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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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Kathie Slifer says …

Love the local greens and heirloom tomato selection. Fresh Tofu Inc. baked tofu and your seafood hands down is the best anywhere what ever season it is.

Sara ross says …

White Girl Salsa is wonderful. Made in Colorado.

Nancy says …

Severino Pasta from NJ - already buy all Jersey Fresh fruits/veggies but nice to be able to get a locally made pasta too!

Ann says …

Spring Hill Cheese from Petaluma, CA!

flamingogurl says …

I love the fresh in-season fruits and veggies...nothing like 'em :-)

Jess Merrill says …

Narragansett Creamery cheeses! So fresh and yummy and made right in Providence, RI.

Patrish H says …

Oogave- love the brand name and the product! I've tried the Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Mandarin-Key Lime, and Grapefruit. Need to still try the Watermelon Cream and Cola. Oooh- yum!

cindy b. says …

Uncle Chip’s classic Black Bean Brownies!!! They are vegan and quite delicious- I would love if Whole Foods in DC started carrying them:)

Carolyn M. says …

Would love to try the raw chips and the White Girl Salsa! Love supporting local products!

Tabitha Dinegar says …

Chocolove from Colorado makes the most amazing chocolate bars. I've tried a bunch and send them to my Dad in Maine. Delicious!

carla corde says …

The sesonal fruits and veggies are to die for and of course the WINE to go with them!

Nicole says …

I Whole Foods! Excellent social responsibility and incompatible customer service.

Stephanie says …

Our family favorite product is the Mary's chicken raised in the Fresno area. Two of the three people in our family are gluten and dairy free. When driving from Northern California to LA, we always stop in Fresno at the Whole Foods for a meal and to pick up some Mary's chicken. You can buy Mary's chicken at any number of WF in the Sacramento/Bay Area, but it's super cheap in Fresno due to the proximity to Mary's farm. Even my 4yr old knows about Mary's chicken in Fresno! Thanks for all you do for our community!

Maureen Fratantoni says …

I love Whole foods. We shop there at least twice a week. I love the idea of getting local produce. I like and use so many of the products like: cofee, syrup,breads,cakes,vegetarian sushi, chocolate bits, raisins, flour,and so on.I have bought alot of beauty items over the years such as, soaps,shampoo and care products. They have just about everything you want and need there.

jer bok says …

I am guessing that the beets are local.... yum....

Valerie says …

So hard to choose, with all the great choices. if I had to would probably be local produce and raw honey.

kat says …

Bron Bee raw honey is my favourite because eating raw unprocessed food and sweeteners are my first choice

julie ring says …

I love the local raw honey, it's such a great superfood! It's perfect for making your own nut and granola bars.

Allison says …

My favorite local food is Labrem's Cookies. I've only ever seen them at Whole Foods, but they're gluten-free and have only 50 calories per two cookies...score!

Jess S. says …

Rick's Picks

Aldona says …

autumn apples are astonishingly delectable!

Kerri says …

Local raw honey...so yummy and so helpful for reducing seasonal allergies. And it really as to be local for local pollen!!

Olivia says …

Never fail favorite is any locally grown produce. Thank you Whole Foods for supporting our local growers!

Sharon says …

My faves: local fruits (especially strawberries and apples), local cheeses, local seafood (Maryland crabs). Why? Because of taste and all local ingredients.

Jess says …

Queen creek olive mill oils and specialty olives... Yummy garlic stuffed olives are a party favorite around here!

Donna says …

I live in the San Francisco bay area, so farmer's markets abound! Farm fresh anythng is so yummy and good for you!

Nadia says …

My favorite local product is avocado. I love all fresh fruit and vegies. My hubby's fav is local beer :) PS: Love the Local Producer Loan Program!

holly says …

strawberries - nothing beats em straight from the patch local beer too - nothing beats hanging out with the brewer

Amanda says …

Little Lad's Herbal Popcorn, without a doubt!

Shelley says …

I've been loving the local eastern apples at my nearby Whole Foods this fall! Whenever I'm loooking for a product, I'm more likely to pick a local product if it's an option. The loan program to support local suppliers sounds fantastic!

Lanie says …

I love local fresh fruits and veggies. My boyfriend actually works for an organic produce company and brings home the best stuff.

Ray says …

So many to chose from, but one favorite local is Fra Mani salumi - I love all of the varieties and I'm so glad Whole Foods carries them.

Ilse-Bird says …

The Roadhouse Cafe, Belchertown, MA makes fabulous baked bread and other baked goods using mostly organic, locally-produced ingrediants. They have a fabulous gluten-free menu too

Angie W says …

My favorite local product is honey that I get from the farmer's market. We use it in everything.

nisey jackson says …

Brads raw chips High in fiber A good source of Omega-3's A healthy snack alternative for kids Rich in vitamins and enzymes Made out of fresh vegetables I love love this product because its a healthy choice when you are trying to lose weight. I also feel I can eat as much as I want:) I have turned so many people on to this product:) I have been a customer of whole foods(fresh fields) from DAY one..I use to track to virginia when I lived in washington dc to shop for my babies and family. I am still very happy. I fuss here and there about something but I love the local products! and what whole foods is doing

JP Fernandez says …

fresh milk is always great! Love Straus!

sheila says …

mine is fresh vegetables

Angela Clark says …

I love to use locally foraged mushrooms in my cooking.

Diane says …

Mushrooms from our local farms near Kennett Square.

Carol says …

Bron's Bee Company has my favorite local products. I've been to Heritage Prairie Farm for a dinner and the honey comb dessert was delicious. I'm still craving it 2 months later.

Cindy Anderson says …

Zucchini is my favorite local product. It continues to be available at Farmers Markets, Whole Foods and we have it growing in our own community garden. It is very healthy and can be used in deserts, casseroles, main dishes and eaten raw or cooked.

Sara C. says …

Pitas from Rose's wheatfree bakery!

cmw says …

The My Three Son's pimento cheese was delicious as was the Roots hummus. Fresh, locally grown produce is always on my shopping list!

qprile b says …

I love the local organic produce. we love to juice with it!

Laura says …

I will sometimes treat myself to a great baguette and my favorite local product: Vermont Cultured Butter. There's not much better than sweet, cold butter and bread!

Kathy Hanley says …

There is nothing better then fresh Jersey tomatoes and fresh Jersey corn on the cob!

Michelle Valentino says …

I love all of the produce from the local farmers. It's always great and always fresh!

Marisa says …

Local dairy and produce! I love that it is as fresh as possible, in season (with produce), and didn't travel far at all to reach me.

Nicole says …

My favorite local product is Olga's Bread in RI. It is fresh artisan bread and its delicious!

deborah dea says …

Being in California, my favorite local products include fruits and almonds. Working in Central California, I see all the strawberries, cherries, fresh lettuces being grown and harvested.

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