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It’s been a whirlwind week, as we made final preparations to open the new Whole Foods Market Chambers Bay store in University Place. There were so many exciting moments this week—here’s some of what’s been going on:
One of my favorite parts of the week was being able to present CB’s Nuts with the second Local Producer Loan. They’ll be putting the funds toward upgrades in their peanut butter line, and to add infrastructure at their processing facility. Great news for all of you who love Washington-grown peanuts and one-ingredient peanut butter.
[Photo: CB's Nuts / Facebook]
Speaking of the Local Producer Loan Program, The News Tribune wrote about it, my role as Local Forager, and Whole Foods inclusion of local producers at the Chambers Bay store. For those of you regular readers, you know that’s nothing new—we support local producers at all our stores!—but this article offers a great overview of our philosophy:
“During the growing season, 75 percent of the produce offered at the chain’s Northwest outlets is from the Northwest. That’s where [Denise] Breyley comes in.
“‘As a farmer, you can grow anything. But if you don’t have a market, you’re not going to be able to share it,’ she said.”
Here’s a great example of one of those local producers, Willapa Hills Cheese.
[Photo: Willapa Hills Cheese / Facebook]
Keep an eye on my blog for more news about Chambers Bay in the coming days and weeks!