Our Partners

The Sugar Maple Country Store & Bakery is proud to partner with other social enterprises
Products are available for purchase in store and in select Lambs Farm assortments

African Bronze Honey Company Cardinal, Ontario
While Founders Paul & Liz were living in Zimbabwe, they teamed up with Dan, a Zambian-Canadian Ecopreneur, to help one of the least developed areas of Africa through forest beekeeping. They now make and sell delicious forest honey that is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, bioflavonoids and minerals.

ALCAbility McHenry, IL
At ALCAbility, students of the Alexander Leigh Center for Autism manage all aspects of the jewelry business from design creation, production, shipping, bookkeeping and inventory. 

Aspire Coffeeworks – Chicago, IL
In partnership with Metropolis Coffee Company, Aspire Coffeeworks supports individuals with disabilities in becoming productive and successful members of the workforce. Adults with disabilities work side by side with member of the Metropolis Coffee Company team, creating artisan coffee blends. 100% of net proceeds go to programs and services for kids and adults with disabilities.

Black Mamba – Eswatini, Africa
Black Mamba helps farmers in Eswatini with fair wages, many of whom are “gogos,” women supporting grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Through product sales, small local farmers are able to reinvest in their communities. Women farmers are able to grow chilies from their home gardens, enabling them to simultaneously care for their children.

Canaan – Burquin, Palestine
Working with small family farms and over 2,000 families, Canaan uses sustainable regenerative agriculture practices and wild and ancient plant varieties in its products, with the goal of rebuilding and empowering local communities.

Cape Treasures – Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Treasures has been exporting fair and ethical foods from South Africa since 1997. Most products are made by hand and labor intensive. A portion of the export price of every product sold is paid to the Fair Trade Trust, for the education of the workers and their families.

Freedom Studios – Sioux Falls, ND
Freedom Studios works to provide meaningful employment for survivors of human trafficking. Proceeds from their bath and body products benefit their non-profit partner Call to Freedom, who helps survivors by providing safe housing, counseling and treatment in South Dakota. Every product is created by a survivor.

Fresh Midwest – Kenosha, WI
Fresh Midwest supports local farmers today, to ensure there are farms in our communities and that future generations will have access to nourishing flavorful foods. Fresh Midwest is committed to bringing your family fresh food with the highest food safety standards in the industry.

Ground Up – Portland, OR
Ground Up produces healthy nut butters while simultaneously providing job training to women overcoming adversity in the Portland area. Through a 6-9 month training program, women are provided with job skills and individualized training, regardless of their background or previous job history.

Homeless Garden Project – Santa Cruz, CA
Built on the vision of a thriving and inclusive community, workforce, and local food system, the Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people experiencing homelessness.  Using herbs, flowers and other materials grown on the Project’s 3 acre organic farm, trainees handcraft more than 40 different products, with all sales revenue returning to the program.

Honey with Style & Sweet Cyndee’s Bees – Hawthorn Woods, IL
Honey with Style and Sweet Cyndee’s Bees work with selected local beekeepers to provide the best honey from hives located in Lake County and Southern Wisconsin.  They have hosted a number of sessions in schools, libraries and home schooled children to provide education on how to help the struggling honey bee population combat in a variety of adverse impacts.

JusTea – Vancouver, BC
JusTea offers the first and only farmer-direct tea from Kenya. They partner directly with small-scale tea farming families and communities to ensure that the farmers are paid a fair wage, that they reinvest in the community, and that customers get the freshest, most delicious tea possible.

LaMonarca – Los Angeles, CA
La Monarca’s mission is to bake delicious products with the sweet flavor of Mexico, while creating opportunities in underserved communities & caring for the environment. 

Maple Craft Foods – Sandy Hook, CT
In order to promote awareness and healing after the tragic events of 2012 in Sandy Hook, Maple Craft Foods’ donates a portion of all profits to gun violence prevention and food insecurity initiatives. They strive to make life a little safer and create a more inclusive workplace with each ounce of maple syrup sold.

Ocean Sole – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Ocean Sole artisans turn discarded flip-flops into artwork and functional products, which in turn raises visual awareness of the pollution problem at hand.

Peaceful Fruits – Akron, OH
Peaceful Fruits uses 100% fruit to create candy for a new generation. They employ adults with special needs and use sustainable foods to protect the rainforest while putting the fruit back in fruit snack.

RxBone – Peotone, IL
The ideas and recipes were developed on a farm where fresh eggs are laid and bees fly to make honey. RxBone knew that when it came to treat time, they had to make a better nourishing recipe for dogs.

Soup of Success – Elkhart, IN
Soup of Success is an intensive 20-week program that helps marginalized women find their voices, establish their goals, and overcome their obstacles. They produce a variety of different food and bath products, with the goal of empowering women through education and resources.

Swiss Mountain Coffee – Zion, IL
Two chefs with a passion for coffee are bringing their specialty roasts to Illinois while also supporting adults with developmental disabilities.

Thistle Farms – Nashville, TN
Thistle Farms is dedicated to helping women survivors of trafficking, abuse and addiction. They provide housing, case management, counseling, education and employment free of charge for two years. Production of bath and body products creates meaningful employment with the hope of leading to financial freedom for women survivors.

This Save Lives – Culver City, CA
This Saves Lives was founded on the mission to help food crisis with food itself. With every product purchased, they send life-saving food to a child in need to end severe acute malnutrition. 

Uglies – Womelsdorf, PA
Uglies Kettle Chips are crafted from upcycled potatoes with slight imperfections—potatoes that are too large or too small; have varied colors or the wrong sugar content. A little rough around the edges, Uglies are more than a great tastin’ snack, as they support farmers, reduce waste and fight hunger.

Ukuva iAfrica – Cape Town, South Africa
Ukuva iAfrica is committed to fair trade practices in South Africa. The beadwork and raffia tassles are hand-made by “Cape Mental Health Society” – a work haven for the mentally handicapped from the townships around Cape Town.

Women’s Bean Project – Denver, CO
The Women’s Bean Project provides job skills training and employment to women who are chronically unemployed. They believe in helping women to help themselves, and through their efforts are working to end the cycle of poverty in their communities and improve women’s lives in a sustainable way. 

Women of the Cloud Forest – Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Peru
Working in fair trade since 2001, Women of the Cloud Forest has direct, long-term relationships with small family workshops and cooperatives in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. They provide business training and product development/design to their artisan partners and offer no-interest micro-loans and direct grants for workshop capacity building.

Zen of Slow Cooking – Lake Forest, IL
Zen of Slow Cooking provides employment to adults with developmental challenges. They strive to use business as  a force for good by supporting adults with disabilities, and teaching people how to create a healthy, home-cooked meal in their own kitchen.