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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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Ingrid says …

I love supporting local businesses. It's great to support thesmall producers and buy goods that do not need to be shipped thousands of miles.

Lenka says …

Oh my gosh I'm so excited about the opportunity of this gift basket. I already support most of the companies that are donating gifts! I love local food for environmental reasons of the food not having to travel thousands of miles to get to my plate. I also love knowing I am supporting smaller, family-owned companies over big corporations. Lastly, local companies tend to give back to the community that supports them so it is a win-win situation for everyone. Have I mentioned I'm excited! There are some new goodies I would really like to try :)

K Smith says …

Local farming is what eating right is all about. Besides the smaller carbon footprint, it certainly doesn't get any fresher than this!

Lisa H. says …

Buying food from local producers means less impact on the environment, more diversity in products and even sometimes a relationship with a real person. Can't beat it!

Melissa says …

Because it provides a living to our friends and neighbors.

Tricia Gaydon says …

I simply loving giving back to my local community. I feel really good knowing that what I'm eating came from a local farm or business. It makes me feel like I'm truly sharing with my neighbor.

Susan McDowell says …

Like everything that's important in life, eating is best when it's a conscious endeavor. Food that's handcrafted has a certain energy to it that nothing that's factory-produced can compare with.

Rita says …

Who does not like local produces?! :) It looks and smell real and you feel you are helping you and your family to have the right nutrition and in other hand you help your local producers to expand and having more local produces in market.

Julie says …

I love my local producers because their products are fresher, healthier and much, much more flavorful!

Ebazan says …

Save our farmers n farms, save our country n our lives.

Sheridan Phillips says …

I appreciate Whole Foods' effort to have local foods in the stores. There are often in-season, in-state fruits and vegetables, regularly fresh-made pasta, baked goods, great chocolates, eggs, and grass-fed meat from just beyond the state border. All best quality and a relief to know that such effort is being made to supply for our own in-state and regional needs!

Amanda says …

I love to support my local businesses. It's so important for me to teach my daughter the importance of living a healthy life through the food we eat. And there's no better way than going to our local farmers market. She loves it and loves trying new veggies, and she's only 2 1/2yrs old.

Linda Sturgeon says …

Home grown is best

Andrea says …

I like that our local producers in Santa Cruz offer fresh fruits and veggies that I know are organic and not used with pesticides and other preservatives.

April says …

I love my local producers because they're convenient, less environmental impact for both them getting the goods to us and us making the trek to buy them. It also supports our local economy and I love to know that a product I love isn't too far away, and it makes it all the better that they support the same values as I do.

Gwyn Morton says …

Buying locally produced food shows pride of origin and gives us a sense of belonging/connection. Locally produced food has been shown to be fresher and more nutritious. It helps everyone concerned: growers, producers, merchants, and consumers. We are fortunate to have access to such quality.

Irene Dufel says …

Local producers are our neighbors and friends. The quality of locally homegrown foods, especially, can't compare to outside sources in taste and freshness.

Christina says …

I buy local as much as I possibly can because it's usually the fresher, higher quality product and I know exactly how it's been raised/produced. A bonus is also knowing exactly where my hard earned dollars are going.

phyllis andrews says …

Everthing I purchase at Whole Foods is delicious, fresh and the employees are so friendly and helpful. Whole Foods is a great place to shop and the only place I will shop at.

Lynn says …

Made in the USA by neighbors who care about healthy eating--can't beat that combination!

Sandra says …

I Love to support Local People who have a Passion for what they do..

Emily K says …

Fresher ingredients, support local business and neighbors, less impact on the environment, less chance of contaminated food...

Chelsea says …

i like local products because its fresher and i like to support the local community.

Terri says …

I shop local to get to know my neighbors, and to support our local economy.

