Harmons Gifts $5k Grants to Local Businesses

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Harmons Neighborhood Grocer awarded Rojas Farms, Mama Africa and Solstice Chocolate $5,000 each as part of its Local Supplier Development Grant initiative. The annual grants program, now in its sixth year, rewards local businesses for their exceptional dedication and effort in providing high quality products to Harmons for its customers.  

  Rojas Farms of West Jordan is an agricultural cooperative specializing in Fresh Produce, Melon Farming, and vegetable growing. 

 Solstice Chocolate is an artisan Chocolate maker located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its award-winning bean-to-bar chocolate is handcrafted using the finest single origin cacao from all over the world. 

 Mama Africa produces unique authentic African sauces and products made from local raw ingredients. 

 “It’s so rewarding to be able to offer these local products in our stores and support the continued growth and success of these diverse, women-owned businesses,” said Mark Jensen, Harmons president and CEO. “We are so proud to have the opportunity to be involved with so many of our local small businesses that exemplify excellence, initiative and community pride.”

 “The variety and diversity of locally grown food and products we have available here in Utah is  astounding,” said Todd Jensen, executive vice president of sales at Harmons. “Being able to contribute and support the continued growth of our dynamic food scene and these local businesses is what Harmons strives for day in and day out.”  

 Harmons past grant recipients include: 2020: Bitter’s Lab, Salsa Queen, and Days Fresh Produce2019: Chocolate Conspiracy, Mamachari Kombucha and Shaffer Farms
2018: Bar 10 Beef, McFarland Farms and Hollow Tree Honey2017: Caffe Ibis, Heber Valley Milk & Artisan Cheese, Kodiak Cakes2016: Mezzo Chocolates, RubySnap Fresh Cookies, Intermountain Specialty Food Group, Drake Family Farms

 This year, the recipients are notably all women-owned businesses and Rojas Farms and Mama Africa are also BIPOC (black, indigenous, and other people of color) owned. 

 Harmons continues to focus on providing customers with an extensive selection of local items. They partner with more than 350 local vendors, making it one of the most comprehensive selections of local items in Utah.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.