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Harmons Awards Three $5,000 Development Grants to Local Businesses

Salsita's Mendoza

Harmons Neighborhood Grocer awarded Salsitas Mendoza, Park City Creamery and Miss Essie’s BBQ each $5,000 as part of its Local Supplier Development Grant initiative. The annual grants program, now in its seventh year, rewards local businesses for their exceptional dedication to and effort in producing and providing high quality products for local customers. The recipients of these grants embody the spirit of what it means to contribute positively to our local community and economy.  

Salsitas Mendoza brings authentic Mexican salsas and sauces to tables across the state and country using ingredients picked at their peak from local farmers. What started as gifts for friends and family has developed into a line of 16 different salsas, chips, and cooking sauces.

Park City Creamery’s handcrafted European-style cheeses are made right in Park City with local milk. Their creative adaptations of traditional European cheeses include goat cheese with vegetable ash, brie style, brie style with truffles, and feta style cheese, all offering customers “Cheese with Altitude.”

Miss Essie’s BBQ brings ‘the south to your mouth’ through delectable sauces, smoked meats, and seasoning rub. Part of a 100-year tradition of southern style family recipes, their products are full of flavor, natural ingredients and are truly authentic southern cuisine.

“Our winners have worked so hard to bring high quality food to their customers’ tables. It’s local businesses like these that enhance not only the cuisine experience for individuals and families, but contribute to the local economy,” said Todd Jensen, executive vice president of sales at Harmons. “It’s a privilege to continue to partner with these businesses and to show our appreciation and gratitude for their dedication in bringing some of the most authentic and flavorful products here to Harmons.”

Harmons past grant recipients include:

2021: Rojas Farms, Mama Africa, and Solstice Chocolate

2020: Bitter’s Lab, Salsa Queen, and Day Farms

2019: Chocolate Conspiracy, Mamachari Kombucha, and Shaffer Farms

2018: Bar 10 Beef, McFarland Farms, and Hollow Tree Honey

2017: Caffe Ibis, Heber Valley Cheese, and Kodiak Cakes

2016: Mezzo Chocolate, RubySnap Fresh Cookies, Intermountain Specialty Food Group, and Drake Family Farms

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