Gifts with Impact: Meet Buckaroo Organics’ Favorite Made in Montana Shops and Makers
November 25, 2017
The season for gifting is coming in hot, and we’re taking this opportunity to showcase some amazing Montana-based businesses creating products – and jobs – that make Buckaroo Organics proud to be Made in Montana.
For the eco-conscious
Recherch'e Meaning: hard to find, unique beauty, timeless. Pronounced: rae·shar·shae. This Bozeman-based company creates gorgeous small batch products all wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging with gift giving in mind. With a background as a Master Herbalist and Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Hillari Ladd, the founder of Recherch'e Organics, channeled the ideals of both health and beauty to create a diverse line of handcrafted products made with GMO-free, paraben-free, petroleum free, C/A certified organic, and fair trade ingredients. This company’s commitment to others extends past their ingredient list. Last summer they launched a work-study program to benefit “at risk” girls by creating an ethical work model that teaches young women about business and mentorship.
For the Foodie
Moxie Nosh, meaning “bold food” was created with an intention to help people make healthier food choices. This Missoula-based company’s tagline “Be Bold, Eat Better” perfectly reflects owner, Bridget Baxter’s origins story. Moxie Nosh makes almond and cashew butter seasoned with coconut oil, sea salt and spices, and without sugar and hydrogenated oils. During the holiday months, they have special flavors like Gingerbread Cashew Butter and Pumpkin Spice Cashew Butter. Is your mouth watering yet? We want them ALL! And, given that Americans eat more than 7 pounds of peanuts per person each year, the odds are high that there’s a peanut butter lover on your holiday shopping list.
This Bozeman-based company is the result of a partnership between two historic Montana ranches, The J-L Ranch, located in the Jefferson and Centennial valleys, and Two Dot Land and Livestock, south of Harlowton. Both ranches combine traditional techniques and forward-thinking modern practices to produce exceptional quality, safe, and delicious beef. We love them, because they believe that doing things the right way results in the best quality beef. Grass-fed, grass-finished, born, raised, and processed in Montana; they put the long-term health of the land ahead of short-term profit.
For the home
This family-owned business grew from a shared passion for creating unique and eye-catching metal art at an accessible price point. This husband and wife duo work with clients to develop and produce their unique ideas while also producing ready-to-buy pieces that will add sophistication and create a point of difference to any space, both indoors and outdoors.
If you are looking for unique metal art, Montana Metal Art Company has a variety of designs inspired by president and artist Cameron’s love of the outdoors and the western lifestyle. Each creation from Montana Metal Art is made in Bozeman, Montana from a hand-drawn design, individually CNC precision cut for accuracy, then hand ground and bent, to give it a unique, "one of a kind" look. Our metal artwork has evolved from silhouette to multi-layered, hand formed features giving the pieces the appearance of movement and depth which are sure to enhance any location. Montana Metal Art Company is unmatched in creating custom metal art.
For your drinking buddy
As fifth generation farmers from Big Sky Country, the folks at Dry Hills Distillery are a proud family-owned and operated business. Their family farms raise the potatoes and cereal grains that are used in their quality spirits. Through hard work and innovation, they offer spirits that have a character all their own, including our premium potato vodka, wild raspberry flavored vodka, gin, and a specially crafted whiskey.
From mountaintop to bar top, Bozeman Spirits, located in historic downtown Bozeman, uses only pure Rocky Mountain water to produce the most flavorful spirits. The Distillery produces whiskey, vodka, gin & rum with all of the spirits distilled and bottled on site. Don’t miss their Huckleberry vodka. With the motto, “Drink Local,” this business proudly supports Montana Family Farms & Agriculture by using as many local grains as possible. Bozeman Spirits truly prides itself on its Montana roots.
For the mom (& fur mom)
As dog lovers ourselves, we love that Hattie Rex was born out of the love for owner Tessa’s “rambunctious yellow lab named Pablo.” Unsatisfied with the options at big box stores, Tessa began custom-making her own metal dog tags for Pablo. Soon she was making dog tags for the pets of friends and family. Before long, Hattie Rex began crafting jewelry for humans and the business soared. Ten years later, this boss lady owns a storefront in Bozeman, Montana, where she meets face-to-face with customers on a daily basis, helping them turn their ideas into beautiful custom-made hand-stamped copper and silver pieces that are the perfect gift for anyone on your list.
For the cowboy (or cowgirl)
Silver has long been synonymous with the American West. So, it comes as no surprise that the world-class belt buckle crafters at Montana Silversmiths have been creating their customized masterpieces, in Montana, since 1973. Known as “The Brand of Champions,” Montana Silversmiths is the buckle manufacturer of choice for World Champion events as well as rodeos and competitions at every level. Today, the company makes much more than just belt buckles. From jewelry and western accessories to gifts – each piece is as finely crafted as their renowned belt buckles. Each Montana Silversmiths creation is touched by as many as twenty-five caring sets of hands before packaged in their trademark blue velvet box.
For the stylish traveler
Travel in style this holiday season with Jelt belts. Made from recycled water bottles, woven into a super-stretchy, lightweight elastic and finished with a non-slip grippy inner gel that holds on tight, keeping the belt in place and your pants on. Founder, Jen Perry, started Jelt Belt, in 2014, as a social enterprise after seeing the impact businesses can have on nonprofit causes. Jelt Belt not only gives back, but also strives to help people live a more productive life, which is why they moved manufacturing from China to the Montana Women’s Prison Montana Correctional Enterprise (MCE) Program. This program helps to break the cycle of incarceration by interviewing, training and paying the women, giving them skills and confidence to live a more productive life when they are released. Continuing in the tradition to give back, all website sales on Giving Tuesday will be donated to Thrive (Bozeman-based non-profit).
For Whiskey Leatherworks, functionality, durability and beauty reign supreme along with a special nod toward Montana’s western sportsman lifestyle. The R&D process involves many hours and miles of use in a variety of extreme conditions notorious in the Rocky Mountain West. This yields a canvas and leather bags, belts and accessories that have been heavily researched, built to hold up many through years of use, and beauty that truly increases with age.