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Help Us Celebrate $4 Million and Counting!

By Liz Burkhart, March 13, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Liz Burkhart

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS. CONGRATULATIONS TO TARA FROM ANN ANBOR, MICHIGAN! SHE'S THE WINNER OF THE LOCAL PRODUCT GIFT BASKET! Good news – as of this week, Whole Foods Market has funded $4 million in low-interest loans for small, local producers through our Local Producer Loan Program! Even better news – that money has helped our neighborhood farmers, bakers, artisans, mom-and-pop shops (you name it) grow their businesses and bring hundreds of high quality products into our stores for our customers to enjoy. The best news – to celebrate the milestone, we're giving away a basket full of goodies made by some of our loan recipients!  It's simple. Just enter a comment below by March 22nd telling us why you love your local producers and you have a chance to win! We’ll choose one lucky comment at random to receive the basket. Why did we start the Local Producer Loan Program? Whole Foods Market recognizes that small businesses (even with high quality products and a viable business plan) sometimes need a hand to reach their big dreams. So in 2007, we launched the Local Producer Loan Program with a commitment to fund up to $10 million dollars in low-interest loans. After all, it's our hard-working local producers and their unique offerings that give each of our stores its one-of-a-kind flavor and pizzazz. Check out what's in this bountiful basket. And remember, since these products are made by local stars from all across the country, you may not be able to find them at your local store. All the more reason to post your comment by March 22nd for a chance to give these great local favorites a try.

Why do you love your local producers?

