Heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
Very meaty, rich, sweet flavor intensifies in sauces. Consistent taste test winner, fresh or cooked into sauce/paste. Makes “tomato candy” when dried! Droopy foliage is normal.
Heirloom, indeterminate, 85 days
All gardeners wonder what to do once the snow starts flying and the ground freezes up. At Harlequin’s Gardens we always knew that nurseries in Colorado are seasonal, but our commitment to local, sustainable, high quality, beautiful, delightful, unusual and innovative is eternal. One of our owners, Eve Reshetnik Brawner, also happened to be a multi genre artist with artisan friends making amazing items without enough ways to sell them. So eight years ago we germinated the idea of a Holiday Gift Market that would not only provide our cherished customers with items that reflected the reputation we’ve tended with our outstanding nursery stock and sustainable garden center items, but would also keep our dedicated and amazing staff working in the off-season.
The market has flourished under Eve’s care and every year new artisans bloom and are discovered, while like a favorite perennial, beloved returning artisans continue to intrigue us and bring forth new delights, too. So regardless of if you’ve been coming since that very first opening weekend or have yet to discover the most rewarding, enjoyable and entertaining place to shop for your holiday gifts (or yourself) please join us!
Opening weekend begins the day after Thanksgiving and has a buzz to it with old friends reuniting, music playing, and special food being offered. Then every Wednesday thru Sunday until December 22nd the opportunity to find the perfect gift for somebody special awaits down that old country road that leads to Harlequin’s.
Four Weeks of
Exceptional Local Artisan Gift Shopping!
Every Wednesday through Sunday
November 29th to December 22nd
10 am to 5 pm
Our Market Catalogue is divided into 8 different categories.
Click below to be taken to descriptions for each individual artisan or product.
- Art & Home Accessories
- Body Care
- Books & Music
- Delectable Treats
- For Our Furry Friends
- Gardening & Beekeeping
- Personal Adornment
- Science Fun & Young People
Each day of our Holiday Gift Market, anyone who comes to Harlequin’s and makes a purchase will be entered in our DAILY DRAWING for a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE! In addition, we will conduct a drawing at the close of the Holiday Market for two $100 GIFT CERTIFICATES, winner to be drawn at 5:00 on Sunday, December 22! To enter, simply show up, make a purchase and fill out an entry form. (One entry per person; entrants need not be present to win.)
We’ve known Cheryl Netter for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). She is also a multi-talented craftswoman!
We’re carrying Cheryl’s detailed native bird and toadstool needle-felted ornaments, all original designs, meticulously crafted. Because of the nature of the felting process, no two ornaments are ever exactly alike, which makes them all the more precious. They are destined to become treasured family heirlooms!
Several years ago, our good friend and former Harlequin staffer Sequoia and his wife moved from the Boulder Valley to the Western Slope’s high desert to pursue their dream of regenerative organic farming, producing nutrient-dense food and herbs. They’ve established Root Rock Farm, where they grow or wild-collect most of the ingredients for their cottage industry, Balm Botanics artisan hemp-based infused body products, which we are happy to introduce.
Their hand-made, plant-based Synergy Salve is the result of many years of research, trialing and refining. It uses a synergistic combination of herbs and hemp infused in natural oils and waxes. They grow their own CBD hemp, which offers a full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids. Eve has found their salve highly effective in relieving aches and pains, very pleasantly aromatic and moisturizing. Balm Botanics’ Massage Oils are infused with sustainably wild-harvested sage from Root Rock Farm land. The combination of soothing oils, their own hemp extract and specially selected herbs promotes deep relaxation during and post-massage.
Look at the world beyond the limits of your eyes with these 4x Magnification binoculars that are lightweight and designed for small hands. The attached neck strap keeps the binoculars handy and can be stored in the handy carrying case when not in use.
There’s so much adventure and wonderment for young eyes, and it can take place with these wonderful items: Color Pencils, Dinosaur Plant, Big View Bug Jar, and a Picasso Puzzle.
Harlequin’s Gardens love and support for bees is reflected in our Bee Barn’s great selection of bee keeping products, many of which are locally sourced. We feature 8 and 10 frame Langstroth hive equipment (both assembled and unassembled), real beeswax foundation, and an amazing selection of tools and accessories, protective gear, feeding and bee health supplies, and great books.
We’re here to support our native bees too! We also offer supplies for cultivating our native hole-nesting bees, including mason bees and leaf cutter bees. Unlike many other advertised native bee nest boxes, ours are correctly proportioned for successful nesting. These make great gifts for those who aren’t up for the commitment of honey bee keeping and want to work with native species. Stay tuned for our spring-time classes to learn more.
Whether you’re a new or continuing beekeeper, our staff beekeepers can answer questions and give advice – something you can’t get from mail order! We have Beekeepers Shopping Lists for Beginners, Seasonal, and Holiday Gift Giving to help guide your selections. Kristina Williams, our own local bee expert, will be on hand on Friday’s and Sunday’s to help tailor your bee-gifting.
Children have a lively interest in the natural world. They love vivid pictures, but they are bored if we dumb it down for them. We offer children’s books that are fascinating even for adults, full of in-depth science, but graphic and fun—many with projects and activities that make facts real. Also great story books, beautifully and cleverly told and illustrated. In addition, we have youth orientated interactive items that put kids in touch with nature and teach about nature and natural history. Come in to see our selection!
In Jen Mabbett’s unexpected journey into designing children’s goods, inspired by her own children, she has found delight. The name of her Boulder home-enterprise, ‘Let’s Go for a Ride’ alludes to the adventurous journey of raising children.
Jen makes thoughtfully designed and well crafted products that young children will treasure and bond with, and she chooses her materials with careful attention to durability and safety. Her certified non-toxic Tag-Along Chalk Mats will nurture creativity while traveling or at home. Nap Time Lovey Koala Blankets for babies & tots are irresistible, soft, non-toxic and washable. Huggable, lovable Turtle Pillows are fun and whimsical, made with organic and untreated fabrics.
This small, high quality 10x power magnifier is great for you and your children to get a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers.
Jen Grant creates these cheerful and artful flags with her original designs. Display your affection for wildflowers, bees, birds, bicycles, etc. by garlanding a doorway, deck, porch, window or wall. Her original block-printed designs are made in Lafayette, CO.
Our friend Janelle Shane is an accomplished player of the Irish flute, and a regular at the Boulder Irish Session. She is also a scientist and engineer, and the go-to contributor about computer science for the New York Times, Slate, and the New Yorker. Janelle’s just-published acclaimed book, is an accessible, droll exploration of the future of technology and society. Through her hilarious experiments, real-world examples, and illuminating cartoons, she explains how AI (Artificial Intelligence) understands our world, and what it gets wrong. More than just a working knowledge of AI, she hands readers the tools to be skeptical about claims of a smarter future. All this, presented with clarity, levity, and brevity by an expert in the field with a powerful and growing platform.
