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 – mmm!
The Front Range is a hotbed of innovation and passion for quality food with real flavor and real nutritional value. Whether it’s the micro-brews, coffee, chocolate, heirloom vegetables, pasture-raised meats, or ancient grains, or the gluten-free, paleo, keto, or vegan diet, Front Range Coloradans have shown great support and enthusiasm for slow, locally-grown, organic, fair-trade and creative, locally hand-crafted foods.
You can pick up a mouth-full or a basket-full of some of our favorite locally crafted specialty foods this month at our Holiday Gift Market all of them will easily keep through the holidays and beyond.
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 (every year!) 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!
This year the supply may start out slow, but Eve hopes you’ll be patient…she’ll be able to bake more once the holiday market is up and running.
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.
You’ll find delicious uses for Engrid’s preserves, in breakfasts, hors d’oeuvres, salad dressings, glazes, and desserts. This years flavors include Apricot, Apricot Rosemary, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Blueberry Lemonade, Ginger Peach Marmalade, Marionberry, Peach, Pear Butter, Raspberry Peach, Santa Rosa Plum, Sour Cherry, Strawberry, and Strawberry Rhubarb!
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!
We’ve been looking for a really great chocolate company in Boulder, and last year we found 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.
They launched their line of fine dark chocolate bars about 2 years ago. The prized Criollo beans give them a rich, fruity, nuanced flavor that stands alone and also goes well with the coconut, dried raspberry and other toppings they use in their ‘inclusion’ bars. Their line of CBD-infused chocolates are equally delicious.
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.
This year, because of the timing of our Holiday Market, we are unable to bring you Robin’s wonderful, locally-crafted chocolate truffles (they might not stay fresh all the way to Christmas). BUT DON’T DESPAIR! We are offering Robin’s dark chocolate-drizzled Crystallized Ginger, so scrumptious, and with a longer shelf-life!
Yea – totally organic! Made by herbalist Debra St. Claire! No corn syrup! Delicious! Effective! Packaged in pretty, reusable tins! Incredibly inexpensive! Lots of flavors! Great stocking stuffers!