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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
February 19, 2015
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Through our Local Producer Loan Program, we’ve provided millions in low-interest loans to outstanding local farmers and artisans. Many of our loan recipients have become so popular and successful that they’ve been able to expand into other regions. To help you get a flavor, here are just a few of the Local Producer Loan Program products that can now be found nationwide.
July 25, 2014
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Harvindar Singh, the local forager for Whole Foods Market stores in Northern California and Reno, invites you to the best summer food festival to meet some of his favorite local foodmakers.
June 13, 2014
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Greyston Bakery is part of the Greyston Foundation, an integrated network of programs providing jobs, workforce development, low-income housing, supportive services, child care, after-school programs, tenant services and community gardens for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency.
May 24, 2014
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St. Benoît Creamery known for its French-style yogurt with just three ingredients: Jersey cow milk, a special French culture and local fruit or honey. Learn how our Local Producer Loan Program helped this small business grow.
September 22, 2013
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At Whole Foods Market®, we are passionate about our food, our community, and our environment. Just recently, we added a core value to our company mission: practicing and advancing environmental stewardship. So last week when I found out that one of our local beef producers won a Regional Environmental Stewardship award I was super excited to find out more.

September 2, 2013
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With the kids going back to school it’s a great time to refresh, restock and restart good eating habits. At Whole Foods Market® we’re excited to partner with many innovative small-scale food companies that are working hard to improve the contents of the American lunch box.

June 19, 2013
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I might have the best job ever. I travel in search of new flavors. When I find the good stuff, I help get it on our shelves. I’m the Local Forager for Whole Foods Market.
June 16, 2013
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Find out how traditional food systems are being rebuilt in Hawai'i after generations of exported monoculture crops.
June 14, 2013
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Summer is the perfect season to explore local fruits and vegetables. With tasty new offerings springing up every day, it can be hard to keep track of everything you need to try, but we’re here to help.
June 9, 2013
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The new Whole Foods Market in Detroit is full of hand-selected local products.
June 7, 2013
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Learn how supporting local food systems can help communities and the environment.
May 30, 2013
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Imagine tasting your way through your local community, meeting local artisans and growers, hearing their stories and then helping bring their products to market to share with others. Now imagine this is your job. 

A forager is someone who searches widely for food or provisions. Whole Foods Market® has local foragers across the nation helping us source from more than 6,500 local vendors. From country farms to urban bakeries, these on-the-go team members seek out the best local products, so we can bring more great stuff to our customers.

May 24, 2013
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Today about 25 percent of the produce sold at our stores comes from local farms, and storewide anywhere from 10-30 percent of the products on our shelves come from local producers depending on availability, store size and the needs of the community.
April 27, 2013
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Here at the Local Producer Loan Program, we interact with mission-driven companies working to change the way the world eats. These are some of the brightest social entrepreneurs in the country with relentless passion for environmental stewardship, socially conscious business practices and community connections.

April 20, 2013
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Located on the banks of the Chehallis River in Washington state, Willapa Hills Cheese has been producing farmstead cheeses and dairy products for our Washington and Oregon stores since 2005.
March 30, 2013
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During the first week of March, I attended the largest trade show for all things related to natural, organic and healthy products. With over 60,000 attendees and more than 3,000 companies displaying the newest products and innovations, the Natural Products Expo West Conference in Anaheim, California, is a smorgasbord of tasty treats, healthy bites and cutting-edge trends on the grocery horizon.

February 9, 2013
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Love local? So do we! Our Local Producer Loan Program helps farmers, ranchers and food artisans grow their businesses and bring hundreds of local products into our stores. Enter our giveaway to try some for yourself.
January 6, 2013
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BeansWhen you think about the signature foods of the Pacific Northwest I’ll bet that neither garbanzo beans nor lentils spring to mind. Unless, perhaps you’ve lived in Spain or one of the countries in the Middle East.  Why is that?

December 16, 2012
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Festivus ChaiOnce the weather starts getting colder here in Austin — and by cold, I mean 60 degrees — nothing makes me feel as seasonally appropriate as a mug full of Chai tea.

November 3, 2012
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Skagit Apple CiderDo you have a favorite time of the year? For me I always look forward to fall for the changing colors, the crispness of the air, Sugar Hubbard squash and APPLES!

August 30, 2012
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What makes a GREAT bagel? I’ve been having that debate with friends ever since tasting my first one in the early 1970’s. Some say it’s the flour, some say the technique, and of course New Yorkers claim that it has to be the Manhattan water. Well, we can all agree on one thing.

July 1, 2012
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Honey bees are often the unsung hero of the food world. Through pollination they are responsible for a third of the food we eat. Yet bee colonies in the US are declining at rapid rates – 30% a year!

