Beekman 1802 Mercantile is awarding $20,000 to one small American farm

Beekman 1802 Mercantile, a lifestyle company based in Sharon Springs, NY, is now accepting applications from farmers nationwide for its “Mortgage Lifter” contest.

The “Mortgage Lifter” is an annual contest that awards one small American farm $20,000 to further its business goals, be it paying the mortgage or otherwise. The contest name comes from an heirloom tomato first bred in the 1930’s — a tomato so juicy and delicious that farmers sold them quickly to “lift” their “mortgages” during the Great Depression. Beekman 1802 Mercantile continues to honor the intent and name of this unique tomato through its Mortgage Lifter line of pantry products.

More information about the Mortgage Lifter contest is online here. Act fast! Applications are due July 18, 2016.

Eligibility, contest rules, and FAQs are online here.