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April 19, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Did you know that Maple Ridge Farms is your individual drop ship expert for gourmet gifting? Partnering with us on drop shipping projects makes you a superhero with myriad powers to save the day—not to mention time, money, and more. Read on to discover some of the awesome capabilities individual drop shipping has to offer!
February 7, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we know chocolate is on your mind (just like ours), but chocolate is more than just a sweet treat—it can be transcendent. We don't just claim that; we have evidence to prove it! That transcendent aspect is what we're going to explore using some of our gourmet chocolates, so be prepared for things to get a little steamy.
January 20, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Love is a language with many dialects.  We love our friends and family, our partners and significant others, and ourselves, but not all love is the same.  In English, "love" covers all of these, but in other languages, one word is not enough. In fact, in Greek, there are seven different types of positive love that we can experience in our lifetime. Few foods encapsulate the language of love the way that chocolate does—every kind of love.  Join me on a journey as we walk through how chocolate suits each of them!
December 16, 2021
Isaac Buttke, Contributor
The mind is a powerful thing. Our brains regulate everything in our body, process all kinds of information, and make us feel things based on what’s going on around us. What if I told you there was a way to harness the way people think to maximize your gift-giving? Everyone loves gifts, but taking various psychological principles into account can improve the impact of your gift and enhance your relationships with clients and employees far beyond what you might expect. Here we’ll walk through different schools of thought from the world of psychology to help you improve your gifting.
November 19, 2021
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
It's all but impossible to think about gratitude this time of year without your mind instantly going to Thanksgiving. It's a time for everyone to reflect on what they're grateful for and appreciate what they have, but the practice of gratitude extends well beyond the holiday. Did you know that gratitude is linked to a slew of physical and emotional benefits?  In practicing it, a person may experience benefits like lowering their blood pressure, getting better-quality sleep, having higher self-esteem—and just being happier!
October 27, 2021
Molly Neises, MAS, Sales
It’s the word you’ve probably heard a thousand times over the last eighteen months… Kitting. Although a new concept for a lot of distributors and their buyers, it’s nothing new to the team here at Maple Ridge Farms.  We love when we get to explore really creative and unique ideas – often utilizing other promotional products sent to us to kit with our tasty treats. Let’s start with a fun case history of a project that really embraced holiday gift-giving in a way that celebrated the company’s culture.  Then we’ll share some tips and tricks to create custom kitted gourmet gifts!
October 14, 2021
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
“Food of the gods.”  We mean that literally!  We share a brief look into the history of chocolate.
September 23, 2021
Krista Polka, CAS, Sales
When it comes to setting goals, whether for work, personal, or other, psychology plays a significant role in the success of reaching goals. Goals play a part in how we see ourselves and they also help to shape who we are and who we intend to be. Both professionally and independently, psychologists and mental health professionals associate goal setting with a higher sense of self-worth. Think of the last time you set a goal and reached it. How did you feel afterward? Happy, proud, excited, and fortunate may be some adjectives that come to mind. When setting goals of any caliber, be sure to set specific, clear, defined, and attainable standards for yourself or your team otherwise known as SMART goals. This method was designed as a guide for how to set realistic goals and have a successful outcome. SMART is the acronym for setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound goals.
July 29, 2021
Molly Neises, MAS, Sales
Every year at about this time, we all get super excited at the Farm!  It’s when we get to start sharing new products and ideas with our customers!  When we are developing new gifts, we go into the process thinking about what we have heard from our distributor partners and their buyers in regards to their needs, wants, and desired promotional solutions. When chatting about a new product, we hear, “This would be perfect for…” or “I can see my customer using this for…” and they are situations we may not have originally envisioned.  Better yet is when those same concepts come to fruition and we get to see the gifts in action! This was the case recently with one of our latest roll-outs… our new Gourmet Cylinders.  Each cylinder is filled with two tasty treats to share—or keep all to themselves.  And because they lend themselves to so many types of projects, we made sure that there are plenty of warm-weather-shippable treats on offer as well.  Add in the fact that each cylinder is complete with a custom full-color sleeve, and it’s a winner for every lucky recipient! Read on for recent case studies showing the power of these new fully-custom imprinted dual-packed treats:
July 1, 2021
Maple Ridge Farms Team
The pandemic changed so much about our lives, including how we communicate. It blurred the lines between personal and professional, as more people worked from home than ever before while dealing with the uncertainty and stress of a global pandemic.

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