A Sweet New Poster for Our Upcoming Holiday Market!

Hello Everyone!

I am writing this blog post to show you the beautiful poster that we are having printed to help get the word out about the Handmade Homemade Holiday Market – Saturday, Dec. 11th from 4 to 8pm.

If you are interested in helping us spread the word, please contact us and we can get you some of these pretty flyers!

Thanks so much, stay tuned for the upcoming vendors!



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Handmade Homemade Holiday Market – Saturday Dec. 11th!

As the weather gets colder and the snow arrives, our minds are turning towards the holiday season. It is time to start getting ready for the next HaHo Market in a little over a month! On Saturday, Dec. 11th, from 4-8pm at Green Spaces (1368 26th St), we will be hosting our holiday market.

As usual we’ll have a great variety of vendors, live music, good food to eat, and good times. Please plan on coming to join in the festivities. If you would like to be a vendor at the holiday market, please fill out our vendor survey to let us know what you would like to bring. You can access our vendor survey at: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHU4XzJQcWw2dXEwY2JjakM1VmcwdWc6MA#gid=0

If are interested in being a vendor for the first time, check out the vendor page of the blog for information about how it works. If you plan on coming to market to shop and hang out, we’ll keep you posted on what vendors you can expect to see there!

Thanks for being a part of the market with us and we’ll see you on the 11th!

The HaHo Crew

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Inspiring resources for the local food movement and community building!

It has been a few weeks since we gathered as a community to celebrate our skills, knowledge, and friendships through our monthly marketplace. In the last few weeks we as organizers have been taking time out to reflect on the market, to think about the future of the market and ways in which we want to continue to respond to needs/wants of the community, continue to build community, and continue to learn.

This past weekend, we had the privilege of attending the annual Community Food Security Coalition Conference in New Orleans. After a great weekend of presentations from all over the US and internationally, good southern cooking, inspiring visits to local community gardens, and our fare share of dancing and fun, we’ve learned an incredible amount about how communities around the US are gathering together around local, healthy food and are building community through sharing food and skills. Here are some links to learn about some inspiring projects:

– Community Food Security Coalition: http://www.foodsecurity.org/

– Detroit Black Community Food Security Network: http://detroitblackfoodsecurity.org/

– Share Wisconsin: http://www.sharewi.org/

– Our School at Blair Street Grocery, New Orleans: http://schoolatblairgrocery.blogspot.com/

– Detroit Eastern Market: http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com/

– Live Well Colorado: http://www.livewellcolorado.org/

– Farm to School Programs: http://www.farmtoschool.org

– Healthy Corner Stores Network: http://www.healthycornerstores.org

– Why Hunger?: http://www.whyhunger.org/

– Family Farm Defenders: http://www.familyfarmdefenders.org/Main/HomePage

And those are just a few of the amazing organizations that are working on food security issues, building community, supporting small time producers, and inspiring self-relience and community-resilience. Check out these and other organizations and think about what we want to see happen in our community!

Don’t forget about the upcoming Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 11th from 4-9pm at Green Spaces! We’ll be updating you with more information about the Holiday Market in early November. Thanks and happy fall!

The HaHo Crew


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Here’s to a great market – Check out our photos!

At this past Friday’s market, we asked participants on their way out to write their favorite market interaction of the night. Here are two great stories that help to sum up the experience we all had:

“A woman 40 years my senior asked if I was drinking beer or a mead and I told her, ‘No, a Kombucha’ and then after some chats she thanked me for enlightening her to the drink. Later I saw her with two in hand and she winked at me.”

“Great Energy! Screw money! Traded 4 dozen organic eggs for handmade ice cream, plumb jelly, and organic pancake mix. Life is good.”

We had a wonderful night on Friday, trading food and craft, sharing each other’s knowledge, listening to good music, and connecting with friends. We had more vendors than we’ve ever had before (we almost ran out of tables!). We did sell out of our alternative local currency as participants traded their US currency at the door and much of the market currency is still in circulation and will be enticing people to come back to the market to support their vendors further.

