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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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sylvia shaw says …

I love the produce from the farmers in the Niagara Region

Shannon K says …

I would love to try this product line - looks delicious!

Natsuko says …

I visited US first time a week before, now I love US because of Whole Foods Market! After I was back in Japan, I knew and be impressed this Local Producer Loan Program. It is really good program for producers and customers! A sage honey in a bear bottle is one of my favorite, which tastes good and looks very cute. Also I enjoyed take out foods. It is really shame that there is no Whole Foods Market in Japan and I 'm not living in US or Canada! I have no possibility to win! But I love foods Whole Foods is handling. Thank you for your consideration for my poor English.

Kaitlin Schott says …

Farmer Gene Mealhow of Shellsburg, Iowa – Tiny But Mighty popcorn – a rare, heirloom popcorn variety native to prehistoric America. I love producers working in areas completely dominated by conventional agriculture that are looking to more earth-friendly alternatives! As a native Mid-westerner I wish them all the best.

angie S says …

I LOVE O'Doughs Gluten Free bread produced right here in Toronto. It's amazing, thanks for carrying it whole foods market!!

Sophia says …

Farmer Gene Mealhow of Shellsburg, Iowa - we love Tiny But Mighty popcorn!

Lindsey D. says …

I love The Farmer's Cow products! We have visited some of the farms that are part of this company, and got to see all the animals, and the kids had a great time!

Laurel Chicoine says …

My favorite local product producer is Rural Roots in New Lowell, ON. Great small town farm that also great ideas for cooking her produce.

Beth R says …

I would love the opportunity to try a selection of products.

Belinda Abraham says …

I love local honey and local eggs!! If you eat local honey it can help with your allergies and I like knowing where my food comes. My parents had chickens for a while, I hope to get some soon.

janeymhatfield says …

i love your store and prodcuts! I would LOVE to win!

Heather Byers says …

i love, Love, LOVE the fresh tomatoes produced and sold locally. the ones found in the big chain "supercenters" can't even compare! very few things beat a fresh picked, (truly) vine ripened tomato on a hot summer day in my oppinion!

Sunshine G says …

I love Kidd Brothers honey - locally farmed and SO good!

Rosie says …

I adore ALEIA'S GLUTEN FREE BAKERY!!! I'm not a gluten-free gal, but these tasty treats are sooo good they are for anyone who wants yummy and healthy!!!!

Janice Ellis says …

Salad ingredients from the Doctor's Inn's garden

Lisa says …

Honey, good for allergies, plus its yummy to my tummy! We enjoy things that are good for you and also taste good!

Shauna says …

Stogsdill's Pickles are my absolute favorite!! Their selection of raw fermented condiments is top notch. My favorite is their kimchi. I now have to travel out of town to find them since they stopped coming to the Del Mar farmers market. I would LOVE to see them at whole foods to cut down on my car travel!

Chelsea says …

I"m a freshman in college and I really miss my moms organic whole cooked meals, I work hard to keep healthy organic snacks in my room and get as clean as possible in the dining halls!

Jessica Lodge says …

I didn't know that Whole Foods did this , Kudos! I always try to support local when I can. I really appreciate how hard it is to be a farmer, especially in this corporate farm day and age! We have a Upstate Paisley Farm CSA at my son's school, which is awesome!!! Pick up your child and your food:)

Cassie says …

I love Nutzo! The flavor is awesome and it's full of healthy omega 3s.

Roxanne Baker says …

I love local honey.

Borja says …

I really enjoy eating toasts with Nuttzo Original. It tastes great and even though it contains fat, I feel good as they are actually good fats for us. It's a great alternative to nutella and similar products.

Nina bergeron says …

I love anything that is locally produced. It means healthier for my family and I'm helping to support people in my local community.

Anne Lefler says …

I eagerly await the opening of our local farmer's market each spring and really enjoy the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods all our venders bring each week

Chris Weber says …

I absolutely love the LPL program and think it is amazing that you help out our local guys!!! Thank you for that!

Ashlynn Sala says …

I love my local Honey provider "Steve's bees" they bring BEEutiful local Bay Area honey and much more to my local farmers market! I love that Bees are our Ultimate pollinators and without the bees we wouldn't have the wonderful food we take for granted everyday.

Erin Neu says …

Long Island produce is pretty fantastic!

kelly says …

Moms secret cereal...and carols cheesecakes !!

Theresa Podoll says …

Helios Nutrition’s Organic Kefir based in Sauk Centre, MN!

Doug Johnson says …

I was never a hummus fan til I had Roots. Love the Roasted Red Bell Pepper Roots hummus made right here in Asheville!

Suzana Fernandes says …

I'm in love with our local honey from whole foods market in Miami Florida honey, for me honey is something natural that I have never used before. I should win because I'm trying to be healthier, buying organics products for my family and changes my old habits, I think the basket would help me to try new things and maybe implement does in my diet.

Genevieve Franklin says …

I buy locally at the St Albert farmers market

Cheryl Imayoshi says …

I love going to Naka's. They have been around here for ages with their family run farm market & sell everything from vegetables to flowers.

Heather Justus says …

I like the local products sold at our farmer's market. Such as honey, meat, etc.

Dianne says …

This is a local product that really impresses me. It is a company started by some young boys who are brothers and they make Dairy Free Frozen Treats . They use locally sourced products for it's production when available, as well as fair trade and organic products. Also, 5% of net sales are donated to children's charities. http://www.screaminbrothers.com/

Callie says …

I LOVE Nuttzo products!

Danielle says …

Maine's Medicinals!! We used to live in Maine and love their products :)

barry says …

Skinny B cereal

Alexandra Carr says …

I LoVE Grimes Produce Co. Strawberries! They're located in Plant City, FL a couple hours from me and when the season kicks in, mm mmm mm... I love them fresh strawberries. I really put them to use, every day! And you know what? They'rrre baaack!!! :D

Marge Wisnom says …

Michele's Granola is really good to eat and good for you. There are five flavors. Love the cherry chocolate.

Tricia long says …

Love bites of bliss. It's a local company which whole foods carries only in my local whole foods. I been to other whole foods and they can't be found. Love the pineapple/ coconu with chia seeds. It's organic, raw and vegan. Delicious

Milorad Obradovic says …

nuttzo are great & expensive. would love to win this great prize.

JoAnne Nappier-Ware says …

I love Whole Foods and supporting local food artisans. Delicious

Jason English says …

I love Tres Pupusas in Boulder, CO!!

Debbie says …

I was visiting from North Carolina and my daughter took me to whole food stoe..you guys are awesome..wish we had a store like this..

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