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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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Marilyn van Dyk says …

I celebrated three-quarters of a century of life in January 2011. This is the 5th year of my membership in a local CSA where I get fresh local vegetables each week all year.I'm discovering vegetables I'd never heard of or eaten before and learning how to prepare them. I enjoy the connection with the people who grow what I eat and learning more about the products and the process. That change has prompted me to look for local food and other products whenever possible. Last month I bought Mark Bittman's wonderful cookbook: How to Cook Everything, a wonderful complement to this new adventure!

Amanda Myers says …

I love the wholesome feeling of local foods as well as the emphasis on freshness and sustainability!

Christopher Robinson says …

Dedication to quality.

Joyce says …

Besides the freshness of local products, I also like the fact we are also helping the enviorment by not using the fuel it takes to "import" products to my city.

aLISON Talcott says …

YAY LOCAL PRODUCERS! I totally appreciate their commitment to nutrients, simplicity and totally honest food!

Hannah Natour says …

Local is the BEST! I think the combination of our North Carolina soil and water helps our farmers grow the best tasting, most beautiful produce ever. I have never bought a better tomato in the grocery store than what I get at the local farmer's markets.

barbi says …

love local farmer's markets. fresh great tasting produce.

Bogus Kenney says …

I love my local producers because I get to run into them, meet, try their wonderful products, and remember the pleasant and personable encounter when ever I use their special products. Plus, the products are usually introduced into our neighborhoods by a small operation that is their heart and pride. What's not to love!

Laura amaya says …

I recently started eating healthy and shopping at my local Whole Foods has had such an incredible impact on my life, healthy is definantly the way to go!!

Jessica says …

Freshness and local is something that can not be mistaken or ignored. It is great to be able to go to a market that encourages that idea and builds community. Also the food is great and it provides me a great way to get my children to eat health. Thanks!

sally regan says …

Buying locally grown produce is a win win situation. The local farmer has a place to sell his crop and the buyer gets super fresh produce with all the vitamins intact.

Irma Pacheco says …

I love to buy from local producers and local markets because the food has not had to be picked way before it is ripe in order to ship it great distances. The nutritional value is helped, my family's health is helped and our local economy is helped. In addition, I had a question regarding a problem my daughter was having with the peach trees she planted. One of our local producers actually visited with me by email and helped to work out the problem. Later in the season, that producer's peaches were in the bins at my local Whole Foods. It is so sad to me to see any merchant have to close his doors in this economy because we do not support local stores but order online instead.

Kathy Gleich says …

Local producers mean food is fresher, and less resources are needed to get the food to the market.

Dee says …

I love to talk with the farmers. I've grown my own vegetable garden for years, so appreciate what they do even more. And they are way more successful than I am, so I am inspired.

Lia Levy says …

Buying local supports the farms and producers, and this way I always know exactly where my food is coming from and that it is fresh and natural. Win-win for both sides :)

Cheryl Salisbury says …

Local produce is the freshest.

sarita says …

i love to support local producers because i feel that it is healthier to eat food that has the earth vibrations of where i live to support a strong body.

Lucille says …

I like to buy local to support the small businesses in our area. The more incentive we can give people to pursue their dreams, the better America will be.

Raewyn says …

Because I know exactly where my food comes from and that it's farmed and prepared organically and with love!

Cindy Sullivan says …

Support local produce farmers, eat fresh local produce, support your community...

Nina Ricklin says …

To quote Kermit: It's not easy being green!

Greg Yost says …

I believe the economy has come to the point where supporting local business is not only the right thing to do but is necessary for our state to survive. What better way to insure that that the products we use are not only of great quality and fresh and at the same time cut back on the use of fuel used in transporting imported goods.

Nadine Peternel says …

I reall love being able to support local people in my community, My fav is Doctor Hummus Garlic Pita Chips. Totally addicted to them. Thank you for helping local companies.

DAVID HOTCHKISS says …

i LIKE THE IDEA OF IT BEING LOCALLY GROWN, BECAUSE IT CAN HELP ALLEVIATE THE POSSIBLITY OF LOCAL ALLERGIES, AND IT IS THE FRESHEST IT CAN BE!

Rosemary says …

I like the idea of supporting local farmers and eating what's in season. That seems like a more natural way to eat.

Ananda Glick says …

Thank You for the opportunity to win! I Love Colorado products because this state has always been a leader in the movement towards food that is more ethical and responsible....there ate some really tremendous producers here and I an so grateful for their efforts

Lori says …

I like to buy local because it supports the community, both economically and environmentally. Love the farmers markets!

