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Hello hello,

We are sad to announce that we are canceling the upcoming market at Chrysalis this Sunday.

Summer time is a crazy time, all of us are pulled in so many different directions that this is one direction no one seemed to be pulled in.

The three principal organizers of this market will be moving on, but that does not mean that this idea has to die. We still believe in this project and the power that it has to bring people together, to create a local economy and more importantly a local community. To keep this project going, it must come from new, excited passionate people in Boulder willing to organize and advertise it.

We hope there is someone reading this blog who will be willing to take that step forward. Please get in touch if that is you.

The first two markets where very beautiful and hopefully there will be more!

Take care and enjoy the summer sun.

— the Boulder HaHo Crew

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We have settled on a date, time, and place for the third Boulder Handmade Homemade market:

Sunday, June 6th, 4-7pm
@ Chrysalis  Cooperative, 2127 16th Street

Please come by for a good time and bring your friends! Bring things to sell, barter with, or just a few bucks to “donate” for some goods from your Boulder neighbors.

If you are interested in playing music bring your instrument for an open mike or if you would like to play a full set, send us an email to set up a time. And we are always looking for more vendors! If you were a vendor at the last market, we would love to have you vend again. If you are a new vendor, send us an email or post on the blog to let us know what you would like to offer. Food, veggies, arts, crafts, skills all welcome. Please check out our vendors page for more info.

And a BIG thank you to Chrysalis! They are hosting this market for the second time and we are so grateful to them for opening up their home to our community.

Check out the list below of the vendors we had at the last market:

Randa – Delicious vegan baked goods
Chris – Organic soaps
Jared – Mushroom inoculated logs and plugs
Roslyn – Hair cuts (organic of course)
Elena – Knitted and baked goodies
Jessica – secret cafe foods and vegan sausages
Liz – homemade arts and crafts
Andrews Family Farm – All the delicious things that any farm should have
Paisley Bird – pendants
Chrysalis Coop – Cheeses and baklava
Chris – India cuisine
Kylie – Sourdough bread

We hope for these vendors to come back, joined by many new ones. Enjoy your days as summer sun continues to come out and  we will see you on June 6th.

Continue to grow community!

-The Boulder HaHo Crew

Hello good people!

Mothers day is rapidly approaching which means… planting time is finally here! It’s time to start planting those fragile seeds and seedlings that only thrive in the hot summer sun.

AND, it’s also time to start thinking about our next Handmade Homemade Market. We want to make this one as big and beautiful and successful as possible.

Now comes the hard part… Where should we plant ourselves??? If you, or anyone you know, have a good location to host the next Handmade Homemade Market, please please let us know. Even if it is only a little inkling of an idea, send it our way.

Thanks so much, happy planting, and hopefully we’ll have a market date for you in the next few days.

The Boulder HaHo Crew!

Five Citizens Arrested at Valmont Power Plant
Boulder Activists Unfurl Banner and Erect Wind Turbines on Top of Giant Coal Pile

