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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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Marnie says …

My local CSA and the sweetest little old man who sells his local honey by the side of the road in my small mountain town. I drive an hour each way to the nearest Whole Foods when I need a fix!

MJ says …

Lively Run Goat Cheese from the New York Finger Lakes Region is amazing.

Heather Coss says …

I was in Whole Foods in Milwaukee for the first time last night. Love the Store!! I love Purple Door Ice Cream in Milwaukee. They give back to the community with every purchase.

Barbara says …

We have just signed on with home delivery from a local farm. I can't wait to start getting fresh, local, organic veggies...especially with summer approaching.

Dominick Basso says …

Tiny but Mighty popcorn is now a staple in my pantry. As a father of kids with braces, this is a "must have" product

Tiffany Usher says …

I love Frangipani body products (Indianapolis, IN), which contain all-natural, plant-based ingredients -- no chemicals or synthetics allowed.

Rita Rosenlieb says …

I love Whole Foods!!! I wish we had one closer to us. The closet one is a 2 hr. drive. :( I feel like a kid in a candy store when I go there. Of course, we don't eat candy anymore. lol LOVE WHOLE FOODS!

Kay says …

I love Honest Tea, based in Bethesda, MD! They have the best flavors and I love how they participate in local events.

Susette Reinhart says …

Lotions and soap from Weber Farms!

Barbara Sparks says …

Absolutely LOVE Wild Flour Bakery!! Their power cookies are the bomb!!!

Emily says …

Peterman Brook Herb Farm in Porterfield Wisconsin...soaps and other herbal products practically in my backyard! Plus a variety of classes to spread their knowledge.

Pam Kalinec says …

Good for Whole Foods!

Gina Kindscher says …

We all love the Farmhouse Culture Raw organic Kraut, made right in our town of Santa Cruz, California. We get the smoked jalepeno and its hot but out of this world good!

Debbie Michailidis says …

We use nothing but Harmony Milk in our house. It's a wonderful organic milk and we are incredibly lucky that they are local. I would love to win these products!

Joanne Hickey says …

Yay! Congratulations on your milestone and thank you for helping local producers! :)

Yvette Dunn says …

Not a "local producer" I guess, but two co-workers of mine always have a big garden, and they SHARE! Always getting carrots, greens, tomatoes...YUM!

Mike C says …

Great program! Great Products!

Begoña Stevenson says …

Looks delish!!

Gina says …

I love Peace Coffee and Wyndmere Lotion, both from Minneapolis. Good work, keep on supporting local farmers and carrying local products in your stores.

Nadi says …

Locally grown food is better for our health, better for the environment, and the right choice to support support local and regional food systems. ((( I never taste one of food or body products that shown in the picture and hope I'll win if yes, then I will be very happy girl on the earth )))

Sarah Field says …

What a nourishing/pampering collection of goodies!

Megan says …

I love Elemental Chocolate in Raleigh, NC! So rich and smooth and really innovative flavor combinations. Thanks to our local Whole Foods for carrying their products!

Evelyn says …

I love Lucy's gluten,allergy free cookies. They have the right crunch to them. Lucy's does a great job! Only good gluten free cookie out there.

Heidi Turcotte says …

Love the Popcorn! It's the best.... would love to sample some of the others!

Amy says …

We have a local Mozzarella producer (who also makes some amazing ricotta) that I LOVE to pick up at my nearest WF store! Yay Mozzarita!

Cynthia Raines says …

We love going to Whole Foods to shop! We consider it a fun experience and have to check out all aisles. We will spend more there just looking and then by what we originally came for and more items we just feel we can't live without...:)

Lynn Paquin says …

I love Green Bean Delivery here in Indiana. They make it possible to receive a lot of locally grown, organic foods to which I wouldn't otherwise have access. BeeFree Gluten-Free Bakery in Noblesville, IN is one of my favorite places to get gluten-free foods. I also love Local Folks Foods, Gunthorp Farms, and Once Again products (nut butters).

Amelia Harris says …

I just want to say I LOVE Whole Food Market, I love the products you offer, the vibe of the store, I could just hang out there everyday. Most girls like the mall, Whole Food is my mall. I just wish there was one in my hometown , I go there about once every two months or so and stock up on some favorites, if there was one in my city I would be there every week. Thank you

Kelly A. O'Connor-Salomon says …

I love our local CSA, Denison Farm. I have been getting wonderful fruits and veggies from them for three years--fourth summer coming up this year! And Saratoga peanut butter--lots of cool flavors.

Nadi says …

Locally grown food is better for our health, better for the environment, and the right choice to support support local and regional food systems. ((( I never taste one of food or body products that shown in the picture and hope I'll win if yes, then I will be very happy girl on the earth )))

Jennifer says …

Thank you for helping our fellow farmers, by helping them you have helped me- GRATITUDE. Please continue to set such a fine example, it does count!

leanne says …

Laura's Honey is a popular find at our local farmer's market...which I am completely obsessed with. I live in a rural area that is somewhat up and coming and we are very fortunate to be able to combine the awesomeness of local agriculture (which is a very big thing here) with new trends. I love supporting local!!!

Heather Dilillo says …

Not at the store........but Village Vintner Wine should be featured!!! Love you whole foods!!!

Marilyn Abbott says …

I LOVE WHOLE FOODS! Wish I could shop here exclusively.

Rachael says …

I am so grateful for local farmers and businesses. It is a blessing that whole foods supports them and allows the customers to get to know them too. Echo Ridge Farm in Louisburg, NC is my favorite!

Adriane H. says …

Oh, I would love to try that SF Coffee!!

M Thompson says …

Z Best Bakery - making my mouth water just thinking about the fresh bread!

Andrea Rios says …

The local product/producer that I love is SUZIE'S Farm from San Diego California! always the best greens! I specifically seek them out at my farmers market.

Jenn C says …

I would love to win these! Love trying new products and Whole Foods always has quality items!

Julie cooper says …

I love Nicole's Nutty Goodness bars. They taste incredible, have minimal ingredients, and are raw, vegan and gluten free to boot. Local = Love

Leisan Smith says …

I've been trying to do better about shopping local. Whole Foods makes it pretty easy!

Lucy saloio says …

Would love a chance to win this :)))

Sunny says …

I love Nature's Indulgence granola based out of Ogden, UT. So delicious!

Sally says …

Love the seaweed bath company - make s for a super relaxing bath!

amy williams says …

I love my CSA with Delvin Farms!

Megan says …

Living in Egg Harbor, WI, I am so lucky to be in an area that encourages the production of local, Wisconsin made products. Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese is one of my favorite shops. They only sell Wisconsin cheese from a variety of cheese producers, as well as some artisan meats. Its amazing to know that these artisan made products are made with passion and the highest standards of quality.

Crystal S says …

Love the local honey and maple syrups around my part of Wisconsin!

Holly Andrews says …

I LOVE Wolf Honey Farm's Extra Virgin Honey! They are located in Baldwin WI. I use it in a lot of my gluten-free recipes instead of sugar.

Margherita says …

I love honey, especially this white honey called white gold, it comes from Canada and is from a local produce.. I can eat it with everything. I learn how important is to support small business and local producer. Here in AZ we don't have your store, but I used to go all the time when I lived in the east coast.

Sandy DeCoux says …

Love the Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds! Local and fresh and the very best!

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