YOU LOOK LIKE A THING AND I LOVE YOU will make a great gift for anyone with an interest in science, technology, and the way things work!
We’ve known Cheryl Netter for many years in the context of her expertise in Roses (she grows about 500 of them in her home garden), and Morris Dancing (Cheryl, husband and kids have all danced with the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers at our May Day Festivals). She is also a multi-talented craftswoman, meticulously creating dainty and very affordable Czech glass flower earrings and felted acorn earrings.
BBB is a great local seed company, offering Rocky Mountain wildflower mixes, and flower seed mixes for supporting honey bees and wild bees and other seed mixes that are perfect for gifts or holiday party favors.
These are native plants that we often have for sale. Availability does change every year, but we grow and buy a wide variety of natives because they are so successful in our gardens.
KEY: t = tree, s = shrub, v = vine, gr = grass, gc = ground cover, p = perennial,
b = biennial, a = annual
Abronia fragrans (Sand Verbena) (p)
Acer glabrum (Rocky Mt. Maple) (t)
Acer grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple) (t)
Achillea lanulosa (Native White Yarrow) (p)
Agastache cana (Hummingbird Mint) (p)
Agave parryi (Hardy Century Plant) (s)
Achillea lanulosa (Achillea millefolium var. lanulosa) (Yarrow)
Agave havardii (Havard’s Century Plant)
Agave parryi neomexicana (New Mexico Century Plant)
Amelanchier alnifolia (Serviceberry)
Amorpha canescens (Leadplant)
Amorpha fruticosa (False Indigo)
Aay Bravin grew up in a village in northern Thailand, a 1-hour walk from the border with Burma. Her grandmother taught her how to weave and crochet when she was young. Her family grew cotton and raised silkworms. They made all their own clothing and grew all their food. They had neither electricity nor phone service and without contact with the outside world, they had to be totally self-sufficient.
But now she is here in Boulder, where she enthusiastically continues to knit, crochet and weave and share the beauty of her creations. Her warm, snug-fitting fingerless gloves are both beautiful and practical, enabling easy phone use, writing and handwork. She also makes cozy slippers and hats!
A Denver-based, micro-batch, bean-to-bar artisan chocolate, Cultura is produced in Art Gym, one of Denver’s ‘maker spaces’. They use only beans from ethically-sourced and organic cacao farms in Latin America, which they hand sort, crack, roast, winnow, grind, conche, temper and mold to bring out the richest aromas and flavors and the smoothest textures. We are offering their superlative chocolate bars in multiple flavors and sizes, as well as their delicious Mexican style Sipping Chocolate!
Don’t be fooled by the title; a lot of the area covered is in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins. This is a very good plant ID book from by Mary O’Brien and Karen Vail with interesting descriptions. In addition, it’s an excellent herbal, giving both medicinal and edible uses. Highlighted in yellow are important “cautions”. It is presented in a respectful way, honoring nature as did the Ute Indians who pioneered the use of these plants. For example, did you know that Gambel Oak “…is a good back country first aid plant to know, using the leaves as a poultice or wash for insect bites and wounds, or chewing a piece of the bark for toothaches….” Good photos. These local gals really know their stuff and we highly recommend their book!
Our friend Clark and his family have turned what used to be a hobby into a full-time business.In their Longmont studio, they make delightful cast beeswax candles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including several designs that are based on traditional European holiday season candle molds.
Amber Lights candles are highly decorative, wonderfully detailed, naturally endowed with a heavenly honey scent, and burn clean and smokeless.
Give a friend (or yourself) the gift of healing relaxation! We are very pleased to offer our dear friend Blair Chandler’s handmade, reiki-infused Bath Salts that bring forth the healing properties of the mineral-rich Himalayan salts and the biodynamically-grown plants she raises in her organic Boulder garden. You can trust that Blair’s Herbals products are made with the highest quality ingredients and intention.
Blair is also a gifted practitioner of Reiki and Healing Touch therapy techniques, working with subtle energy. We’re also carrying Blair’s CBD infused, all-natural lip balm.
Amy Mundinger of Pine Tree Studios is truly a gifted craftswoman, with a keen eye for color and design, and well-honed skills in fiber arts from crochet to embroidery on upcycled felt, and free-motion quilting with hand-dyed 100% cotton fabrics. And now that her children are grown she is able to share some of her wonderful work with us!
Each of her original fabric applique art cards is an individually handmade small work of art. Hand-dyed cotton fabrics often mixed with modern prints and batiks, give these cards a vibrant punch. Her lively ornaments, made with upcycled felt over antique spindles, feature charming foxes and owls. Expect to be enchanted by Amy’s diverse creations!
Blue Peacock’s vibrant indigo table linens, towels, bags and accessories are entirely handmade by my new friend, Susanne Kianicka, in her small artisan workshop in Boulder, CO, using a centuries-old fabric design technique called INDIGO BLUEPRINT to create timeless one-of-a-kind pieces of cloth. Carefully prepared white linen, cotton or silk fabric is hand-printed with a dye resist, using her own handmade printing blocks or silk screens, then dipped repeatedly in an organic indigo plant dye bath. After washing, the resist printed areas appear as crisp white patterns contrasting perfectly against rich indigo blue background. Finally, the fabric is cut and sewn into the final shapes.
Susanne’s work is influenced by the richness of European folk art and crafts. Growing up in Switzerland, her family’s Slovak heritage stimulated her study of the Central European technique of indigo dyeing and the region’s textile designs. Knowing that Indigo Blueprint has become very rare motivates Susanne to try to keep alive this crafting tradition, drawing on her training as Cultural Anthropologist and her diverse handwork skills.
Susanne uses only high-quality natural fabrics and organic plant dye. Her “Global Boho” style celebrates cultural heritage while blending ethnic patterns with modern trends to create fresh designs. Inspired by principles of the Slow Fiber movement, she makes each piece with great care and consideration.
Blue Peacock’s meticulously crafted fine indigo textiles creations are thus labors of love and exceptional quality!
Our own Engrid Winslow hand knits these beautiful, warm socks in soft, washable wool/poly blend and Pashmina yarns distinguished by lovely color blends. They feature reinforced heels and toes, in sizes for women and men.
Quantities are limited – the early bird gets the socks! She’s also been knitting beautiful, cozy boot cuffs and leg warmers, perfect for the cold winter ahead.
