Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/3/2019 (223 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A Minnedosa woman motivated by her own health struggles has expanded her health food business in the community.
Magen Swift used to sell kombucha at markets in the area and out of Farmhouse 50, but after recently acquiring her own space, she opened up Boho Soul Market, a store and eatery, early last month.
"I think it’s just another unique little place that will attract tourism into the town," Swift said. "It gives people knowledge that they might not have known about before (about health food.)"
Four years ago, Swift was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and she started looking into changing her diet to stop the disease from getting worse, she said. She started brewing and selling kombucha, a fermented sweet tea full of probiotics, that is supposed to help with digestion and energy levels.
"It was going very well and I just wanted to expand my business," she said. "So I went and found a commercial kitchen that had a restaurant, and it kind of really expanded."
Her new space is located at 66 Main St. South in Minnedosa. The 29-year-old sells a variety of different health foods, plus her own fermented foods. In addition to kombucha, she sells a fermented salsa and a fermented hot sauce. She also has an eatery, with salads available all day and a hot lunch.
The food is paleo-based so she can adjust to customer needs, she said. She has a lot of people come in and ask for keto options, so she can try to do that for them.
As the only employee of the business, it can get busy, Swift said. She’s there from 7:30 a.m. until at least 7 p.m. most days, working to get everything ready and prepared. In addition to serving customers, she also does behind-the-scenes work, like grocery shopping for the items available to create what’s in her store, and doing the dishes once the customers are done eating.
Despite all the work it entails, it’s very rewarding, she said.
"Being my own boss, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Just getting to meet and see new people and share my love of what I’m doing with them."
As a business owner, Swift tries to be environmentally conscious. Her kombucha is sold in glass bottles, and once people are finished with it they can return the bottles and earn their way up to get a free drink.
She also does her best to grocery shop for the business using reusable bags for the groceries, and she recycles any plastic and cardboard that she can.
So far, business has been going well, she said.
"I can’t believe the support I’ve had (from the community), it’s been amazing. I’ve sold a ton of kombucha."
When the summer comes, she may look at hiring someone to help out so she can add a few more things to the menu.
The market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
» Twitter: @Melverge5