A gay-owned San Francisco jam company is competing for a grant from the Whole Foods store in the city’s gay Castro District.
Jake’s Castro Kitchen, which was featured in this week’s BARtab article about the weekly Community Pop-Up Market in the Bayview, is one of three locally-owned food vendors chosen to compete in the grant contest. Whole Food’s Local Foodmaker Grant program is done in conjunction with Working Solutions, a local nonprofit that offers micro-loans to small businesses.
The public is invited to vote for their favorite via Facebook, and the winner will receive 5 percent of sales on July 2 at the Castro Whole Foods at 2001 Market Street. A link to the voting page online can be found on Jake’s Castro Kitchen’s Facebook page here.
Jake Blaine launched his jam-making venture last year and conjures up more than two dozen products, from jellies to chutneys, in his home kitchen. (He and his partner, Clint Higgins, had been living in the Castro when he launched the line but now live near City Hall in the Mid-Market neighborhood.)
As of Friday afternoon (June 13) Jake’s Castro Kitchen was in second place with 90 votes. In first was Yum Yum Tonics, with 121 votes, and in third was Eji’s Ethiopian, which had just 11 votes. Voting ends on June 19.
“We found out that you can vote once a day on both your computer and on your phone. So PLEASE make sure you vote for Jake’s Castro Kitchen TODAY,” reads a message from Jake’s Castro Kitchen on its Facebook page. “We really need your help. This grant will help us in many different ways and open a lot of opportunities for us.”
The Bay Area Reporter’s Business Briefs column in the July 10 issue with have more on Blaine and his company as it looks to expand into more retail locations.