Inspired by Colorado’s wildlife and the outdoors, Amanda Maldonado makes delightful drawings of local animals in pen and ink. This year, we’re selling postcard prints of these fun, hand-illustrated critters. Amanda was raised in North Carolina, but has fallen in love with her adopted home here in the hills of Boulder.
She is passionate about the Boulder Public Library, writing snail mail, and her cat, Fiasco. Follow her on Instagram (@Coy.Ink) to keep up to date with her most recent drawings.
Foraging & Feasting celebrates and reclaims the lost art of turning locally gathered wild plants into highly nutritious, delicious meals, a traditional foodway long practiced by our ancestors but neglected in modern times. The stunning, instructive botanical illustrations and delicious, enlightening recipes offer an adventurous and satisfying way to eat locally and seasonally, and present creative ways to bring wild edibles into our lives.
We share this project with you out of our long commitment to connecting with nature through food and art. The effort weaves together acclaimed herbalist Dina Falconi’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild-plant identification, foraging, and cooking with Wendy Hollender’s masterful botanical illustrations.
Eve has been weaving for several years now, satisfying her fiber addiction and design aptitude by weaving distinctive scarves from unique and unusual natural-fiber yarns. She has designed many of her scarves to feature locally handspun and hand dyed yarns, often from local farms raising alpacas, llamas and sheep.
Eve enjoys working with materials that have a story. Some of her yarn is even from animals raised by Harlequin’s Gardens’ own custom propagator. Her collection includes soft, warm, one-of-a-kind scarves for both women and men, made on a small rigid heddle table loom.
Our customer and friend Diane Patterson makes these wonderful ornaments, called Temari, which date back to ancient Japan, where Temari was originally a handcraft of upper class women. Intricate designs were embroidered on handmade balls using silk threads from kimonos. The balls were used as toys.
Temari are unique, beautiful, colorful gifts. Attractive hanging as a single ornament, grouped in a bowl, used in a centerpiece, given as a housewarming gift, or simply to hold and admire, they will be treasured for many years.
Back by popular demand: Scrumptious, rich, melt-in-your-mouth nut shortbread cookies, based on almond flour, pecans and butter, subtly sweetened with a little maple syrup. Gluten-free, grain-free, mostly organic, no refined sugars. You don’t have to be gluten-sensitive to love these rich and satisfying cookies!
Nationally acclaimed local fiber artist Annette Kennedy, widely known for her award-winning art quilts, turned her talents and her love of nature to making marvelous nature-printed silk scarves.
She uses leaves, flowers, buds, etc. from plants that she grows herself and forages, along with natural dye plant extracts, to create elegantly subtle, earthy, one-of-a-kind scarves that feel as luxurious as they look.
We are very excited to introduce a selection of Goddess Gear’s beautiful, practical, comfy women’s overalls in a variety of colors and sizes!
Since 1998, when designer Anna Elmore started Goddess Gear, her passion has been to create flattering, wearable styles that enhance the women of all sizes who wear them; all from natural, organic and sustainable materials, crafted by hand right here in Longmont, CO.
Anna remarks, “Goddess Gear is clothing that speaks to the essence of who our customers are; women of character, beauty, and vision. The styles are casual, yet contemporary, but never trendy. I design and produce my collections from sustainable, earth-friendly natural fibers such as organic and recycled cotton, organically grown linen, hemp, bamboo, and Tencel, and make them with respect for ethical business practices, for each of those who have a hand in crafting it, from seed to fiber to finished garment, and for the planet. Please join me in showing that sustainable is always in style!”
Nationally known fiber artist, Annette Kennedy from Longmont, has been creating her award-winning quilt art since 2003, with her award-winning pieces in the National Quilt Museum and in private collections around the country.
These artful magnets and coasters are images of her art quilts that will bring the spark of inspiration wherever they are placed. They are durable and easy to wipe clean when needed. Nature is Annette’s focus, with flowers, plants and landscapes being the central theme in her work.
Erin Huybrechts Davis says she has been a painter for as long as she can remember. She grew up on the east coast, has her degree in painting and printmaking, and a masters degree in education. She now lives here in Longmont, CO, where she is a freelance illustrator and teaches art to young people.
We were struck by her flowing, stylized and poetic depictions of the natural world. She is inspired by patterns and imagery from Asia, where she has traveled, and this influence is evident in her work as well. We are delighted to offer Erin’s cards, prints, and original paintings again this year!
Eve discovered Pebble Art Jewelry when she was lured into their little shop by an arresting display of jewelry made from ancient Roman glass. This year Kate Head brings us wonderful pieces featuring fragments of 1200 year old Roman era glass from the Mediterranean region in gorgeous shades of blues, greens and iridescent pearl combined with modern styling, and at very reasonable prices.
She will also bring a variety of lovely pieces with semi-precious and other natural stones. Pebble is located at 7980 Niwot Road next door to the Niwot Market.
Years ago, Julie and I were classmates at the Boulder Potters Guild. Her passion for clay subsequently led her to create her own home studio in Longmont, where she applies her hand-building skills and sense of whimsy to making delightful decorative and functional pieces.
Now a Guild member and a teacher there, Julie says “I am drawn to texture and find my roots coming through in my work. I am inspired by nature and by the patterns of repetition: the simplicity of a house, the design formed by bicycle gears, the delicate texture in a leaf, the rolling rocks in a rambling stone wall, and the ridges on a sea turtle’s shell.”
Colorado-based Carbon Pawprint offers pets bowl mats made from reclaimed yoga mats, which are collected from local studios and practitioners. These dishwasher-safe mats help keep food bowls in place and protect your home’s floor from water (and drool) damage. Your furry friends will surely bark their approval knowing that you bought a unique, one-of-a-kind pet accessory while helping to reduce environmental waste and that a percentage of Carbon Pawprint’s profits are shared with local animal rescue organizations and charities!
Formulated and made in Boulder by ‘the doctor’ himself (Mikl Brawner), from 99% pure Aloe Vera Gel, with cold-pressed, organic Rosehip Seed Oil; 100% pure Jojoba Oil, and 32,000 IU Vitamin E Oil, along with essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver, and Rose. That’s all. No alcohol, nothing synthetic, non-greasy. All the ingredients are natural plant products, chosen for their skin-healing qualities. The steam-distilled Rose Oil is a powerful anti-viral and antiseptic. The other ingredients are good for healing burns and dry and damaged skin, inflammation, wrinkles. They are moisturizing and uplifting to the spirits.
