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$5 Million in Loans to Local Producers

Our local producers are total rock stars. Their creativity, ingenuity and absolutely delightful products are a constant source of inspiration for us. Judging by sales, we know they are a favorite of yours, too! Helping them do more became a goal for Whole Foods Market a few years ago and as of this month, we’ve funded more than $5 million in low-interest loans through our Local Producer Loan Program to help them grow their businesses. To celebrate the $5 million mark, we’re giving away a basket filled with culinary treasures from several of our loan recipients! This is your chance to experience some of the fabulous products made by passionate small producers that aren’t available in your neck of the woods. Just post a comment below by October 21 telling us what your favorite local product is and why, and you’ll have a chance to win! We’ll choose one lucky commenter at random to receive the basket. The basket full of goodies will include an assortment of samples from some great local producers. Here's who is contributing to the basket and what they make:

When Whole Foods Market first opened its doors as a small natural and organic retailer in 1980, local producers were the lifeblood of our business. 30 years and more than 300 stores later, that fact still rings true. We know what it feels like to be a small business with a big vision and understand that local businesses (even with the highest quality products and a strong business plan) sometimes need a hand to turn their dreams into reality. In 2007, we launched the Local Producer Loan Program with a commitment to fund up to $10 million dollars in low-interest loans to provide local producers with access to the tools and resources they need to expand their businesses. Whether it’s helping our local partners purchase more animals, invest in new equipment or convert to organic production, we want to help them ALL shine. Best of all, supporting local business means keeping money in the pockets of growers in the communities we serve. So what’s your favorite local product and why? Post your comment by October 21 and take advantage of your chance to try these local favorites while you can!

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Pierre says …

Michele's granola is so good with some greek yogurt and honey--awesome!

Dean Ribaudo says …

BTTR ventures sounds like a hit! Can't wait to grow my own...

Julie says …

We have a local City Market in Rockford with the most awesome cheese! It really doesn't get any better.

Triny says …

Wow, I have never tried any of these products. The Raw chip sound great, I can't wait to try them!

Neelofer says …

My favorite is People's Pint beer. Western Mass has tons of craft breweries and PP is my favorite. Not only do they make excellent beer, they are committed to sustainability. The restaurant composts as much as it can. I believe they produce only one bag of trash a week. That's incredible for a full service brewpub. Plus, customers who ride their bikes to the pub receive a discount.

Stacy says …

Reno Egg! Eggs are a must in our household. We feel its important that the eggs come from happy, healthy hens! Thanks for what you do Reno Egg.

Sharon says …

Nice, this is a great assortment

Olivia says …

Love the local heirloom tomatoes available at WF.

Jill Connolly says …

Iggy's yummy bread!

Nora Conroy says …

Papalote hot sauce from San Francisco

Melissa says …

My favorite local product is Intelligentsia roasted coffee beans. It's the best quality coffee I've ever had!

Tami says …

There are so many awesome local products in Boulder, Colorado but my favorite at the moment is Outrageous Baking's gluten free flour blend. Whole Foods needs to carry this product! Fave WF stocked product is Justin's Chocolate Peanut butter!

Denise Rebilas says …

Crystal's All Natural Honey is a wonderful line of local honey that's available in many consistencies and flavors - wonderful!

Elizabeth Kepp says …

I live in Naples,FL. Most of the fruit and vegetables that I eat are from Whole Foods. Florida has many seasonal fruits and vegetable, but I must say that my favorites are the blueberries when in season. I love blueberries, there are so many different foods that they can be incorporated in or be the main ingredient. Not only are they tasty, they are a fabulous antioxent.

Grace Park says …

My favorite local food item is EGGS and dairy products! I absolutely love picking up eggs from the farmer's market and I love to local cheeses around here. Also, I'm a fan of Have'A Corn Chips from Laguna! And most importantly, all the local craft beer - I live just a short distance away from The Bruery, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Taps, and a ton of other delicious, local Orange County craft breweries!

Dawn Lombard says …

My favorite local product is the Zucchini Bread made by Homeboy Bakery here in Los Angeles. I love this product for many reasons. First, it simply tastes delicious! Second, the zucchini is locally grown in the Homegirl Garden. Third, their mission statement is, "Jobs not Jails". The organization helps at risk youth and formerly gang involved youth become positive and contributing members of society, through education, training, and job placement.

