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$5 Million in Loans to Local Producers

Our local producers are total rock stars. Their creativity, ingenuity and absolutely delightful products are a constant source of inspiration for us. Judging by sales, we know they are a favorite of yours, too! Helping them do more became a goal for Whole Foods Market a few years ago and as of this month, we’ve funded more than $5 million in low-interest loans through our Local Producer Loan Program to help them grow their businesses. To celebrate the $5 million mark, we’re giving away a basket filled with culinary treasures from several of our loan recipients! This is your chance to experience some of the fabulous products made by passionate small producers that aren’t available in your neck of the woods. Just post a comment below by October 21 telling us what your favorite local product is and why, and you’ll have a chance to win! We’ll choose one lucky commenter at random to receive the basket. The basket full of goodies will include an assortment of samples from some great local producers. Here's who is contributing to the basket and what they make:

When Whole Foods Market first opened its doors as a small natural and organic retailer in 1980, local producers were the lifeblood of our business. 30 years and more than 300 stores later, that fact still rings true. We know what it feels like to be a small business with a big vision and understand that local businesses (even with the highest quality products and a strong business plan) sometimes need a hand to turn their dreams into reality. In 2007, we launched the Local Producer Loan Program with a commitment to fund up to $10 million dollars in low-interest loans to provide local producers with access to the tools and resources they need to expand their businesses. Whether it’s helping our local partners purchase more animals, invest in new equipment or convert to organic production, we want to help them ALL shine. Best of all, supporting local business means keeping money in the pockets of growers in the communities we serve. So what’s your favorite local product and why? Post your comment by October 21 and take advantage of your chance to try these local favorites while you can!

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Dan S. says …

Pablo's Coffee! Their espresso - as well as the rest of their offerings - make a spectacular cup of coffee!

elizabeth says …

Dr Oz highly recommended Nuttzo, commenting that it a good source for boosting omega-3's and worth the higher price over plain nut butters. Boo ya!

Kristen says …

Best D.A.M. Salsa- love it!

kel mcnichol says …

I love going to Farmers Market and buying local veggies in season...I feel like it is beneficial to our local economy!

Catherine says …

I love Snowville Creamery milk because it is sold at a very affordable price compared to other brands.

Kate Bruck says …

No vampires will dare step foot in my house with the amount of Brad's vampire killer kale chips I eat!! I cannot live without them!!!

colleen says …

I LOVE Brad's kale chips!

Tanya Veitch says …

Love local honey from anyone in the Philadelphia Beekeeper's Guild!

Jennifer Jipp says …

I have two: my favorite local food product is the granola from Milk & Honey, which is the best I've ever had in my life. My other favorite is Intelligentsia Coffee. I love it so much I've toured their roasting works three times just so I can smell the wonderful aroma!

Justin says …

It definitely has to be a tie between Julio's Chips or our neighbors homemade organic jerky, honey, cookies, etc.

Cari says …

My favorite local products are honeycrisp and gold rush apples! sooooo delicious :)

Patricia Breed says …

I really enjoy local honey.

Caitlin says …

I'm loving all the Texas products in the basket!! I need to check out some of the local products on this list I haven't heard of. I LOVE Vino Parmigiano pasta sauce! Another local favorite that has become a staple in my household would definitely be Julio's salsa! We don't even call it "salsa" any more, it's just "chips and julio's!"

Craig Lauzon says …

The Gala Apples in Framingham are the best apples I have ever eaten. And I am not a person that likes fruit!

Ted Deason says …

Kale chips is the perfect combination of spice and sun dried tomatoes. Crunch

Kayte CookWatts says …

My fave is Secret Aardvark Sauce from Portland,OR. I put it on everything- a nice balance between hot and slightly sweet.

Melissa says …

Any of the fresh fruits and veggies! Local= shorter time to store = Has to be fresh and tasty

Linda says …

Fresh fruit and veggies, full of flavor and nutrients!

Jacqueline says …

Local everything is good but my favorites are milk & eggs...they taste so much better!

Tricia says …

Biggs and Featherbelle!! They provide gentle soaps with all-natural ingredients. They are among the (rare) soaps I have found that do not irritate my sensitive skin. The packaging is minimalist but still beautiful! Great for the environment and great for my skin!

Kathy says …

You can't beat fresh organic fruits and veggies....I love the farmers markets every weekend and will miss them but we always have Whole Foods......YEAH!!!!

Andrea Zeng says …

Right now it has to be California grown fruit, it's just so delicious!

MJ says …

In Atlanta: Terrapin Brewing. Spike is a beer-genius!!

Robbyn says …

My favorite local (Chicago) yummy is Milk and Honey Granola. Their pumpkin spice mix and low fat cinnamon raisin are amazing!

Clare Cone says …

I have had some TOTALLY amazing Colorado grown peaches this season - sweet, juicy and amazingly delicious ....... I just wish the season when they are at their best would last longer

Regina Schantz says …

I live on Long Island which has become a very good wine production area. My favorite winery is DuckWalk in the Hamptons. Their Blueberry Port is phenomenal! If you stop in for a tasting they serve it with a piece of dark chocolate to enhance it's flavor...YUM

Sandy says …

I have to give a shout out for 'McCutcheon's Marinara Pasta Sauce'. This is absolutely the Best pasta sauce I have ever had. I used to make my own because I didn't want all the added oils, sugar and sodium. I happened to see this sauce and I checked the label before I bought it and it sounded great to me. I would have never guessed how delicious this is! No Italian restaurant could ever come close to how good this is. I make spaghetti with the sauce and use the 'Bella Terra Organic WW Angel Hair Pasta'....Oh so good together! You must try it!

angie says …

My favorite local (Columbus Ohio) product are the Sticky Buns sold only on Saturdays at Pattycake Vegan Bakery! OMG so good!!! And I am not even vegan, only vegetarian. A lot of my meater friends love them to!

Holy B says …

Local apples- hand picked by me!

Carrie Elsass says …

When I lived in Seattle, I loved Fran's chocolates, and wish Whole Foods would carry their(or Theo) salted chocolate caramels down south:(

Annabel says …

Who won?

Deej Lynch says …

Teeccino coffees ... all flavors. Mmmm and good for your body too. Small business, woman-owned, mindful of purpose, and providing great, responsive customer service.

doris quilizapa says …

I love Bhakti Chai!!! I first tried it in Denver. But i live in NY and the Whole Foods Here does not have it in stock :(

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