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Help Us Celebrate $4 Million and Counting!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS. CONGRATULATIONS TO TARA FROM ANN ANBOR, MICHIGAN! SHE'S THE WINNER OF THE LOCAL PRODUCT GIFT BASKET! Good news – as of this week, Whole Foods Market has funded $4 million in low-interest loans for small, local producers through our Local Producer Loan Program! Even better news – that money has helped our neighborhood farmers, bakers, artisans, mom-and-pop shops (you name it) grow their businesses and bring hundreds of high quality products into our stores for our customers to enjoy. The best news – to celebrate the milestone, we're giving away a basket full of goodies made by some of our loan recipients!  It's simple. Just enter a comment below by March 22nd telling us why you love your local producers and you have a chance to win! We’ll choose one lucky comment at random to receive the basket. Why did we start the Local Producer Loan Program? Whole Foods Market recognizes that small businesses (even with high quality products and a viable business plan) sometimes need a hand to reach their big dreams. So in 2007, we launched the Local Producer Loan Program with a commitment to fund up to $10 million dollars in low-interest loans. After all, it's our hard-working local producers and their unique offerings that give each of our stores its one-of-a-kind flavor and pizzazz. Check out what's in this bountiful basket. And remember, since these products are made by local stars from all across the country, you may not be able to find them at your local store. All the more reason to post your comment by March 22nd for a chance to give these great local favorites a try.

Why do you love your local producers?

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rsseiler says …

What a great idea and promotion...Go local!

Kelly says …

Looking forward to growing out own food and another season of buying from others who do the same. So much healthier for our bodies and the environment.

Jay Polzien says …

I am a partner of a local business also, very busy with no time to research and locate local food suppliers. I count on Whole Foods to do that for me. I know when I go to Whole Foods they have done the research for me and will highlight and provide me with foods and products from my local business "neighbors".

Beth Villwock says …

These are my neighbors, the people that I might hold the door for as I leave the same store that I just purchased their product from. I want to know that the links of the chain where my families items are coming from and I don't want them the end link something that is only about money and greed. I commend Whole Foods for the strong support in the local community.

kris anderson says …

I like to support local businesses, less use of gas for transport, and the food is fresher.

Melissa Ray says …

Thank you so much for helping our families become healthier and happier!!!

Helen Tugwell says …

I love your local veggies asnd think they are much healthier for everybody, and they taste so good.

Anne says …

Local is how it ALL used to be = ) It just seems natural to want to support local everything !!

Valentina says …

I love knowing that I am helping the planet by shopping locally, and I'm also doing my part to support the local economy.

annalene says …

I love my local producers because the products are picked RIPE, the food is fresh, & the prices are great!

Iris says …

It's good to support local producers - it's the next best thing to growing your own food! :)

katie pilgrim says …

Local makes SENSE...thank you for supporting!

Barbara Crick says …

My grandfather was a farmer. Buying local supports local families!

Jana McLoughlin says …

I love eating locally. I can't wait for this years spring/ Summer farmers market to start. I have been going to the local winter market for the past few months. I feel so much healthier when I am eating local veggies and meat!!!

Debbie says …

Love to support local farms and local products. We all help each other by supporting these farms and families so that can continue to enjoy the fresh and healthy foods. We love Whole Foods for that same reason.

CLARA says …

I LOVE SUPPORTING FOR A GREAT CAUSE, AND WINNING PRODUCTS IS THE BEST!!!

Courtney says …

A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table. Buying local, seasonal produce is not only tastes better, it's so much better for the environment!

Brooke says …

Local produce heightens one's sense of culture and inter-connectivity. Being from New Orleans, I've seen how local products/stores improve community and self-awareness.

Dawn Scire says …

I love my local producers b/c they show spirit and spunk in challenging 'mass market' and mainstream brands. Look forward to trying the brands in the basket. :) dawnzig (at) hotmail (dot) com

Rebecca Young says …

I am very fortunate to have a large farmers market in a small town. Organic produce, fresh caught seafood & free range eggs for less money than the processed, pesticide laden foods that are mass produced! How can you NOT shop locally??

d hill says …

I love the small businness. the heart of creativity and resourcefulness. Fresh, innovative products. Real quality.

Kevin says …

I love supporting my neighboring "little guy" stores and farmers. Plus, produce that doesn't have to travel thousands of miles to get to my table is better in so many ways.

Tracey Taylor says …

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION & Fresh Quality ... It is always fun to explore local resources while working towards my self-concordant goals! Right On!!!

Kathay Dunn says …

I love supporting our local growers and small farmers and it gives us great, fresh products.

Laura says …

We try to always buy local produce! It just tastes better....and we like to eat in season the way nature intended!

Cynthia Hinman says …

I love local producers because much less fuel is used to transport the food. :-)

Joyce says …

When each community supports its own members, everyone thrives!

