Summer Box - 2021
MN PINT GLASS, NORTHERN GLASSES - MINNEAPOLIS
Northern Glasses is owned by Fight For Something, a company that builds brands to fight for things that matter. Started by Mitch Reaume at age 23, Fight For Something is a network of brands that exist to use business to build a better world. The world has seen the potential business has to wreak havoc... How much greater is the potential for it to do good? While the inspiration is the product of many experiences, the most significant was planted by his mother, Norma Jean Reaume and her fight with leukemia. By the time she found rest at age 52, Mitch had spent half of his life watching her fight, largely for her family. If there is one message that her life sent, it was this: Fight for things that matter.
Inspired by Norma, we're running with that message.
MN STATE STICKERS, WILD NORTH
CO. - MINNEAPOLIS
Life should be about more than just eat, sleep, go to work, repeat. There’s so much out there to do and see, even if it’s right in your own backyard. You just have to go outside to enjoy it!
I know what a good day at the lake can do for the soul so you can expect to see the “up north” lifestyle reflected in everything I make.
Growing up in Minnesota, my family often went camping for our family vacations. And nothing could beat my trips up to the Boundary Waters with friends! As I get older I find that I prefer certain comforts of home, like running water, so we now spend our vacations in cabins instead. Even though we’ve transitioned from soft tents to solid four walls, the idea of our time away remains the same – spend time with those you love and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. You will find this same spirit in all of my designs at Wild North Co. Sometimes all you need is to just slow down, grab a friend, and take a hike.
COFFEE, CUCKOO COFFEE - WHITE BEAR LAKE
We focus on specialty, small-batch craft roasted coffee from incredible orgins, in the best coffee-growing regions of the world. These coffees have been hand-picked and developed over time, along with partners at the orgin and through importers, to provide you with the most delicious coffee that you can possible imagine. Roasted for you with care in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
LIP BALM, BONE LAKE MEADOWS - SCANDIA
Bone Lake Meadows Apiary is located in the open, rural spaces of Washington County, MN. Our apiary aims towards sustainable beekeeping. Back in Mike's Master Gardening days at the Universtiy of Minnesota, he received a colony of bees as a gift from his family. What started out as an addition to the garden for pollination became a passion in no time. Since 2001, Bone Lake Meadows Apiarty has had hives in various locations along the St. Croix River Valley. As beekeepers it's our job to set up our bees to succeed. We do this by placing our bees on organically farmed land, orchards, garden plots and CSA farms.
MINI BEE POLLEN INFUSED HONEY, BARE HONEY - MINNEAPOLIS
After working in the food and agricultural industry for nearly 20 years, owners and creators Dustin and Grace, have learned a thing or two about taste. The pair of foodies discovered each other in 2004, and soon realized they had found love at first bite. After being blessed with two beautiful children, their heart melting munchkins solidified their mission: create wholesome meals that not only taste great, but are also healthy for their family and the environment.
BACON ON THE GO, RIFF'S SMOKEHOUSE - ARDEN HILLS
Real bacon that you can eat now without waiting for your skillet or draining grease.
This is authentic BBQ bacon! We use our competition blend of wood, dark brown sugar, and our handmade BBQ rub to make bacon like you've never tried. You can take our bacon with you anywhere, no refrigeration required.
SMOKED SALT, UP NORTH LONGHORN SMOKERS - MINNETONKA
It all started with two things we are really good at...outdoor cooking and being the parents of a special needs young man and an incredible daughter, Allison! So it’s been a dream of ours to come up with a business where Austin can use his skills to support it as he moves into being a special needs young man into a special needs adult. And If we can make a go of it, we even have dreams of employing others with similar skill sets.
SHOWER FIZZIES, A BEAUTIFUL PAUSE - WHITE BEAR LAKE
Stress has had a significant impact on Jill's health in years past. As an event coordinator and transportation director, she found herself often working incredibly long days. Evenings, weekends, and holidays, times typically used for rest and relaxation, were her "go-times"; the remaining hours were filled with office work. There were few chances to unwind and recharge. Her physical, emotional, and spiritual health were taking a hit. Journaling was a significant way to process whatever was taking place. It was during this time that she also began writing a thankful list each day and publishing it. A group of young people followed the idea and began eating together, when they could, at what they called "The Happy Table." Jill loved her work. Eventually, though, a change needed to be made. A career change.
