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July 21, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Food gifts are rather a different beast from virtually any other promotional product. They can present challenges, but they also provide new and exciting opportunities. Food gifts satisfy needs that soft and hard good lines are intrinsically unable to while making it possible to imprint memories with taste sensations—one of the most powerful types of memories! Creating those connections with your client's gifts can give you a leg up on the competition and offer an impressive boost to your sales. That being said, how do you get started selling food gifts when you've never offered food before?
June 9, 2022
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
It's all but impossible to look up party planning ideas without tripping over charcuterie board suggestions—for good reason! Charcuterie boards offer an attractive way to present finger food that's perfect for an appetizer or a snack. Think of it as the traditional North American meat and cheese platter's big brother, the one that took a gap year to backpack around France and came home with Ideas. Meat and cheese varieties are staples of charcuterie boards, but they can also feature bread and crackers, fruits and vegetables, and condiments, among other things—the limit is only your imagination! That being said, read on to learn a few things to take into consideration when putting together your next charcuterie board.
May 26, 2022
Maple Ridge Farms Team
As a small business owner, you wear many hats, from sales and marketing to customer service and accounting. You get so much done in a day, but you’re always scrambling from one task to the next. How are you supposed to work on your business when you’re so busy working in your business? One way to maximize your productivity and streamline your time is to use the best tools and resources available. It may take some trial and error, but finding tools that work for you will help you manage your to-do list when you don’t have anyone to delegate to. We’re sharing some of our favorite tools, so check them out and let us know what you think!
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.

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