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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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Lori Smith says …

I encourage my entire family to support our local community. Fresher and kinder way to take care of our Earth!

Ashley says …

The laughing giraffe cranberry orange granola sounds superb! I make my attempted to make my own granola over and over and it never comes out quite right so I am always so happy to find a healthier one to buy!!

Barbara says …

My local producers provide fresh quality food that tastes better and is better for me. I like to support my local producers because they are my neighbors and supporting them keeps jobs and the economy going. Its a WIN WIN collaboration!

Renee G. says …

I love my local producers because they remind me of why I live where I do; a bunch of amazing foodies live here that provide the best quality veggies, peanut butter, raw foods, and snacks to name a few.

gunnfamily says …

In our family Local producers means buying a better product and overall it saves on gas! who doesn't want to save on gas?!!!

Adrian r says …

I love to buy local. I am guaranteed fresh products, I support my local communities, and I am helping the environment by not purchasing products that use a huge amount of gas to be transported to my area. I purchase local as often as possible. I can't wait for the summer corn!

Dawn says …

I love knowing where my food comes from and that it is from my own community.... love it, love it, love it :)

Shelby says …

The last thing we need in today's world or tomorrow's world is for more mass-produced goods and more mass-consuming people - by purchasing from local producers, we can create circulating local benefits and increase authenticity and genuine care in what we consume to fuel ourselves, families, and friends. I support putting my well-being into the hands of those who care, not into the hands of some corporation mindlessly pumping out packaged products.

Lisa Esco says …

Lovely- it's an amazing program

Maxine Kline says …

I feel like I'm getting a healthier product by buying local products. Plus buying local is easier on the carbon footprint.

Tonya H says …

I love our local producers because they are committed to keeping our community healthy and happy!

Ann Dail says …

Buying from local growers means the product is fresher. It also means we are supporing our own community.

Sarah Lavoie says …

It's yummy and healthy! :)

Tracy Dietz says …

I am fortunate to have sooo many local producers in the Bay Area! So creative, yummy and delicious! Also, it saves energy when they are local and helps the economy. :)

April Emigh says …

I will always support our local farmers and will never buy anything from overseas. If it didn't grow here, I don't want it.

Dan S. says …

I love knowing that I'm supporting local growers, businesses and families.

Brahm says …

Helps the local economy and reduces pollution-producing energy consumption of course!

Mary T says …

I love the local producers because they are fresher and I know the area they come from. It's the next best thing to growing the products myself.

Melissa says …

I love knowing who produced my family's food, and having a connection with them. I love how committed they are to their community!

meadow says …

Fresh produce and supports the local community.

Megan C. says …

Nothing beats a farmers market tomato. I look forward to summer tomatoes all year long!

Mimi says …

I love my local producers because they help keep costs of transporting yummy foods down, and let me eat foods my local environment produces each season just for me!!!

elisabeth c says …

BUY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL Easy way to reduce the carbon footprint, easy way to boost the economy in YOUR state, easy way to boost your own health. Battling cancer has opened my eyes to the massive toxic food industry. Support your local farmer, he's your real hero.

Tammy Goughnour says …

I like to get to know the folks who make and grow my food. To see and meet them is the best experience for my kids and my self. To follow their ups and downs and support my local community.

nyree armoreda says …

I love my local producers because they offer the freshest fruit , vegetables, and other products to keep me happy and healthy! Afterall, we only have one life to live!

Catheine C says …

I love our local producers because they are "the best of the best of the Northwest." Not only are local producers sharing the highest quality of food, goods and services they represent us all as one community." Eat local, think globally. :)

Beth Jones says …

I love our local producers because they know and understand the needs of our area from freshness to organic and every "juicy" thing in between. Our support helps them help us stay healthy.

jarred says …

sounds like a great thing!

Debbie C. says …

Buying local helps our local economy and businesses, and the ingredients are always the freshest you can get!

Emily Barklage says …

Love to try local products! Can't wait for the farmers markets to start back up.

Brandey Johnson says …

Locally grown food taste better and stays fresh longer than foods shipped from across the country. It also gives the community the opportunity to support local businesses.

Toni says …

You have to support those around you that are working hard to ensure that you have the very best:)

Brad says …

I support the local producers so they can continue to produce food that tastes good and is healthy. Most of the time, bigger companies are concerned with making a profit, not the quality of their food.

Dani says …

because we can get great stuff while reducing our carbon footprint and supporting the local economy. Go locavores!

David says …

I love their loyalty to the community for providing fresh, organic, produce.

Cory Tinsley says …

I love local producers because their products are fresher and minimize environmental impact.

Carla High says …

I love my local producers, it is a reminder of what great nutrients are available for my family. Thank You Whole Foods.

Christine says …

Because I know my local producers really do care about giving me and other local consumers the best quality products!

Cindy W. says …

I like buying local because I know that it is always fresh.

Leigh says …

I look forward to giving these products a try!

Mary E says …

Eating local is a win win situation....win for the community and its economy,win for the person who gets to eat the fresh and delicious local goods, win for our country so we can use less gasoline, and do not forget the health benefits!

Karen Dumas says …

Buying local is important to me, and helping people who do their best to bring us healthy food makes me feel good.

Carolyn says …

I choose local because I have yet to be disappointed by local produce and bakeries. Local food tastes so fresh and I don't have to go far to learn about the company or farm.

Ashley says …

I love local products because it's better for the environment and they taste better!

mechelle richey says …

I love my local producers because they put their heart and soul into their work.

Andrea Eagles says …

I love supporting local growers and having fresh, locally grown produce available. It's healthy and nutritious.

Amy Peterson says …

We all win when local ideas are allowed to grow and prosper! We alljust need a little help in getting started!

Tonya Nikitin says …

Thank you Whole Foods for supporting and promoting keeping it local!

jill says …

As a former Vermonter, I have great respect for farmers and the fresh food their hard work produces. I bring fresh foods from local Farmer's Markets 3 hours back with me after spending weekends there. I am so happy to see Whole Foods supporting local farmers. Thank you!

Catherine says …

It is important for us to support local businesses because these businesses are the parents of our childrens friends! We need to seek out local small businesses for our needs because if we live local and shop local we grow as one family!

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