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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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Barbara says …

Gotta have real Maple Syrup from New England for our gluten free pancakes!

Kelly says …

Satsumas

susan says …

All the greens...kale, collard greens, chard, mustard greens

Susan Johnson says …

I am absolutely "in love" with the chocolate milk made by Traderspoint Creamery! My husband and I drive 50 miles twice a month just to purchase this creamy and delicious chocolate milk. It's like dessert in a bottle! YUM!

Becky R says …

Apple Cider!!! That is one of my favorite fall things to have on hand. Other than that, fresh green beans, apples, and eggs are staples at my house.

Alice Anderson says …

Dairy products (milk, cheese and more) from Organic Valley - local Wisconsin cows are the real happy cows...

nap says …

Fresh local figs are my favorite!

tom durkin says …

I would have to sample the ginger granola. The ginger sounds great, the hemp full of fiber.

Angi Trapp says …

I love all of the delicious dairy from Trader's Point Creamery! The freshness of local dairy is amazing and it helps the Indianapolis area grow!

Te says …

I love the seasonal items which don't travel too well..like white nectarines and peaches with their delicate taste, any ripe picked plums, fresh picked corn, exotic salad greens...I feel blessed to live in this area with so many local organic farmers contributing to our food chain, and resurrecting many heirloom varieties to preserve them for the future.

Susan mathis says …

The kale chips are awesome! I never knew leafy greens could be so awesome!

Mary-Walker Hall says …

My favorite local food is Adelia Gourmet Mixes. They are so yummy and easy to make. They are delicious!

Angie says …

Cindy's Kitchen Salad Dressings are made in MA. I love the variety of flavors, so creative and so delicious.

Kimberly H says …

My favorite local food is a bakery called 3 Little Figs.

Michelle Fine says …

My favorite local item is raw honey, it is so fresh and delicious!

Gina says …

BiRite ice cream

Aejin H says …

My favorite local product is Be Wise Ranch's vegetables and fruits.

Laurie P says …

Love love LOVE local Nancy's Organic Yogurt!

Mary says …

Honey from local hives! And tomatoes from the farmer's market. Heaven!

Erin says …

I'd have to say in AA it's Zingermann's gelato ... and blue berries, cherries and apples when they're in season. And right now ... squash :-)

Muir Dean says …

I love Burt's Bees products. I think of them as local and it's been fun to watch them grow over my years here in N.C. Great product lines and seem to be still expanding!

Ashley says …

My favorite local food is either local raw honey or some fresh New England Seafood. Can't beat local oysters!!! yum!

Louis Wigley says …

I recently purchased an organic watermelon from Wilcox, AZ at my local Whole Foods and it was just the most delicious ever.

Erin says …

I have two favorites, Screamin Mimi's Sweet Hot Salsa and Capriole Farms goat cheese, any variety. It will sound like an odd pairing, but top a baked potato (local from the farmers market on Wed. makes it all the better) with some of this salsa and some fresh, plain goat cheese... it is so melt in your mouth good!

Jen says …

love the raw leafy kale chips - easy, so good for you, and even the package looks cool

Billie Rainey says …

Ooh, I absolutely love the Oogave sodas. I finally found a soda with a sugar substitute that still satisfies my "sweet tooth." My preferred flavor is the watermelon.

Lisa says …

I love any local fresh vegetables or fruit. My favorite is corn.

Elena says …

I love local cheese, organic fruit and vegetables and wine:)

Elaine says …

My favorite is strawberries because it's tasty and full of nutrients.

samantha says …

local milk is the best

Tina says …

My favorite local product is Golden Cinnamon Raisin bread by Great Harvest Bread Co in Nashville, TN. It is delicious toasted in morning for breakfast.

Darcie says …

I love the local Acadian honey available in Louisiana!

Lynn says …

The hummus, eggplant salad and babaghanoush made by Yosi in Windsor, CT!! It's from a kosher catering facility less than 15 miles away. I'm not even Jewish and I think it's the best.

Christina says …

I have to pick two...Salsa Lisa & anything French Meadow Bakery! Minneapolis, MN

Jaimie says …

sunrise papayas from molokai, hawaii~ I love being able to taste this vibrant fruit and look up and see the trees that produced it!

Michelle says …

Being from Wisconsin, my favorite local product is fresh cheese curds! You can't get squeaky curds anywhere else!

Amy Kargauer says …

P.S. My local Whole Foods also sells these apples in paper tote bags, at VERY reasonable prices!

Steve M says …

My favorite local products are the Primavera tamales, especially the pumpkin and white cheddar! Makes a great, easy meal for one person or four! Also Three Twins ice cream, and Straus organic dairy products.

Gina says …

Love DeLucia jams!

Amy Kargauer says …

This time of year, my absolute favorite local product is (are?) fresh, slightly tart, juicy, crisp Macoun, Macintosh, Paula Red, and Jonamac apples! They usually come from not-too-distant New York State farms, are sold at the local greenmarkets, and are absolutely DELISH! I also love the Cortlands, which I use for making baked apples. YUM!!!

Rita says …

Raw almonds and dried apricots for a quick snack!

Jennifer says …

My favorite local product is mangoes. They grow great here in South Florida and they are delicious! Second choice: local honey, which helps us deal with Florida-specific allergies

Elizabeth says …

My local fave is Michigan wine. We make some delicious Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and sparkling wines. Mmmm!

Dawn says …

Tomatoes are my favorite buy, but I buy as much as I can that is produced locally. I look for the signs/labels to support our local farmers.

Adrea says …

If it comes from the farmers market, fresh, in-season, local, organic, no weird ingredients - then that's my favorite!

Karina Chapman says …

I love, love, love the Cowgirl Creamery (locally produced/small dairy) cheeses from San Francisco, CA. Who knew I could end up getting them at Whole Foods in Maine? They also have a nice ricotta from a Vermont dairy, but I am waiting with bated breath for the day they manage to get Cowgirl's fresh ricotta in Maine. Now that would be a coup! :) Thanks for offering so many nice choices, WF, especially some local-style stuff from my former home in California that I didn't know I could get in the Maine store.

John Angelico says …

I really love the Fresh Flowers at the Green Market on Sat. On Magazine St. As well as the many fresh veggies there!

Sokha MCarthy says …

In California, all local produce are great, my all time favorite is WATERMELONS. I eat about one a week when there are an abundance.

Julie says …

My favorite local item in Naples, Florida is Honeybell citrus. They are so juicy I just stand over the sink and eat them!

Deb says …

Local honey is my fav!

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