Mikl has made and used this formula for more than 15 years to heal his Irish skin from the abrasion of shaving and the drying effects of the Colorado sun (and keep him looking youthful and handsome!). And it smells wonderful! (and it’s not just for men).
Dichroic glass is glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions. This occurs as a result of stacking layers of glass and micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass shifting colors depending on the angle of view, an example of thin-film optics. It’s also quite vivid and sparkly!
Renee MacDougall’s brilliant earrings and ornamented bobby pins are big favorites at our Holiday Markets.
Would you like to learn botany while you cook? Garima Fairfax’s unique cookbook joins botany and the pleasure of creative cooking. She combines foods which are closely related to each other in order to help learn who is related to whom. Garima continues to receive great reviews from people who have purchased and used her book. Eating is a very effective (and fun) way to help retain what you learn!
Cayenne pepper can stop bleeding. Garlic helps alleviate a toothache. Honey soothes a burn. When an emergency situation arises, simple home remedies can play a vital role in easing symptoms and providing immediate help. Become an effective first responder with a combination of best first-aid practices, herbs, and standard homeopathic applications.
This quick-reference handbook by Brigitte Mars spells out hundreds of life-saving techniques, commonsense tips, and time-tested herbal remedies that everyone should know. From how to perform basic CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver to the best immediate response to natural disasters, you’ll find the most practical, effective actions to take to ensure survival. Compact and easy to bring along in your backpack or camper!
Back by popular demand! Notecards of vibrant paintings by renowned Boulder watercolor artist and muralist Kathleen Lanzoni feature local landscapes and floral subjects. This year Kathleen will also offer some of her giclee prints and several original paintings.
Kathleen has been the recipient of numerous awards, especially for her plein air paintings (painted from life on-site, not in the studio). She is also a wonderful painting teacher and mentor.
We love using Khala cloths, the original Beeswax Wraps in the US. They are the creation of Asa and Tamar McKee, who now reside in Boulder, where they produce their environmentally responsible alternatives to plastic wrap and plastic bags. Khala Cloths can be used to cover and seal a bowl of left-overs, and make the best wrapping for keeping cheeses, breads and vegetables fresh longer. Every Khala Cloth comes in zero waste packaging and the cloth used is organic cotton and hemp grown in North America – no bleaching, no chemicals! Khala Cloths will have a long life (several years) when properly cared for.
We are proud to feature Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by friend and local author Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, mountain woman, and teacher. Her memoir is an “outstanding…beautiful story of resilience” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), a luminous, lyric exploration, “a narrative that reads like a captivating novel…a voice not found often enough in literature—a woman who eschews the prescribed role outlined for her by her family and discovers her own path” (Christian Science Monitor) to embrace the unpredictability and grace of living intimately with the forces of nature.
As a child, Tina Hoffer discovered a passion for woodworking by watching her dad in his own shop. After moving to Colorado in 1990, she started a family and turned her garage into a wood shop where she could escape and could explore the beauty of woodworking.
Using a variety of woods, domestic, exotic, and reclaimed, in her Lafayette workshop, Tina creates a wide range of functional works of art. She has refined her craft and focuses now on smaller creations. Natural-edge cutting boards and hand-carved kitchen utensils are among her specialties. They are functional, beautifully designed and crafted and a joy to use, to hold, and to behold.
Many of you already know that our own Engrid Winslow makes jams and jellies that make you close your eyes and sigh with pleasure. She uses fresh fruit, (local and organic whenever possible) and very little sugar, so the fruit flavors shine. She makes the classics as well as many delicious originals, like Pear with Vanilla Bean, and Blueberry Lemonade, to name just a couple. Engrid is always coming up with new combinations and this year is no exception as she introduces us to new Limited-Edition flavors: Roasted Peach Butter, Black Raspberry & Strawberry, and Triple Berry.
You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves not just on your toast, but in breakfasts, hors d’oeuvres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts.
Shari Moraga is practically our neighbor in Boulder. She calls her work ‘illustrations in thread’ and uses her sewing machine to ‘draw’ and ‘paint’ her light-hearted illustrations of vegetables, honeybees and hives, bicycles and more, on sturdy cotton tea towels, aprons for gardeners and cooks, napkin sets and zipper bags.
Mark Andreas, a Life-Coach in Boulder, collected these 61 true stories of creative and compassionate ways out of conflict. Each story is unique in the resourceful and often surprising solutions that real people have found to change a fearful or threatening encounter into a humanizing connection. Not moralistic, and genuinely eye-opening, heart-opening and inspiring. It makes a wonderful gift that can be opened again and again. This excellent read has been a big hit at our previous holiday gift markets!
Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree is strongly endorsed by Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior), William Ury (author of Getting to Yes), and Eve & Mikl Brawner.
Lois Edgar is a longtime member of the Boulder Potters Guild. She has been exploring techniques with clay for many years and has developed a style that is both earthy and charming.
This year we feature her porcelain wares, fabulous planters, and other salt-fired pieces. We will also have her elegant hand-made embossed greeting cards and holiday tree ornaments.
Our dear friend Lynn Mattingly is a renowned fiber artist, and has been practicing and teaching quilting for decades. An exceptional sense of color-combining, a fabulous collection of fabrics and a mastery of design and craftsmanship combine to make Lynn’s work really special. We love seeing her beautiful pot-holders hanging on our stove, and they have held up in our kitchen for a very long time. Sturdy and machine-washable, they are not only gorgeous but also practical.
This year we offer her Baby Quilts, Quilted Pot-holders and Table-Runners, and Peace Garlands. Lynn lives just over the hills in Paonia, CO.
Katrina Blair is the author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture, and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence. But if we can become familiar with these thirteen edible survival weeds found all over the world, we will never go hungry, and we will become closer to our own wild human instincts — all the while enjoying the freshest, wildest, and most nutritious food there is.
Retuned Jewelry makes striking, stylish bracelets, earrings and necklaces for gals and guys from repurposed, used guitar strings. Did you know that because of the various alloys used to make guitar strings, they are extremely difficult to recycle? At least 700 tons of strings end up in the dump every year. Retuned works with local musicians and music shops to collect used strings that would have otherwise been thrown away. Their jewelry, made by Christina Lacey and her husband in Frederick CO, gives these hard-working strings new life and allows their stories to live on. We think they are a perfect fit for our Holiday Gift Market, don’t you?
Christina says “Music has always been a big part of our lives. When we started Retuned, one of our goals was to be able to give back to the community that has meant so much to us. The Blue Star Connection mission is to provide access and ownership of musical instruments for children and young adults with cancer and other serious life challenges. We’re happy to say, with your help, we are able to help support Blue Star Connection.”
