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Help Us Celebrate $4 Million and Counting!

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?

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Cindy Fierro says …

I love Whole Foods and especially the Venice Store! When I don't want to cook I know the veggies are fresh and ready to pick up and eat. Life is good at Whole Foods. I also go to the WLA store on Barrington. Thanks so much for the fresh veggies. Love, Cindy

Angie says …

Local produce is always so much more fresh and yummy than produce that is shipped from far away.

Laura says …

I Love supporting our local farmers!!! Their food Always tastes better than what is in most grocery stores. Plus the produce is healthier because the food doesn't wait around to be shipped for a week or two. Thaks Whole Foods for bringing the tastiness of local farms to our tables!!!

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!! :)

KT says …

Over the last 2 years, I have lost over 60 lbs by changing what I eat. We started shopping at Whole Foods as a way to know more about the ingredients and to use more locally produced goods. I love that so many foods come from local farms. It is nice to know that the food and products that I am buying were made with the same care and concern that I have for taking care of me. Keep up the great work.

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.

Bepkom says …

@Fernando: Thanks for your comment! I've had them all.....and they're delicious!

Dianna says …

Just moved across the country and love local products to feel connected to the community and explore the flavors of my new town!

K. Wade says …

It is a 'no brainer' on many levels. You are helping the environment as well as supporting local business. The best!

Deb Pohlmeier says …

I wish there was a store closer to Plattsmouth Ne we do have one in Omaha.. I do get there once & awhile & I love your store thank you

Kam says …

Taste of fruits are so much sweeter.

abina goncalves says …

I like local producers because you get to know the person(s) making the product. Usually the products are seasonal and therefore fresh and of higher quality.

Kelly says …

It's strawberry season right now in LA and our local strawberries are fantastic. I love that fresh, local food tastes just like food should taste.

Kelly Cope says …

I love a large company supporting local farmers and businesses with loans and selling their products. One of my favorite weekend activities is going to the farmer's markets, meeting the merchants, buying beautiful produce, and fresh eggs (my absolute favorite). Just to know we're making a global difference (less gas, supporting jobs, restoring a sense of community) with such a small action makes me hopeful for preserving this beautiful planet!

Korrie says …

I love buying local because it makes me feel like I am the getting the good stuff right from the source. It's also a great way to support your community and local business owners. Buy local!

Mary D'Amico says …

There's nothing so good as the newly picked veggies and herbs locally grown. We like the idea of supporting local growers--if we don't do it, they won't be able to continue providing us with their treasures.

Zory says …

I love buying local because I love fresh produce! Food is better when it's fresh, always! I love supporting local farmers because it's important to help our community and encourage farmers to continue in their good work!

yvonne says …

For my family local is about creating a a community that is strong and self sufficient. Its about showing our children that together we can create a bond so tight that nothing can penetrate. That we all have a purpose and a link in creating that bond.

Michele Galvan says …

I absolutly love fresh,local and organic products. I feel good about what I am putting into my body as well as what I am feeding my family. Its simply amazing how supporting your local farmers and their families helps your community grow and strenghthen. Its affordable and wholesome. My family and I want to extend a huge Thank you to all of our local Farmers and their families for their hard work and dedication. Through your hard work and our support we really can make a difference.

CES says …

I love buying local from people who care about health as much as I do! Thank you WFM!

Kelly says …

I have always been told that local is better for you. I did not realize that until last Earth Day. My boyfriend and I were watching tv and saw a special on ETV about following your food from your table backwards. It was definitely an eye opening experience. After the program was over we actually found a local farmer in Woodruff that has meat. We went to visit the farm and that made up our mind. Come to find out Whole Foods also sells his meat. It is good to know that I could actually go to the farm and see what was happening with my own eyes and know that Whole Foods sees it the same way. Local is the way to go, but if I can't make it to the farm, Whole Foods is right around the corner.

Diane L Vitale says …

I love buying local products. There is nothing like the freshness & taste. Keep up the good work guys in, so the community can continue to thrive.

Donna says …

Less carbon footprint, supports the community, food is fresher and best of all, you feel good eating it!

Maha Gebahi says …

Buying from local producers supports my community,is more nutritious because it is fresh and I am eating food that is grown in the same climate and environment where I leave. Thanks to Whole Foods to make it possible!

Kwest says …

Buying locally encourages community. It's nostalgic of the way we used to be! From food to hardware to home goods and even locally owned services, buying locally is a small step towards returning to the entrepreneurial pride that built this country! Take pride in your community. Take pride in your country.

Tiffany says …

Can't beat the freshness of local products. I feel good about supporting my community and local businesses...and the products taste better!

Janis says …

Buying local produce = jobs for our country's men and women. We need to support our hard-working and oftentimes generational farmers.

Charlee says …

I love supporting local producers because entrepreneurs don't just talk - they do - and risk all in the doing! For this, and a quality product, they deserve our support.

Brenda says …

Local food is the best! It's fresher, tastier, and healthier. Plus you get to support your community.

Denice Bettencourt says …

Local produce: tomatoes and other fruit are tastier, know that it is fresh, proud that it is locally grown, help local farmers to sustain to allow for available produce in future

Michelle says …

I love Whole Foods and I want to support local producers because they supply fresh produce and products and they need and deserve our support

Coretta Harris says …

Supporting local farmers keeps them in business.

David says …

It's all about location, location, location!

Pat Ellson says …

I have been eating "healthy" for years, but when I was on chemotherapy for breast cancer, I discovered just how sensitive my body was to unnecessary and "poisonous additives" that are contained in many popular foods. I would become quite ill. That sensitivity has lasted, and although I have a great appetite for healthy foods, I cannot tolerate the "junk". I love Whole Foods where I can trust what I eat on a consistent basis, and as a confirmed "foodie", I have a large range of new and wonderful products to try and enjoy. I am also a gardener and really appreciate the support you give to local producers.

JUDITH FADILA SMITH says …

GREAT FOR MY FAMILY TO ENJOY FRESH HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD. THANK YOU.

Mallory says …

I love buying local products because the farmers and producers use ingredients and techniques that are healthy for both the land and my body. You can taste the love they put in and the extra effort on their part makes me feel special!

katherine says …

I love to support my local farmers and the ideals they uphold!

yewyewyewgary says …

The producers are the hub of the organic-agrarian complex decentrally instituted.

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.

Brent Holm says …

Buying local may be expensive but its benefits outweigh anything else.

Michael says …

I love local producers. It's the fresh and green way.

Rosemary says …

i'm a locavore 'cause it tastes better!

Lisa says …

I love supporting local producers because the products are unique!

Marissa M. says …

I love buying local because I know I am supporting good people who work hard in my community. Not to mention the fact that local produce and meat is so fresh and beautiful, such a big difference from the mass produced stuff at other stores!

Shagah Zakerion says …

Because food has never tasted so good.

Jamie says …

Buying local means supporting my neighbors! In order for a community to thrive we need to help the small farms and business. Keeping our dollars right here in our own backyard is the best way to do it.

Sylvia says …

I love interacting with local farmers and learning about fruits and veggies I may not be familiar with. Their excitement and passion about their produce makes we willing to try new things!

Brionne Griffin says …

I love local producers because they have the freshest products and are sooo friendly!

Mela Bennett says …

Love local food because I know it's fresh and wholesome. Makes me feel like I'm honoring my ancestors by eating what was around me as they did back then.

Helen Lee says …

I love supporting local products and meeting local producers. It puts a face to outstanding products made with love, deep tradition and genuine concern for quality, taste and support for ingredients that do no harm

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