HAHO Craft and Food market with the Great Western Alpaca Show
May 6th & 7th at the National Western Complex
The HAHO hosts local entrepreneurs that sell handmade products and food, offer services or create art of all forms. Most sellers seem to offer an extension of themselves, making the HAHO Market as local, unique, and personal as possible.
But it doesn't stop with vendors. HAHO also hosts a full vegan food buffet, that is made with local ingredients, and usually consists of a particular regional cuisine. Randa Duffy is the chef, and along with her posse, they prepare and serve one of the most delightful meals.
One distinct trait of the HAHO Market is the presence of live music. From hip-hop to folk to experimental, we book musicians that live in our community and understand the importance of local support. Thanks to the plethora of incredible local musicians, the music is ALWAYS fantastic!
The HAHO is hosted by like-minded organizations, such as Green Spaces, the Denver Art Society, Earthlinks and Youth on Record. Each venue offers a unique atmosphere and hosting a HAHO market adds exposure to these progressive organizations and their missions.
By keeping prices as suggested donations, no one besides ourselves is regulating the market. This market is friends dealing between friends and we believe that we are able to keep ourselves safe and healthy by ensuring that everything at the market is of the highest quality and is something we would give to our own family.
WE ONLY ASK $50 FOR VENDOR ENTRY
It may not sound like a lot of money, but it's enough for HAHO to cover rent and other operational costs. What's more important is that $50 is nominal compared to typical market entry fees, allowing sellers to reinvest into their business.
A DOOR DONATION?
Our suggested door donation spreads other operational costs across the rest of those participating in the market: the HAHO patrons! If each person gives just a few dollars, we can keep the vendor fees low and still be able to use all the tools necessary to have a successful and prosperous market.
VENDORS PAY BACK A % OF SALES
Set on a sliding scale, this is in place so that HAHO only benefits from more successful vendors, allowing those who are still testing their product to keep more of the profits. They can reinvest into classes, build a website or fine-tune their packaging. We use this income for opportunities of prosperity, like advanced marketing strategies, a low organizer stipend, live music, insurance and supplies.
Big words with a simple goal: By practicing under-utilized forms of wealth like trading, bartering and sharing, the HAHO empowers Denver to participate in commerce without a money transaction. Have a garden and make salsa? Bring them to trade for clothing or pottery!
We also support an alternative currency known as "Denver Dough," which acts to keep a separate currency circulating through the vendors and patrons. This money cannot be spent outside of the HAHO and those who invest in it must spend it with vendors. Circulation works kind of like an ATM, except you get Denver Dough back instead of federal dollars.