In her Denver studio, Sarah DeAngelo makes delicate and feminine jewelry featuring semi-precious stones, pearls and fine metals. Her expert wire-wrapping and metalworking create elegant settings for the stones, making her pieces luxurious-looking yet affordable.
Sondra joined us late in our 2015 holiday market and her fun, original hand-knitted and crocheted hats and headbands immediately set off a buying frenzy. I get compliments wherever I go in the fabulous feathery headband I bought, even from strangers on the street.
We’ve stocked up on her pieces again this year, including her soft, snuggly ‘mobius’ scarves, crocheted and felted hats and ornaments, as well as her beautiful pressed-flower botanical cards and botanical holiday tree ornaments.
Alexa Varano paints her original designs on each individual piece of sustainably and ethically produced clothing with a paintbrush in her Denver studio – no screen-printing here!
We’ve chosen three of our favorite designs in two different tee shirt styles. The flattering scoop-necked women’s shirts and the unisex classic crew-neck tee-shirts in men’s sizes are made of 100% hemp, a great natural fiber, durable and soft!
Alexa is a young woman on a joyful adventure in sustainable business that combines her passion for sharing uplifting and healing symbology with her passions for making art and making personal connections through her art and business.
We have wonderful Amaryllis kits for Amaryllis ‘Mont Blanc’). These beauties will brighten your holiday decor and make for a lovely hostess gift.
All are 30% off their original price!
We still have species tulips, Narcissus, Crocus, Alliums, Chionodoxa forbesii, dwarf iris, and Anemone, plus drought-tolerant flowering onions! Yes, you can still plant them, as long as your soil is not yet frozen. Or you can force them in pots – they will cheer you up in late winter! Some of them are fragrant, too.
These great bulbs are a whopping 60% off their original price!
Any gardener on your list will be thrilled to receive a Gift Certificate to Harlequin’s Gardens! Our Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and are valid for up to one calendar year. With a gift certificate, your recipients can select from our wide array of neonic-free plants, soil products, gardening and bee-keeping tools and supplies, and more!
We have wonderful long-storing Italian Late Purple softneck garlic that is excellent for braiding. The light colored wrappers covering cloves which are generally fat and round, and the extra-tight skin makes it a better keeper. It is not too late to plant garlic; see our Garlic planting instructions.
Best of all, the Italian Late Purple Garlic is 50% off!
Catch wasps, bees, moths, flies, spiders, beetles, and even earwigs one-handed, swiftly, easily, without hurting them. Then observe them closely through the clear container, before releasing them outside.
This is the German-made Schutzgreifer that we have been searching for. They operate one handed like scissors: simply open, place over the insect, and gently close. Even works on drapes and upholstery.
As far as we know, we are the only source for this tool in the whole of the United States!
The Stella Natura Wall Calendar is an easy-to-use, informative and beautiful planting and gardening calendar that shows the best times to take advantage of the cosmic influences of the moon, sun and planets. This is a research-based system that is used by Biodynamic farmers and gardeners. We have been using this calendar for over 25 years and believe it has helped with germination of seeds, root development of cuttings, and healthy plant development. More than just a calendar – it’s packed with valuable information and insights for successful growing, from seed to harvest.
This very small, extremely high quality 12x power magnifier is great for getting a closer look at what’s bugging your plants, taking out splinters, or helping to identify flowers.
New to our Holiday Gift Market this year is Joe Wirtheim, a gifted young artist and designer in Portland, OR, who is inspired to “ignite America’s progressive streak by making work that builds confidence and excitement in a healthy, connected future. Since 2008 I have been making posters and other neat stuff to inspire better gardens, better food and better cities. I love what I do: think, draw, make and do. It’s my passion to communicate graphically and put creative ideas into action that drives me. I use illustration, type, color and layout to excite the viewer’s imagination. I turn these graphic ideas into quality goods, which, I’m proud to say, are made here in the USA.”
Joe’s beautiful designs, in the form of stickers (great on water bottles!) and front yard signs will help spread positive messages about actions we can all take to collaborate with nature so that we can improve our future!
Remember the fabulous, Boulder-made Balsamic Nectar we offered at our earlier Holiday Gift Markets? Well, we were as aggrieved as you were when production stopped and left us empty-handed! Ever since, we’ve been hoping for a worthy and locally-produced Balsamic Reduction to show up. IT’S HERE! Healthy Harvest, a small family business in Golden, CO that produces fine Extra-Virgin Olive oils and Olives, has ventured into the wonderful world of Balsamic Reduction, a fabulous rich, intensely flavored vinegar that has been treasured in Italy for centuries. Healthy Harvest Balsamic Reduction has a truly authentic flavor, with nuances rarely found even in very expensive Italian imports. Starting with grape must from Modena, Italy, the ingredients are reduced in small batches without preservatives, thickeners, or sweeteners. The result is a thick, decadent reduction to drizzle over cheese and antipasto, roasted vegetables, steamed or seared greens, salads, pasta and risotto, or even fruit and ice cream. It’s Eve’s favorite ‘secret ingredient’ for elevating so many culinary creations from ‘very good’ to ‘AMAZING!’
Eve’s other top ‘secret ingredient’ has also become available from Healthy Harvest! That would be their Lemon Olive Oil, which starts with their superb Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to which they add fresh-pressed oil from whole lemons. They use a higher percentage of Lemon Oil than any other Lemon-Infused Olive Oil Eve has encountered, making it exceptionally flavorful and delicious. Use it on salads, seafood, root vegetables, asparagus, artichoke, brussel sprouts, avocado, risotto, pasta, and more.
Both of these exquisite culinary treats are wonderful gifts for hosts and hostesses, and for any ‘Foodie’ on your list!
Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, animated with delight and imagination. She is an acclaimed artist who has been making functional and sculptural objects in clay for over 30 years, and is a long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild.
This year we are offering Mary Lynn’s wall-mounted pieces for home or garden, relief tiles and other small pieces.
Kristina Williams is our beloved beekeeping specialist, an entomologist with more than 35 years of beekeeping experience, and an amazing wealth of knowledge. She tends hives in diverse gardens at several locations around Boulder County, where the bees collect from alfalfa, Russian olive, sunflower, apple and many other plants surrounding the small farm where she lives just off the Diagonal in Longmont.
This year she’s bottling up some of her liquid gold to sell exclusively at our Holiday Gift Market! It tastes divine!
Lamborn Mountain’s organic lavender and goat milk body-care products, made on a small organic farm in Paonia, CO, by our friends Carol and Jim Schott, are a great favorite at Harlequin’s.
