Grow Mushrooms and Help Kids

Mushrooms grow in recycled coffee grounds in just 10 days! Learn how you can help Back to the Roots donate mushroom growing kits and sustainability curriculum to an elementary classroom of your choice.

Local Producer Loan: Gelateria Naia and Cocoa Metro

As a child I always loved chocolate milk and ice cream bars. Who didn’t? Now that I’m “more mature” the kid in me is always on the lookout for the perfect sweet treat that’s tinged with childhood nostalgia while still appealing to my adult taste buds.


Foraging at the Market

Harvindar Singh, Whole Foods Market’s Local Forager for the Northern California area, hands me a fresh cup of locally roasted coffee just as I greet him at the center of the Friday morning Oakland, CA farmers market. It’s a good, bold roast and takes the chill out of the air. Before I’ve even taken a sip, we are on the move.

Local Producer Loan For Hail Merry

You don’t have to be a raw foodist to enjoy amazing macaroons, tarts and grawnola from our latest loan recipient. Learn how we’re helping them expand.

Brasstown Beef

This blog post previously contained an outdated video about a supplier. We have removed the video to prevent confusion. We have always believed in and fought for the improvement of welfare for farm animals industry-wide, and all the pork, beef, chicken and turkey in our fresh meat cases comes from producers who have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating system.

Local Loan Supports Thompson Farms

With a low interest loan from our Local Producer Loan Program, the father and son team at Thompson Farms are working to increase their Animal Welfare Rating to the highest level possible.

Severino Pasta Company

Joseph and Anna Maria Severino learned the art of pasta making in Italy 35 years ago and have developed quite a local following for their authentic pastas.

Rare Bird Preserves

Watch how these artisanal preserves are thoughtfully crafted in the French tradition, with only the freshest seasonal fruit and their own naturally extracted pectin.

Help Us Celebrate $4 Million and Counting!

We’ve just passed the $4 million mark in providing low-interest loans to small, local producers! Help us celebrate by sharing why you love local products and you just might win a basket of local goodies.

We Love Local Granola!

What’s a more iconic health food than granola? Meet three of our Local Producer Loan Program recipients who started small businesses devoted to making this yummy treat.


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