April 18, 2012
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Originating in Indonesia, tempeh (say, “TEM-pay”) is traditionally made through a natural culturing and incubation process that binds soybeans together in a cake form. It’s become increasingly popular in the US over the last several years. 

March 17, 2012
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Kristy and Coulter Lewis developed a “Pure Pop” bag made from recycled and compostable paper for their mom and pop popcorn business. Learn about other upgrades to their microwave snack.
March 4, 2012
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Have you heard? Thompson Farms has achieved a 5+ rating through the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating System!
March 3, 2012
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Our local forager in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Breyley, shares the story behind Firefly Kitchens’ naturally fermented foods and how their Local Producer Loan helps grow their business.
February 18, 2012
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Two moms from Asheville, NC shared a common interest in brewing kombucha. They combined their talents and Buchi was born. Learn more about this Local Producer Loan recipient.
February 6, 2012
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While brothers Meteo and Andy Kehler were milking their own Ayershire cows to make cheese for Jasper Hill, they realized they might be able to help local farmers do the same thing.
January 23, 2012
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Learn how Local Producer Loan Recipient Good On Ya uses their “Every Ingredient Matters” motto to guide them in creating deliciously nutritious protein-fiber-energy-snack bars.
January 8, 2012
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Our local forager in the Pacific Northwest, Denise Breyley, shares the story behind Willie Greens Organic Farm and how they are using our Local Producer Loan to grow their business.
December 23, 2011
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Working on the Local Producer Loan Program gives me tons of opportunities to hear about local food systems across the country.

November 2, 2011
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In the infamous words of Julia Child, “With enough butter, anything is good!” And that couldn’t be more true when it comes to our most recent Local Producer Loan recipient, Epicurean Butter.

October 20, 2011
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Every product has a story, and Brad’s Raw Chips is a classic tale of success! Over four years ago, founder and creator, Brad Gruno discovered the health benefits of eating raw.

October 6, 2011
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To celebrate the $5 million mark, we’re giving away a basket filled with culinary treasures from several of our loan recipients! Comment about your favorite local product for a chance to win.
September 22, 2011
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Meet Local Producer Loan recipient Tiny But Mighty — a Midwest company taking popcorn to another level with their heirloom corn passed down the family for generations. Seriously!
September 8, 2011
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The goal of the Local Producer Loan Program is to find and support unique, local products. We’ve definitely hit the mark on “unique” with Soy-Sen-Zay Edamame Dips.

August 26, 2011
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Our latest Local Producer Loan supports Thistle Farms, a women’s residential recovery program where they make natural bath and body care products as a social enterprise.
August 20, 2011
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Mushrooms grow in recycled coffee grounds in just 10 days! Learn how you can help Back to the Roots donate mushroom growing kits and sustainability curriculum to an elementary classroom of your choice.
August 11, 2011
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As a child I always loved chocolate milk and ice cream bars. Who didn’t? Now that I’m “more mature” the kid in me is always on the lookout for the perfect sweet treat that’s tinged with childhood nostalgia while still appealing to my adult taste buds.

August 3, 2011
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Harvindar Singh, Whole Foods Market’s Local Forager for the Northern California area, hands me a fresh cup of locally roasted coffee just as I greet him at the center of the Friday morning Oakland, CA farmers market. It’s a good, bold roast and takes the chill out of the air. Before I’ve even taken a sip, we are on the move.

July 28, 2011
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You don’t have to be a raw foodist to enjoy amazing macaroons, tarts and grawnola from our latest loan recipient. Learn how we’re helping them expand.
July 12, 2011
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This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion. We have always believed in and fought for the improvement of welfare for farm animals industry-wide, and all the pork, beef, chicken and turkey in our fresh meat cases comes from producers who have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating system.

July 8, 2011
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With a low interest loan from our Local Producer Loan Program, the father and son team at Thompson Farms are working to increase their Animal Welfare Rating to the highest level possible.
May 31, 2011
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Joseph and Anna Maria Severino learned the art of pasta making in Italy 35 years ago and have developed quite a local following for their authentic pastas.
May 8, 2011
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Watch how these artisanal preserves are thoughtfully crafted in the French tradition, with only the freshest seasonal fruit and their own naturally extracted pectin.
March 13, 2011
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We’ve just passed the $4 million mark in providing low-interest loans to small, local producers! Help us celebrate by sharing why you love local products and you just might win a basket of local goodies.
January 11, 2011
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What’s a more iconic health food than granola? Meet three of our Local Producer Loan Program recipients who started small businesses devoted to making this yummy treat.