LOCAL VENDORS TO MEET WHOLE FOODS MARKET BUYERS AT AUGUST 17 FAIR
WHO: Anyone with a locally-produced, -raised, or –created product
WHAT: The Local Vendor Fair provides an opportunity for Louisiana producers and growers to pitch their products to Whole Foods Market. Participation is by appointment only.
WHEN: Saturday, August 17 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Sojourner Truth Community Center – 2200 Lafitte Street
HOW: Local vendors should email LouisianaLocal@wholefoods.com for further information and to schedule an appointment.
WHY: Prime opportunity for local vendors to grow their business.
MORE: Whole Foods Market is committed to seeking out culinary treasures from small, dedicated food artisans who share a similar passion for excellence, tradition, purity and regional identity. Louisiana Local Forager Kelly Landrieu notes, “Louisiana is known for its amazing food and culture, and we are excited about the opportunity to showcase the local producers and their stories in our stores.”
In 2006, Whole Foods Market set aside $10 million to help local producers through low-interest loans for capital expenditures. The Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP) minimizes fees, interest rates and paperwork.
In Louisiana, Matt Ranatza Farms received an LPLP loan to fund a new packing storage shed for increased washing and packing operations efficiency. Ranatza shared, “This assistance from Whole Foods will enable my family to continue to provide the freshest quality fruits and vegetables from South Louisiana.”
The family-run farm is known for their locally-grown tomatoes, strawberries, citrus and other vegetables available at the Baton Rouge and New Orleans stores. Matt Ranatza has worked with the Whole Foods Market Louisiana stores for nearly 14 years and is beloved for the quality and freshness of his produce.
More information on LPLP and local sourcing is available at wholefoodsmarket.com/local.
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