Why Local Food Systems Matter

Learn how supporting local food systems can help communities and the environment.
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Foraging at Whole Foods Market

Imagine tasting your way through your local community, meeting local artisans and growers, hearing their stories and then helping bring their products to market to share with others. Now imagine this is your job. 

A forager is someone who searches widely for food or provisions. Whole Foods Market® has local foragers across the nation helping us source from more than 6,500 local vendors. From country farms to urban bakeries, these on-the-go team members seek out the best local products, so we can bring more great stuff to our customers.

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We Love Local

Today about 25 percent of the produce sold at our stores comes from local farms, and storewide anywhere from 10-30 percent of the products on our shelves come from local producers depending on availability, store size and the needs of the community.
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Hydroponic Heroes: Meet Archi's Acres

Here at the Local Producer Loan Program, we interact with mission-driven companies working to change the way the world eats. These are some of the brightest social entrepreneurs in the country with relentless passion for environmental stewardship, socially conscious business practices and community connections.

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Willapa Hills Cheese

Located on the banks of the Chehallis River in Washington state, Willapa Hills Cheese has been producing farmstead cheeses and dairy products for our Washington and Oregon stores since 2005.
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Catching Up with Old Friends at Expo

During the first week of March, I attended the largest trade show for all things related to natural, organic and healthy products. With over 60,000 attendees and more than 3,000 companies displaying the newest products and innovations, the Natural Products Expo West Conference in Anaheim, California, is a smorgasbord of tasty treats, healthy bites and cutting-edge trends on the grocery horizon.

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An 8-Million-Dollar Milestone

Love local? So do we! Our Local Producer Loan Program helps farmers, ranchers and food artisans grow their businesses and bring hundreds of local products into our stores. Enter our giveaway to try some for yourself.
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Pacific Northwest Co-Op Specialty Foods

BeansWhen you think about the signature foods of the Pacific Northwest I’ll bet that neither garbanzo beans nor lentils spring to mind. Unless, perhaps you’ve lived in Spain or one of the countries in the Middle East.  Why is that?

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It's the Most Wonderful Chai of the Year

Festivus ChaiOnce the weather starts getting colder here in Austin — and by cold, I mean 60 degrees — nothing makes me feel as seasonally appropriate as a mug full of Chai tea.

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Skagit Fresh Cider

Skagit Apple CiderDo you have a favorite time of the year? For me I always look forward to fall for the changing colors, the crispness of the air, Sugar Hubbard squash and APPLES!

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