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$5 Million in Loans to Local Producers

By Heather Kennedy, October 6, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Heather Kennedy

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!

Category: Contests, Local

 

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Mona says ...
my favorite local product is fresh fruit. any kind of seasonal fruit is the best, because they taste the best!
10/06/2011 6:50:07 AM CDT
Alison says ...
Local milk that didn't have to travel far is my favorite.
10/06/2011 7:39:41 AM CDT
Jen K. says ...
Picking just one is pretty impossible. We have such great local stuff made around here! Cold Fusion gelato is an addiction that I easily feed at several local WFM. They sell pints AND by the scoop! But I love local produce like Kimball Farm raspberries, local beer like Mayflower, local cookies like Dancing Deer. Pick a category and I probably have a local favorite. I could go on and on...
10/06/2011 7:51:29 AM CDT
Tami Kasoff says ...
There is so much that is grown and produced locally here in Maine. My favorites are the seafood for it's freshness, and the blueberries for their tiny tartness. Both are hard to beat.
10/06/2011 7:56:16 AM CDT
Joanna says ...
I just moved from the Bay Area in California back east. My favorite local product out there was Three Twins Ice Cream, which Whole Foods gave a Local Producer Loan too! Now that I'm here, my favorite local products are Macintosh apples & apple cider.
10/06/2011 7:58:06 AM CDT
Blaire says ...
Beautiful! What a great way to try some local product for a newcomer to the area.
10/06/2011 8:00:02 AM CDT
Tom Johnson says ...
My absolute favorite local food offered by Whole Foods is Grillo's Pickles . . . Especially the "Hot" variety! They are the best pickles I've ever had!
10/06/2011 8:04:05 AM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
Anything at the farmer's market.....probably my fave right now is zucchini!
10/06/2011 8:23:01 AM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
I love the Wicked Natural products especially the mustard dill sauce & dip, it's great with pretzels.
10/06/2011 8:42:18 AM CDT
Kat says ...
Local cheese from any kind of market...hmmmmmm I love cheese especially with organic crackers and chutney!
10/06/2011 8:50:12 AM CDT
Connie says ...
I like local raw honey..
10/06/2011 9:13:53 AM CDT
Kaitlin says ...
It's impossible to pick just one! Local fruits and veggies just taste better. I also love farm-fresh eggs, honey, and maple syrup. There are also various great local products I've picked up here and there, like goat milk soap, beer, wine, pickles, mustards, salsas, yogurt, cheese, etc, etc, etc....
10/06/2011 9:26:19 AM CDT
Amy says ...
Canistracci breads are so yummy! I found them at the Wakefield Farmer's market and cannot get enough of their whole wheat bread.
10/06/2011 9:30:27 AM CDT
Stacy says ...
I love the local produce selections. Great heirloom varieties I can't find anywhere outside the farmer's market.
10/06/2011 9:48:50 AM CDT
Cori says ...
I love the NuttZo non peanut blend as it contains different crunchies (what I call them) they make a perfect peanut butter alternative.
10/06/2011 9:53:08 AM CDT
Laura says ...
The vegan cinnamon rolls from Zen Bakery in Milford, MA. Oh, how do I love this low fat, high protein and fiber babies. They are amazingly delicious.
10/06/2011 10:16:21 AM CDT
David says ...
McClure's Pickles. quality, local ingredients
10/06/2011 10:36:27 AM CDT
Julie says ...
All local mushrooms are delicious and my favorite! The choices we have for all the local CSAs around is wonderful as well, with all the variety and different season fruits and vegetables to cook with.
10/06/2011 10:45:00 AM CDT
Phil Robertson says ...
Wright's Salsa (Green Medium), I did not particulary care for avacado based salsas, however this has become a household staple to have around, the vendors are great at the demos that are done in the store, the salsa is a hit with everyone we have shared it with, in state and out, we have used it in so many other ways that it is and will be a staple at every occassion at our home.
10/06/2011 10:47:11 AM CDT
Andria says ...
I love the Biggs and Featherbelle bar soap. It doesn't irritate my skin and I like the minimal packaging. I also love local tomatoes. Tomatoes from the store just don't come close! I'm so sad the season is ending.
10/06/2011 12:08:47 PM CDT
Sarah says ...
Just tried the Hail Merry lemon tart, delicious!
10/06/2011 12:24:13 PM CDT
Saira Rabbani says ...
My local food is not even for me... Its Nulo for my puppy! I love things that are heart shaped. Makes me smile. But can I get an Amen for Sticky Toffee Pudding Company... so good!
10/06/2011 12:26:04 PM CDT
Alyssa Pappas says ...
Pure Luck! Their cheese is beyond delicious. The thought of it is making me hungry! But I love any local produce as well... such a tough decision.
10/06/2011 12:27:10 PM CDT
Jeff says ...
I love love love local coffee!! It makes me feel better when I know that my cup of joe is coming from the small farmers! My dad is a rice farmer in Texas, so I always support the local producers!
10/06/2011 12:44:44 PM CDT
Kristina Scaviola says ...
Shaw Farm milk- right from my hometown of Dracut, MA! Also, I love the Stoneyfield line of frozen yogurts; so creamy and delicious, you would never know that they were good for you. The Bedford, MA store just started carrying their line of Greek Frozen yogurt- bought the blueberry flavor and was blown away. I'm going to keep buying it for sure!
10/06/2011 12:48:25 PM CDT

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