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An 8-Million-Dollar Milestone

By Erin Harper, February 9, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Erin Harper

Did you know that Whole Foods Market® has funded $8 million in low-interest loans for small, local producers through our Local Producer Loan Program? Since 2007, this money has helped 130 farmers, ranchers and food artisans grow their businesses and bring hundreds of unique, high-quality products into our stores for our customers to enjoy.

To celebrate this milestone, we're giving away a basket full of goodies made by some of our Local Producer Loan recipients!  Just enter a comment below by February 20 telling us which local producers or products you love and why and you’ll have a chance to win! UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Rachael W.!

Thank you to these vendors, for so generously donating their products:

Edie Johnston and her son, Geo of Dresden, Maine – Maine’s Medicinals’ AnthoImmune Organic Elderberry Syrup is a supplement for overall immune system support.

Michele Thornett of Timonium, Maryland - Michele’s Granola is handmade in small batches. Read more about Michele and her granola in this Whole Story blog post from 2011.

Daniel Sullivan of Long Island City, New York – TumericALIVE elixirs feature raw, organic turmeric root and supports healthy joints and metabolism.

David Rukin of West Palm Beach, Florida – Beekeeper David’s been raising bees since 1975 and his Buzzn Bee Farm was our first ever LPLP recipient. Check out this video of David and learn how he got his honey in to Whole Foods Market.

Danielle LiVolsi of San Diego, California – Nuttzo’s organic multi-nut and seed butters are a high source of ALA Omega-3s. Try the original, chocolate or no peanuts varieties.

The women of Magdalene in Nashville, Tennessee – Thistle Farms hand-made, natural bath products are produced and sold by women who have survived lives of prostitution and addiction. Learn more about Magdalene in this Whole Story profile from 2011.

Farmer Gene Mealhow of Shellsburg, Iowa – Tiny But Mighty popcorn – a rare, heirloom popcorn variety native to prehistoric America. Their Non-GMO Project Verified popcorn kernels are smaller and denser so they’re packed with flavor. Plus the hull disintegrates when popped making them really enjoyable to eat. Learn more about Tiny But Mighty in this Whole Story blog post.

Adam Grossman of Austin, Texas – The Seaweed Bath Company’s soothing powder baths contain responsibly harvested bladderwrack seaweed and soothes dry and irritated skin.

Julie Nirvelli of Boulder, Colorado – White Girl Salsa has been cooking up zesty salsas for her friends and family for years.

Tami and Clark Bowen of Hansville, Washington  - CB’s Nuts utilizes a custom-made barrel roaster to  micro-roast high-quality peanuts and pistachios. They also make fresh ground peanut butter!

Eileen Hassi of San Francisco, California – Ritual Coffee Roasters has been a pioneer of the San Francisco coffee scene since 2005. Focused on sourcing directly from their farmer partners, Ritual’s coffee beans are of the highest quality and can be traced directly back to the farmers who harvested them.

Local Producer Gift Box

In the comments below, tell us about a local producer or local product you love. Post your comment by February 20 and we’ll pick a winner at random to receive a unique bunch of local products.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends February 20, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

