Makers of Minnesota

Stephanie Hansen

The Makers of Minnesota podcast, hosted by Stephanie Hansen, features products and services uniquely made in Minnesota -- and conversations with makers, entrepreneurs and innovators in Minnesota about how they conceive of their products and bring them to market.

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Houston White and Hayley Matthews-Jones join me to talk about the opening of the Get Down Coffee Company located in the Camden Town neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Houston is the owner, founder, and designer of Houston White Men’s Room, a barbershop and apparel store also located in Camden. Hear about Houston's 100-year vision and his hope to use the Dogwood Coffee Collaboration to help create racial equity and build generational wealth for Black citizens of the Twin Cities. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Dec 8

23 min 34 sec

Leah Treleven started Sweethhaven Tonics in New Ulm Minnesota. She dubbed herself the founder of “The 30 Second Craft Cocktail.” Because shouldn't you be able to make an awesome drink in 30 seconds? With her beautiful tonics, you can.Whether it's Apple Thyme and Cardamom, Ginger Lime and Peppercorn, Grapefruit Mint and Basil or Lemon Basil and Lavender her easy cocktail kits will have you feeling spirited in no time. Check out her Recipe page to find your new favorite way to spend half a minute making delicious mocktails or cocktails. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Dec 1

17 min 14 sec

We talk to Angela Gustafson owner of Gustola Granola who is a featured maker in the Makers of Minnesota Holiday Gift Box for 2021 with their Cherry Almond Granola.  The Makers of Minnesota Gift Box is filled with maker products curated by Stephanie Hansen of StephaniesDish and the MakersofMinnesota Podcast. Each box is $65 and can be ordered here but hurry! There are a limited number of boxes available.Get products from:K Mama Sauce - (Season 2 Episode 50)Bt McElrath Chocolates (Season 1 Episode 103)Annie B Caramels (Season 1 Episode 103)Heathers Dirty Goodness (Recap 6 2018)Bare HoneyCheryl's Nut Butters (Season 3 Episode 9)Lost Capital Foods Hot Sauce (Season 3 Episode 10)Isadore NutsSota Crackler Candle (Season 3 Episode 30)Gustola Granola - (Season 1 Episode 54)Brightbox Lab SpongeMakers of Minnesota Stickerplus...Zambezi Biltong - (Season 3 Episode 52) Bonus Bag in the first 150 boxes soldSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 26

8 min 34 sec

Emily Vikre is the owner of Vikre Distillery in Duluth. Emily makes beautiful spirits and canned cocktails. She is also the author of Camp Cocktails, a book about making cocktails that are fun and easy in the great outdoors. We are excited to showcase Vikre's spirits in a special 3-course  Makers of Minnesota Dinner at the Lexington in St Paul on November 30th. . Get tickets here Guests are invited to enjoy cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres in The Williamsburg Room from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by a 3-course dinner created by Chef Antonio utilizing products from three local makers.Our November Dinner will feature  products from Vikre Distilling plus past Makers of Minnesota Podcast Guests including - R & R Cultivation Mushrooms- Isadore Nut Co- Red Head CreameryYou will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the makers, as well as order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on November 30 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 24

23 min 32 sec

We talk to Justin Henke owner of Annies Caramels or BT MCElrath who is a featured maker in the Makers of Minnesota Holiday Gift Box for 2021 with their Salty Dog Chocolate Bites and Annie B's Caramels. The Makers of Minnesota Gift Box is filled with maker products curated by Stephanie Hansen of StephaniesDish and the MakersofMinnesota Podcast. Each box is $65 and can be ordered here but hurry! There are a limited number of boxes available.Get products from:K Mama Sauce - (Season 2 Episode 50)Bt McElrath Chocolates (Season 1 Episode 103)Annie B Caramels (Season 1 Episode 103)Heathers Dirty Goodness (Recap 6 2018)Bare HoneyCheryl's Nut Butters (Season 3 Episode 9)Lost Capital Foods Hot Sauce (Season 3 Episode 10)Isadore NutsSota Crackler Candle (Season 3 Episode 30)Gustola Granola - (Season 1 Episode 54)Brightbox Lab SpongeMakers of Minnesota Stickerplus...Zambezi Biltong - (Season 3 Episode 52) Bonus Bag in the first 150 boxes soldSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 19

