Name and Location:

Jon and Nicole Borman, Maple Grove MN

What do you make?

Olive salsa, Smoked BBQ beans

How did you get started?

Both of us were in the restaurant business our whole adult lives. We owned a BBQ restaurant in Grand Forks ND where we came up with the bean recipe. We’ve been in this business for 5 years.

What is your favorite part of what you do?

Selling our products at farmers markets and Holly House. Getting to know other vendors and our customers. We enjoy being able to work together and the flexibility.

What is your least favorite part of your maker process?

Shopping for product, chopping a LOT of vegetables and portioning salsa at 4 a.m.!

What is a day in the life of making what you do?

Mix and portion salsa at 4 a.m. Chop vegetables during the day while smoking pork and making bean ingredients. Smoking and portioning beans. Get salsa ingredients ready for morning. Label containers and stamp lids.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?

We both enjoy theater, good food, travel and the beach. Jon likes to read and play golf. Nicole likes Jimmy Buffett concerts, Vegas, North Dakota high school and college hockey.