and organic as possible...but on a college students budget! I'm not asking for a handout...but I'm jus' sayin'- I'd appreciate it! :P

leilani grove says …

love the products!

Debbie says …

Love Whole Foods and would love to win this!!

Bethany says …

There's this great little shop downtown that sells all kinds of local goods. Homemade breads/cookies, baskets, maple syrup, candles, granola & so much more!

Chris L says …

Bring a Whole Foods to the Woodlands, Tx....Please!!!! That honey is awesome and in general, honey has so many healing properties.

CHARLENE SHERMAN says …

Love ,

darlene tatum says …

I love all of these products. It is great that you all support local businesses.

liana says …

Definitely love Nuttzo's and Ritual coffee. I can really taste the difference with local products. They're so much better tasting because they're fresher and made with all natural ingredients.

Susan Kubinski says …

I love natural wholesome products! Whole foods offers a variety of great healthy items for a healthy life!!

Kimberly says …

The local farmers market and Nature's Gift Organic Market in Midland, MI. I depend on them for local milk, honey, and nut butters. I love supporting local businesses and products!

Paris Barkan says …

I'm Nutz about these products and small businesses!

Jeri Armstrong says …

I try to use as many local products as I can. I love Terry's Berries in Ventura,Ca. They are a short season producer of strawberries and because they don't over produce on their land, their many variety of berries are always exceptional.

Deborah Basham says …

Love the loan program!

Karmen Kiler says …

There are soooo many local products that I adore but I would have to say that my favorite local producer is Humble House Foods. They make AMAZING pestos, sun dried tomatoes and hummus. So good!

Lillea Parker says …

Love Whole Foods!!! Love shopping there for my groceries. :o)

Robyn G says …

I LOVE Nuttzo nut butters! Delish!

Katie says …

Michele's granola is amazing! YUM.

Kristin says …

AWESOME! Love this.

ginger remle says …

I LUV 'WHOLE FOOD' and when I am in the area where WHOLE FOOD is, I make my STOP there and buy! I live in Arlington, Wa and I try to make it a point to shop! So GLAD to know there is one to go! WHOOT!

Suzette Lord says …

Hello ! :) awesome selection.

Jeff A says …

I love Dai Due's local meats and sausages! And Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery makes the best donuts in the city!! I had no idea vegan baking could be so incredible!

Matt G says …

I am absolutely in love with the local co-operative market here in Buffalo, NY called Lexington Co-op! They are such a thriving business, and they care so much about their customers & their health, it's so nice to have that nearby :) Always go there for organic produce!

Chuck says …

I really love the goat's milk products from Noble Springs Dairy in Franklin, TN. I'm so glad this is offered at the local Whole Foods.

J Engelbrecht says …

It would be a toss-up between our local (Shatto) milk, and our local (Cooper) honey!! I use both every day and love them!

Joanna says …

I love our local farmer! He is originally from Trinidad his birth name is Elvis and he grows the most beautiful produce you've ever seen. He also raises chickens. He was so kind to let me and my 8 year old daughter borrow his incubator along with 2 dozen eggs. We hatches 11 heathy egg laying chickens.

Julie Cole says …

My local farm stand, BiZi Farms, has been run by the same family for generations. They support other local businesses too. Local is good!

kenyatta says …

I would love to try to be able to try these products in our local farmers market there a quite a few local farmers without an oitlet to get there product out to consumers if i could tell them aboit the whole food program it could help little ole new haven and northern st clair michigan! I wish there was a whole foods near me shopping vegetarian at meijers is a bear..lol

Julie Cole says …

My local farm stand, BiZi Farms, has been run by the same family for generations. They support other local businesses too. Local is good!

Modi Frank says …

I love all these products and thank god Whole Foods Market carries them all!

Marsha Wheatley says …

Awesome job at helping the 'little folks'....well done and I look forward to trying the products!

Kathleen Cain-Babbitt says …

I love that you sell so many locally grown products from around this country. In Michigan, we love the cherries, the apples, and the blueberries from South haven. The blueberry store has a ton of great products that would be great in your store. Of course there is Bell's brewery in Kalamazoo that would be good too. Now we just need you to bring us the store!

Alexis Martin says …

I am on day 3 of a 5-day Detox cleanse. This was my first time going through a detox, but the folks at Whole Foods in Farmington Hills, MI really helped me to find everything I needed, and to tailor this cleanse to my personal needs. Thanks you guys!!!!!

Kati says …

What a great company Magdalene! Talk about lifting abused souls into grace and making something positive out of a terrible situation!

Lora says …

We don't have a Whole Foods locally, which saddens me some because I see so many awesome products here. I have ordered online, but it would be very nice to just walk in and shop. I love the recipes that you post on Healthy Eating, too! Keep up the great work!

Caitlin says …

White girl salsa!!! My husband jokes that every time we go to a grocery store I have to get chips and salsa.. I've tried a lot but it very zest, taste fresh, and it's from Colorado where I grew up!!!

Sarah Anderson says …

I would love to try Nuttzo's! I think my kids would love them!

Caitlin says …

White girl salsa!!! My husband jokes that every time we go to a grocery store I have to get chips and salsa.. I've tried a lot but it very zest, taste fresh, and it's from Colorado where I grew up!!!

Sarah Ward says …

I'd really love to win!! Help me go greeeeen!!!!!!!!

Jenna C says …

There are a bunch of local products I love! I love local products because I feel like i'm supporting something wonderful and I always feel good about my purchase. My favorite local product right now is Local honey from a nearby orchard. I eagerly await the farmers markets just to buy their product! It's delicious and has a great many uses. I simply can't buy store brand honey anymore thanks to their awesome product that they put a lot of time and love into. Another local favorite are handmade soaps. There are 2 local companies that make exceptional wonderful smelling soaps. Natural ingredients go into these and work better than anything I could buy from a big box store.

Susan Bergmeier says …

Yeah for supporting the local producer!

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