Category: Local




Vanessa says ...
My local producers give back to the community and I love the one-on-one interaction with someone who had a hand in making the end product!
03/13/2011 3:36:18 PM CDT
Gary Rhine says ...
I always choose local because it is the freshest with maximum nutrients maintained.
03/13/2011 5:27:12 PM CDT
Alison says ...
Buying locally grown foods means your food doesn't have to travel very far to get to your kitchen, which is good for the environment and for the freshness of your food.
03/13/2011 5:38:38 PM CDT
Crystal Hughes says ...
its even more important in a city to honor your local producers. our local producers help to educate the community about purchasing local, why its important, and how eating local can not only help those who can afford to eat local, but why its important to give everyone an opportunity to eat well and be a part of a community.
03/13/2011 6:38:55 PM CDT
Mary says ...
I love my local producers because they produce a quality I can trust. I love getting veggies and fresh chicken from my local farmer's market. It's always top-notch quality at reasonable prices. I've never once gotten home and discovered the chicken was rancid (which has happened to me several times before from conventional grocery stores). And the veggies are just beautiful. No, every apple doesn't look just like the one next to it, but that's how you know it's real food. :)
03/13/2011 7:24:43 PM CDT
Kate says ...
Buying local encourages community pride. I'm happy to purchase from local producers. Thanks, Whole Foods, for providing access to these great products!
03/13/2011 8:21:22 PM CDT
Erin from Long Island says ...
I love buying from local farmers. THey are so nice to chat with and I get great advice to use in my own garden!
03/13/2011 11:48:47 PM CDT
Annie L. says ...
I love my local producers because I feel connected to the products; the same way that going to the Union Square farmer's market makes the product come alive, buying from local products sold at Whole Foods feels like contributing to the health of my neighborhood.
03/13/2011 11:56:56 PM CDT
Debby says ...
Buying local save the environment and with the skyrocketing prices of gas should also save money!
03/14/2011 6:57:08 AM CDT
Katie D. says ...
I love knowing the people who made my food - it makes it so much more special.
03/14/2011 9:58:11 AM CDT
Mary says ...
I love buying local because I love knowing that my food is fresh, as well as the positive vibes I get knowing that I'm helping the economy in my own town.
03/14/2011 10:07:06 AM CDT
Amy D. says ...
I love my local producers because I know where the product comes from, and I may even know (or at least could meet and talk to) the person who made it! Plus their local products have less distance to travel (smaller environmental impact) and keep resources and revenue right here at home. We have some fantastic local producers here in Central Virginia!! :)
03/14/2011 8:56:56 PM CDT
Fernando says ...
Hi I am a Team Member in the specialty department in the Brentwood store in Los Angeles California. In my department we get amazing local products. Since I am crazy about cheese, I am going to name a few of the cheeses I am crazy about. The Cypress groove truffle tremor goat cheese is my favorite so far of all the Cypress Groove cheeses. It is creamy and tangy at the same time, it is one of those cheese you can eat all day long. We also have other local producers who have high quality cheeses and affordable like Di Steffano ( mozzarella and burrata),Laura Channel (flavorfull goat cheeses) and angelo and franco mozzarrella and burrata.
03/14/2011 11:55:43 PM CDT
melanie says ...
We love our local producers because the joy of what they do permeates the food that they grow. It is grown with good intentions and that energy is definitely present in their food. It is beautiful and fresh and the growers are always friendly and open to discussions and questions.
03/15/2011 4:28:28 AM CDT
Elaine M. says ...
Greetings: It's a wonderful thing to be able to purchase quality foods from local producers!! One of my favorites is purchasing beef products where the cows have been grass-fed. It's alarming that unhealthy ingredients are placed in food products, as well as some entities not practicing adequate standards for feeding/raising livestock. How can one determine what food items to consume and ones to avoid? Why should we have such a problem with food content that we need to worry so much, anyway?
03/15/2011 8:22:13 AM CDT
Cheryl Askew says ...
Wonderful news You are giving an emotional heartwarming and uplifting message to the faithful small organic farmer
03/15/2011 10:58:05 AM CDT
yewyewyewgary says ...
The producers are the hub of the organic-agrarian complex decentrally instituted.
03/15/2011 12:47:10 PM CDT
Michele G. says ...
I'm lucky enough to live in Southern California, where we have great growing weather year-round. I love the local strawberries, bok choy, citrus, avocados, and even local mussels and oysters that I'm able to get at my neighborhood WF.
03/15/2011 12:49:16 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Fernando: Thanks for your comment! I've had them all.....and they're delicious!
03/15/2011 1:05:22 PM CDT
Mindi says ...
I love local producers because it's a vote for small business, fresh products and a smaller carbon footprint.
03/15/2011 2:29:19 PM CDT
G. Taulman says ...
What a delight to shop @ Whole Foods. Like looking at Channel on the Champs-Elysees as I cruise the displays. Thanks for the experince of such pleasure. G.Taulman
03/15/2011 4:18:50 PM CDT
Karen Klausmeyer says ...
I only eat organic food and shop Twice a week at whole foods which I love!!! I raised my two sons on organic especially weekly visits to local farmers markets and we would have dinners at whole foods every week!! A big believer in local produce stands especially the orchards and farms here in VA I go to all the time and support. I love and live on granola and coffee!!! I would be so grateful abd proud to be a recipient of your chosen farm. Thank u for this opportunity Karen Klausmeyer VA
03/15/2011 5:04:15 PM CDT
Steve K. says ...
I love my local producers because I can trust their products to be fresh and high quality.
03/15/2011 5:39:31 PM CDT
Sue Klein says ...
Fresh from farm to local farm market, local producers offer the best in flavor, nutrition and value! Local producers love what they do and we love what they produce. Their Knox County melons can't be topped anywhere!
03/15/2011 5:46:55 PM CDT
sally wagner says ...
I just love my local producers because I grew up in a small town and we used to have a large garden with fresh fruits and vegetables available every day. We never sprayed our garden with pesticides or non-organic fertilizers. I do not have the time to grow fresh vegetables and fruits living in the large city of Dallas, so having them available through Whole Foods and knowing I can trust them to be organic and super fresh is worth paying extra for the flavor of home grown meats and produce.
03/15/2011 7:43:03 PM CDT