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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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Amy says …

I love local eggs. They are delicious no mateer how you cook them.

Shirley Low-Yock says …

Organic Greens - especially Kale and Collard Greens

Beth says …

Local organic honey with home made bread hot from the oven!!

Nancy says …

My favorite, Whale Tails Tortilla Chips with some White Girl Salsa I add some avocado and it makes a great meal. I use them on everything- soup, salads and on wraps. The chips give it a little crunch and the salsa gives it a little tang. My kids love it. The produce is absolutely the best- you can not only taste it but you also feel good about buying healthy food. Sometimes price is not the only thing that matters.

Marianne says …

You just cannot beat the fresh taste of local fruits and vegetables in season.

Paula says …

Honey, because it's so tasty and you can use it for breakfast,lunch,dinner and dessert!

Jennifer says …

There is nothing better than fresh local veggies! Yum!

John Vitka says …

here in Columbus, Ohio, there in no question the BEST local food in Jeni's SplendidIce cream. Flavors one can nort even imagine until you look at the board behing the counter:Bangkok Peanut Pint, Pistachio & Honey Pint, Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet,Wildberry Lavender, Beet Cake with Black Walnuts... the list goes on.... Great ice cream and a most creative use of flavors!

kimmy says …

I'm NUTZ for NUTTZO!!! It tastes delicious (as does peanut butter, almond butter, etc) but it gives me the nutrients from several different ingredients including flax seed & hazelnuts! I love it!

Teri says …

Locally grown persimmons. They are healthy and taste "NUMMERS!"

Janelle says …

Clover organic milk!!

CC says …

No question. Real live carrots, fresh out of the ground from just down the road are the best.

Patricia Gallagher says …

I love visiting the local Farmers Markets, I found a great source of local honey, the taste is wonderful.

Sara Ford says …

My favorite item from Whole Foods is definitely the red beets..they are amazingly sweet! They are great diced up into a salad or put into the juicer..stalks included! Yum!

Laura says …

I love the local produce. In season fruits and vegetables are tastier. I like supporting the local farmers and knowing that the produce was picked at optimal ripeness and delivered fresh.

Reese says …

Love Dallas Mozarella Co. Best cheese!!

Arlene says …

Maple syrup products from Vermont. Yum!!

rosaland Harris says …

My local food is from a local dairy here in NC. I adore Homeland Creamy chocolate milk because it reminded me my love for chocolate milk. It did not taste like the milk in school because so many additives put in school milk today.

maria bastone says …

My favorite produce are the wild arugula and regular parsley (who knew parlsey is good for bone health!!!)that slugs in my yard don't touch !!!!! If only I had some Killer Tomatoes!!!!....

Rachel says …

Hands down I can't live without wildflower honey from central Texas. I love that it's alway available at whole foods!

lindsay says …

Breeze Bars are perfect for hiking.

Shannon Willyoung says …

HONEY! HONEY! HONEY! My family loves their honey. It is fantastic! On toast, oatmeal and believe it or not we dip apple slices in it. Yummy.

June says …

Delicious macaroons! My favorite cookie! I promise to share with others.

Terry Tarver says …

many of the items I have never heard of, but would love to try and also share with my family.

Colleen Walsh says …

I just love local honey and produce from my local orchard, Linvilla Orchards.

Brooke says …

Local milk in Dallas, Texas!

Dev Berger says …

Whole Foods in Sacramento sells the best free-range hot dogs ever. I'm mostly vegetarian and eat the terrific local fruit and veggies, but these are hard to resist.

Jayanthi says …

My favourite local product are seasonal veggies and fruits....Nothing beats the freshness of these...if sourced locally

Raquel says …

My homemade salsa! Been making it with Minneapolis Farmers Market fresh produce since 1994 and it's the BEST!

Tina says …

I'll take on most any locally grown fruit or veggie. Of course, in Pennsylvania we have fantastic farms and the tomatoes tend to be fabulous and tasty for most of the year.

Katie says …

I feel so fortunate to live in an area surrounded by awesome local foods and products! My family is able to make the local choice in nearly 100% of our purchases!

Maria says …

I enjoy almost every "organic" vegetables,fruit and the mixture of rice, they taste like "real" food attend to be and I get the nutrients from the vegetables and fruit.

Tina says …

My sister-in-laws's maple syrup - their family has been making syrup for years and it is the best on pumpkin waffles. No need to buy that stuff from the store that only has maple flavoring in it!!!

Cathy says …

fresh local fruits and veggies are the best!

Arlene says …

I adore local tomatoes even though the season is ending soon. Also love locally produced red and green leaf lettuce, zucchini, green beens and all fruit. Jersey corn really rocks too...if you pick a product I can probably give you a local producer that I love!

Jessie says …

I love the local honey! The honey helps with my allergy and adds an extra oomph to my morning and afternoon tea. It's also a healthy substitute to refined sugar. Best part: I feel like I'm supporting local, sustainable development.

Wendy H says …

Love the dancing goats coffee that is roasted here. It's so nice to go to whole foods on paces ferry in Atlanta and be able to buy a pound of coffee that was roasted just a few days before.

Adam Goldstein says …

I am a huge fan of Progess Coffee. It is an outstanding coffee and is a product that I always have in the house.

Joan M says …

Local flowers! They support the local bees, local honey, and local gardeners/farmers as well as don't need the heavy preservatives needed to transport them all the way from South America (where much of the flower stock from the wholesale Flower Mart comes from). Their tender blossoms seem to last longer as well. A happy bouquet from Whole Foods is a special treat - and my dear husband knows it!

sharon says …

St Arnold or Southern Star Breweries...because it's BEER!

CC says …

My favorite local product is White Girl Salsa, which I discovered when they just started up last summer.

Amanda Hiles says …

I adore local raw honey. It's wonderful in coffee, oatmeal, yogurt and homemade popsicles!

Shabooboo says …

We get really delicious red navel oranges in late winter.

Carly says …

Local honey- helps with the allergies!

tresha says …

Looks Good!

Stacy A says …

Three Twins ice cream is my local (San Rafael CA) favorite, and I love their Bittersweet Chocolate flavor almost as much as the Mint Confetti.

L.Provost says …

I like the local apples and peaches. They are wholesome and absolutely delicious!

Jolie Misek says …

Bron's Bee Company is a local favorite in IL.

Hope says …

I love the thought of supporting local producers! I dream of a whole foods in our town someday!

Kristen says …

I recently bought some pears from a producer in Placerville, CA. They were called Mountain Pears (a Bartlett). My family loved the sweet juicy taste of these pears. The bag full disappeared in no time.

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