Awesome music was played by Denver band, Calliope of the Future. Vendors sold a wide variety of goods, from fresh local produce to bike tune ups, from beet burgers and popcorn to silk screened shirts and handmade jewelry. Thank you to everyone who participated, vended, volunteered, and generally supported a wonderfully successful market.

Please check out our photos, taken by Sam Doran, on-line: http://picasaweb.google.com/DenverHHM/Oct1HaHoMarket?feat=embedwebsite#

Please also stay tuned for when our holiday market will be. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you all at another market soon!

The HaHo Crew

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The Market is HERE – it’s Friday and there is awesome stuff to see!

Hello everyone!

We are excited to remind you that the next HaHo market is finally here! Tomorrow, Friday that is, at Green Spaces Colorado – 1368 26th st, from 6 to 9pm.

We have a lot of super exciting things happening at this market, and here is just a snap shot of each, so please come to the market to get the details:

We are continuing to move forward with our local alternative currency: the Handmade Homemade Market “Dough”. There is, however, one major change to our currency. Now, people entering the market will be able to buy market dough at a discount of 10%, giving you more purchase power for your money (if you want $20 worth of market dough you only pay $18!), and creating an incentive to spend money locally on products made by locals in our own community.

Come by bike! We have incredible bike mechanics at the market who are very excited to fix any problem you may have, so save the world and support our bike mechanics!

Live Music! Calliope of the Future will be playing for us during the market, making this more than just a market, but an event too!

Green Spaces has also offered a week, free of charge, of desk space all your own, to any HaHo member! Come to the market to redeem this offer and get a chance to work alongside other eco-preneurs and to take advantage of all that Green Spaces has to offer.

Remember, that to enter bring $5 for suggested donation, or something you value to put on our community table!

And, as always, come ready to barter and trade and to help us push towards a more local, sustainable community, environment and economy!

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The HaHo Harvest Market is Friday! But why is this market important?

The Market is this week!

On Friday, October 1st, from 6 to 9pm at Green Spaces – 1368 26th St – we will be presenting a Harvest Handmade Homemade Market, only a few days away! Please help us celebrate the end of an incredible summer, of bountiful produce and the arrival of fall!

We will have live music and local art in addition to bike mechanics, handmade crafts and delicious homemade food and backyard produce!

Please help us spread the work by checking out the Facebook Event Page and inviting your friends!

Below is info to give an idea of why we put this market together and why we think it is so important. If you are interested, please read and share! Thanks

Why is the market so important to us and to Denver?

We created this market to address several issues that we feel strongly about, and that, over the course of the last 6 months, is very important to a wide group of people here in Denver. Check it out:

Issue 1: Our industrial food system and consumer habits in the U.S. are unsustainable.

Issue 2: Local economies are shrinking, as opposed to growing, and the U.S. economy sucks right now!

Issue 3: American’s are wealthier than ever before (per capita GDP) but aren’t any happier for it.

The good news is that we are all part of the answer to these issues by being part of the HaHo Market!

Concern: Our industrial food system and consumerism in the U.S. is unsustainable.

Motivation: A more local, sustainable market and economy
Our market strives to create a venue for a local, sustainable economy and food system on a very local, community focused level. Produce sold at the market comes from backyard gardens and NSAs (Neighborhood Supported Ag.) in the city of Denver. Prepared foods are produced in local Denver homes, with produce from as locally as possible. The same goes for the art and crafts at the market.

Concern: Local economies are shrinking, as opposed to growing, and the U.S. economy sucks right now!

Motivation: Foster new entrepreneurs, increase local production of goods and services.
By creating a space where anyone can share what they produced at home, we are encouraging people to start thinking of themselves as producers as well as consumers, fostering a group of people who are “pro-sumers” (producers-consumers). This will help to create new jobs in Denver by allowing people to provide something at the market that can bring in additional resources to their house. Through the market we hope to serve as an incubator for new businesses and business ideas! We are actively searching out resources for those vendors interested in taking their products to the next level.

Also, if we can begin producing more of what we need here in Denver, than our community will be more resilient to macroeconomic events, decreasing our oil consumption and reliance in the process, again, making us more resilient and sustainable.