6 min 8 sec

Fermented foods and beverages are older than recorded history and integral to culinary traditions in almost every part of the world.  Chef Jim Taugher is the owner of Fermentation Station and started with “quick pickles”.  At the most basic level, quick pickles are hot vinegar and sugar poured over an item.  In an effort to expand the pickle department, he began to study “old school” fermented pickles.  Being passionate and a bit obsessive, he devoured books on the subject, followed famous fermenters, and found any videos he could on the subject.  He then combined his new skills with his years of studying flavors and BOOM gourmet, creative, unique pickled items were on hand.  Customers and friends alike all said, “You should sell these”.  A lot of hard work, research, and personal expense later, and Fermentation Station was born.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 17

27 min 8 sec

We talk to KC Kye owner of K - Mama Sauce who is a featured maker in the Makers of Minnesota Holiday Gift Box for 2021 with his "Korean Ketchup the K-Mama Sauce". The Makers of Minnesota Gift Box is filled with maker products curated by Stephanie Hansen of StephaniesDish and the MakersofMinnesota Podcast. Each box is $65 and can be ordered here but hurry! There are a limited number of boxes available.Get products from:K Mama Sauce - (Season 2 Episode 50)Bt McElrath Chocolates (Season 1 Episode 103)Annie B Caramels (Season 1 Episode 103)Heathers Dirty Goodness (Recap 6 2018)Bare HoneyCheryl's Nut Butters (Season 3 Episode 9)Lost Capital Foods Hot Sauce (Season 3 Episode 10)Isadore NutsSota Crackler Candle (Season 3 Episode 30)Gustola Granola - (Season 1 Episode 54)Brightbox Lab SpongeMakers of Minnesota Stickerplus...Zambezi Biltong - (Season 3 Episode 52) Bonus Bag in the first 150 boxes soldSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 12

7 min 47 sec

Our friends and hosts of Minnesota Bound Laura Schara and  Bill Sherck reflect on this history and the legacy of the show as they celebrate their 1000 episodes with a special on Sunday, November 13.Watch episodes here.Interested in the deer camp? Watch here.Follow Minnesota Bound on InstagramSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 10

19 min 41 sec

We talk to Laura Muhm owner of Sota Cracklers who is a featured maker in the Makers of Minnesota Holiday Gift Box for 2021 with her hand-poured soy candles with wooden wicks, which produce a beautiful white flame and a soft sizzle & crackling sound as they burn while smelling of the  Northwoods with Balsam Pine &  Cedar.The Makers of Minnesota Gift Box is filled with maker products curated by Stephanie Hansen of StephaniesDish and the MakersofMinnesota Podcast. Each box is $65 and can be ordered here but hurry! There are a limited number of boxes available.Get products from:K Mama Sauce - (Season 2 Episode 50)Bt McElrath Chocolates (Season 1 Episode 103)Annie B Caramels (Season 1 Episode 103)Heathers Dirty Goodness (Recap 6 2018)Bare HoneyCheryl's Nut Butters (Season 3 Episode 9)Lost Capital Foods Hot Sauce (Season 3 Episode 10)Isadore NutsSota Crackler Candle (Season 3 Episode 30)Gustola Granola - (Season 1 Episode 54)Brightbox Lab SpongeMakers of Minnesota Stickerplus...Zambezi Biltong - (Season 3 Episode 52) Bonus Bag in the first 150 boxes soldSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 5

7 min 19 sec

Tasya Kelen is the maker of Isadore Nuts, the award-winning snacks, and gift that is more than just delicious and good for your body. Tasya had long been passionate about the power of good food.  She also believes hiring inclusively is the most important step to offering opportunities to all workers. She believes her nuts can change the world by being sustainable and providing opportunities.We are excited to showcase their nuts in a special 3-course  Makers of Minnesota Dinner at the Lexington in St Paul on November 30th. . Get tickets here Guests are invited to enjoy cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres in The Williamsburg Room from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by a 3-course dinner created by Chef Antonio utilizing products from three local makers.Our November Dinner will feature nuts from Isadore Nuts and products from past Makers of Minnesota Podcast Guests- R & R Cultivation Mushrooms- Vikre Distilling- Red Head CreameryYou will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box featuring Isadore Nuts that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on November 30 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Nov 3

