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Back to Basics


Saturday, February 17, 2024
Pine River-Backus Schools, Pine River, MN

Sustainable Shopping & More at Back to Basics!

The vendor area is one you don't want to miss! With over 50 booths, there is an abundance of educational materials, services, and locally made/grown goods, including delicious foods, natural personal care products, handmade home decor, clothing, and more! The vendor area is free to visit and open to the public the entire day!


2020 B2B vendor

The B2B Vendor Fair features goods and services that are handmade, upcycled, re-purposed, home-grown and sustainable in nature. The fee for an 8’x8’ booth is $40. Additional information can be found in the Vendor Guidelines. Vendors will also need to fill out an ST-19 form, which can be turned in by email, mail, or at check-in on the day of the event. 

The wealth of knowledge and experience as well as the quality of goods and services shared at the event are invaluable and of huge benefit to all who attend. Thank you to all of our past and future vendors! ​

The vendor area is now full and registration is closed, but please email us if you would like to be added to our waitlist.

2024 Vendors & Exhibitors

Open to the public, free entry, 8am-4pm. 

April Hepokoski - Information about sustainability and closed-loop zero-waste living. Two books about zero-waste living, one written by the vendor, will be for sale!

Balsam Moon Preserve - Balsam Moon is a place of simple sustainable living, peace, and spirituality in partnership with earth, spirit, and humans. They offer workshops, retreats, trails, a labyrinth in the woods, and respite in nature.

Blue Lotus Mindfulness and Meditation Center - Information about Dharma centered mindfulness and meditation offerings consisting of weekly meetings, classes and adult/teen retreats.

Cat Tale's Books & Gifts - New and used books and sustainable gift items including hand-dyed bamboo and cotton socks.

Clean Energy Resource Teams - Information on energy efficiency and renewable energy, including how to find funding and rebates.

Crow Wing Food Co-op - Information about the food coop with snacks, t-shirts, and stickers for sale.

Crow Wing Master Gardener Volunteer Program - Sharing educational materials on all aspects of horticulture.

Crow Wing Studio - Hand-poured soy-wax candles in hand-throw, wood-fired pottery with clay sourced from naturally occurring clay deposits and handmade glazes, free from harmful chemicals in many commercial glazes.

CynthiaRose Sound Art - Suncatchers, lights, and stained glass pictures made from recycled tumbled glass dishware, tiny dot Lake Superior hand-painted stones, and Tibetan singing bowls.

Dan’s Woodshop - Handmade canoe paddles, games, spatulas, soap dishes, and other wooden products. 

Domestic Kneadings - Variety of sourdough breads, pies, and cookies.

Dorothy Alvarez - Embroidered towel sets, kitchen towels, table runners, pillowcases, hand-tied blankets, and more.

Earth Is Our Home Environmental Solutions - Mycorrhizal fungi inoculants as well as information services.

Energy for Life Connection - Handcrafted small-batch medicinal herbal remedies locally that are locally grown & sourced sustainably, including dry herb blends, tinctures, lotions, salves, cedar smudge sticks, & infused vinegar.

Faith in Action for Cass County - Information on community resources & volunteer opportunities.

Guiding Spirit Journeys - Information about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness outfitter and guide service offering 4-10 day BWCA Wilderness canoe camping adventures for individual women, small groups, families, and organizations. 

Health Care for All Minnesota - Information on health justice issues and the activities of Health Care for All Minnesotans. 

Hot Nana - Homemade flaxseed-filled microwaveable heating pads made from 100% cotton canvas fabric.

HUG Hydronics - In-floor heating delivery solutions, Heat-Sheet insulation, boilers, and other accessories.

Icecube Herbals LLC - Herbal & mushroom based alcohol extracted tinctures and teas.

Ideal Green Market - Information about Ideal Green Market and co-op memberships. 

Kaity Klothes - Hand-dyed, hand-painted clothing with original artwork.

Language of the Heart, LLC - Language of the Heart, LLC offers play mats, play dough molds, feelings blush toys, and other materials caregivers and teachers can use to help their children express emotions and manage their choices about emotions. 

Larry’s Woodworks - Handmade wooden items including: animated toys, cribbage boards, cheese/cutting boards, yarn bowls, and salad bowls. 

