Locally-based plant food supplement Shake and Grow is attracting attention as a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards.
It's quite an honor because of the number of contestants, said Gail Smith of Yuba City, owner of the home-based business. "There was something about our entry the judges liked."
Shake and Grow, developed by Gail's husband, Frank Smith, is one of more than 125 finalists as of Tuesday in the category food-agriculture and sustainability.
According to the website marthastewart.com/americanmade, the contest is spotlighting entrepreneurs working to build successful businesses and communities. All products must be American made.
The contest, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living, has four categories — crafts, design, food and style — and each has several sub-categories.
The Smiths launched the business in 2008 after using the product in their own garden and sharing with friends. The product can be purchased online and at various businesses in Yuba City and Marysville.
In 2011, Marysville attorney Brant Bordsen called the plant stimulant a "secret weapon." His pumpkin, at 1,693 pounds, was declared the fourth weightiest grown in the world and the second heaviest at a contest in Half Moon Bay that year.
According to the Martha Stewart website, 800 finalists will be selected by the companies' judges who will whittle it down to nine award winners. A 10th will be selected by the public.
Voting for the audience choice award winner begins online Sept. 15.
Winners will be announced Oct. 17 with prizes including a trip to the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Summit Nov. 7-8 in New York City, a cash prize and a chance to be featured in Martha Stewart Living.
The nomination "has (already) brought more recognition to our company," Smith said. "We already had a few inquiries."