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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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Louise says …

I'm enamored by Nuttzo products - deelish and healthy!!!!

Deanna says …

I love, love, love Fresh n Nova hot Hummos it is absolutely the most delicious hummus there is! It is locally produced in Pasadena, CA and conveniently sold at Whole Foods. I sometimes use it as a dip, but surprising most times I make a salad with lots of fresh/local produce. My yummy salad consist of a variety of sprouts(broccoli,fenugreek, etc.), heirloom tomatoes, Kalamata olives and of course a large dollop of hommus.

Cynthia T says …

DC Brau makes wonderfully tasty beer - right here in DC!

Nancy Cook says …

High Fructose Corn Syrup has created an obese America. In an effort to create tasty marshmallow treats without nasty HFCS, my friend, Lauren has created a variety of delicious Valentine Heart treats of Marshmallow, dark chocolate for exterior and decoration, nuts for trim and various flavorings such as Amaretto, Strawberry (we're near the Strawberry capital of the world), Mocha and she's adding to the list in preparation for future creations, maybe Easter bunnies? They are wonderful and reasonable from a nutrition standpoint; after all, we still need our sweet treats.

Cliff Burdette says …

Red Mountain Goodness goat milk soap is the only soap my wife and I will use. It is so creamy and lathers up nicely. We both suffer from extremely dry skin and this soap has removed the dryness. We gave away 26 bars of soap and will use nothing but Red Mountain Goodness soap.

Susan says …

Michele's Ginger Hemp Granola gets my vote! It is nut-free, additive-free, preservative-free and loaded with three kinds of seeds (sesame, pumpkin as well as hemp). I enjoy it for breakfast as a topping on plain greek yogurt. This tasty combination of protein and fiber is a great way to start the day!

Kim Cree says …

I love Trader's Point Creamery in IN. They make all their milk and ice cream and yogurt on site, it's so good!!!

Michele D. says …

I love our local organic grocer through whom we get our CSA shares, Berkshire Organics. Of all the CSAs I've been a part of over the years, they actually have the system down pat, and deliver a high quantity of extremely high quality organic fruits and vegetables each week, year round, through sourcing locally in -season, and from the east coast in our off-season, and teaming with local farmers. As for my favorite local product, I love Wood’s Cider Mill Pure Cider Jelly from VT. They boil down their own cider until it's reduced to a wonderful, sweet and tart jelly, with no added sugar or preservatives.

Donna says …

Love local farms, Pat's pastured for organic pastured eggs. Farm RI, Farmers markets, local pasture raised lamb, chicken and beef. I live in an area surrounded by orchards.

Susan C. Harris says …

The little wild blueberries from Maine my local Whole Foods gets for 10 days in summer. Clean Ridge soap company soap and body lotion sold at Hudson Valley farmer markets. The Long Island oysters at just the right time. I'd love to win this gift, but I really must ask Whole Foods what they define as "local?" So far as I can tell, it's anything made by small business in the geographic market WHERE THERE IS A WHOLE FOODS. Either they divide this post by local store-- so there is a true geographic local, or they define local as an environmentally just product, in which case equal exchange tea and coffee, grown and produced by co-ops in India and Africa, not sold at Whole Foods, will be included.

Mar says …

I love getting eggs from Meadow Farms, their chickens look so happy!

Ana Maria says …

I love all Products of Seaweed Bath Company, I've using them for a while when a friend introduce me to the product. Also I know about CB'S NUT, they delicious, and of course healthy.

Tiffany Bruno says …

I love Jason's Nut Butters from Boulder Colorado

Brid Aine Nic Dhonnchadha says …

Purefections Chocolate in Quincy, MA. The best European-style chocolate from two sisters Christina Bartkus and Lisa Trifone, native to the area. Their signature P2C2 is addictive. When we buy gift boxes for family & friends they are rarely opened in our presence, savoured intead alone!

Christina o says …

I love Zingerman's French bread and I am so glad the Ann Arbor Whole Food store carries it.

Sean says …

Nuttzo’s organic multi-nut and seed butters are my favorites!

la22 says …

I personally love Annie's Mac & Cheese and Ciao Bella's Gelato.......all the yumminess without all the added bad unnatural stuff!

Catherine says …

Steve and Chris McDiarmid's Reallygoods (Nashotah WI) are tasty, handmade, certified organic and wheat-free — bananas, raisins, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, coconut, coconut nectar and sea salt, all raw and natural. They’re really good! ;)

Diane Erichsen says …

I live in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area and I like locally grown pasture raised beef and pork products such as Rare Earth Farms and Renee Parker pork and chickens located in Hillsborough. I also love the Chapel Hill Creamery cheese products, yummy! And local produce from the Norris farm in Apex.

Diane Erichsen says …

Oh, also, the Dolly Lama chocolates are really good too!

Jen says …

Love me some Lusty Monk Mustard when I'm down in Asheville, NC. Here in NYC I'm a big fan of Horman's Pickles. Thanks for supporting so many wonderful local producers.

Ilse says …

Asparagus from the Western Mass Pioneer Valley for Mother's Day.

Meredith DeKock says …

I love eating local. It gives me such a good feeling and confort knowing exactly where my food came from, supporting others who endeavor to provide healthful food and resources, and the unique products that are available when you buy local. My new favorite local buy is organic/raw milk.

