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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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MaryC says …

local fruit and vegetables, Grillo's Pickles(Hot ones) and Cabot cheese

Laird Kravchinsky says …

Indian Wild Rice from Chippewa Lakes is the best wild rice I have ever tasted. It's wonderfully nutty, fluffy and cooks in 20 minutes. Beats all other wild rice hands down. http://www.indianwildrice.com/

April Nakai says …

Maui Cattle Company: grass fed beef is our favorite, economical and knowing I am feeding my family nutritional meat from our local producers. Whole Foods thank you for providing healthy products locally.

Tahna says …

Hail Merry nuts & grawnola, a great healthy pick me up in the middle of the day.

Ann says …

Apples, cherries... who can pick just one?

L says …

My 'local favorite' is apples. Every fall I look forward to making pies with the local fall apples.

Jennifer says …

I can't get enough local produce! Greens in the spring, tomatoes and peaches in the summer and apples in the fall.

AIMEE MORARITY says …

I love the fruits and veggies the best. It feels good to know where they are coming from and supporting local growers.

casey says …

Martha's Killer Chocolate Cake Mix - it is the absolute best and it's local (Sierra Nevada foothills). I also love buying local honey - I hope it helps lessen the severity of my family's allergies.

Dan R says …

Not much food grown and produced locally here in Las Vegas, but there are a few orchards that produce great oranges, and of course some good micro-breweries!

Shelby says …

I love the local flowers and herbs for planting in my garden!

Elaine says …

I love the local dog jerky- actually, my dog loves it!

sabina says …

North Fork Chips http://www.northforkchips.com/ It would be great if you could bring them to Massachusetts too.

Thanh says …

We are huge farmer's market goers! The vegetables are great and well as the local honey we get is so delicious!

Fran says …

Local tomatoes are my favorite. I am always sadden with their passing this time of year. I will need to adjust to local apples :)

Kevin Shomura says …

Cream Soda: a wonderful vice

Anna says …

I love all the local Produce. I can trust that is has not traveled far and I am supporting my local economy.

Angela says …

Scharffen Berger Chocolate! 70% and the hot cocoa - makes a bad day great!

brian says …

Any fresh catch from your own state.. the seafood is always fresh and the sense of pride you get from supporting your local economy and fisheries is almost as great as the dish you prepare...

Ryan says …

Bread guy at Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. Get him in your stores please.

aby says …

I love Pat Greer's raw snacks and granola's at the Farmer's markets in Houston and Central Market's fresh squeezed juices.

Lynda S. says …

My favorite local food is always local honey - it helps keep my allergies in check and tastes good too!

Liz says …

Fresh from the farm milk, yum!

Lanette Wagner says …

There are many locally grown products available in my area. Whole Foods is one of the few retailers that provides!

kim says …

Can't pick just one. All local fruits and veggies , Real Pickles are amazing and Appalachian Naturals salsas are the best.

Erin says …

I love local apples. They taste so much better than any others!

Mary Baker says …

I love the fresh veggies and fruit available most all year in NE Florida. It is getting time for oranges and I just can not wait!

Christina Carpenter says …

Hilary's vegan cookies (Chicago) definitely deserve mention.

Barbara C. says …

My favorite local food is Good Belly probiotic juice drink. I am in Colorado and Good Belly is a Boulder company.

Cncsb says …

I love getting the freshest eggs. But here in Santa Barbara we are lucky to have the Ruskey Farm and Good Land organics close by. Their caviar limes add pizzazz!

Greg Forbush says …

Blackberries are my special seasonal treat that I look forward to all year long.

Krystal says …

I LOVE Gotham Greens. Ive never had such yummy lettuce mixes. They are tender and even peppery. Hands down my favorite!

Julie says …

The Flying Apron goodies are my favorite because my husband and I can safely eat them with our food allergies and they are made with all whole ingredients!!

Becky Crouse says …

Right now, I'm really enjoying the local apples in IL. I love eating my fruits and veggies when they are in season, and I love getting several pounds of apples and making applesauce. :) I went picking at Homestead Orchard two weeks ago with a friend...great fun!

Heather says …

I love local veggies and fruits. Always perfectly ripe and delicious.

Krissy says …

Giovanna Gelato based out of my town, Newton, Massachusetts!

Monique says …

Whale Tails are great tasting tortilla chips and help bring awareness to our oceans.

stella says …

My favorite local product is "Mayan Mojo". I brew it like coffee for a nutty, cocoa-flavored "tea". According to the package (purchased at my local whole foods in Richardson, TX), Mojo is gathered from the wild in the rain forests of Mexico and Central and South America, and is high in protein and vitamin c with no caffeine.

Laura says …

I don't understand. The "local" basket is full of items from all over the country? What is local about that?

Lana Jensen says …

We love our Noosa Yoghurt from Bellvue (Fort Collins) Colorado. It's made by the Morning Fresh Dairy people. I've never tasted yogurt like this EVER. It is unbelievable, simply unbelievable!

Charlotte Reimers says …

My favorite local product are grapes from our local farm market. They are free of pesticides, organically grown. I made a lot of jars of grape jam, knowing what I am feeding my family is healthy and clean. Thank you

Jane Lemerise says …

I have many favorites. One is Whale Tail tortilla chips BECAUSE they are down right delicious, crunchy and hold a dip perfectly! Thank you, Jane

Kristine says …

I love having local dairy products available to me!!

Amy says …

Any of the fresh produce!!! :) YUM!!

Deb E says …

Love fresh, locally grown vegetables....at the farmer's market, at Whole Foods...nothig like it!

Nichole T says …

Fresh, local apple cider is my favorite this time of year.

Kelly says …

Shiner Beer of course, but I also love Ruta Maya Coffee! There are so many great local treats, it's hard to pick, but I know I get excited for Fredricksburg Peaches too!

Angie M. says …

Chicago's Milk and Honey granola - oh my god!

debbie hall says …

In San Diego, we're still getting farm fresh tomatoes...eat 'em if you've got 'em!!

Catherine Crain says …

Whale tale tortilla chips and White Girls salsa are an awesome combination...!!!

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