Now we are also offering their lovely tins of their delicious and aromatic organic Earl Grey tea with lavender buds, and their home-grown, hand-harvested Chamomile Lavender tea, a relaxing treat! Both make wonderful, unique stocking-stuffers!
Trish Kurnik is a Longmont neighbor and friend of ours, who in 2005, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She had to learn how to cook, bake and live without gluten. But she was up to the challenge, and not only felt 500% better after 2 gluten-free weeks, but laid the foundation for later launching into her handmade, artisan cracker business – Beat Foods. These crackers are fabulous!
Based on quinoa flour (complete protein, packed with fiber and gluten-free), New Beat crackers are thin and crispy, local, organic, nutritious, gluten-free, versatile and absolutely delicious! We are offering their Sesame Swing, Trio, and Play it Straight flavors.
Longmont chocolatier and pastry chef Robin Autorino refers to her award-winning artisan chocolate creations as edible art – art for your eyes and your mouth. She combines her exceptional artistry and fine ingredients to create little masterpieces that taste as good as they look. We love them, and are offering assortments of her truffles in handsome boxes of 4, 6, 8 or 12.
“I want my ganache to be bold,” Robin says. “I want the Key lime pie truffle to give you some pucker. I want the espresso to bring you the same comfort as your morning cup.” Also, this year: Robin’s delicious Dark Chocolate Drizzled Crystallized Ginger, packaged in bags.
Yay – totally organic! Made in Boulder by herbalist Debra St. Claire! No corn syrup! Delicious! Effective! Packaged in pretty, reusable tins! Incredibly inexpensive!
Seed Ranch Flavors is a small ‘farm to bottle’ small-batch maker of ‘hot’ sauces (one is very mild) in Boulder, the passion of David Delcourt. David uses only non-gmo, gluten-free, organic, natural plant-based ingredients, and his sauces are paleo and vegan-friendly.
What really caught our attention was the delicious originality and complexity of the blended flavors, and their versatility – not just for tortilla chips! We carry their four flavors packaged together in an attractive box. These make great hostess gifts, or components of an all-local specialty food basket!
At 30 years old, The Boulder Irish Session is a Boulder ‘institution’ and is still going strong. They are an informal, dynamic gathering of top-notch Front Range musicians who have come together for more than 30 years on Sunday evenings in downtown Boulder to share tunes and songs of the Celtic tradition. After the closure of Conor O’Niell’s Pub, where they played for 18 years, they are happy to have found a great new home one block away at License #1, downstairs in the Hotel Boulderado (every Sunday night from 7 pm).
Jon and Adam are two of America’s rising stars of Traditional Irish music! Both have studied and performed to much acclaim in Ireland and Europe as well as Colorado and the US from coast to coast. Jon plays both guitar and banjo. His impeccable technique and the grace and passion of his playing are dazzling. He teaches and performs as a duo with the equally talented Adam Agee on fiddle. When not on tour, the two can sometimes be found at The Boulder Irish Session at License No. 1 in the Hotel Boulderado.
This year we offer their two duet albums, Ceol na gCarad and Suantrai , as well as Canyon Sunrise, Jon’s duet album with award-winning fiddler Andy Reiner and Jon’s solo album Twilight, featuring his own compositions.
This week, my good friends and music compatriots, Los Boyos’s (Mason Brown, Richard Gee, and Sky Kelsey) have finally released a debut album! These local boyos are all spectacular musicians, and their arrangements together are sublime! The album features a rich tapestry of traditional Celtic songs and tunes weaving multiple strings and voices to create an aural equivalent of Celtic knotwork.
Margot is one of the region’s finest and most versatile harpists. Her fresh, innovative approach, passion and virtuosity have won her numerous awards.
Her most recent CD, Black Rose, features Margot on the harp and vocals, along with Beth Gadbaw’s exquisite vocals, Beth Harmon on the fiddle and Eric Olson on the uilean pipes and whistle. This CD was recorded LIVE at the Black Rose Acoustic Society in Black Forest, Colorado.
Scary? Maybe. Cool? Definitely. Author Pat Stadille used to be terribly afraid of these eight-legged daddies, until he started learning more about them. Now spiders are his best friends! As a nature enthusiast, we have a feeling you’re going to feel the same way, once you hear about their silky skills, hunting habits, and generally shy and gentle nature. Learn about jumpers, wolf spiders, tarantulas, and, of course, the black widow!
Spiders in Your Neighborhood features detailed drawings and photos of the critters you’ll find, and sections on types of webs, how and where to discover spiders, spider anatomy, common relatives… even a spidey quiz to test your creepy crawly knowledge. So, grab a flashlight and your sleuthing kit and join Pat ”Spiderman” Stadille on a journey around your backyard that will leave you spinning with excitement. This small book is suitable for any age.
There aren’t many Reshetniks left in the US, and yes – you guessed it – this one is my beloved big brother. And I couldn’t be more proud of him for this exquisite recording, a true labor of love, which I love to listen to, repeatedly. I believe you will, too!
Originally inspired by the singing TV cowboys, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, Michael started guitar lessons at a tender age, and quickly moved on to studying classical guitar. Hearing him practice was actually a pleasure. Later came Folk and Blues, and eventually my bro joined me in playing Irish and other Celtic traditional tunes with the Boulder Irish Session. The selections on this album are all his original transcriptions and arrangements.
“This album draws from the last 20 years of listening, arranging, playing and passionate involvement with the guitar. The seeds for Bach transcriptions were sown by the music of Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, both of whom were performing in NYC when I was a kid. The ‘traditional’ tunes are a selection from music heard much later on at music camps and at the Boulder Irish Music Session, played on other instruments. All of these pieces have an elegance, an emotional richness, something beautiful, that I hope speaks to you.”
It’s a toy for kids of all ages. It’s a tool for scientists and educators. It’s a medium for artists. It’s the winner of 22 awards and counting. And it’s a unique LOCAL product, the brainchild of our innovative friend and neighbor Paul Hildebrandt, also a founder of Eco-Cycle.
Inspired by the ground-breaking, visionary work of Steve Baer and Clark Richert, who developed the underlying geometry, Paul began producing Zometool kits in 1992. We’re offering the basic kits in 3 sizes, plus the popular Bubble-Maker kit, which delights young children.
Dryland Wilds is a duo of young women of the northern New Mexico desert, hand-crafting quality cosmetics and skin-care products that are sustainable, low-waste and local. Their handcrafted products are made in small batches from dryland plants, capturing the New Mexico desert’s real ‘scents of place’, and use organic oils and handmade desert perfumes, with no artificial ingredients. Eve says “their Prickly Pear Lip Tint immediately became a staple in my facial care. I love the warm, natural color, creamy texture, the fact that it lasts for hours, and that the oils are all organic and skin-healing: olive, coconut, avocado and jojoba oils, beeswax, and wild-collected prickly pear seed oil”. It also happens to be fragrance-free.
