Back to Basics
The vendor fair is a favorite at Back to Basics! This year, our sustainably-focused vendor fair is going virtual so you can stock up on locally grown and handmade goodies. Connect with knowledgeable people and organizations who want to help you live more sustainably. Get to know their stories through the videos below. Head over to their websites for an abundance of educational materials, services, locally made/grown goods including delicious foods, natural personal care products, handmade home decor, clothing, and more! Vendors will be continually added to this page, so check back often!
Vendor/Exhibitor registration is open for our 2021 event! Click here for more information about virtual participation and to register online! Vendor/exhibitors must have their proposal in by Saturday, November 14th, 2020 to be included in all our holiday promotion. Proposals will be accepted until February 6th, 2021.
Back to Basics 2021 Virtual Vendor Fair
Below is the list of our 2021 Back to Basics Vendors & Exhibitors. We will update the list periodically - check back soon! Vendors marked with an asterisk will also be presenting a workshop during Back to Basics.
Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca Shop
The Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca shop is your new go-to shop for yarn, crafting supplies and alpaca goods! They carry yarns of all types including alpaca. You may also take classes and learn new hobbies. The owners, Esther and Dave, live on the Alpaca farm and Esther's own handspun yarn and woven rugs are available for sale.
Located in Pine River, MN
Energy for Life Connection*
Herbal remedies to support all your physical needs: immune support, digestive health, endocrine & nervous system needs, musculoskeletal issues, anti-virals, anti-bacterials and more. Plus handcrafted lotions, salves, oils, tinctures, herbal infused vinegars & honey, dry herb teas, sweetgrass braids and sage smudge sticks. Locally sorced & organically grown ingredients, made in small batches.
Based in Duluth, MN
Pine River Seed Library
We offer seeds free of charge to anyone who completes a membership form and lists the seeds they are borrowing. We encourage members to return seeds at the end of the season by saving some from their produce. We will be making some changes in how we operate the library to conform to the public library's policies related to Covid-19, but would like people to know we will be lending seeds this spring.
Located in Pine River, MN
Guiding Spirit Journeys*
A Boundary Waters Guide Service specializing in organized women’s trips and providing customized trips for any organization, small group or family. These 4-7 day adventures include group equipment, all food and instruction while on trail, along with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Based in Peqout Lakes, MN
A variety of health and wellness products, handmade with organic and wildcrafted ingredients and sustainably packaged, avoiding plastics whenever possible. Body care products include chapstick, lip tints, deodorant, soap, shampoo bars, dry shampoo, facial scrubs, facial masks, facial hydrosols, facial serum, eye serum, gua sha stones, body butters & massage bars. Herbal products for more specific health and wellness concerns include herbal salves, breast balm for breast health, herbal tea blends, herbal supplements, and custom flower essence blends (therapy in a bottle). Other sustainable items include a soap holder made out of recycled wood and a metal hair pin that can replace plastic ponytail holders.
Based in Saint Paul, MN
Mann Lake, Ltd.*
Shop a wealth of beekeeping supplies, from beginners kits & protective gear to hive components & maintenance supplies. Plus, check out their bee education items and bee gifts! They have your poultry needs, too, including feeds, coops, supplements, waterers, incubators, books, & more!
Visit www.strombergs.chickens.com for more!
Located in Hackensack, MN
Get the tools you need to grow and prepare healthy foods for yourself... even on a table top in winter in Northern MN! Take a look at their GardenStream table top gardening kits for herbs and microgreens and their hydroponic kits!
Located in Bemidji, MN
Pine River Watershed Alliance & Crow Wing Soil & Water Conservation District*
The PRWA & CW SWCD Team up to promote good stewardship practices for a variety of landowners including farmers, gardeners, shoreline owners, ranchers and everyday citizens looking to protect water quality. The CW SWCD offers CW County Plat Books & Native (to our region) Seeds all year. Pre-orders are taken Jan-Feb for Native Plants, Shrubs & Trees for pick-up in May.
Located in Pine River, MN & Brainerd, MN