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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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Rene Leer says …

I love Glaser Organic Farms raw fruit pies and buy them every time I visit the whole foods in Florida. not only is the taste wonderfully pure, but it is also dairy and gluten free!

Becky Yale says …

I love stonyfield yogurt and their mission to educate the public! They make it fun and educational with rewards along the watt and always coming out with new stuff

bre says …

There is this great local company called omega creamery that makes flax milk and ice cream. All of the their products are organic and have superfoods in all the products' ingredients. They are very unique and are not found in many stores. Shopping local is the way to go!

Angela says …

I love Tiny but Mighty popcorn. A while new taste and experience for popcorn. Try it. You'll love it.

Chris says …

I love Sbcrubz body scrub! I also enjoy Satur Farms produce.

Sydney says …

There are so many amazing local producers in St. Louis. I love Local Harvest Cafe & Local Harvest Grocery for making so many local products easily accessible!

selah says …

Love the Bay Area's Bolani! Always fresh and delicious! I love how they offer so many vegan choices as well! The labels always are helpful in pointing out whether the product is gluten free, dairy free, vegan etc! There is something for everyone- which is nice, since everyone should be able to enjoy they're bolani and sauces!

Caroline says …

We really enjoy Caramont Farm cheese. It is so fresh and creamy.

Ashley Curcio says …

I love Delights of the Earth products! They have cleared up my son's eczema in just a couple of days

Meg Croom says …

The sweet potato granola from Polka Dot Bakeshop in Charlotte, NC is some of the tastiest and healthiest granola I've ever had!

Marcia A. says …

I love the local honey we get from Don Popp's.

Sue G says …

Nutso about Nuttzo!!!

Heather says …

Luna Bars, frozen novelty treats!!! Go LUNA!!!!

Diane Richardson says …

I love the local Shatto Milk from Osborn, MO because it has sooooooooooooooo many yummy flavors and I also grew up less than 5 miles from them. Good folks!!!

Jill says …

Prodigal Farm goat cheese! Their cheeses are the BEST!!!

Mary says …

CB's Nuts peanut butter is a favorite in our family!

Sue says …

Anything that Zingerman's makes is great in my book!! I also love the cider and doughnuts at Dexter Cider Mill every fall.

Jen says …

Straus Family Creamery - at the holiday I was having their eggnog every night, it was light creamy and delicious not unctuous like some of the other brands. I love love love local cheeses like Cowgirl Creamery, my favorite being the wonderfully funky Red Hawk although no one will let me have it in the fridge at home so I always buy and take it camping and eat it with friends the first night so we don't have a lingering feet aroma in the cooler.

Juliann Goldman says …

Heyser's Orchards in Silver Spring MD makes the best fresh apple cider. I love to watch the press in action. And it is THE place to go for local apples and peaches! And Butler's Orchards in Germantown MD is where to go to pick fresh blueberries in July.

E. Acosta says …

I love Layla yogurt made from the fresh milk of cows in Plano, Texas.

Laura T. says …

I LOVE primal pacs from Seattle, WA!

Alison duff says …

Boltons farm market in bucks county PA has great antibiotic free chickens! Also they have fresh vegetables! it's so good when you can just taste the sunshine and realness of the chicken!

Cheryl says …

I love the concept of Magdalene. How wonderful it is that these women are given a chance to heal and start over.

Alison says …

Goodbelly probiotics!!!!!!!

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins says …

In Saint Paul, there is a local cheese shop (called the Saint Paul Cheese Shop) that makes AMAZING chevre and sells all kinds of great, locally made honey and jam. I can't get enough.

MARYANN STEINER says …

friendship farm breads yummmmmmmmmmmmmm! all natural and local grain from st. vincent.

Cliff Burdette says …

We recently started using Red Mountain Goodness goat milk soap made in Rougemont North Carolina. It was so creamy and moist we gave away all of our other soap, 26 bars. It cleared up my dry skin. This is the only soap we use now.