Concern: American’s are wealthier than ever before (per capita GDP) but aren’t any happier for it.

Motivation: Creating real wealth, community building
We also created the market to provide a space where like-minded (and semi-like minded!) individuals in Denver could come together to share our creativity and passions. This market is about connecting with others right here in Denver, creating a network of people who can share skills, products, food, ideas and solutions, as well as new friends. There is much work to be done in our community, and although there is a scarcity of money to pay for it, there are plenty of people willing to help. There is a lack of money, not of will power. We hope here you can make those connections that make it possible, and we will do our best, through offering different forms of assessing and sharing value (like alternative/complementary currencies), to foster these connections. By hosting the market regularly, you know you can come here to continue fostering these relationships and connections.

These concerns are what keep us motivated, and we are dedicated to working through them, but we need your help and can’t do it without you. Thank you so much for being a part of this market and this movement!

The HaHo Crew


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Check the Vendors for our Upcoming October 1st Market!

We are excited to show all of the incredible backyard and homemade edibles and local handmade crafts that people in our community in Denver have to offer! We strive to make people take a second look at themselves and realize that they too are producers and have something incredible to offer. These people below are just that type of person, those that have a passion for what they are making and doing and want to share it with us! We invite you to come with something that you make at home or have a passion for and bring it to share. Only in this way will we be able to make Denver a more local, sustainable city.

We hope the market can also serve as an incubator for new businesses and ideas, but we need you all to come and give us your thoughts and opinions. Please join us and celebrate those below willing to share!

Recent Additions!

Kombucha Ninjas – Organic Homebrewed Kombucha

The Idle Goat – Homemade Organic Chai, Silk Screen designs and Produce

The Hand Maidens – delicious canned and preserved local produce

Food Producers

April – Baked goods and salsas from DUG produce

Arlene – Homemade Beef Jerky

Barb – Produce from Harvest Mountain

Devon – Organic biscotti, mini cakes

Hayley & Sara– Backyard eggs, scobies for making kombucha

Jared – Mushroom inoculated logs

Kristie – Homemade jams and butter, bread made from home-milled wheat

Randa – Organic, delicious and vegan dinner foods and desert

Kylie – Sourdough Bread

Matt – Hand churned ice cream

Craft Producers

Charlene –Local artwork

lindsey and mikel – Soap from Clean Getaway Soap Co.

Lori – Dragons juice, Kava, tinctures and body care products

Melissa – Homemade Baby and toddler clothes

Michael – Up-cycled glass bottles made into pictures & glassware

Noah – textiles and “objects for living”

Phillip – knitted and crocheted hats

Sierra – Handmade henna and henna art

Sue – table runners, quilts, towels, and pot holders

Thanks for being a part of the HaHo Market

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GrowLocal Potluck, Currency Workshop and the Greater Good Academy!

Hello hello!

We have lots of exciting things coming up in the next few days and want to make sure everyone has heard about them. We hope everyone is enjoying the last beautiful breaths of Colorado summer, but to be honest, fall is exciting too because it means that harvest season is here!

Upcoming Events:

Potluck time!

On Friday, Sept. 17 from 6-9 pm at Earthlinks – 2828 Larimer, GrowLocal Colorado, who’s mission is to promote local food, local community and local economy, will be hosting “Growing our Urban AgriCULTURE” Harvest Potluck and Networking Party. The potluck party will celebrate the 2010 Grow Local Colorado Edible Gardens in Denver Parks project and honor the volunteers who made them a success. This is an incredible event that we highly recommend!

On Saturday, September 18th from 9am to 2pm, Denver Handmade Homemade Market, in conjunction with Arthur Brock and the Mile High Business Alliance, will be hosting the 2nd installment of our alternative currency workshop and practicum series. Hosted by Arthur Brock, internationally recognized expert on alternative and complementary currencies, this workshop will focus on practical tools to creating an alternative currency here in Denver and in your local communities! Come with a dish to share at the potluck lunch. For a map visit the Mile High Business Alliance website.