28 min 54 sec

We talk to Heather Manley, owner of Heathers Dirty Goodness, ( and Crooked Water Spirits and On Demand Group ) who are a featured maker in the Makers of Minnesota Holiday Gift Box for 2021.The Makers of Minnesota Gift Box is filled with maker products curated by Stephanie Hansen of StephaniesDish and the MakersofMinnesota Podcast. Each box is $65 and can be ordered here but hurry! There are a limited number of boxes available.Get products from:K Mama Sauce - (Season 2 Episode 50) Bt McElrath Chocolates (Season 1 Episode 103) Annie B Caramels (Season 1 Episode 103)Heathers Dirty Goodness (Recap 6 2018)Bare HoneyCheryl's Nut Butters (Season 3 Episode 9)Lost Capital Foods Hot Sauce (Season 3 Episode 10)Isadore NutsSota Crackler Candle (Season 3 Episode 30)Gustola Granola - (Season 1 Episode 54)Brightbox Lab SpongeMakers of Minnesota Stickerplus...Zambezi Biltong - (Season 3 Episode 52) Bonus Bag in the first 150 boxes soldSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Oct 29

7 min 52 sec

R&R Cultivation is a local grower in the Twin Cities that specializes in growing organic, gourmet mushrooms. Owner Nick Robinson and Lance Ramm started their first grow in Nick's basement. In two short years, Nick and Lance took R&R Cultivation from a small, basement operation to a fully-scaled urban farm. Today, they supply their fresh, gourmet mushrooms to most co-ops and farmers' markets and all Lunds & Byerlys locations in the Twin Cities.We are excited to showcase their mushrooms in a special 3-course  Makers of Minnesota Dinner at the Lexington in St Paul on November 30th. . Get tickets here Guests are invited to enjoy cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres in The Williamsburg Room from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by a 3-course dinner created by Chef Antonio utilizing products from three local makers.Our November Dinner will feature mushrooms from R & R Cultivation and products from past Makers of Minnesota Podcast Guests- Vikre Distilling- Red Head Creamery- Isadore NutsYou will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box featuring Isadore Nuts that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on November 30 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Oct 27

24 min 5 sec

Lynn Melling and Ian Planchon met on the set of a TV News organization and started 515 Productions, a production company designed to help brands tell their stories through award-winning video production.From scripting to shooting and editing, and everything in between, they collaborate with clients throughout the production process, to create impactful videos that capture attention and build connections with consumers.Their current project, Freshwater, just won  Ian a 2021 Upper Midwest Emmy for Best Director after being previewed at this year's Catalyst Film Festival in DuluthSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Oct 20

29 min 56 sec

KC Kye knew from an early age he had a mind for business. KC turned his mama's Korean sauce that she made at home into K-Mama Sauce. KC call's K Mama Sauce the Korean ketchup and after debuting at Farmers Markets and events around the Twin Cities 7 years ago he is now in 50 Target stores and also selling through Amazon.com.K Mama sauce will be a featured Maker at the second  Makers of Minnesota diner at the Lexington in St Paul on October 26th. Get tickets hereEach month we will feature three local vendors and include their goods and products in a special 3-course menu. Enjoy a special evening celebrating our local makers and their creative spirit.Guests are invited to enjoy cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres in The Williamsburg Room from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by a 3-course dinner created by Chef Antonio utilizing products from three local makers.Our October Dinner will feature products from:- Stickney Hill Dairy's The Humble Goat Cheese- K-Mama Sauce- Sweetland OrchardYou will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box featuring K-Mama Sauce that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on October 26 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Oct 13

18 min 12 sec

Sweetland Orchard is owned by Mike & Gretchen Perbix and operated with the help of their families and friends. Located in Webster Minnesota Sweetland is a Wild Orchard with over 50 varieties of apples.  They are becoming sage experts at growing, pressing, and fermenting apples. And they do it well. They take pride in their transparent growing practices, their impressive varieties of apples, and their platform to share knowledge and information on the process of making cider.Schedule an apple and cider flight by visiting the orchard or join us at the second Makers of Minnesota diner at the Lexington in St Paul on October 26th. Get tickets hereEach month we will feature three local vendors and include their goods and products in a special 3-course menu. Enjoy a special evening celebrating our local makers and their creative spirit.Guests are invited to enjoy cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres in The Williamsburg Room from 6:00-6:30 pm followed by a 3-course dinner created by Chef Antonio utilizing products from three local makers.Our October Dinner will feature products from:- Stickney Hill Dairy's The Humble Goat Cheese- K-Mama Sauce- Sweetland OrchardYou will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on October 26 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Oct 6