One of our community members was arrested on April 28th for protesting the lack or responsiveness of our electric utility, Xcel Energy, to provide safe, secure, and economically responsible renewable energy. It is so important for us to support these people, people willing to put themselves in harms way for the good of the entire community. If you believe and agree with this cause, please consider contributing to the campaign by helping pay their fines. If you’d like to learn more, see the press release and links below. Thanks!
Boulder, CO – At approximately 12:45 April 28th, four activists climbed onto the massive coal pile in front of the Valmont Power Plant.  An enormous banner was deployed down the front of the coal pile reading “RENEWABLES NOW” and two large mock wind turbines were erected on top of the coal pile.  The activists reclaimed the coal pile to display their message for approximately 1.5 hours, before they were taken into custody.
Meanwhile a rally took place on outside of the Valmont Power Plant.  Bill McKibben, a leading climate change activist and founder of 350.org, who happened to be in Boulder for a speaking event, came out to the rally and expressed his support for those on the coal pile.
“Our leaders have been listening to the coal industry instead of the science and now people need to take the lead and that is what they are doing.  The action today is great and what is so great about it is that the same thing is happening all around the world. Everywhere people are showing the same kind of courage,” said Mr. McKibben.
The protest, which occurred less than one week after the 40thAnniversary of Earth Day, comes as Boulder is considering whether to renew a 20 year franchise agreement with Xcel.  Recently, theBoulder City Council and City Manager suggested that Boulder should delay signing a new franchise agreement to allow more time to negotiate with Xcel about implementing a stronger renewable energy plan.
Approximately 90% of Boulder’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels, with only 10% coming from renewable sources.  Many local environmentalists and community leaders are calling for electricity generated from renewable sources to increase by 10% each year, reaching 30% renewable by 2012 and 100% renewable by 2020.
“Boulder is ready to move forward with 100% renewable electricity. If Xcel is not willing to partner with the city to make this happen, then Boulder officials and citizens needs to take our energy future into our own hands,” said Tom Weis, a Boulder resident that communicated from atop the coal pile.
While the recent ‘Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act’ will require that Xcel modify three Front Range coal plants by 2017, Xcel is simultaneously planning to open the Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant in Pueblo, which will be the largest coal plant in the state.
Beyond that, three Front Range coal plants are likely to be replaced by natural gas, instead ofrenewable energy sources.  In fact, the legislation may allow Xcel to sign 20 year contracts on natural gas, effectively locking Coloradans to the high cost and environmentally destructive fuel, at a time whenrenewable energy technology is rapidly advancing.
“There couldn’t be a more important place for these kinds of protests. Boulder has provided more information about the deteriorating climate than any other town and yet there is a mountain of coal behind me. It is pathetic,” said Mr. McKibben.

At the same time, Mr. McKibben believes that Boulder is the right place to change directions:
“There is no better place for 100% renewable electricity. Boulder’s combination of wind, sun and brain power makes it uniquely suited for just that kind of progress.”

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the market yesterday, it was a really successful installment of our new community project! And, in addition to our underground markets, we think it would be really incredible to start highlighting other exciting projects that people of our community are working on. Below is the first of these new events. Enjoy and let’s keep this local community growing!

A “Taste of Alchemy” brings us Boulder’s Secret Cafe!

What: Bring your friends and family to our home for a new dining experience that is healthy, delicious, fun and creates community. Our home will be magically transformed into a delightful dining space with live music. We will be serving Southwestern fare such as empanadas, tamales, horchata, tacos and more, with vegan and gluten free options.

All menu items will be for suggested donations. Please bring your own alcoholic beverages.

Date: Saturday, April 24th
Time: 6:00-10:00pm
Location: 770 Hartford Dr, Boulder

Please RSVP with an approximate arrival time.
828-337-0696
freelittlebird7@hotmail.com

Hello hello,

Tomorrow it is! After much running about and getting the word out, it is time for our 2nd Ever Boulder HaHo Market.

The market will be tomorrow, Sunday, at the Chrysalis Cooperative on 2127 16th Street, from 3pm to 7pm.

We will be having a few live musical acts –
5pm – The Wild Elf and 6pm – Caroline Cotter

And as of this second and to the best of my knowledge we will have a whole gaggle of vendors for you all to enjoy. Including, but not limited to:

Kylie – Sourdough bread
Randa – Delicious vegan baked goods
Chris – Organic soaps
Jared – Mushroom inoculated logs and plugs
Roslyn – Hair cuts (organic of course)
Elena – Knitted and baked goodies
Jessica – secret cafe foods and vegan sausages
Liz – homemade arts and crafts
Andrews Family Farm – All the delicious things that any farm should have
Paisley Bird – pendants
Chrysalis Coop – Cheeses and baklava
Chris – India cuisine

We hope to see you all there.

Remember, Spread the word. This is how we create local economy and local community!

– The Boulder Handmade Homemade Market Crew

Hello hello,

Spring fever is in the air – procrastination and playing in the park, sweating and laboring over a messy lawn that has been neglected for months. Needless to say, its been a busy few weeks!

But the time has come! Only one week until the 2nd EVER Boulder Handmade Homemade Market!

I think it's time for a peace garden

The market will be held at the Chrysalis Cooperative – 2127 16th Street
and will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Sunday, April 18th.

We are looking forward to an even bigger and better market than last month, so please… PLEASE… send this around to all of your friends and anyone who might be interested. Below you can see all of the sweet goods and goodies that we had at our last market, hopefully this month won’t disappoint!

And please if you are interested in being a vendor, send us an email, we’d love to have you!

We’ll see you soon, but until then – happy planting!

— BoulderHHM crew