Dale Roland says …

I support local farmer that do sustainable farming and use as little pesticides as possible. Bedner's Farm Market on St. Rd. 7 in Boynton Beach Fl. really cares about his community. You should try them out as they also sell some organic too.

Kathy Watson says …

I like to support the smaller businesses and we usually know the product is fresher

Elizabeth M. Rogers says …

Buying locally helps the environment •It is wonderful to benefit from fresh fruit and vegis that have not lost their nutritional value as a result of long travel time and excessive and often inconsistent storage conditions. •In addition, eating locally may have the added benefit of decreasing global warming. -According to one author, "The number one thing you can do as a consumer to cut your energy expenditure and CO2 output is to eat food produced as locally as possible," says Pete Anderson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer in nutritional sciences. According to Anderson, a lot of food is high in water content and requires refrigerated trucks to be transported across the country. As the distribution trucks burn gasoline moving from city to city, they pump carbon emissions into the atmosphere and more carbon dioxide in the air. The result: possibly more global warming. Anderson says buying locally to help the environment is far from a sacrifice. In fact, local foods are better for consumer health and diet, and help support the local economy. (source: http://www.channel3000.com/news/15587044/detail.html)

Amy says …

Buying local allows us to become a self-sustaining community. This helps us and our posterity. Whenever we can, we all should buy local!!!!

Michelle says …

We all need to do our part, and everyone wins with local!

Jenn says …

Buying local is delicious! Produce is fresh and fabulous and hasn't been hauled for days in a truck! And so it's way more nutritious! And you can feel good supporting the local economy and helping ethically sustained farms stay in business!!

Kerrilee says …

I love buying local for it helps others,you know where its coming from, and its cost effective.

Michael McCrary says …

Buying local makes good sense.

Amanda says …

I love my local producers because they represent the tastes and preferences of the community. I'm so glad Whole Foods has made itself a second storefront for many of these small companies.

Cheryl Askew says …

Wonderful news You are giving an emotional heartwarming and uplifting message to the faithful small organic farmer

Elaine M. says …

Greetings: It's a wonderful thing to be able to purchase quality foods from local producers!! One of my favorites is purchasing beef products where the cows have been grass-fed. It's alarming that unhealthy ingredients are placed in food products, as well as some entities not practicing adequate standards for feeding/raising livestock. How can one determine what food items to consume and ones to avoid? Why should we have such a problem with food content that we need to worry so much, anyway?

Mindi says …

I love local producers because it's a vote for small business, fresh products and a smaller carbon footprint.

Sue Klein says …

Fresh from farm to local farm market, local producers offer the best in flavor, nutrition and value! Local producers love what they do and we love what they produce. Their Knox County melons can't be topped anywhere!

G. Taulman says …

What a delight to shop @ Whole Foods. Like looking at Channel on the Champs-Elysees as I cruise the displays. Thanks for the experince of such pleasure. G.Taulman

Karen Klausmeyer says …

I only eat organic food and shop Twice a week at whole foods which I love!!! I raised my two sons on organic especially weekly visits to local farmers markets and we would have dinners at whole foods every week!! A big believer in local produce stands especially the orchards and farms here in VA I go to all the time and support. I love and live on granola and coffee!!! I would be so grateful abd proud to be a recipient of your chosen farm. Thank u for this opportunity Karen Klausmeyer VA

Steve K. says …

I love my local producers because I can trust their products to be fresh and high quality.

sally wagner says …

I just love my local producers because I grew up in a small town and we used to have a large garden with fresh fruits and vegetables available every day. We never sprayed our garden with pesticides or non-organic fertilizers. I do not have the time to grow fresh vegetables and fruits living in the large city of Dallas, so having them available through Whole Foods and knowing I can trust them to be organic and super fresh is worth paying extra for the flavor of home grown meats and produce.

Leslie Ehrlich says …

I love my local producers because I am a vendor at our farmers' market, and I know what care goes into the production of goods.

Rachel says …

I'm glad you are doing this. Local foods are way better than organic in my view because you can talk with the producer and tastes awesome! But I'm just curious. PA is the 4th largest producer of apples in the country. I walked in to the Plymouth Meeting PA store a few weeks ago (in February) and all your apples were from Washington. Any insights on this? My local apple farms are offering specials on their apples this time of year, so there doesn't seem to be a shortage of local apples.

Susan Peoples says …

Love Local and it is FRESH and they give back to the community often too. Thanks Whole Foods for the LOCALS!

glen w. says …

we are looking forward to our first store being opened in edina, mn.

Stacy Flaherty says …

Great to be able to walk to pick up my local goods!

Shelley Remaly says …

I love local producers because the products are fresh and original. I like supporting local economy because it makes me feel personally connected to my community, I feel a part of a "family."

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