27 min 5 sec

Our guest today is Kalyn Hove Senior Vice President at Comcast Twin Cities talking about the Comcast RISE program.Comcast RISE is a broad initiative that launched in 2020 to provide eligible small businesses owned by people of color including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian Americans,   with the marketing and technology resources and tools they need to grow their businesses and thrive for years to come.The Comcast RISE Investment Fund is giving the Twin Cities $1 million in grants to give 100 small businesses owned by people of color each $10,000. The Comcast RISE Investment Fund is focused on small businesses that have been in business for three or more years with 1-25 employees. Businesses eligible include those in the seven-county Twin Cities metro. (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties).Beginning on October 1- 14, eligible businesses in the Twin Cities can apply for a $10,000 grant at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants in the Twin Cities, will be awarded in late November 2021.Please share and spread the word about applying for the grant today at www.ComcastRISE.com*Sponsored Episode by Comcast Twin CitiesSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Oct 1

13 min 55 sec

Zambezi Biltong is made from only the best 100% farmed beef marinated with six timeless ingredients that are then air-dried and thinly sliced to perfection. The result is a truly authentic "Minnesota Made" meat snack.   Hailing from southern Africa, the founders of Zambezi Biltong Mwila and Ranga are inspired by methods and recipes passed down for countless generations.  Here is how they are taking the Twin Cities snack world by storm in this Makers of Minnesota episode.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 29

21 min 48 sec

Back in 2018, Lutunji Abram, met with the Pastor of a historic church in South Minneapolis to discuss the Charter School for teen parents she developed in partnership with her organization, Voices of Effective Change. Lutunji blessed him with her signature peach cobbler as a sign of respect and gratitude. He took one bite, and Lutunji’s Bakery was born.. Now Lutunji is selling Peach cobbler at events and restaurants around the Twin Cities while she works toward her own brick and mortar Lutunki's bakery and Cafe location at 1400 Park Avenue in MinneapolisLutunji's Bakery Gourmet desserts are available at Lunds & Byerly's, North Market, Minneapolis Farmers Market Annex, Seasoned Specialty Market, Handsome Hog, and Pimento Kitchen. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 22

20 min 7 sec

We get a chance to talk with Aliment Pasta company,  a family business; founded by chefs and brothers-in-law Alex Dayton and Matt Kappra to create and share exquisite fresh pasta. Aliment is located in the Food Building in North East Minneapolis and will be one of the featured makers at our First ever Makers Of Minnesota Dinners at the Lexington on September 28. Get tickets here.Get your tickets here and join the folks from Aliment Pasta,  Alemar Cheeses, Red Table Meats, Bakers Field Flour and Bread, and Marco Zapias 3leche  as Chef Antonio from the Lexington use their products in a 3-course meal that he feels highlights all of these wonderful Minnesota made products from the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.You will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the Food Building makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on September 28 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 15

16 min 38 sec

Marco Zappia, Dustin Nguyen, and Adam Witherspoon are the founders of Tres Leches at Food Building in North East Minneapolis. Tres Leches will be launching soon inside the food building with fermented botanicals, mixers, and various cocktail companions with an event and tasting space.Tres Leches will be one of the featured makers at our First ever Makers Of Minnesota Dinners at the Lexington on September 28.Get your tickets here and join the folks from  Alemar Cheeses, Red Table Meats, Bakers Field Flour and Bread, and of course, Tres Leches as Chef Antonio from the Lexington use their products in a 3-course meal that he feels highlights all of these wonderful Minnesota made products from the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.You will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the Food Building makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on September 28 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.photo credit @growlermagazine - Nina PerkinsSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 10

23 min 54 sec

We get a chance to talk with Mike Phillips from the award-winning food company Red Table Meats located in the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.  Red Table's Meats will be one of the featured makers at our First ever Makers Of Minnesota Dinners at the Lexington on September 28.Get your tickets here and join the folks from  Alemar Cheeses, Red Table Meats, Bakers Field Flour and Bread, and 3leche  as Chef Antonio from the Lexington use their products in a 3-course meal that he feels highlights all of these wonderful Minnesota made products from the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.You will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the Food Building makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on September 28 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 8

12 min 54 sec

We re-connect (Season 2 Episode 29) with Brad  Glynn, co-founder, COO, and Sales and Marketing lead for Lift Bridge Brewing Company, a Minnesota-based craft brewery located in Stillwater that has opened a second taproom in Wisconsin and has redesigned their flagship beer, Farm Girl. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 3