We’re also offering their delicately scented Evening Primrose lip tint. We’ll have a limited number of Beauty Oils in Evening Primrose scent and Honey Mesquite scent. Three of their new new products that we’ll feature include Cottonwood Bud Hand Salve and Lip Balm, and Rose Petal & Hip Plant Water. We will also have their Pinyon Incense, with the uniquely purifying, exhilarating and archetypal aroma of the western drylands.
Surely your holiday gift list includes at least one person who knits, crochets, spins or makes things! Maker’s Hand Relief is a ‘must-have’ stocking stuffer for just about any fiber artist! Jane Anderson is an experienced herbalist and an avid and expert knitter who knows what housework and gardening, and working with fiber can do to your hands, and how that rough skin makes it impossible to work with yarn. Maker’s Hand Relief is wonderfully moisturizing yet truly non-greasy, using organic, wildcrafted Argan Oil from Morocco. She uses only pure, natural ingredients, originating from plants, seeds, nuts or flowers, to hand-craft her products. Her paperboard tube packaging is both recycled and recyclable or compostable. PS: Maker’s Hand Relief is also great for cracked heels!
An all-natural handcrafted soap by Botanicals Beyond Belief. This unique blend of coffee grounds and pumice has a great earthy scent! Don’t worry, this hand soap has what it takes to scrub off your dirt & grime after a hard day’s work.
Ingredients: Olive & coconut palm oils, spring water, lye, fragrance oils, coffee grounds and pumice.
Jen creates her Body Butter from all organics including shea and cocoa butters, coconut oil, lavender and orange essential oils. She purchases the ingredients locally from responsible world-wide sources. After showering, scoop some of Jen’s Body Butter and rub together between your hands and apply. Ideal for moisturizing the whole body.
Created by Pamela Clum’s Plum Botanicals, a small fair-trade organic skin-care line based here in Boulder. This long-lasting lip balm is based on wild-collected African shea butter from a womens’ cooperative, and scented with the marvelous, unique, citrus-y essential oil of neroli. Shea butter is a natural sun-blocker, so it really helps prevent chapping in all seasons. Kisu is, by far, Eve’s favorite lip balm!
Lamborn Mountain’s organic lavender and goat milk body-care products, made on a small organic farm in Paonia, CO, by our friends Carol and Jim Schott, are a great favorite at Harlequin’s.
From the milk of their own goats and lavender from their fields, they make the most luxuriously creamy, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gentle aromatic soaps. We also offer their soaps in other scents too, like Cedar Rose and Rosemary Lemon Mint, and calming & uplifting Lavender Hydrosol. All their products are hand-made in small batches.
Founded by Stacy Smoot, Mountain Time Soap is hand-made in Golden, CO. Stacy was born and raised in the Mountain West, and is dedicated to living simply and responsibly to enable spending time in the mountains. They use only pure simple Vegan ingredients from nature: plant-based-skin-loving oils like olive and coconut oils and shea butter, natural clays and botanicals for color, and pure essential oils for antimicrobial and aromatherapy properties. No lathering agents, hardening agents, fillers, or artificial dyes or fragrance are ever used.
We’ll have their unisex Shaving bar, best-selling Shampoo Bar, carefully formulated without harmful, allergenic or irritating ingredients, Pet Shampoo, fair-trade organic Whipped Raw Shea Butter and an assortment of soap bars with all-natural ingredients. Their products are attractively but minimally packaged, with recyclable and compostable materials. Mountain Time Soap gives back by donating 1% of annual gross sales to Colorado environmental non-profits.
The Spanish word ‘trementina’ has come to be used as the name for the sap of the pinyon tree of New Mexico. Folk remedies made from this sap have been used for centuries to relieve dry, cracked skin, abrasions and scrapes, and for drawing out splinters.
Made in New Mexico’s ‘curandera’ tradition by our friend Pamela, who climbed the pinyon trees to gather the sap, and infused it in olive oil and New Mexico beeswax to create this rare traditional salve. Each tin of salve comes in a lovely organza gift bag.
We are thrilled and honored to be able to offer some of the remarkable body of plein-air watercolor paintings that our friend Molly Davis created as a project she calls Preserving a Vision of Open Space. Molly is a renowned and much awarded painter and painting teacher. Growing up in North Carolina, her mother was a painter and nurtured and supported Molly’s talent since early childhood.
When the flood of 2013 devastated the Boulder and Lyons area, Molly’s house was seriously damaged, and she lost all of her decades of artwork. Molly was a trustee for the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks system from 2013-2018, and her resilient character inspired her to document our Open Space treasures by painting, on site in every season, nearly every trail on the Open Space system! Molly’s spirit was nurtured by spending these hours painting from life.
This remarkable body of ~300 works was exhibited in late 2018 at the Museum of Boulder, and documented in her book, ‘Preserving a Vision of Open Space’. The book is a compilation of interviews, stories and all the paintings in the show, designed to tell the story of the first 50 years of preserving open space in Boulder.
Molly also founded Preserving the Vision, a non-profit organization.
We met Nicole at an art festival this summer, where her work stood out as gems of elegant, practical, original design and superb crafting. Working on the wheel, she often alters her pieces by removing areas of clay to create forms with movement and flowing lines. Her shapes and surface decoration are contemporary and playful, and most of her current work is fired in the soda kiln that Nicole recently built herself. The soda ash and water solution sprayed into the kiln at high temperature creates a glaze sheen, directional markings from the spray, and at times, a slightly raised orange peel-like surface.
Nicole lives and works in the lovely mountain town of La Veta CO, where she also founded a gallery, and has taught art since 2006 at CO State University in Pueblo. For three years Nicole traveled with a team of ceramic artists to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to teach pottery-making skills to employees of an art-based, socially conscious business called Papillion Enterpises. Her high-fired porcelain bowls, mugs, herb-strippers (pictured above), etc. are durable, dishwasher and microwave safe and a delight see and to use!
For decades, our friend Tom Theobald of Niwot Honey Farm has been nurturing bees, harvesting honey, and crafting the finest, most elegant, romantic, hand-dipped taper candles you’ll find anywhere. They are naturally dripless and smokeless, and infuse the room with the gentle, warm fragrance of honey. They go perfectly with our Traditional Majolica candle holders. Available in pairs, either clear-wrapped or gift boxed.
