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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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Melissa says …

love supporting the local economy, and supporting a smaller carbon footprint.

Sandi S. says …

Eating healthy is key to my lifestyle. My friends and family call me their "personal shopper" because I am always turning them on to some new favorite food find. What is better than buying quality local food that tastes good, while sharing it with the ones you love! I really enjoy learning about the products and sharing my knowledge with others. Nice to know I'm helping them eat good food that's fun too!

bonnie says …

I love local producers because I can count on getting fruits and veggies fresh picked that morning. Its a win win situation, I support them and they support my good health!

pat johnson says …

I LOVE LOCAL PRODUCER BECAUSE ITS LESS CHEMICAL USED0 FOR PRESERVATION PURPOSE WHICH MAKES IT A LITTLE MORE FRESH. IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD GROW MY OWN. PLUS IT HELPS THE COMMUNITY

Kelly says …

I buy local whenever I can, especially after watching movies like "Food Inc." and "Food Matters"--I'd love to win this basket!!!

Peter says …

I love to eat local because the time from vine to table is minimized. What could taste better then local Fruits and Vegetables.

Meghan says …

Smaller suppliers face a constant battle competing with large supermarkets. By supporting local suppliers, money stays local and not only creates and sustains jobs, it ensures the bright future of food that tastes better and is healthier. By keeping money local, the area becomes more confident, communities more tight knit, happier and healthier in body and mind, and creates a healthy, flourishing society.

Veronica Wheeler says …

Local-producers have the right in mind...they have an understanding that what makes right is not only in our minds, but it's in the bodies of our communities...it helps us all remain strong participants when the world feels full of everything. Having a local producer is keeping things in reach for our children, at all times. Local producers have heart and soul! And that's so important!!!

mary vath says …

I love them for the freshness.

marci says …

Buying local means fresh and also means that we are supporting our community.

Angelique Aguirre-Wong says …

Since I discovered going local a few years back, it has opened up a whole new world of health (and taste!). Local produce is fresher, which means it has more antioxidants, so it's better for you! It's LESS EXPENSIVE because it doesn't have to travel very far to get to me, and with rising gas prices we're seeing the effects in the local supermarkets on conventionally grown produce prices (3.49/lb for eggplant?!?!?! GET REAL!!!). I love talking to the farmers who always has some new piece of knowledge for me about farming, the environment, food, and even politics. There's always new and interesting produce that I've never seen at local stands (ever try a canistel? Delicious! My new favorite!). And lastly, IT JUST TASTES BETTER!!! There's nothing like the taste of fresh, local zucchinni (I eat it raw!). Support your local farmer!!! Help your environment!!! HELP YOUR POCKETBOOK!!! EAT LOCAL!!! :)

Pamela says …

I love them because I grew up eating local fresh vegetables and fruits. It was just a way of life. We either grew our own or went to the farms to pick. I also love them because they have kept the faith no matter that farming is the biggest gamble of all. We supported the Richmond Farmers Market truck farmers and to this day I remember my dad coming home with bags of butter beans or string beans. Even though it meant more work, it just tastes better and I think that sums it up!

irenewerby says …

Shop Local! Supporting your community is a great way to have delicious fresh items and give back to those producing them.

Ginny says …

I love that you have more access to interaction with local growers/producers, so that you can share their enthusiasm for exactly where your food came from! By doing this, you are teaching your children and family to take pride in what's on the table, not simply "get through the meal". Furthermore, the products pack more nutrients and flavor, sustaining good health and a willingness to do what's right for your body!

Jessi Herr says …

I love our local growers, bakers, makers, extraordinaires because they live and work and breathe and create right here where I'm raising my family, and growing my own business. I love to see what ideas and inspirations people come up with. And I love that I can enjoy their creations knowing that the money goes right back into our community, AND that it didn't take a whole lotta fossil fuels to get here. Put your money where your heart is.

Erin Lewis says …

I love my local products/farmers because not only do I get to see exactly where my food is coming from but I also get to connect with the people that are providing it! It is so important in this day and age of fast paced, cheap, bad for you food to fight to save local vendors while staying healthy and helping the environment!

Robin says …

I love our local producers because they produce high-quality products and because buying from them is a win/win: I get a great product, they gain a local following, and the environment wins because the product wasn't shipped 1000 miles. I am grateful to live in an area with tremendous choice AND quality.

Nancy says …

Buying local is good for the local economy, it's "green" and it is great to meet the people that produce our food.

Ann Altaher says …

you can always count on freshness at Whole Foods. Look and get the best from the best.

Jessica says …

Having a two year old and with one on the way I feel it's so important to feed my family with fresh local produce. Its more whole. Take eggs for instance, they have such a fresh taste. I don't feel like I am putting any chemicals into my childs body or into my own while I have a child growing inside of me. I want my kids to grow up eating healthy and local because it supports everyone around them. Walking or riding bikes to farmers market is so fun and the whole family can be involved in picking out the things that look good to them. Whole foods is also great for the kids, they get to push their own cart. You can find the freshest produce and milk products from local dairies, and the safest meats. Thank you all who produce such wonderful local food for me to feed my family with!