22 min 30 sec

We get a chance to talk with Alexandra Adams from the award-winning food company Alemar Cheeses located in the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.  Alemar will be one of the featured makers at our First ever Makers Of Minnesota Dinners at the Lexington on September 28.Get your tickets here and join the folks from  Alemar Cheeses, Red Table Meats, Bakers Field Flour and Bread, and 3leche  as Chef Antonio from the Lexington uses their products in a 3-course meal that he feels highlights all of these wonderful Minnesota made products from the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.You will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the Food Building makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on September 28 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Sep 1

13 min 46 sec

15 miles up the North Shore from Canal Park is one of Duluth's most celebrated restaurants rebranded as an Airstream food truck called Scenic 61 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.  Chef/owner Scott Graden, has pivoted his Nordic cuisine multiple times to meet the changing restaurant landscape.He is about to embark on the Minnesota State Fair with his Sashimi tuna tacos, a dream he has had for over 20 years. We catch up with Scott before his State Fair debut.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 27

18 min 48 sec

"The Farmer and the Chef " cookbook features more than 90 chef-driven recipes reflecting the life of food and farming in Minnesota's farm-to-table community.  Photographed by Katie Cannon and Written by Claudine Arndt in conjunction with the Minnesota Farmers Union this book captures the long history between the farmer and the chef.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 25

21 min 52 sec

We get a chance to have a catch-up call with Wes Gardener from Bakers Field Flour and Bread located in the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.  We last heard about Bakers Field Flour and Bread  (Season 2 Episode 25) and they are going to be one of the featured makers at our First ever Makers Of Minnesota Dinners at the Lexington on September 28. Get your tickets here and join the folks from Bakers Field, Alemar Cheeses, Red Table Meats and 3leche  as Chef Antonio from the Lexington uses their products in a 3-course meal that he feels highlights all of these wonderful Minnesota made products from the Food Building in North East Minneapolis.You will be our exclusive guest at The Lexington and get to talk to the Food Building makers, as well as pre-order your first-ever Makers Of Minnesota Holiday gift box that I have curated. Get your tickets now and join us on September 28 for a fun night celebrating the wonderful Makers of Minnesota.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 20

14 min 22 sec

Kira Vanderlan owns Zestful Designs. The company provides staging for homes but also provides organizing and decluttering services as well as design. Now that we have spent 18 months in our home listen to how Kira provides a process and a plan for making it beautiful.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 18

23 min 2 sec

We had the opportunity to catch up with Kristy Boike who with her father Ron,  developed Rudolphs Bluebird Houses, a Bluebird House-making company. The Bluebird House making was a way to process the grief that  Ron was feeling from the loss of his wife from Breast Cancer.  (Listen to that episode here: Rudolphs Bluebird Houses Season 2 Episode 6)Fast forward two years as Kristy Boike releases her book on children's grief called "Rise Up Little Bluebirds", published by Makers Of Minnesota past guest Wise Ink Publishing (Season 1 Episode 29).Order the book here.https://riseuplittlebluebirds.com/Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 13

18 min 15 sec

Jared and Valerie Luhmen are grass-fed cattle farmers. They also provide an opportunity for people in the Twin Cities metro area to purchase high-quality, honest, affordable, and delicious 100% grass-fed beef in bulk – from the farm to your plate with a convenient pickup location in Minneapolis. Grass-Fed Cattle Co does all the hard work,  simplifying the process to make it quick, easy, and affordable to enjoy a safe and delicious meal, all the while knowing exactly where your meat came from that is local, free-range, antibiotic-free with no hormones.  Order their beef here.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 10

23 min 34 sec

Greater Fergus Falls finishes their "Meet the Maker" series to promote the burgeoning maker's scene in Fergus Falls. In this episode, we meet Kristin and Josh Mohagen from TC Chocolate. TC Chocolates are a favorite of chocolate fanatics and have won many awards and are manufactured right in Fergus Falls.Greater Fergus Falls is underwriting a few Makers of Minnesota episodes this Summer to highlight their maker community. Check out Greater Fergus Falls on Facebook and see what they have to offer makers and businesses in their community. Enter Promo Code: Inspire15 to save 15% on your TC Chocolate orderSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Aug 4

