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National Recognition for Local Producers

The local producers we work with sometimes get national recognition! We wanted to share with you the press that a few of our Local Producer Loan recipients have received lately.

Revolution Foods Featured in the New York Times

Revolution Foods founders Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey have set the bar for healthy school lunches really high - and this article in the New York Times explains how and why. We are proud to have provided them with Local Producer Loan Program funds to help their expansion! The Revolution Foods products you buy in our stores help support this valuable work. (Now available in 160 of our stores.)
Progress Coffee: One of America's Ten Best Boutique Coffee Shops!

Congratulations to Local Producer Loan recipient Progress Coffee! In its January issue, Bon Appétit magazine named them one of the ten best boutique coffee shops in the U.S. Here's what the magazine had to say:

Favorite coffee shops don't just serve terrific joe; they also act as a modern-day meeting place. This Eastside spot with Owl Tree coffee and fresh biscuits is the best hangout in town. Check out the rest of the piece here, as well as a great video on Progress Coffee. And if you live in Austin, go visit the shop itself or pick up some of their coffee at our Austin or San Antonio stores!
Edible Radio Interviews Will Harris of White Oak Pastures

We love being able to offer Will Harris's grass-fed beef to our customers in our South Region stores. And we also love listening to him talk about his family's fifth-generation Georgia ranch, White Oak Pastures! Edible Radio just did an interview with him about the history of the ranch, his transition from industrial beef to artisanal grass-fed beef, and the state of sustainable agriculture. He also talks about his on-farm processing plant, financed in part by Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program. Will is knowledgeable and engaging; if you eat White Oak Pastures beef and want to know more about where your food comes from, you should definitely check out the interview here. We've featured Will in our own slide show interview too. It's great to work with such special local producers and it's great to see others noticing them too.