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An 8-Million-Dollar Milestone

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.

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Tamra Hull says …

local , seasonal honey

Kate Baldacci says …

I love the Sweet Potato Donuts made by Holy Donut of Portland, ME.

Happy Dodson says …

Story Produce has wonderful fresh local strawberries right now.

Lauren Slipek says …

I'm very lucky that central NJ is full of local producers. Some of my favorites? the bent spoon in Princeton (scientifically proven to be the best ice cream on the planet), Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville (organic produce, yummy baked goods, perfect cider, and excellent wine), Small World Coffee (not just good coffee, but tear-worthy red velvet cupcakes and mango lassi), and Cherry Valley Organic Farm (cheese!).

U says …

We love products from The Farmers Cow in CT. Their milk ,eggs and ice cream are great!

peggy says …

I love our local tea from Celestial Seasonings and Chocolate Chocolate! They make a great treat. I enjoy them together.

Lily Wu says …

The Winter Park Urban Farm in FL is an awesome CSA that not only provides me with fresh local food, but also gardening knowledge and plants to propagate so that I can grow my own food as well! Where else can you find fresh, organic okinawan spinach, moringa, and cranberry hibiscus in Orlando?! =)

Kari says …

I love Hook's local WI cheese.

Liana says …

The local producer I like is David Rudkin from Buzzn Bee Farm in West Palm Beach , Fl. I love their honey and since I live in Florida I feel like I must support my local farm boy.

Helene says …

I love, love, love Dancing Deer Bakery! I also love Joseph's Bakery, but you don't carry their awesome Flax, Oatmeal and Whole Wheat Lavash and Pita.

Christopher Sorel says …

Love Westwind Milling Company flour for freshness and great texture. Bettermade chips are the best around. Both great Michigan companies

Barbara Hoctor says …

I love all their local products. Thanks for making them available to us.

Donna says …

I love the wholesomeness of pure products because they make a body feel good.

Jw says …

undecided

Joyce Raftery says …

I appreciate Oak Knoll Dairy goat milk from Windsor Vermont. I have been alkergic to cow's milk since I was a baby. Whole Foods is the only place in the area that supples fresh goat milk. Thank you!

anne says …

The local honey is the best I have ever had.

STEVEN DESTEFANO says …

TEDDIE PEANUT BUTTER.

Sharon Stanley says …

karbach brewery! does that count? i love Skin Organics body lotions!

Nancy MacPhee says …

I love this local honey, which is from Pine Island, NY. It is organic honey gathered by Andrej Kurosz at the Rugowski Farm. I found it at a Fair in New Jersey last Summer. It is the best I have ever tasted! Nancy MacPhee

Lisa says …

Milk and cream from Cooper's Hilltop Farm in Rochdale MA. The heavy cream is simply divine!

Sharon Stanley says …

Karbach Brewery...does that count? I love Skin Organics body lotion

Tina says …

Square One Coffee. They find the best coffees in the world and roast it locally and in small batches, What a great way to start the day,

gudrun says …

I like to go to the Trenton Farmer Market and buy local produce from farmers. Also, I buy honey and maple sirup from Howell Living History farm which is produced there.

Lynn says …

I love Nuttzo’s products - I was so thrilled to stumble on them one day when I was traveling - now I'm a huge fan!

Lisa Daniels says …

We've just tried Bradley Bennett's Pacific Pickle Works Jalabeaños that are made in Santa Barbara. They are sure to make a tasty addition to a Bloody Mary.

Leah R. says …

I love Madhava honey products in Longmont CO. Local honey just tastes so much better!

Janna says …

I love chef Earl's hummus in Chicago. It's as close to homemade as it gets.

Lorien says …

Numi Tea!

Linda Byington says …

I just moved to Boulder and discovered White Girl Salsa. My husband, lover of all things Hot and Spicy, is addicted to their salsa and puts it on everything.

Carole Farley says …

Yay,

Sarah Curtis says …

Star thistle honey by food for thought! So good!!

Lanell says …

I love Hickory Nut Gap Grassfed Beef

V says …

I love the local honey producer, and all the local farmers markets.

Linda Mercer says …

I love the women of Magdalene, Thistle Farm, in Tennessee, who have not given up, and are courageous enough to overcome their pasts. And what a lovely thing to make! Bath products. What woman wouldnt like that? Not only that, it gives others hope that its not too late, they can do something about their lives starting now. And thanks to Whole Foods for their research in finding this company as well as the others, and for giving them a try. All the products WF has listed and this contest is a great way for people to find out about these items. I didnt know about MOST of them, so it is a great education. I hope I win so I can try them all, but I know whoever does win will talk about it for a long time. Great products! Linda Mercer Ashland, MA 01721

Amy S says …

TCHO chocolate satisfies every chocolate craving.

Carolann says …

I love "Sweet Earth" brand Seitan. The flavors are absolutely fabulous, and the fact that it's made in my home town, Pacific Grove, CA, makes it even more special! Such a great substitute for soy based vegan "meats."

Angie White says …

I love anything from Whistling Train Farm in Kent, WA!

Christine Morales says …

Happy Dog Bakery - I can understand all the ingredients in the dog treats and Barry's Hummus - They have great flavors and are all fresh.

Morgan DeMuth says …

I really love Farmer Pat's Labor of Love strawberries. They are the most outrageous things you've ever tasted! This is what strawberries are supposed to taste like.

Patricia Maccaro says …

Honest Tea in Bethesda, MD is a delightful and healthy drink.

Annie says …

Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco's Mission District! Best coffee in the U.S.

Karen says …

love the Frangipani line of regenerating flower cream and serum, made by a local Indianapolis artisan.

Sara Boxer says …

LOVE local honey...nothing finer as well as so healthy!

ravensfan says …

I love the ice cream, milk and yogurt from Prigel Creamery in Glen Arm, MD. Their cows and their land are certified organic. You can taste the love!

Jillian says …

This is the perfect time of year to think local here in Phoenix Arizona. The citrus fruit is amazing and there are lots of varieties!

Sarah says …

Utah has some great local producers, it's hard to choose only one! There is a vegan bakery called Cakewalk that makes amazing cupcakes.

Christin says …

In Ann Arbor, there is a strong commitment to local farms and local producers, so it is difficult to choose! I buy my favorite locally roasted coffee from Roo's Roast and Zingermans, organic vegetables from Tantre Farms, chips and salsa from Garden Fresh Gourmet, and beer from Wolverine Brewery!

Sara W says …

I like tea from One Love Tea- based out of Lake Forest, California. They have a booth at the Farmer's Market at the Great Park in Irvine every Sunday.

Melissa says …

Ritual Coffee Roasters is so amazing that we mail order it now that we've moved and can no longer buy it locally (as we do for all our other foodstuffs). They have professional, top quality coffee. Please bring it to Central New Jersey!

Gayle says …

I love Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese logs - Jalapeno is my husband's and my favorite. Our child loves the herb log.

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