13 min 20 sec

 Andy Berg worked in the corporate office setting for more than 15 years as an engineer. And then, 2020: cue the pandemic. Latitude Studios is a solution born from a problem, as all the best ones are. Andy and his wife Sarah were thrust into work-from-home life, as many of us were, in 2020. and they needed a separated workspace that was, in fact, not in their home. Thus, the idea of building studios out of shipping containers was born. The new shipping container - workspace studio allowed Andy to “go” to work in the morning but still lock the door and leave work at the end of the day. He and Sarah’s wheels started turning, and soon, Latitude Studios was born.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jul 28

23 min 22 sec

Larry Sickman started Lakes Supply Co (@lakessupplyco)  to bring custom-crafted designs directly to those who love lake life: cabin owners, lake homeowners, anglers, watersports, and camping enthusiasts, or anybody that has fun on or around their favorite lake. It all started when his family went to the North Shore and he wanted a unique shirt to commemorate the trip. All of the shirts felt cookie-cutter, and when he found one that he liked when he returned to work after his trip, a co-worker had the identical shirt.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jul 21

17 min 56 sec

Jason Matheson launched Betty and Earl's Biscuits after his friend and business partner Jen Lueck convinced him they were something special that needed to be shared. Adrienne Odom, their partner, and baker joined the team, and they started making the flaky, delicious biscuits that northerners and southerners alike dream of at Potluck in Roseville. What's next for Betty and Earl's? Listen to the podcast and find out where they will be popping up next.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jul 14

38 min 21 sec

Greater Fergus Falls kicks off their "Meet the Maker" series to promote the burgeoning maker's scene in Fergus Falls. In this episode, we meet Dan Ouren from DU-HA . Du-Ha is the first vehicle storage system designed to fit conveniently out of the way, under the back seat of your pickup and it is designed and manufactured right in Fergus Falls. Greater Fergus Falls is underwriting a few Makers of Minnesota episodes this Summer to highlight their maker community. Check out Greater Fergus Falls on Facebook and see what they have to offer makers and businesses in their community. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jul 7

9 min 44 sec

Kate Labrosse  is a consultant that took her years of expertise and created the Brand Builders marketplace at Keg and Case in St Paul. Each quarter brands will be mentored on packaging, pricing, strategy, and also get real-world experience by being on the shelves at Keg and Case market.  Launch parties, influencer campaigns, and video meet the makers series are all part of helping get Makers launched.Currently, the market is recruiting for the October-December holiday season. at Keg and Case Brand Builders market.  They are offering Makers of Minnesota listeners $500 off the $5000 quarterly brand builders package so make sure you let them know you heard about them on the podcast.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 30

23 min 48 sec

Our friends at Smude Sunflower oil Jenni and Tom have been busy creating new oils, improving their packaging for their popcorn, and launching a co-packing business.Hear their original episode here:https://www.buzzsprout.com/279181/episodes/1157849Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 25

18 min 11 sec

Founded by four proven entrepreneurs – two physical therapists and two fitness industry veterans – Stā Active is a new company dedicated to keeping active people active. They have developed the Fiix Elbow. This is a first-ever machine to automate a proven, clinical process for people to treat lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) at home for maximum convenience, value, and long-term success. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 23

35 min 1 sec

We caught up with DJ and Anastasia Bocchetti hot of their Zest Fest 2021 Silver medal Award Winning and on the Eve of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis this weekend. Catch their original episode here:https://www.buzzsprout.com/279181/episodes/6538654Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 18

7 min 29 sec

Claire Powell is the founder of Bella Virtu Organics. Claire is originally from England and now lives in Minnesota.. After 25 years of working in corporations, she wanted to find a company she could be positive about and use the brand as a way to share positive messages around beauty and aging. Bella Virtu believes inner beauty is the most important kind and any beauty routine should be a moment of joy and self-love, not a damage-control regime.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 16

30 min 42 sec

Graham Petersburg is creating functional beverages at  Friendship Beverage company with his new product lines Juni and Chirp. Chirp is a  bright, delicious flavored water full of energy and no bitterness in flavors like watermelon, blueberry, and mango.  Juni is a juice brand full of botanicals that have the power to impact your health with formulations like calm, immunity, focus, and glow.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 9

