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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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Mary scally says …

The farmers market at Minnetrista in muncie. They have a wonderful selection of fresh organic produce , meat, bakery and flowers

rcp6jmr says …

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

Pat says …

There is no honey like the Swan's creamy honey. We just took some to friends in NYC because they can't get anything that wonderful there!

marmaladesky says …

Our Whole Foods Market carries bakery by East Side Ovens...their blueberry muffins spin my spurs like no other muffin ever has. I'm not kidding, they are the best blueberry muffins on earth! Cheers! :)

Alethea Smartt says …

I received a bottle of Thistle Farms shower gel for Christmas last year. I really love the natural ingredients and it's great for keeping my skin moisturized.

Stacia Russell says …

I LOVE Nutzo's Seven Nut & Seed Butter! It is so addicting, and delicious. I have recently discovered this nut butter, and cannot get enough of it...I put it on my toast, I melt it into the batter when I make brownies, and I add a tablespoon of it into my oatmeal every morning for extra protein. I have also discovered that by doing that, I feel fuller longer, and on a cold, New England morning, it sure hits the spot! Thank you Whole Foods for bringing your customers such delicious, local goodies! :)

ML Pittleman says …

Outrageous Baking has the best tasting gluten free products I have ever sampled. Love Pamela and her recipes!

Sunny says …

I love Happy Cow Creamery! They have the best milk ever!!

Ben says …

Happy Cow Creamery's chocolate milk is awesome!

Patricia Lodato says …

When in Massachusetts, we enjoy visiting Gould's Sugar House in Shelburne Falls, MA. Customers can view sap being boiled into syrup and buy fresh maple syrup and products on site. The pancake breakfast served with fresh syrup is delicious and so is the maple soft serve ice cream!

Elaine Cline says …

Who wouldn't want a delicious cup of coffee using Rituals Coffee Roasters beans?

Angela says …

Crestview Farms, love their produce and herbs.

Marie says …

The U-pick blueberry farm that is down the street from us. Close enough to bike to when the kids get older!

Christina says …

I love and support all local producers!

April says …

I love the locally made Fuel Cafe Vegan Burgers at the Memphis, TN store!

Jodee Markovich says …

Living in Sonoma County there are just SO many exceptional local products available to us. I could make a long list, but Alvarado Street Bakery is one of my absolute FAVES!!

Gayle says …

Thank You for supporting these enterprising ventures and letting your readers know more about them!

Erin Neu says …

There are so many great things from Long Island! The wine, the beer, the produce.....As far as a commercial products, i'd say New York Naturals kale chips

Maureen Davis says …

I use the Seaweed Bath Company's products. They make my itchy skin feel soooooo good.

Cayce Nolan says …

I love whole foods and I really wish we had one closer!

eileen says …

Thank you for helping to change they way peopl eat!!!!

cristina arnold says …

Cool.

Kim says …

Love your stores.

Kimberly Sanburg says …

I love Aliso Creek honey, from Aliso Creek, CA :)

Katie b says …

Stay calm and eat local:)

Melissa Karaskiewicz says …

I love Whole Foods, but can't always afford it!

Angelo Quatrocci says …

I'm a huge fan of NuttZo nut butters and would love to win! I shop religiously at Whole Foods on a weekly basis! I love you guys and thank you for this opportunity! :)

Heba Brohi says …

I would love to win these! I love the recipes on your blog. :) <3

D L says …

Keep up the great work! It's wonderful what you are doing to help local producers.

Tameca says …

I love Whole Foods:)

Elena Alioshina says …

I love apples from local orchards in Massachusetts!

lenny slaney says …

WOW

Lori Welsh says …

These products would look beautiful in my pantry!

Crystal Hunter says …

I love your stores and regret that my nearest one now is more than 2 hours away. I look forward to the day when I am once again in near proximity to a Whole Foods market. Keep up the good work!

Diana says …

I love the local honey I pick up at the Farmers' Market. Amazing stuff!

April chu says …

No better way to support the local community than buying local! And the food is so much better than the mass manufacturers!

Amanda says …

I just love Soul Vegan. They are an amazing local business elevating vegan food and the Chicago area. Their Jerusalem "Steak" sandwich is heaven!

Nicole burnett says …

Cant wait till yall open the store in savannah! Will be shopping there alot!!!

jackie wall says …

i love whole foods because i have food allergies im allergic to gluten, soy, and corn.

dawn wood says …

we love our local bee supplier, Palmer's Honey! I love the summer to find produce grown local if it is something we haven't already grown!

Katie b says …

Soapworks on bowen island- nothing like the scent of homemade soaps !

Laura McColgan says …

I am on my way to the store on South Street in about an hour ..I love that honey

Sadie says …

Congrats on the $8 million dollar mark! WF Markets showcase how bigger businesses should be ran :)

iris says …

Love all the products! This is my favorite granola!

Jody says …

I love our local jam maker in Austin, Confituras! My favorite is the grapefruit vanilla bean jam. Holy moly!

Sarah says …

It's sometimes hard and expensive to eat healthy...but it's so worth it! Would love to try some of these products! :)

Abby Rose says …

I would love to win this!

Cindy Z says …

Love that you all support local producers and farmers !!

Bonnie says …

Nuttzo is so delicious!! I would love to try all the flavors! Good job in helping all the local farmers. That is a great thing you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Dione Smith says …

Thank you for such a great giveaway. Looks fantastic!

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