Partner of the Month

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Josephson’s Sweet Corn

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Josephson’s Sweet Corn

Josephson's Sweet Corn - Cannon Falls, MN

In the field neighboring Steve and Sue Josephson’s house, rows of sweet corn rise in steps away from the bordering county road. The closest stalks are no higher than mid-calf while the far rows have bulging ears that will be harvested in two days time. “Each planting lasts 5 to 7 days and then we…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Busy Bee Honey

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Busy Bee Honey

Busy Bee Honey - Cannon Falls, MN

For Bob Draheim, owner of Busy Bee Honey Farm in Cannon Falls, MN, bees began as a accessory to his farm in Byron, MN about 20 years ago. “We had a pick-your-own strawberry, pick-your-own raspberry farm… We needed the bees to pollinate raspberries, so I bought two hives of bees,” Bob recalls, “We had such…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Sno Pac Foods

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Sno Pac Foods

Sno Pac Foods - Caledonia, MN

Most CEOs would feel out of place in a farm field, but not Pete Gengler. He is the fourth generation of his family to farm and freeze vegetables for Sno Pac Foods in Caledonia, MN and it is in a farm field that he feels most at home. “I started out picking strawberries when I…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Costas Candies and Restaurant

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Costas Candies and Restaurant

Costas Candies and Restaurant - Owatonna, MN

On many evenings, you can find Grant Schultz in the back of Costas Candies and Restaurant, patiently stirring a pot of bubbling caramel. For two to three hours he keeps vigilance over the hot confection until it is ready to pour onto a marble slab to cool for the night. Costas Candies and Restaurant has…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Ruhland’s Strudel Haus

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Ruhland’s Strudel Haus

Ruhland's Strudel Haus - St. Paul, MN

Tom Ruhland was enticed, like many Midwesterners, with the promise of easy riches if he were to have a coveted food concession stand at the Minnesota State Fair. He began experimenting with puff pastry as a hobby while he worked as a teacher. “This was, quite honestly, kind of a side gig for me,” Tom…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Spring Grove Soda Pop

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Spring Grove Soda Pop

Spring Grove Soda Pop - Spring Grove, MN

When Bob and Dawn Hansen moved just outside the small town of Spring Grove, MN in 1983, the company Spring Grove Soda Pop was quickly approaching its 90th birthday. It would be another 20 years before they would purchase this local icon, but the soda had already made a strong impression on them. “Whenever we…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Open Hands Farm

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Open Hands Farm

Open Hands Farm in Northfield, MN

A dusty flatbed pickup rolls along the gravel driveway of Open Hands Farm and out past the fields of lush vegetable plants. The bright patchwork of bee boxes strapped securely to its bed will soon house the growing swarm of pollinators that work alongside Erin Johnson and Ben Doherty on their organic vegetable farm. Since…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Lorence’s Berry Farm

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Lorence’s Berry Farm

Lorence's Berry Farm in Northfield, MN

  As the warmth of June settles into the valleys around Northfield, the first strawberries at Lorence’s Berry Farm grow heavy on their leafy stems. The Lorences nurture fields of strawberries, asparagus, and fall raspberries just west of Castle Rock, MN. The asparagus has been pushing through the sandy soil since the beginning of May,…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Prairie Pride Farm

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Prairie Pride Farm

In 1878, after immigrating across the Atlantic Ocean, the Hubmer family settled in the vast Minnesota prairie to begin farming. Ever since, the family has worked the land, stewards for each generation of children who would farm after them. Roger and Dawn started farming together in 1982, after their marriage. In 1998, they started Prairie…

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Lorentz Meats

PARTNER OF THE MONTH: Lorentz Meats

Local abattoir and meat processing, Cannon Falls, MN

In 1968, Ed and Mary Lorentz were visiting family in Chicago when they received the call that the Bremer Brother’s Meat Market in Ed’s hometown of Cannon Falls, MN was for sale.  Ed was working at an ammonia plant at the time, but he had experience as a meat cutter and a rich entrepreneurial spirit…