19 min 50 sec

Greater Fergus Falls, kicks off their "Meet the Maker" series to promote the burgeoning maker's scene in Fergus Falls. In this episode we meet Brian Christensen from BC Woodshop and Jan Werkau founder of SoapWerks Naturals and Creative Handmade Goods, a store in downtown Fergus falls that features the products of over 40 makers within a 25-mile radius of the store. Greater Fergus Falls is underwriting 3 Makers of Minnesota episodes this Summer to highlight their maker community and invites you to check out what Fergus Falls has to offer makers and businesses in their community by checking out the Greater Fergus Falls website and the programs they have available for businesses.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Jun 2

20 min 55 sec

Upon completion of my interview with Skaalven Distillery founder Tyson Schnitker, he suggested that someone should interview me, to hear my story and get the background of how the MakersofMn podcast came to be. It sounded fun so Tyson and I switched chairs for this unique episode where the Interviewer becomes the interviewee.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

May 26

55 min 26 sec

Lindsey Christianson is the  "Elderberry Queen". She started making batches of her immune-boosting Elderberry Syrup in her home kitchen and has since expanded to internet sales and health and wellness stores throughout the midwest. Hear how she brings this ancient syrup formulation based on the Elderberry Flower into our homes.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

May 19

23 min 55 sec

Jeremy Pryes is brewing "prize" winning beer at Pryes Brewery on the banks of the Mississippi River near the North Loop in Minneapolis.  This is one of my favorite taprooms. The taproom is dog friendly with a huge outdoor patio and a menu full of delicious pub favorites Pryes is not only doing it right in the beer department but in the people department. Hear their story here on this @Makersofmn episodeSupport the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

May 12

35 min 55 sec

Laura Muhm created the "Minnesota  Candle" the Sota Crackler!Actually, the name of the made-in-Minnesota candles is partly derived from the crackling wooden wicks they use!  Laura is hometown proud and names her scents after places & things that are uniquely Minnesotan, like the piney Northwoods scent, or the Mosquito Bite scent made with citronella & mint. Sota Crackler's are high-quality naturally smoke-less soy wax candles, beautifully designed poured by hand, in small batches.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

May 5

22 min 53 sec

Rita Katona and her husband, Eric Hall, co-founded So Good So You Juice Company in 2016. The company provides immune-boosting, probiotic, plant-based juice shots that are cold-pressed with natural ingredients known to improve immune system health. In the past 18 months, So Good So You has grown more than 380 percent. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Apr 28

33 min 36 sec

Redhead Creamery has been making ridiculously good, artisan cheese on their family dairy farm since 2013.  The dream for this sustainable and eco-friendly creamery has been a dream of the founder (natural redhead) Alise Sjostrom’s since she was 16.  Today you can tour the creamery, host your event in their private space on the farm, or simply hang out to sample some cheese and have a pint in their cheese shop! Hear their story about making award-winning cheese with milk from their own cows.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Apr 21

29 min 15 sec

Kate Meier started Craftmade Aprons when her chef son asked her to sew him an apron. After her first attempt, she started working with her other two chef sons to tweak the design and create customizations that fit the diverse needs of the culinary community. Together with Trent Taher, her business partner, they have weathered the pandemic and are moving into chef's coats in a collaboration with US Foods.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Apr 14

33 min 16 sec

Jeff Cerise and his partners at Hobby Farmer Canning Company are passionate makers of delicious, hand-crafted foods and beverages. Their products are based on family recipes and adapted to today’s tastes. What started with pickles, beets, and other vegetables has kept going with Switchels and now their new Hard Switchel.  Switchel has been considered an amazingly refreshing health elixir for centuries. Like their popular N/A Switchel Fizz,  Hobby Farmer Hard Switchel is gluten-free, made with all organic ginger, ACV and honey, but this new one comes in at a very drinkable 5% ABV. and has one the very prestigious Good Food Award.Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Apr 7

31 min 50 sec

Bruce Bacon is a serial entrepreneur having moved back to his hometown of Two Harbors Minnesota to  launch Ruth's Vegetarian Gourmet MeatballsRuth’s meatballs are filled with the cleanest ingredients not soy, fillers, dyes, nitrates, MSG, or corn syrup,. The meatballs are made in small batches from real ingredients you can find in your very own kitchen and Ruth's gives back 20% of the family's profits to charity.  Buy Ruth's online here or find them at your local HyVee, Jerrys, The Co-ops, Cub, and Lunds Byerlys, or other stores here. Support the show (https://paypal.me/StephanieKHansen?locale.x=en_US)

Mar 31

14 min 21 sec