Ingredients for Valentine’s Day feast can be found in online Boulder County Farmers Market

Boulder County Farmers Market finance director Nancy Coppom, right, and executive director Brian Coppom arrange Valentine’s Day themed cards, made by the non-profit’s staff members, to be photographed at Boulder County Farmers Market’s warehouse on Monday in Longmont. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)
Boulder County Farmers Market finance director Nancy Coppom, right, and executive director Brian Coppom arrange Valentine’s Day themed cards, made by the non-profit’s staff members, to be photographed at Boulder County Farmers Market’s warehouse on Monday in Longmont. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)
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Chocolate and Valentine’s Day may go hand in hand, but Helen Williams, a business owner and “flavor master,” wanted people to have more options.

Williams is the founder of the Longmont-based Best One Yet, which makes small-batch vegan ice cream. She crafted the aptly named Rom-Com Red Velvet ice cream in time for the holiday. This marks the debut of the new flavor.

“I feel like Valentine’s Day is typically very chocolate-heavy,” Williams said. “That’s classic and everybody loves that, but I thought what can we do that would be a little less expensive and fun?”

The treat is among the products people will be able to buy through the online Boulder County Farmers Market, which features locally grown and locally made food.

This year is the first time that people have been able to buy from the Boulder County Farmers Market for their Valentine’s Day meals, due to the expansion of its online market, which is now offered year round.

Sweet Rolling Pins offers customized wooden rolling pins and spoons. (Boulder County Farmers Market / Courtesy Photo)

Those browsing the online market for their Valentine’s Day meals can find products from Longmont-based businesses, like Haystack Mountain Creamery and Buckner Family Farm; Boulder-based businesses Silver Canyon Coffee and Breadworks  Bakery & Cafe; and Kersey-based Croft Family Farms eggs, to name a few.

People can order the products in time for Valentine’s Day through Feb. 11. The items will be available for curbside pick up at the markets’ numerous Longmont, Boulder, Lafayette and Denver locations.

Elyse Wood, who served as the marketing manager for the Boulder County Farmers Market, helped to organized the online market.

“We’re highlighting different items that could be used for Valentine’s Day, like a romantic dinner,” Wood said. “Our operations are usually at a halt during the winter, so it’s kind of fun to be able to put together these ideas for an at-home dinner.”

For the first time, Boulder County Farmers Market staff also designed fruit and vegetable-inspired valentines that are hand drawn and include sayings like: “You’re one in a Melon,” and “I really a-Peach-ate you.”

Williams, who’s operated her business for nearly five years, said one of her inspirations behind making the red velvet ice cream was a chance to use natural ingredients to create vibrant colors.  A dairy-free cream cheese frosting is also swirled throughout the dessert.

“I would make this all year if people wanted it,” she said. “Who doesn’t love red velvet year round?”

Williams added that she believes ice cream is the perfect dessert.

“There’s so many possibilities with it,” she said. “It can be really fun. It can be really classic.”

At Silver Canyon Coffee Matthew Kay, head roaster, said Bali Blue Moon is a market favorite and works well in an espresso martini. The coffee is sourced from family-owned farms located in the Kintanmani highlands on the island province of Bali, Indonesia, according to the business’ website.

“It’s really a delicious coffee,” he said.  “It’s a medium dark roast and really rich, sweet, complex, spicy and earthy. It makes a great espresso. It’s super balanced and very rich, but also smooth.”

To find a full list of available products, including hand-crafted valentines, people can visit the Boulder County Farmers Market website at bcfm.org/curbside-pickup/.

Those looking for something else to complement their Valentine’s Day meals, can also find online gifts like a Boulder County Farmers Market stainless steel mug; market-friendly tote bags, “A Bite of Boulder cookbook,” which can also be found on the farmers market’s website.