There are few things better in our book than a fresh picked tomato from the garden, or veggies you’ve grown yourself. But in the quiet of winter, we need something else tasty. Our Holiday Market features amazing jams, delicious chocolate, our friends the bee’s gift of honey, cookies and crackers all locally made, and small-scale crafted treats. Many products will have samples available – mmm!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.