Jessica Bertoni says …

Satori Cheese, From Plymouth Wisconsin! Their Reserve Raspberry Bellavitano is ALWAYS on hand in our house! It is savory and complex! A great company that does what Wisconsin is known for- making great dairy and cheese!

Janis says …

I use Mychelle skin care products, which are local for me in Denver.

Pam Church says …

We live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and love the farmers market here and can't wait for it to start back in the spring. We love all the fresh veggies and fruits of the area and always try and eat local. We were introduced to Free Choice Foods last spring and absolutely love their products. They are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Vegan main meal dishes made with wholesome, premium, natural ingredients and all you add is wanter and olive oil. We are thrilled they are at the Whole Foods.

Laila says …

I love them all! If I have to pick one…nut butters! I eat it daily!

Kelly C says …

I love the local honey from the farmers market and Whole Foods! My favorite is Pacifica.

Keith says …

Best GF Beef is from Rain Crow Ranch in Doniphan, MO -- the folks who tend the cattle are absolutely outstanding, and the quality of beef produced reflects the love and commitment of all involved. Thanks, Whole Foods, for supplying us with such healthful food !

Angelina Siegman says …

I was very happy to find CB's nuts in my San Mateo Whole Foods. I had minutes to spare before heading to catch my train to SF. I used them wisely by leaving the office and heading to Whole Foods for the good stuff. I already won the SF Giants lottery for an opportunity to get tickets to game one and to make it perfect I found a beautiful peanut to take to the World Series! Thanks to CB's and Whole Foods for making life so better!

Connie Goedert says …

My favorite is Michelle's Granola!! My breakfast is a parfait made with the orignal and mixed berries. So tasty. And the ginger hemp? YUM

Lynn napoli says …

Looks like great products

Karin says …

I love Simply Organix wheatgrass and sprouts from my local Farmer's Market. The definition of local to me is food with integrity that supports sustainability, compassion and community which defines the essence of a Farmer's Market. I am thankful to have a Whole Foods near my favorite Farmer's Market so I have access to quality organic produce and other foods I wouldn't normally have access to, especially when it's off season for my organic farmers.

Ida Cribb says …

You should check out Mrs. Hane's relishes made in Ft. Motte, SC. I would love for you to stock their Artichoke relish which is impossible to find in stores anymore. It is perfect for ham, think Easter, or on hot dogs too! Hope to hear that you'll stock their items soon in Columbia, SC.

Charles Cunningham says …

Dads… To me, Michelle's Granola tastes like discovering genius: like that first time I heard a great song and KNEW before it was everywhere that the band would become a household name. Now, every bag (especially Cherry Chocolate) smuggled into a movie theatre with a couple bottles of water for the kids, instead of the expensive junk sold there, is a Big Dad win. The only drawback to this is dirty hands, so now I bring wet-wipes too. You know you are parenting well, when the story of how you smuggle healthy food the kids will eat is told over and over again by your wife to her friends. I’d probably thank Michelle if I weren’t posting this on Valentine’s Day; and well you understand.

Lilia Cirrincione says …

I love Tiny But Mighty Popcorn! I am a popcorn lover and I stumbled across Tiny but Mighty at a local food fair in Chicago. It is such a unique, adorable little kernel that is so fun to eat!

Terri David says …

The local product I enjoy is Roots Organic Gourmet hummus. It's made in Asheville and is delicious.

Dawna McGlynn says …

We love Michele's Granola, especially the chocolate cherry, and we can buy it from our local coffee roaster, Zeke's Coffee.

Rosie says …

Griffin Farmstead goat milk cheese & butter! After raising a Nubian, I appreciate the quality dairy products locally grown, these are wonderful!

Jackie Davis says …

The Seaweed Bath Company - I have an organic boutique and skin care spa. I'm always researching companies to find new products that I might carry in my store. The Seaweed Bath Co. is one I have been most interested in recently. I was happy to see they are a part of this promotion. I would love to try some of their products.

melissa says …

So happy to see Buzzn Bee Farm honey sold at Whole Foods! Go Florida bees!

N. Price says …

I truly enjoy the garlic galore that Dyer Family Organic Farm provides in Ann Arbor's Farmers Market. I never realized that garlic came in so many varying types. I appreciate their hard work and dedication they bring to us. I look forward to warmer weather when I can get out to visit them more frequently and acquire me some. http://www.dyerfamilyorganicfarm.com/

Karen Stepien says …

Battleview Orchards in Freehold NJ. Their empire apples are the best I've ever had. Apple cider donuts, apple pie and cider are great.

Alicia M says …

I love my Michigan products, including Garden Fresh salsa, Unity Vibrations Kombucha (and Kombucha beer!), and Clancy's Fancy hot sauce. Awesome products in their own right, AND they're all quite local!

Whitney says …

I love Green Mountain Gringo salsa and chips!

KathieW says …

I love my CSA - Blooming Glen Farm in Blooming Glen, PA.

Agnes says …

Strauss Creamery dairy products

reagan says …

Apple Hill in El Dorado County, CA. The only place I go to for apple cider, apple donuts and apple picking.

Sarah Leslie says …

I love so many local foods, I just can't list them all, but here are a few of my faves. Baguettes from Artisan Bistro, Bulgarian yogurt from White Mountain and Chevre from Pure Luck. And Greenling delivery service has so many wonderful local products as well!

Lynn Moyses says …

I love Redwood Hill Farm Natural European-Style Goat Milk Yogurt located in Sonoma County.

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