Category: Local


1 Comment


stacey says ...
I love our local CSA! They now have expanded to year round and offer meat as well. I couldn't be more thrilled.
02/09/2013 8:22:11 AM CST
Michelle says ...
Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon, MA. They have the best ice cream and dairy products around!
02/09/2013 8:23:31 AM CST
Rebecca Webster says ...
I'm obsessed with Nuttzo's nut butters! They may be pricy, but to me they're completely worth it for a treat!
02/09/2013 8:59:25 AM CST
Jenn says ...
It is a tough call between Michigan cherries and some of the apples from the local orchards.
02/09/2013 10:13:19 AM CST
Samantha C. says ...
I've been dying to try Nuttzo, but its SO expensive! I'd love to win!
02/09/2013 12:19:04 PM CST
Jeni Burnside says ...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Women of Magdalene! What a wonderful concept and beautiful way for women to heal and to begin bringing back their esteem and beauty. Thank you for supporting them!
02/09/2013 1:56:20 PM CST
Betsy says ...
We love Eagle Ridge Ranch Beef we know they treat there cow's in a humane way.
02/09/2013 6:28:20 PM CST
Alison says ...
I love milk from Morning Fresh Dairy.
02/09/2013 7:37:26 PM CST
Amy Tong says ...
I love using and buying local products, my favorites are Naturewell Natural Beef, Ritual Coffee Roasters and produce from morning Song Farm, just to name a few. What a fantastic giveaway to try these local products! amy [at] utry [dot] it
02/10/2013 12:13:28 AM CST
Amy D. says ...
I LOVE locally-produced (Charlottesville, VA) Twin Oaks tofu. I eat tofu all the time and their version not only is crafted just down the road, but it is seriously the best tofu out there. That said, I admit that around here we are blessed with a bounty of locally produced foods and goods and it is hard to pick just one. So many dedicated and passionate farmers and artisans!! Thank you! :)
02/10/2013 12:34:08 AM CST
Nicole says ...
There are so many to choose from! We love JK's Scrumpy Hard Cider, especially the Winterruption Spiced variety. Spillson's makes a great rice pudding. Both are old family businesses that have been around Michigan for decades.
02/10/2013 9:10:43 AM CST
Elena Vo says ...
There is a local honey producer that I always support, he makes a variety of natural organic products that I love.
02/10/2013 11:51:40 AM CST
Rosie says ...
Rose's Berry Farm in Glastonbury! I love going to the Farmer's market and run to their stand for the best fruits and berries, also jam and other goodies from the farm. Also, what is sooo great is going berry picking there!!!!! LUV
02/10/2013 12:02:47 PM CST
Sheila Korman says ...
Badia spices are made in South Florida and sold in my local Publix grocery store. They're the only spices I buy now because the prices are good and the quality of the spices is excellent!
02/10/2013 12:18:56 PM CST
J Winterberg says ...
I love Carmela's unique take on ice cream and sorbet, with their high-quality ingredients and creative flavor combinations!
02/10/2013 9:03:59 PM CST
meredith says ...
I love a local brewery that makes the best ginger ale!
02/10/2013 10:54:13 PM CST
Susan says ...
The Good Batch. They make great products in nyc. They are famous for their stroopwafel which is a Dutch spiced waffle cookie with a caramel filling.
02/11/2013 9:55:10 AM CST
Cathy Bradford says ...
Love Mountain Valley Farm meat products!
02/11/2013 10:03:53 AM CST
Micaela Felch says ...
I love Metropolitan coffee company. Obviously the beans aren't grown in Chicago, but the brewing company is local and uses sustainable products.
02/11/2013 10:04:20 AM CST
karla says ...
Suzies Farm in San Diego, Ca. I always see them around our local farmers markets doing their part in the sustainable movement, and their staff is very friendly as well :)
02/11/2013 10:05:55 AM CST
Julie says ...
Definitely the local farmers here in Colorado who produce some of the best stone fruit I've ever tasted.
02/11/2013 10:07:39 AM CST
Savannah says ...
I buy local produce whenever possible! Must say I love Iron Gate Winery's flue fire though, fresh out of my home town, and reminds me of my grandfather because it's muscadine which is what he used to grow! I remember eating those things straight off the vine...doesn't get fresher than that!
02/11/2013 10:07:59 AM CST
Marcia Hackett says ...
We have a local honey producer that makes honey sticks that are perfect for a single serving of hot tea. they also make a hand lotion out of beeswax
02/11/2013 10:08:26 AM CST
Deanna Mitchell says ...
We support Thistle Farms! In addition to having wonderful products, we are glad to support this organization's mission to give women in prostitution a new start on life.
02/11/2013 10:08:35 AM CST
Sarah says ...
Trickling Springs Creamery. All of their products are AMAZING! But I especially love the yogurt and ice cream. They are real and you can taste the difference!
02/11/2013 10:08:46 AM CST