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Spread a Little Local Love

By Kate Rowe, December 11, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Rowe

We hope you’ll spread a little local love during the holiday season by supporting local farmers, producers and artisans. Here's a sample of a few of our local growers featuring holiday produce, and remember we've got great local vendors all around the country growing great products like these. Check your local store to find out what's available in your area. Chestnut Charlie - Lawrence, Kansas A true environmentalist, Charles NovoGradac hand harvests organic chestnuts from trees planted in 1995. We appreciate his commitment to low-input and organic farming practices. Cottle Organics - Rose Hill, North Carolina Herbie Cottle's family has been farming vegetables in Rose Hill, North Carolina, for more than 60 years. Now an owner and board member of Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO), a farmer-owned organic produce cooperative, Herbie is one of several ECO farmers providing sweet potatoes to our North Carolina stores throughout the holiday season. Ela Family Farms - Hotchkiss, Colorado A fourth-generation farm established more than 100 years ago, Ela Family Farms grows juicy organic cherries, peaches, pears, apples and grapes and preserves their goodness in handcrafted jams, juices, fruit batters, ciders and sauces. We are also proud to offer their exclusive Cranberry Apple Pies during the holiday season. Klepac Greenhouses - Blanco, Texas Among the scrubby mesquites and evergreen oaks that decorate the Texas Hill Country, bright poinsettias are a surprising local crop. These beautiful blooms, carefully nurtured by third-generation greenhouse grower Jimmy Klepac, provide festive, natural décor for the holidays, while supporting a family farm. Jimmy carries on a tradition started by his grandmother, Mary Klepac, who first began growing mums in her greenhouse in 1953. Uncle Matt's - Clermont, Florida As a fourth-generation Florida grower, Matt McLean ventured into the organic citrus business in 1999 with a passion for healthy living. By supporting Uncle Matt's, you also help more than 15 small growers that make up their family of farms. Brighten someone's holiday with a gift of fresh Florida oranges. Meet more of our local growers, producers and artisans on our Local Stories page. Got a local favorite of your own? We’d love to hear about it.

Category: Holidays 2010, Local


1 Comment


Matt McLean says ...
Thanks Whole Foods for being such a great partner of Uncle Matt's Organic and our family of growers. You help us do what we love, and we're humbled by your ongoing support. Cheers to you! Uncle Matt
12/12/2010 1:28:56 PM CST