Dorothy Paape says …

I love local producers because, let's face it, it's a whole lot more interesting to talk to the people whose hands have made your food than to read a box/label.

Riccardo Lupi says …

I would like to thank all local producers that commit themeselves to organic farming because they give us a choice to eat healthy and natural food , and also they respect our Mother Earth simply not using chemicals , pesticedes , but instead natural resources .

Mary Helmerick says …

I'm new to Whole Foods but I just love it and so glad I found you. I was always searching for a store that has it all - local - healthy - organic - all natural, instead of going to this one for one particular item and that one for another. You guys just cover all the bases and then some, plus with a location that is close to restaurants that support your same food rule of thumb BUY LOCAL BUY HEALTHY it's a win, win situation. Stop for breakfast - eat heathly and then go grocery shopping for the same, keep up the good work!

Leslie B. says …

I love Local foods because I can easily find fresh organic products that costs less than some stores offer. If I know my farmer then I can get bulk at a decent price. Besides I'm putting money back into the local economy which is even better.

Deb says …

Nothing tastes better than locally grown and produced food. I'd much rather support local farmers and producers than big business anytime.

Kate K says …

Local producers are our family and friends. Not only do they support us with love, but with healthy and locally produced food that not only benefits us, but also our community and the environment.

Mara says …

I love my town and I love to support anything and everything that brings it its life.

Kymberley Deely says …

Local producers are the best because they offer the freshest seasonal produce at affordable prices. Their local honey has helped myself and my children control seasonal allergies after moving to Delaware five years ago. They are committed to using efficient and sustainable methods, and they are the first people I would go to if there were ever a food crisis.

Anita Porterfield says …

I care about what goes into my body and I heartily support local farmers and food producers because they use planet-friendly techniques to grow their food. I vote with my fork!

Linda Davis says …

Localally Grown is the best tasting, freshest and makes me feel good. Supporting local farmers keeps our money at home, save fuel, (good for the enviroment) and insures we know the quality of the food we eat.

Sue Kelly says …

I use Local Producers as much as possible for the transport, to save fuel and less pollution in the environment.

Donna Pia Vocci says …

I used a working mantra to inspire myself during the time I partnered with Lynn Tumpa, LDRD, while co-writing and co-producing a documentary on Vegetarianism. The mantra? Think globally/Eat Locally. The year was 1997. I was delighted to see it on a bumper sticker some years ago. It confirms that our local food producers will stay with us when they receive the support they need from the community. Thank you, Whole Foods for this innovative loan program. Farmer's Markets also get my vote and my patronage for the same reason, i.e. quality nutrition from a local source. Donna Pia Vocci, C.Ht. Certified Hypnotist Reiki Master/Teacher mesmerizingyou@comcast.net

Kelcey says …

As a certified nutritionist, I can honestly say that mass produced produce and meats cannot come close in quality as the local products available here in Maine. They way things are grown and what animals are fed and how they are treated have everything to do with how nutritious the foods that we eat are, not to mention how it affects the planet.

marilyn says …

paying it forward is how i consider buying from local and small businesses knowing that i'm getting quality,& freshness and keeping it all sonoma county bounty.

Dana Jones says …

What a way to honor the earth by using local products. Whole Foods has a unique way of perserving the eco system and giving us some of the best foods! Thank you!

Carol H says …

The produce is so fresh; it has a beautiful color and smells great. It is pretty enough to display in a vase with water! Buying local products supports the local economy.

Anne says …

Freshest, better for the environment, best for the local economy, supports small businesses, usually a better product than the big companies!

amy says …

it is so important to support our local farmers, and food sources.

Norlynda Cook says …

The closer to home it's grown, the better it tastes and the fresher it is when it gets to you! Plus, I LOVE supporting local farmers!

Anina says …

Local food is the best because of its freshness and the support for any community you're in

nicole k says …

Not only can you find out how your food is grown, and make sure it is non-gmo, the taste is amazing. I cannot wait for my next fresh bunch of carrots I will get today! Also, local honey not only is good for you, can help alleviate allergies, but if you're like me and are not usually a fan- it tastes so much better! Help your local farmers, help fight the contamination of our food, and improve your health. Buy local!

Sandy says …

Why go elsewhere when everything is *here?* Supporting local just makes sense!

Monika says …

I like local organic producers since the food is fresher and it helps the environment since you do not have to transport the food as far.

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