It’s a proverb taken to heart by many in the Beehive State, especially those of us who’ve chosen Utah first for recreation and then later do we figure out ways to stay here and make a living.
Skier and mountain biker Will Hamill did just that more than 20 years ago. Now, his Uinta Brewing is a multi-million dollar operation and ranked 46th among craft brewing companies, according to the Brewers Association. Read more here.
Jake Boyd, a University of Georgia graduate, knew only three Utahns when he moved west about five years ago for the skiing. Shortly thereafter, he founded AllGood Provisions, an organic line of snacks and trail mixes.
To be honest?
The Maine connection.
AllGood roasts cashews with maple syrup from Brownville, Maine. Wicked good.
More seriously, the AllGood line of nuts and berries is a refreshing departure from the who-knows-where-it-comes-from, who-knows-what’s-sprayed-on-it line of snack options usually available.
Why buy nuts and dried fruit from an anonymous source in Israel or Turkey when you can buy them from a family farmer in California?
What started as a nights-and-weekends operation quickly blossomed into a full-time gig for Boyd and his current staff of about a dozen. AllGood has nearly doubled in growth these past few years.
You can find bags of High Antioxidant Trail Mix – jumbo Thompson raisins, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, Goji berries, cranberries, mulberries – in 300 stores across 38 states and online. Also available: pistachios, almonds, blueberries and bananas.
Aside from the maple-roasted cashews, I’m a sucker for the tart cherries, grown right here in Utah as well as Washington.
One percent of sales goes to 1% for the Planet, an environmental organization with local, national and international efforts. Boyd recently stopped by Trees for the Future, a 1% for a Planet connection in Honduras. What was he doing in Honduras? En route to surfing, of course.