Makers of Minnesota

Makers of Minnesota

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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August 10, 2022 28 min

Martha Krueger started Giften Market  - an online gift shop featuring thoughtfully curated products from inspiring small businesses including many from Minnesota Makers. Shop hundreds of products produced by emerging and underrepresented entrepreneurs, small artisan studios, and specialty retailers, or create a completely unique gift box that you hand pick the products online.

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Maddie Poling of Sacred Space Gardens joins me to talk about her company's sustainable garden services to commercial and residential customers, including designing, installing, and maintaining gardens as well as her new franchise model for gardeners around the United States to join in the first organic gardening business franchise.

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July 27, 2022 20 min

Morgan Baum is a second-generation potter at  Clay Coyote in Hutchinson Minnesota. Clay Coyote specializes in pottery that you can cook with including the flameware line of clay that can go from refrigerator to stove top and their popular line of pizza stones and grill baskets made of out pottery that can withstand high heat.

Join them and a host of other potters at this year's Minnesota
Pottery Festival in Hutchinson Minnesota ...

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July 20, 2022 28 min

Evan Kail or "Pawn Man" as he is affectionately known is blending his social media know-how and entertaining personality to promote his business St Louis Park Gold and Silver. Hear his literal rags to "riches" story and how as a content creator he is moving his business forward.

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Amy Leyden has started a tablescape company that will rent you completed place settings from 2-12. Whether it's a baby shower or an intimate dinner for two she has you covered and there is no washing after just rinse, wrap and return.

See her designs on Instagram here:
@kaleidoscope_mpls

Order at https://www.k-tablesettings.com/

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Dawn Cleveland left her nursing job to start, From The Diner, a custom, hand-crafted charcuterie company specializing in boards, boxes, tables, and much more!

Take a class or order a board at From The Diner.com or follow her on Instagram  @from.the.diner

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Feminist Book Club was created by  Renee Powers. Her academic background in feminist theory and her penchant for being an early adopter of subscription boxes, podcasts, and online communities paired with her love of reading, her passion for toppling the kyriarchy, and the desire to lead a team of people much smarter than her - launched Feminist Book Club in Minneapolis. Now Feminist Book Club is the premier online hub for intersect...

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June 22, 2022 19 min

Angie Nelson is the founder of Safer Plate. Safer Plate is a meal kit service for people that have allergies.  Each kit comes complete with Recipe cards and meal kit ingredients aside from household staples.

Safer Plate's  goal is to create a bounty of incredible, well-balanced meals free of the most common allergens, so you can feel confident about what you’re eating (and feeding your family.) No need to worry about cross-conta...

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Holly George used her son's chronic Lyme Disease condition as inspiration to create healthy, wholesome marinades and mixes. Spitfire Gourmet consists of Holly’s 5-generation recipes made easy with her three pre-mixed seasoning packets, each with whole spices and ingredients to support a variety of healthy game dishes from one-dish dinners to soups, and salads, pasta, and sides.

 
Spitfire Gourmet enables you to Cook tender juicy ...

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Minnesota Awesome, the local, family-owned Minnesota-themed apparel and accessory company, has just launched the MN Brewery Shirt Club. This is a monthly membership box that is designed to promote local Minnesota breweries and encourage Minnesotans to visit a variety of breweries that they may not normally venture to. Each box contains a t-shirt featuring that month’s brewery, along with a sticker, a printed bio of the brewery, and...

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Margie Morgan took her "Covid Casualty" lay off and turned it into Good Morgan Foods. Her granola is not too sweet and has a pinch of salt that takes it over the top. Find Margie at various Farmers' Markets around town or order her original, blueberry or peanut butter granola here.

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Third Street Brewhouse is brewing Minnesota Gold Lager, a sessionable, 88 calorie ,1.4 grams low carb beer in Cold Spring Minnesota. We spoke with Lindsay Wallace about bringing this low-carb, full-flavored lager from Minnesota to market.

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KLN Family Brands is a manufacturer of pet foods and candy based in Perham Minnesota.
We talk with Mike Hamilton who leads up the Tuffys and Nutrisource Pet food brands and Jadi Anderson who heads up Kenny's candy division including Wiley Wallaby Australian licorice and Sweet Chaos popcorn, about being a manufacturer from a family-owned company in Minnesota.

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Taste your way through Minnesota Monthly's 10th annual Grill Fest! Find all your favorite grilled foods and a range of Minnesota Makers while sampling wines and specialty beers. Test out the hottest grills, gather recipes, and learn how to barbecue like a pro with Minnesota made products like:

Face Punch Foods
2 Dads Bloody Mix
Bare Honey
Here's the Deal Spice
Hooch Booch Kombucha
Kickled Mary
Mixly Cocktail Mix
Muddle and Mint
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Nicolle Nelson, founder of Delicacies Jewelry, wanted to continue to spread the message of female positivity and encouragement through her love of food and she did it by creating Delicacies Jewelry. If you're stumped about what to give the food-lover in your life, I recommend Delicacies jewelry.

Whether you are the Tomato lady like me or obsessed with your favorite dumpling or noodle their line of jewelry has something for every...

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When we last talked to Ryan Rosenthal and Mike von Fange (Season 3 Episode 13) they had left their jobs to pursue a convenience store model that stocked, healthy, nutritious, convenient foods including prepared soups and salads.

Post-Covid a soup subscription business was born. From there they have added high-quality "Chefy" frozen pizzas, bread, and cookies with the hopes of continuing to add upon and expand their sustainab...

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April 27, 2022 29 min

3 Bear Oats was born from its founder, Therese Moore's love of cooking and her many years in Europe. Having relocated to Minnesota, Therese began experimenting with steel-cut oats in ways common to Northern European meal routines.  Whether savory or sweet Steel cut oats provide the base for the original grain bowl.

3 Bear Oats embraces the bounty of local farms in season, while supporting local farmers through their commercial k...

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Katherine Ellison, founder of Bright Planet Pet took her sales experience from the Pet Food Industry and turned it into Bright Planet Pet which makes plant-based, vegan dog treats, that taste just like meat!

As they describe on their website they use sustainable ingredients to lower your dog's carbon pawprint but really, their treats create up to 90% less carbon emissions and use up to 68% less water than a comparable meat-base...

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Originally we met up with Julie Stellar from Stellar Handcrafted Goods on an episode where we featured Arc's Value Village (Season 1 Episode 52) and showcased how Julie's products are made from upcycled wool sweaters. 

After a pandemic mask-making detour, Julie is back in a larger workshop in NE Minneapolis and is featuring other Scandinavian products in her storefront. She is hard at work preparing for another year at the I...

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What exactly are the iconic dishes on the Twin Cities food scene?

They are the culinary game-changers and true originals that have made the Twin Cities — and Minnesota — a food destination. They are the must-haves of food writers Joy Summers and Sharyn Jackson of the Star Tribune.,

They selected 10 iconic Minnesota Makers that you can get in local markets to stock your pantry, fridge, or freezer, whenever you’re hungry for a taste of...

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