Roslyn Koelle says …

Local products/producers reflect the old world work ethic of excellence combined with 'new world' intregration of product/community/sustainability. I feel involved in my community when I purchase goods, items, foods made or grown locally. In my experience, the products, owners and even packaging reflects the creativity and flavor of the community and again, this brings about an enhancement of the sense of belonging, of being connected. Why would anyone NOT buy & support local; it's like bringing back a bit of the way things used to be ~ a nice piece of the good part.

Alisa Bey says …

You know you're getting fresh quality food and it helps the economy and the planet.

Gail says …

What could be better for my family, community and planet than using fresh, clean, beautiful food grown and harvested locally? I'm lucky, we have access to all types of locally grown produce, raw dairy products, fresh eggs and humanely/responsibly produced meats and fish! YAY Central Coast California and Whole Foods!

joy says …

Anything to help the local community. Fresh is so much better!

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.

Anita says …

I love knowing the people raising my family's food. I also like knowing where the produce comes from and that they have my best interests at heart--my health.

melanie says …

Local produce is always love at first bite! Freshest=bestest!

Jane says …

Local is better because food tastes fresher when it doesn't have far to go between the farm and the grocery store.

Kyle says …

The more local the better. It only makes sense. Less resources consumed, less time, less energy, etc, and more flavor!!! =)

Darcy B says …

Buying local means I'm putting money back into my own community. I'm helping create jobs for my neighbors and I'm keeping emissions down--no need to fly, train, or big rig it across the country.

Risa Jacobson says …

I always buy local because it's fresher and a smaller carbon footprint.

Karin Gardner says …

Everything tastes better, fresher when it comes from close by.

MB says …

What's not to love? Fresh, delicious, local food with a minimal carbon footprint!

Doris Stegall says …

Eating locally grown food is healthy for us & good for our planet. The food is beautifully displayed at Whole Foods Market and a pleasant shopping experience.

Liz R says …

I believe in community and helping local business. It's good for my neighbors and, I hope, it is good for the world by supporting locally grown and made. Love farmers markets, belong to a CSA and shop for items that are regional, too.

Lizbeth says …

Very little travel time so produce can remain on the plant longer and tastes Oh So much better than produce shipped from other states/countries. = )

Renee says …

I love to support local farmers and companies! I feel so much better about giving my family foods grown without chemical additives as well

Melonie says …

I love my local producers because I can (and have gone to) visit them!!

Deisy says …

I have to admit i dont buy from my local producers was raised to think that i should only buy my food from big grocery stores(wf not included). But i really want to change that for my children because it can teach them where our food comes from.

Erika says …

Local producers epitomize America at its best- hard work and making a product that is the standard of excellence. They still strive for the American dream and hold to ideals that often seem lost today. How can we not support some of the truest Americans out there? It is a privilege to.

Tara L says …

Local producers are our neighbors, our brothers, our friends.

Susan McBryde says …

Buying local has many benefits -- it increases the income local farmer's make, it gives the buyer an opportunity to know where and how the food was grown, it creates awareness for the importance of taking care of our Earth, it creates interest and opportunities for healthy cooking options, it gives urban and suburban children a new learning opportunity with field trips to local farms, it creates a true sense of community and it helps the local economy overall. Buy local!

Jessica Kasten says …

I love to support local farmers and there is nothing better than truly fresh and ripe organic fruits and veggies from my own community (as if they come from my own back yard...yum)!! When I know where my food comes from, it makes me feel more confident and the local fresh foods ALWAYS look and taste better to me:) GO LOCAL!!!!

Stacie says …

No matter how bad these times may be,you can count on whole foods for there healthy organic foods and there fresh local produce. We are worth the investment:)

Maggie Wang says …

Ir is more natural to eat things in season locally(healthier with nature's cycle) and reduce carbon footprint by not tranporting food from far. It also helps to create awareness with real food and really local farmars and farming practices (the old fashion way).

Robin says …

I know that when i purchase locally I support the local economy and the products are the freshest. I worry about imported product containing lead and other food born illness causing contamination. Local businesses and farm to table movements are what keeps America Fresh.

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