Madland Studios - Visit the Madland studio booth for dynamic and lifelike representations of plants and wildlife in original pieces, prints, cards, and stickers from Artist Hayley Madland, who utilizes scientific illustration techniques as a backbone for her creative work. 

Mankato Zero Waste & Beyond Plastics Greater Mankato Area - Information, literature, and legislative action packets focused on reducing single-use plastics and alternative products.

Minnesota Farmers Union - Information about the Minnesota Farmers Union - a grassroots, member-driven organization working for family farmers and rural communities.

National Loon Center - Educational information and free resources about loons, shoreline habitats, and actions people can take to protect them. Select merchandise available to support the Loon Center. 

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) - Information for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on financial and technical assistance available to help protect natural resources.

North Circle Seeds - Organic Vegetable Seeds and general merchandise, including t-shirts, are available for sale. 

Northern Waters Land Trust - Printed materials regarding conservation options for landowners, why conservation matters for water resources, and what a watershed is.

Ole Lake Farm - Freshly ground wheat flour, rye flour, and cornmeal; handmade goat's milk soap and lotions; and farm t-shirts. 

Pine River Mittens, LLC - Recycled clothing mittens, as well as gnomes, earrings, and jewelry made out of recycled materials.

Pine River Seed Library - The seed library "lends" garden seeds at no charge to people who complete the membership and check-out forms, with encouragement to save seeds from their produce and return some of them to the library.

Pine River Watershed Alliance - Maps and information about the Pine River Watershed and local conservation projects efforts.

Pinewood Lane Pet Resort LLC - Homemade dog treats made from scratch with locally grown or organic ingredients, as well as information about Pinewood Lane Pet Resort.

Plant Magick - Herbal products without preservatives and harmful chemicals for health, wellness, and body care, including chapstick, lotion bars, dry shampoo, deodorant, elderberry syrup, fire cider, herbal tinctures, herbal bitters, gua sha stones, lymphatic dry skin brushes, facial scrubs, hydrosols, serums, salves, and more! 

Project Optimist - News organization that focuses on environmental coverage along with business and social issues from a solutions lens.

Ricky Tics Arts - Woodland Ojibwe style paintings, Tribal style t-shirts, magnets, greeting cards, nylon and canvas totes with original art designs on them, and more. 

Ron's Rustics - Benches, tables, and more made from repurposed wood.

Selander Coaching and Consulting - Resources for mental health. 

Serenity Now Yarn & Alpaca Shop - Handmade hats, mittens, rugs, and slippers, plus wholesale items from alpacas including socks, hats, mittens, blankets, yarn, and yarn kits. 

Sew Much Fun - Handmade quilted items for home decor & to reduce disposable items made of plastic.

Shaw Specialty Sauces - A variety of craft sauces including salsa, pizza sauce, sloppy joe sauce, barbeque, pasta sauce, and jams.

Signature Blacksmithing LLC - Iron-steel tools, home fixtures, fire pit accessories, and grilling tools. 

Smude Oil - Cold pressed sunflower oil products, microwave popcorn, locally sourced pure honey & soothing skin salves.

Speckled Ewe Farm - Fingering, DK, and worsted weight merino wool and nylon hand-dyed one-of-a-kind yarns.

Stone Woman Herbals - Herbs, essential oils, aromatherapy necklaces, car clips and diffusers, sage, and information about Reiki and energy services. 

Strictly Mushrooms LLC - Cultivated fresh gourmet mushrooms, dehydrated, powder, functional mushrooms, possibly tincture and apparel. 

theHERBAL Cache - Herbal products - tinctures and topicals.

Treessentials - Home and personal care products including sugar scrubs, lip balm, body butter, room spray, stuffy sticks, and household cleaners made from natural ingredients and essential oils.

UCare - Sharing information on healthcare plans from UCare. 

UMN Extension Food Systems Program - Information on food safety and food systems team resources.

Waadookawaad Amikwag - Citizen scientist group providing pamphlets and information about damages to aquifers in MN in 2020-2021.

Wellness in the Woods - Wellness in the Woods supports the health and wellness of all individuals in Minnesota with no judgment on where they are in their journey. Holistic peer support is offered to anyone interested.

Wolf Track Energy - Information on solar installations and consultations for people interested in installing solar systems.

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