Beth says …

I love to buy local produce --It tastes so fresh!

Diann G. says …

Because they produce healthy fresh food and help the economy and our community! Buy local!

Charles Parker says …

I grew up on a farm and most everything we ate came from our gardens and other farms within a 10 mile radius. That is hard to do today but finding products from Whole Foods local producers is as close as I'll ever get to that childhood memory.

Christie Scott says …

Thanks for offering such opportunities to local farmers and companies so that WE can benefit from it!

Deborah Graham-Gibson says …

Buying local helps to keep the government balanced! Anyone in a state where a governor can rely on huge corporate support to move his agenda through already knows that. There isn't a single "local producer" on the list of big-money contributors. What would our government look like if we were all equally represented, not just the rich for the rich?

Nina says …

I like to support those who try to make sustainable, local food products. I think they are fresher and taste better!

Ammera says …

I support local producers because I want to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of my community.

Sabrina says …

I love buying locally grown foods because I support the farmers who work hard to preserve their farms. I like the concept of minimizing packaging of foods and potentially saving the environment.

Bebe says …

I chose local because it is good for the environment, good for your community and you get the freshest and most delicious food!

Kay Connolly says …

My 15 year old daughter has chosen to become vegan. By shopping locally I am not only helping my local business community, but I can find products that my daughter can eat and use. I am still learning what she needs to maintain her health now that she has changed the way she eats. When I find a product we like that is local, I know it is easy to get more when it is sold nearby.

Denise says …

For Fresh, Organic and healthy foods that you know where they were grown. Supporting Local keeps the farms going and not turning them into housing developments because if we don't keep the farms we won't have food. Thank you Whole Foods. :-)

Janet says …

You have a stake in your community--buy local and you are supporting the community you live in. Small businesses are the heart of everyone's community.

Ingrid Mollenkopf says …

I absolutely love our local producers because of the hard labor they put in day after day, and often for just enough pay to get by, in order to support we, the consumers.

babes5 says …

I love my local producers because they keep me healthy and fit.

colleen says …

Mostly to support my community, but it's also the freshest stuff, and the best for my family.

heidi manti says …

I buy local produce to support the local farmers in my area. Not only is this healthier for me and my family, but it also reduces carbon dioxide to our planet.

Susan Holden says …

Love all the healthy fods, especially snacks. we always buy your eats and produce.

Kaitlyn Grabanski says …

I lOVE my local producers because they are simply the the nicest people you will ever meet ! They are people that dont expect a lot and quite frankly .. they should for how much they help this idea of sustainability. Now all we need is everyone to jump on this bandwagon :D

Joel says …

Buying local is so important, especially now that I just became a father and am so aware of what we as a society are teaching America's children about food.

Jerilyn Medina says …

Knowing our local farmers care enough about the communities health is the reason why I continue to support them in my everyday grocery list!. It is important to have the personal touch and the quality that will ensure my families safety.

alexis says …

I try to buy as much locally grown food as possible because local means less travel which is helping the environment.

sh says …

i like meeting the people who grew or manufactured my food, and i like trading food i've grown with other local people

Patty Urbanowicz says …

I love to buy from local producers to support the local community and to provide the best products for my family; plus "local" always tastes better!

sossie says …

I love local producers because they support our local economy which should be encouraged also we have the best technology to produce crops,under our California sun.

Carla says …

One week some years ago, I was introduced to Kenny's Cajun Popcorn, a local popcorn producer, and Sunergos Coffee, a local coffee shop...all in the same week. I was hooked. What else could I find that was so wonderful and so local? It's amazing the variety of wonderful, locally made and thus lower-environmental-impace things I've found. It makes me dream of a world where I can get anything I want from local producers, and be happier and healthier for it!

Kat McGhee says …

I can't get over Michele's pumpkin spice granola...it's just so good! Right amount of sweet, right amount of crunch, and loads of delicious!

michelle geil says …

It's a win-win situation that benefits the producer and the consumer - less gas wasted, fresher/healthier food, possibly fewer pesticides if locally grown. Shared community and relationships!

Emily Morris says …

I love getting to know who is making my food. You can see their passion and just want to try it.

Bobbie says …

Walking thru the market I heard the veggies talking to each other.... OH oh it is so great to be able to be your best...none of that packaged long trip truck/plane/ flight. I know... one of my friends was picked before 'her bloom' expecting her full good taste to be ready when she got where-ever. I'm happy the folks who nurtured me are getting the reward of good farming. I was so excited when I saw the Whole Foods people come...if I am to bring the world the best tasting -ME- carrot, lettuce, I want to go to Whole Foods--I want to go to whole foods... I wanna go to whole foods. mmmmmm

Melanie says …

It is all about supporting your community and neighbors!

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