STICKY NOTEPAD - UFF DA BOX - WHITE BEAR LAKE
The Uff Da Box was created to be a fun adventure. It was founded by , a full-service marketing agency in White Bear Lake, MN. Born during the 2020 Covid pandemic as way to help promote local businesses.
We wanted to use our time, talents, and connections to spotlight the rich business diversity in and around our community. As a creative agency we are well-suited for this type of concept. The UFF DA phrase was perfect! Without even thinking too hard there are so many fun ways to play with that phrase and spark the creative juices. Since we do design, create custom packaging, and get swag for many clients, this was a natural fit. A magical combination of a good cause, creative outlet, and a fun concept is what created the Uff Da Box.
Spring Box - 2021
From candle to cookie dough, this season's box is a fabulous sampling of Minnesota-crafted goodness.
SALSA, PEPPY PETE'S - PEQUOT LAKES
Peppy Pete’s started in 2014 with the original recipe, which had been made for decades
by Lisa’s mom Emilie. It is a unique salsa recipe which uses fresh roma tomatoes and
zucchini. This, along with a special combination of spices give this chemical free salsa
its unique flavor. Soon to follow, were the other recipes, now totaling 12. Peppy Pete’s
salsas have won numerous awards over the years including a MN state fair champion, a
University of MN Salsa Fest champion & grand champion as well as 8 international
awards including 2 world champions.
SCONE MIX, THE SECRET GARDEN - PARK RAPIDS
In 1985, Anne Morgan created several wholesome soup mixes as a volunteer in her
hometown (Park Rapids) food co-op. When the store closed several years later,
customers insisted she continue production of her family-favorite, time-saving mixes. Her
husband built an FDA-inspected kitchen on their organic farm—and The Secret Garden
was born. She now makes twenty-eight soup and entrée mixes (many featuring
Minnesota grown wild rice), an assortment of quick bread mixes, sixteen cheese-ball/dip
mixes, and her renowned Wild Rice Seasoning. Visit www.secretgardengourmet.com
for descriptions, photos, and serving suggestions.
CANDLE, FSR COSMETICS - DETROIT LAKES
FSR was founded in 2016 by then 14 year old Frederick (FSR). He set out to make old
fashioned, all natural soap. His mother, Tina, helped and together they have grown the
company to include/specialize in coconut wax candles, lotions and soaps. We have
formulated our own wax and many scents. We hope you love the products as much as
we do! www.fsrcosmetics.com
SWEDISH CLOTH, SOAK IT UP CLOTHS - ROSEVILLE
In 2018 Minnesota designer and mom Carla Scholz decided it was time to create
something that appealed to her growing interest in all things green. After decades of
designing witty T-shirts, totes, and other products—plus hundreds of direct mail catalogs
—Scholz found herself searching for an outlet for her creativity that was fun, practical,
and useful. That something is Soak It Up Cloths, reusable, compostable, Swedish
sponge cloths that do the work of 1,500 paper towels. Reusable for months, these fun
cloths will add some cheer to your chores. Soak iT Up Cloths make it easy for everyone
to consume less. www.soakitupcloths.com
COOKIE DOUGH TRUFFLES, NORCROSS CHOCOLATES - MINNEAPOLIS
From a fourteen-year-old boy’s dreams to a reality, Norcross Chocolates has humble
beginnings. As a young boy, Scott Norcross began making chocolates & fudge with his
father. Through the years we have tested, tweaked, & perfected our signature recipes to
bring you a unique selection of high-quality fudge & chocolates. All of our treats are
made to order, contain zero preservatives, & can be customized to your taste.
RED BERRIES TEA, TEASOURCE - ROSEVILLE
TeaSource is the Twin Cities foremost tea importer, wholesaler, and retailer, offering
more than 200 prize-winning loose-leaf teas. Locally owned and operated for over 20
years, we import most of our own teas directly from the tea gardens where the teas are
grown. We blend many of our teas right in here in Minnesota, and we carry teas that are
not available anywhere else in the U.S. www.teasource.com