(Originally published Nov 16, 2020)
When I started You Betcha! Box in 2017, I knew I wanted to create a company that was about much more than gift boxes. I wanted to create a way to help people support one another, to truly lift one another up and to help build stronger communities in Minnesota. And what better way to achieve that than with food… the one thing that we all love and brings us all together.
One of the main ways we accomplish our mission of supporting one another is by providing a marketplace for local entrepreneurs in Minnesota who produce small batch, high quality, handcrafted artisan foods. These “makers”, as we refer to them, are local small businesses – from rural areas, small town main streets, to Minneapolis-St. Paul urban core – they all share a common bond of working hard to grow and sustain their companies by developing innovative, unique culinary delights.
My passion is finding and connecting this incredibly talented supply chain of local food artisans with people who love locally sourced gourmet food. I see You Betcha! Box as a platform to express our Minnesota values by coming together to support one another and help Minnesota’s culinary ecosystem thrive. That’s exactly why we don’t make generic, find-it-in-any-catalog gift boxes. Instead, we pride ourselves on curating boxes that reflect who Minnesota is today – a culturally rich and diverse state who is proud of our roots and emboldened by our potential for the future!
Meet Minnesota’s Culinary Entrepreneurs
Each of the local makers featured in You Betcha! Boxes have an inspiring story to share! In fact, each You Betcha! Box includes a profile of each maker featured in the box, sharing their story, recipes, and an offer to redeem for a future order with them.
We’ve taken the liberty of sharing a few of their stories below.
Ancient Indian Spices – Saint Paul, MN
Each spice is individually selected, pan-roasted by hand to allow the natural fragrance and flavor to emerge, and finally ground and blended according to traditional recipes from India. In addition to making authentic Indian cooking accessible, Ancient Indian Spices gives back through their work to support small farmers and a sustainable food ecosystem.
Hoyo Foods: Basbaas Somali Style Salsa – Bloomington, MN
Their recipe originates from Halima, mother of six, and each sambusa is hand-folded, allowing you to experience traditional and authentic Somali cuisine. Basbaas Salsa makes a zesty and lively condiment to use liberally as you would other salsas.
Coco, Bee & Nut – Minneapolis, MN
Their granola has a base of wholesome mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruit, wildflower honey and organic coconut oil, all blended together with various spices that make up each flavor. They pride themselves on using all natural, non-GMO ingredients. Ten percent of all sales is given to people in need of life resource assistance.
K-Mama – Columbia Heights, MN
We can attest that K-Mama has achieved the perfect blend of sweet, rich and spicy flavors that go with everything and are sure to please. Initially sweet with a rich and buttery middle and a spicy tang at the end, K-Mama Korean Hot Sauce adds an authentic, delicious kick to appetizers, salads, soups, and entrees of any style.
Share Local Love
Please join in celebrating these artisans who embody what Minnesota is all about! When you gift a You Betcha! Box to clients, customers or employees this holiday season, your purchase helps support local artisan makers and their growing small businesses, while giving the gift of delicious, Minnesota-made gourmet treats. Great things can happen when we all join together to share local love and support our fellow Minnesotans!