Renee says …

Great giveaway, wonderful chance to try some new healthy products!

glenn steiner says …

billy's country smokehouse, they smoke fresh hams, a little smokehouse in greensburg, try the ham hocks too!

Drew R says …

I love to get apples from one of it local orchards and use them to make apple crisp, apple butter, and apple bagel sandwiches with pumpkin cream cheese! :-)

Sandy says …

Crow's Dairy in Arizona has the best Goat Cheese. Never had a better goat cheese probably never will. Mmm

Fiona says …

I live in Granby, CT where there are so many unique local producers. Hard to pick a favorite, but Ione product everyone should try once in their lifetime (and hopefully many times), are Tom's Dried Apple Slices from Lost Acres Orchard, Lost Acres Road, North Granby. They are chewy, juicy, flavorful....just yummy! And they are a taste of fall during Winter. In our house, once a pack is open they don't last very long. They are great to put in the kids packed lunches and to munch on during the day. They are the best!

Rose says …

My favorite local product is probably Andrews Buckwheat Blossom Honey...so good and the perfect flavor to enhance so much. They make several varieties of honey, but this one is my favorite. The people are the best, and they know their product and how it can help people.

Pam H says …

I love local foods - especially our local orchards - nothing beats fruit freshly picked!

Jessica says …

Williamson Bros. BBQ Sauce from Marietta, Georgia---Spicy Chipotle and Carolina flavors are my favorite. No BBQ is complete without! No preservatives, chemicals or HFCS.

Lana says …

Like the concept of archi's acres. Thank you

Nicole says …

Enjoy dang hot sauce.

Lauralyn says …

I just love the Hummus by ROOTS, here in Asheville, NC. It is the freshest, best tasting Hummus ever ♥ Fav's are the Spinach & the Garlic.

Stephanie Hanouw says …

When I tried the White Girls Salsa, I really liked the fresher taste of the product. I also liked the fact that I can support someone who is trying to make a difference in our responsible use of the good earth God has given us. A small company trying to thrive against the giants is very challenging. Since I'm not in position to have a business of my own, I like being able to support one that is "right around the corner" so to speak. Go White Girl Salsa. I would also like the opportunity to try the Tiny But Mighty popcorn and the Buzzn Bee Farm honey. I just feel better about supporting small farmers who are trying to make a difference and offering, to those who want it, a better, higher quality item for our personal use!! Thanks for the opportunity to sound off!

Lori says …

Small Potatoes Farm, Minburn IA, grows delicious garlic!

Wendy says …

I love the East Side Produce, it offers fresh vegetables in a produce box when you order online for a family of 2 or 3, or 4 or 5 in a big box. Love the local concept and freshly selected produce!

Wei Yan says …

I love the East Side Produce. They select seasonal local produce in a produce box to mail directly to your home when you order online for a small family of 2 to 3, or a big family of 4 to 5. Love it!

corey says …

I love elderberry edibles. They have wonderful produce and they make an amazing raw sunflower. seed spread

Mary Mittelstadt says …

I really enjoyed the non GMO tiny but mighty popcorn! I popped this corn in my own brown lunch bags in the microwave and it was great!!!! Almost no old maids and great tasting popcorn!

Akiko says …

Stir It Up Cuisine from Weymouth, MA makes delicious pepper jelly and cheese torte!

Joanne Canaan says …

I am always excited to try new local products. I especially like BuzznBee honey.

Rebecca says …

Here at the Jacksonville FL WF location, there is a great selection of local honey we can purchase. I'm a big fan of the variety and health benefits of honey and am grateful to have access to these products and proud to support those who work diligently to provide them. I like to vote with my dollars to help support those who make quality products for all to enjoy! Thank you :-)

Jeremy says …

Brooklyn Love chocolate!

Natalie says …

Snowville Creamery...yum yum yum

Tonya J says …

My favorite local product is Trickling Springs Creamery Whole Milk! It is absolutely the best milk I've ever tasted! I love that it comes in glass bottles! My son is a huge fan as well which makes dinnertime so easy! Thank you for carrying it in my local store (though it seems to be sold out more times than not!)

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