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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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tim says …

Local producers rule. They use better ingredients and create a better product.

Deborah Mills says …

After 30 plus years in Alaska with local farmers markets available only in the summer, I was so eager to taste the fruit and nuts of California direct from the growers at the markets that are available year round. I've learned so much about different types of fruit, enjoyed fresh roasted nuts and found the sauces and condiments to be very exciting to try. I frequently send local products to my friends in Alaska as gifts and always travel with the bounties of CA with me to share. All the stores feature locally grown produce and products and I have learned to eat seasonally-can't even imagine opening a can anymore.

Amy says …

Local producers provide fresh quality products and buying local supports the local community. It's a win-win.

Gretjen Anderson says …

I love fresh produce.

Rachel Bromberg says …

I love my local producers because their products are of such high quality, but more importantly, they're so nice and friendly. Their products are my favorite!

erin says …

I love the summer when I can hit the local farm stand and /or farm. I love the fresh tomatoes and corn....the smell and taste make my mouth water! I would much rather support my surrounding towns and pay a bit more, than buy from my grocery store. And the freshness factor is #1.

Stella says …

I love the local cheeses that Whole Foods sells at our store-they are not only super fresh and delicious but also very authentic. Ooh, and I love it when I find fresh fruit that is both local and organic too. That's a real treat!

Jess says …

I love being able to vote with my wallet when I purchase locally produced items!

Cheryl Warnke says …

I love local because it helps preserve the environment. I do wish that Whole Foods has discontinued its practice of shipping their 365 vegetables from China. I would like to point out that Whole Foods should volunteer that they have discontinued this "non-local" practice. I also hope that you would be forthright and claim that you have indeed gone local. Getting the winning entry would prove you have nothing to hide. Regards, Cheryl Warnke

Donna Crane says …

I always try and keep my money in the neighborhood. I am lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods and appreciate the local foods and variety your store stocks. I work in an office that is always looking for certain dietary foods and we all rave about Whole Foods.

Erin says …

I love the idea of being in touch with the food I eat -- what better way to do that than by knowing where my food comes from. I feel connected to my community when I buy local and I like knowing that I'm supporting my neighbors. Thanks for carrying these products!

Albert Zaranka says …

I love my local produce because it's even fresher than I am! And, as good to share with my family.

Megg Morin says …

Choosing local products is a way to support the folks who work hard to grow and otherwise create great stuffs for Utahns to enjoy. By consciously choosing local goods, the money I earn here stays here to help support the local economy and I get great products to boot!

dana cammack says …

I LOVE supporting local people, from farmers in our small town to a mom-and-pop jelly kitchen just up the road. Thanks so much for YOUR support for these hard-working folks!

Alexis Joseph says …

I love buying local, especially at our weekly farmer's market on campus. It shows students that local produce is no more than a walk away, in addition to learning about how much it benefits all parties to give back to the community!

Crystal says …

I love local producers because their life is dedicated to hard work in providing healthy fresh food in families homes.

Jennifer says …

I not only buy local to help the environment but it is nice to know exactly where your food is coming. I buy local every chance I get!

kd says …

Hooray for local producers! Hooray for low-interest loans!

Jacqueline says …

Local producers help the local economy and the environment because their items are made near by and sold near by, so less preservatives needed in the product because travel time is less.

Dena says …

Fresher! Suports our community! It feels more personal and homie :)

cheryl watkins says …

LOCAL PRODUCERS RESULT IN FRESHER PRODUCTS THAT TASTE GREAT

danielle says …

i love choosing local. nothing like supporting the community and receiving the greatest quality. like tina turner said "simply the best".

Natasha says …

I love local producers because they care about the communities that they are a part of and have wholesome values unlike the giant conglomerate corporations. I respect that!

D. Rich says …

Great selections of different items. Fresh produce and great meats.

MIchael Mann says …

In tough economic times, givin' your love (and dollars) to local producers helps keep money in our community, reduces our dependence on oil used for transport, and helps create local jobs. It's a win-win-win!

Haley says …

I love my local producers because not only is the food healthy but it is also affordable!