Our friend Fred Hall is a dedicated ‘rock hound’, with a special passion for meteorites and petrified wood. His expeditions in Utah have yielded some wonderful specimens from the Jurassic era, including segments of small branches in which the exterior bark texture has been preserved, and the interiors have been replaced with vividly multicolored agate. Fred has polished the top surfaces of many of the specimens to reveal the beauty of the agate.
Each piece comes with an identification tag and a text explaining the process by which petrified wood was formed. Sizes will probably range from 1” to 5” in height, varying widths.
It’s a snowy Christmas Eve and Santa has just finished delivering presents to the city of Boulder. As he flies west over the Flatirons, a deer looks up, curious to see its cousins in the air.
Rebecca Waterhouse, formerly the office manager for Harlequin’s Gardens, is now leaving us to live in Sweden so this may be the last time we carry her cards. Get ‘em while you still can! The original artwork was done using watercolor on paper.
Artisan Renée McDougall of Longmont became interested in crafting with glass while working at the Stained Glass Supply Company. She works mostly in fused glass, a process that can take up to 11 hours from start to finish. Renée uses her home studio for crafting many different glass pieces, from jewelry to bowls and hanging art. We think her cast glass hanging Green Man faces will make a lovely addition to any gardener’s window or porch.
We are fortunate that Theresa Haberkorn, woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for two decades. Her masterful woodcut prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her artform as well. Theresa brings her art to household items as well, hand-crafting a collection of beautiful block-printed cotton tea towels, a charming wall calendar and an assortment of cards.
To find out more about the process of woodcut printing, visit Theresa Haberkorn Artist | Printmaker | Designer.
Our friends Thea Tenenbaum and Raffaele Malferrari have for many years been well known around Boulder and beyond for their charming tradition-based Italian majolica pottery. Since Thea’s sad passing, Raffaele and their daughter Gelsie have been working together in the studio to continue the family’s tradition.
Majolica is a process requiring multiple firings and great skill with the paintbrush. Their exquisitely detailed mugs depicting local animals, birds and insects will be treasured by anyone lucky enough to receive them, as will their pairs of bee-motif candleholders (made to fit the hand-dipped Niwot Honey Farm beeswax tapers). And we still have a few of Thea’s whimsical dessert bowls.
Working in her home studio north of Boulder County, Amy Ellis uses hand-building techniques to form her delightful ceramic tableware. This makes each piece one-of-a-kind, with its own personality and quirky charm. She enjoys incorporating found objects into her work or embossing her pieces with them. Her current body of work is inspired by vintage patinas and textures found in nature. Look for her assortment of mugs and soap dishes at our holiday market this year!
Having admired Vanessa’s work at botanical illustration shows, I was delighted to finally meet the artist this summer. She has taken the very labor and time-intensive art of botanical illustration in a contemporary direction, using the printmaking medium of solar plate etching, with the addition of handmade paper and hand-coloring. This enables her to create hand-printed editions of her drawings that are individualized with unique coloring and composition. Ultimately, this makes her original work very affordable.
Living on the plains in Aurora Colorado, Vanessa says she gets much of her inspiration and material on her daily walks. “Fusing art and science in the well-established tradition of botanical illustration while adding a pinch of contemporary style feeds my passion to express myself artistically but remain dedicated to the science of botanical illustration. I want to inspire art lovers to appreciate the beauty of a dried fallen autumn leaf or a yucca pod that has spilled its seeds.”
Vanessa received her formal training and certificate from the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanical Gardens, and has headed the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists.
Some of you might know WeeBee Farms for the beautiful, organically grown garlic they produce right here in Boulder. The owner, Karen Beeman, is also a great photographer! Karen loves to share the beauty she sees at her farm and around Boulder County. She carries her camera everywhere and focuses on pollinators and their favorite colorful flowers. We are carrying her stunning photo cards and notebooks.
We’d been looking for some finely handcrafted small wood products for the home, at affordable prices, and finally found Wooden Images. Located in Missoula MT, the workshop was founded in 1980 in John Bakula’s garage. In 1981 his brother Mark joined him, and they’ve been designing and creating intricately patterned items that are original, functional and beautiful since then. “We pride ourselves on meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail and feel it shows in the beauty and durability of each piece we make. There are no computers doing any of the work, just two guys, with imagination and decades of experience, and some power tools.”
The pieces we will feature this year include some great gift items – magnetic knife-racks, cutting boards, business card holders (pictured above), hair barrettes, and feather-light earrings.
These beautiful dark green wreaths with silver color on the underside are made in Aurora. We decorate them ourselves, using decorative plants, pine cones and compostable ribbon. You can also get a plain one and decorate it yourself! We are offering wreaths in 14” and 16” sizes.
Zink Metal Art is the collaborative effort of Charlotte and Ben Zink, who have made their whimsical and flowing designs of metal for home and garden for the past 15 years in Berthoud, CO.
Their steel garden sculptures are graceful, original, very easy to install, and affordable, and similar designs are available as smaller garden ornaments, indoor wall-pieces and as pendants on necklaces. Charlotte also makes wonderful cards with similar free-flowing designs. All make great gifts!
We’ve been looking for a really great chocolate company in Boulder, and we’ve found Shanao Cacao (soon to be re-named Moksha), which exceeds our high standards not only for the quality of their delicious, handmade, small-batch chocolate, but also for their ‘Regenerative Trade’ farm-to-bar business model.
Australian-born Michael Caines owns Shanao Cacao with his Boulder native wife, Jen. They operate out of a small workshop in Boulder, where I visited Michael and helper Rob while they hand-wrapped the bars.
Their story: When Jen’s brother offered them the chance to purchase a small cacao plantation in Peru, they decided to take the leap. The farm-to-bar process is very labor-intensive and the Caines’ didn’t want to exploit the farmers. For that reason, Shanao is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, eliminating the middle-man and enabling them to pay plantation workers about twice the average in Peru, far more than typical ‘Fair Trade’ prices. Their company also provides resources and education in the off-season so farmers aren’t forced to “slash and burn” the rainforest to grow corn for money, as they now have a year-round support system through the cacao business. The company has vastly improved quality control (in Peru, they’d found that there were no rules for quality) by creating technology to track the crop and growing conditions, building fermentation chambers, and drying racks. They are involved in facilitating every stage of the process, including getting the crop from the small mountain community of Shanao to port on the coast. Michael returns to Peru every summer to harvest cacao with the farmers during its busiest season.
Shanao launched their line of fine dark chocolate bars about a year ago. The prized Criollo beans give them a rich, fruity, nuanced flavor that stands alone and also goes well with the salt, dried raspberry and other toppings they use. Their line of CBD-infused chocolates are equally delicious.