This year’s Colorful Colorado Holiday Box includes dried fruit from Ela Farms. Courtesy photo.

This year’s Colorful Colorado Holiday Box includes dried fruit from Ela Farms.  Courtesy photo.

Mirror Staff Report
COLORADO—(December 3, 2013) Tis the season for gift baskets…this year, why not use your holiday budget to support your fellow Coloradoans? The “Makers” movement is gathering strength throughout the state, as artists and artisans band together to showcase and market their unique products. Now, a company based in Lafayette hopes to build on the momentum by promoting the work of Colorado makers to the rest of the world.
Regional Makers was founded by Peter and Anna Fargo, a conservation-minded couple who are donating five percent of sales from this season’s “Colorful Colorado Holiday Box” to Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, a non-profit that is working to repair and rebuild trails and open spaces impacted by the flooding on the Eastern Slope. The holiday gift box is a selection of Colorado products carefully chosen to showcase the best of the state’s makers, including a selection of dried fruit from Delta County’s Ela Farms.
“Our makers are located around the state,” company spokeswoman Amy Ennis said. “Sometimes we find them, sometimes they find us. We sample their products and look at their ingredients. We also like our makers to be ‘good citizens’ of the world…Steve Ela from the Ela Family Farms is a leader in the state of Colorado when it comes to organic growing re-search.
“Our customers include individuals who want to send a slice of Colorado to some-one they care about, and corporate clients who usually work with us to place larger orders that might include customization of our gift boxes with their own branding.”
In addition to using only products made in Colorado in its gift boxes, Regional Makers also supports the local economy by purchasing recycled paper shipping sleeves from a local company, working with local distributors, and fulfilling orders through a company based in Englewood.
The idea is to give those who do not live here a sense of the place that is Colorado, Ennis said.  “We like to say that we put Colorado in a box!” she said. Mirror readers who would like to order from Regional Makers can claim a $5 shipping credit by using coupon code 5-OFF-CO, she added.