Cheryl T says …

We love supporting local businesses! Bikkurim Farms has awesome organic produce. Progress Coffee is super cool,too! And, what would a nice evening be without Tito's Vodka and Paula's Texas Orange!

Patricia H says …

I love local producers because they help stimulate our local economy and they have fresh just picked fruits and vegetables that are delicious. Also by using local producers there is less carbon stamp on the environment which is so important. Also helping out small or local farms that may be endangered is very important as well.

April says …

I love local producers because: (1) Buying locally means putting dollars into the local community. (2) Food is transported by fossil fuels . Shorter transport distances equal less CO2 emissions. (3) Local farmers preserve land by keeping it for agricultural use.

Jessica says …

I love my local producers because they allow my family to try and incorporate products we may have never tried!!

Loretta Turner says …

Local takes fresher, helps the local economy and reduces the transportation footprint. What's not to love

Carah Clark says …

Our local producers are amazing! I really appreciate all their hard work to bring fresh goodness to each and every one of us. As a family of 6, we couldn't make it without you guys. In each area these locals provide a unique gift. Buyinglocal is the only way to go. Thank you for the opportunity to share our appreciation to these wonderful people.

esther says …

i love my local producers because 1.) it's the freshest and best they have to offer, 2.) they know what they're talking about when speaking about their products, and 3.) they always want you to have the best. i feel they look out for my needs and interests.

Shawna Eklund says …

There is much to love in our local producers…the midwest offers some of the best organic farming in the nation, and the fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious at the most economical prices. Also, the savings in shipping cost and less fuel spent to deliver means a greener environment. It is win win for us all...

Leslie Vornholt says …

I love having so many local resources and products to buy from and so grateful that Whole Foods contributes to their growth and development. Good for the community and good for consumers. I vote with my wallet to support these local producers of nutrient dense and healthy foods and products.

Barbara R. says …

It is great to support local business and watch them grow.

Gillian Gurish says …

I love eating local because I love knowing WHO produces my food. When food is grown with care and thought for the product - not just $$$ - it just tastes better. Everything tastes better with a little care :)

Andrea says …

Local tastes the freshest and the best and it supports our community.

Jessica Jones says …

I love feeling good about feeding my husband, daughter and granddaughter healthy and great tasting foods! And the workers at Whole Foods are so helpful. Thanks for providing such great tasting and healthful products to our community.

Lindsay Goldberg says …

I love my local producers because I can feel their lifeblood in my food. Less carbon footprint and greater taste.

Nicole says …

I love how fresh the local produce is and how I feel great helping out people in my own town.

Jean says …

I love our local producers because we are supporting people with a common mission...to provide the freshest food and products that don't have to travel thousands of miles. We are supporting these businesses that pour money back into our local communities! It's good for us, our kids, and our communities!

Kristen T. says …

Choosing local means buying products that are fresher, more delicious, and better for the environment! I feel good feeding it to my kids, and educating them about what good nutrition really means!

patty says …

I feel confident as well as safe when buying locally grown foods. To me the word "whole" means pure through and through. So its the one place I trust for me and my children. I tell everyone my number one choice for quality and maintaining a healthy life style. Its got it all, great for my family, good for the environment.

Ruth says …

Buying locally grown foods benefits me and the producer. The food is fresh and the money helps local people. And Whole Foods always has an extensive selection of locally grown foods. Thank you, Whole Foods!

Rhonda Mae Ardoin says …

Gratitude is everything! We are so fortunate to live in a place with so much abundance. We love and appreciate the local farmers because we understand what comes from hard work and dedication. Thanks to Whole Foods, we have an empowering strong arena for the local producers to shine!

Heather says …

I love local producers, because the items burst of freshness.

Jennifer H says …

I love local goodies because I like to know what's in my food. Locals are so nice to talk with because I can tell they care not just about their products but those of us who enjoy them!

Rebecca Dritt says …

I love locally grown foods, they are the always fresh and what's in season. Local foods have great quality and I'm never disappointed

Phyllis Johnpoll says …

I like local producers that I can access easily to discuss their products, what their ingredients are and what other products they might be considering. I find it a bit ironic that the prize here consists of lots of items that would not be local to the winner. (Doesn't mean I'd object to winning, mind you.)

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