An animal that originated in the Andes Mountains of South America is perfectly acclimated to our high-altitude climate. Their wool is incredibly soft and warm — something we’re grateful for during the winter months. You can find alpaca yarn and hats, sweaters, scarves, socks and more made with it all over the state.
All-Natural Beauty Products
Creams, balms, sprays, essential oils, soaps and more — at this altitude, we gotta work to keep a moisturized, healthy glow. Many crafty artisans are turning raw local ingredients into luxurious substances we want to rub all over ourselves.
A Few Faves:
• Calendula Creme from Green Earth Farm, made in small batches with many herbs grown on site in Saguache; find it at Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage and other retailers who care about hydrating your skin.
• Elbert’s Naked Goat Farm: Buy their Baby Goat Body Cream and other soothing salves at the Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market in Denver.
• Little Moon Essentials in Steamboat Springs; we especially like the Sleep Comes Easy Pack and the terrifically named Tired Old Ass Cream.
Our dry, sunny climate is ideal for growing this versatile plant, and nearly 40 growers across the state are stocking us with dried bundles that are great for decoration or fragrant sachets, pillows and potpourris, as well as soothing lotions, creams and soaps made with lavender oils. (We should note that there are some forms you should eat — lavender wines, shortbreads and more are growing in popularity across the state.)
A Few Places to Find It:
• Colorado Lavender Festival in Palisade (July 10–12, 2015)
• Farmers’ markets and food stands everywhere
• La Petite Lavender Farm in Paonia
• St. Kathryn Cellars, Neilsen Vineyard and High Country Orchards in Palisade
• Oasis Botanica herb shop in Mack
• The Indoor Gardener in Clifton
• Dayspring Farm in Olathe (farm store open spring/summer)