And finally, we are excited to announce a new partnership with the Greater Good Academy. The GGA hosts an 8-week business development program for Denver area entrepreneurs from underserved communities in how to use sustainable and triple bottom line business thinking and practices to become more profitable. The fall Academy runs from September 21st to November 9th. If you are interested please visit the website! This is an incredible opportunity for our members and vendors to take their business idea to the next level and learn in a hands-on environment.

Thanks everyone. Hope the days are passing slowly!

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Thanks for a great market!

Hello everyone!

We want to first thank everyone who has been coming out to the Handmade Homemade Market, especially those of you who we have seen several times! We’ve said this before but we really cannot do any of this without a supportive community ready to dive into this new type of market place we are working on. So, thank you!

The last market was an awesome thing to see and felt like it created an incredibly positive environment for a market! There were a good number of people passing through, keeping it lively, with a really great crew of vendors sharing their goods with everyone. For us it felt like the first time that we could take a step back and really appreciate all of the people who have come together to make the market real. I had awesome conversations and traded my ice cream with so many good people – Anne with the delicious apricot jam, Danny with his goat cheese, Jared with his mycilium logs, Jon and Candice from Urbiculture Farms and Debbie from Farm Yard CSA. I also tasted some delicious canned goods from the Front Range Handmaids and got a hand woven rug from Ms. Weaver! There was local Colorado flour from Colorado Easy Eats, organic Chai from The Idle Goat, and screen printed shirts from Ole.

I loved it, and most of it happened without having to use any money, such an incredible feeling!

Thanks for being there and get ready for our next market on the First Friday in October – October 1st – from 6 to 9pm at Green Spaces!

We are also hosting an alternative currency workshop in conjunction with the Mile High Business Alliance on Saturday, Sept. 18th from 9am to 2pm with a potluck lunch at the CHUN House – 1290 Williams St. Arthur Brock will be schooling us in a hands-on workshop about creating alternative currencies in our own communities!

Thanks again, we’ll see you soon!

the HaHo organizing crew

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The Market is Friday! Check out the incredible list of vendors

The sprint is almost over and the 1st Ever First Friday Market is here! Today, Friday, we will host the 5th installment of the Denver Handmade Homemade Market at Green Spaces – 1368 26th st –  from 6 to 9pm.

We have more vendors lined up for this HaHo Market than any in the past, as well as bicycle mechanics and a message therapist! Below is the list of all the vendors:

Backyard Goat Cheese – Daniel
Raw baked goods – Annie
Homemade Chai from the Idle Goat – Ciara + Austin
Clean Getaway Soap – lindsey and mikel
Native american jewelry – Layla
Wooden bowls and platters – Michael
Canned, jammed and pickled goods from Front Range Hand Maids – Erica  and Hilary
Backyard Produce – Ronald
Fudge – debbie
Masks, Eggs and SCOBY’s Hayley & Sara
Recycled bags, handmade jewelry – Jen
Worm bins, gaia buckets and compost tumblers – John
Organic Granola, Baked goods and Fruit strips – Katherine
Handmade jewelry and textiles – Natalia
Mushroom logs – Jared
Flour and baked goods – Terri Claus
Sushi, pickled ginger, lime-aid
– Owen
Organic, backyard produce
– Urbiculture Farms
Short fiction
– Josiah
Organic hemp lotion
– Lynne
Apricot Jam and Apples
– Anne Drake
Sourdough bread
– Kylie
Ice cream
– matt
Earthlinks – crafts from the local homeless population
Molded chocolates, embroidered headbands – Abel
Head, neck and foot massages – Jasmine
Knitted and crochetted items – Phillip
Jewelry – Emine
Organic Pesto! – Farm Yard CSA
Homemade Sauerkraut and produce – Deb
Handmade cards and art – Eve

It’s crazy! So many incredible vendors all coming out for the market. We are so excited to see this movement grow and start moving Denver towards a more sustainable Denver.

We will again be asking for an entrance fee: either something you value to donate to the community table to be shared at the market (or a suggested donation of $5) and we are still working on our alternative, market currency – “Dough”. Help us decide where the market should go from here!

Thanks so much, we can’t wait until the market!

– The Denver Handmade Homemade Crew

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