Morgan K says …

I love the Vegetarian Hamburger Mix made right here in Fort Collins Colorado! Makes a great burger! Yum, yum....makes me want one right now.

Becky Wilson says …

My favorite local product is Kenz Oil - a wonderful garlic basil olive oil that is fabulous with bread, on fresh veggies, make a white pizza with.... so many uses!!!!! I believe the gentleman who makes it is out of Farmington Hills, MI sold in our local Michigan Whole Foods.

Connie says …

I like local raw honey..

leslieb says …

I love the local produce - especially apples at this time of the year. The produce at whole foods is so great!

Chareme says …

I like local produce! It is very much enjoyed by my whole family... Especially the kids!

Stacy hochman says …

I love White Girl Salsa! My favorite is the hot tomatillo salsa - but my daughters' favorite is the cranberry mango salsa - they cannot get enough of it!!! Yummy!

Jeanette says …

Fav. local product is Strauss Dairy products. I love their butter.

lg says …

Picking one is not easy, Texas being so big and diverse. Mine is a top-three list: local honey, peaches, and wine. I like the local honey especially for allergies; peaches for their deliciousness; and wine for all the fun times.

Rebecca says …

My favorite local product is honey because it helps with allergies! :) delicious and healthful.

Greta says …

Fresh papaya and apple bananas are sooo yummy! Hard to beat local produce in Hawaii!

jessica says …

Hawai'i has plenty of products produced locally because it's better to-- a perfect example of keeping things local.

Dawn P says …

I love Black Walnuts -- a specialty of this area and just now starting to fall from the trees!

Jaimee says …

I Like Brad's chips. There are lots of fun flavors and tasty.

Ashley says …

My favorite local product? Produce from Ventura County farmers, that's what! =)

Stephen says …

Local eggs. Not much local produce in Las Vegas, but the fresh eggs at the farmers market are great.

AyannaV says …

That is difficult to decide. In my region of the country (the South) so many things are local and yummy! The tomatoes, corn, strawberries and peaches in the summertime. Right now, the greens, cabbage, sweet potatoes and varieties of squash are great. When thinking about a particular provider of a packaged product, The Goat Lady Goat cheeses are a favorite of mine and many in the area. Fresh, local and tasty! A great compliment to many of the areas local wines

Kat says …

Raw Kale chips!

jo evans says …

I love that you said local producers are Rock Stars!

colleen gilgenbach says …

Raw UliManna chocolates, no question!

Carolee says …

I'm a proud resident of Denver-- My favorite local product is LARA Bars-- made right here in Denver!!

anna says …

My favorite local product is Krema peanut butter. No added salt or sugar and it tastes so fresh!

Denise Evans says …

I Love all of the local fruits!!!

Karri says …

Fresh fruit is my favorite, especially this time of year when the apples and pears are in season. Fresh corn is great too!

Grace says …

I love all the honey from Bron's Bee Co. Use it in baking, on toast, tea & coffee. Helps with my allergies! Thanks!

Casey says …

Papalote salsa (San Francisco) for sure. It's so delicious and different from any salsa I've ever tasted.

Linda says …

Route 1 Farms strawberries are my favorite local foods!

Aimee Roseborrough says …

Backporch Coffee- best coffee I've had since Italy!

Venus Kalami says …

I lalalalaloveee all Sukhi products! They're so satisfying and they're absolutely delicious!

Wendy Arias says …

What a great way to try products that could end up as my new favs.

Kathleen F says …

We're from Maui, Hawaii. We love the Kula greens to make great summer salads loaded with lots of fresh, locally-grown veggies. Thank you, Whole Foods, for all the local foods you carry, reducing the number of transportation miles it takes for products to reach consumers.

Raisa Galper says …

Fage Greek yougurt is to die for!!!

keith says …

Ah!Zeefa is a most wonderful Ethiopian black lentil hummus produced by a generous woman in St Louis. Several seasoned varieties, all of them yummy! Thank you Whole Foods for making her products locally available.

Kristina Wittchen says …

Honey from a local apiary as a spoonful of honey helps with allergies.

Mary says …

I love local raw unfiltered honey. Yum. Not only does it taste amazing, it also helps fight allergies. I also love local peaches, pecans, free range chickens' eggs, and grass-fed beef.

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