By Beth Dodd
Looking for a gluten-free pizza in Woodland Park? Or how about grass-fed beef, organic coffee, or locally grown produce? You can find all this and more at Mountain Naturals Community Market at the corner of Highway 67 North and Red Feather Lane in the old Loaf N Jug building in Woodland Park.
Mountain Naturals is run by co-owners Laurie Glauth and Jan Greene. Their business has actually been around for twenty years, tucked away inside the Hackman House, a local wellness center owned by Glauth. They decided to expand their business, and opened in their new location in January of 2012.
Mountain Naturals specializes in local products that are good for you and good for the land. Besides the items already mentioned they carry natural pet foods, nutritional supplements, hand thrown pottery, and potted plants. Patrons may also place special orders. For example, you can buy natural grains like millet, corn, flour, or steel cut oats in bulk. Altogether, the store features over 120 Colorado products, many from right here in Teller County. For example, you can buy quinoa flour grown locally by Joe Morin.
Mountain Naturals also participates in CSA or Community Supported Agriculture. Consumers buy a “share” of a local farm and get regular deliveries of seasonal produce directly from the growers. In this case, Glenn and Tony Austin of Austin Family Farms in Paonia use Mountain Naturals as a delivery point for their shareholders in our area.
“We are really trying to do what we believe here,” said Glauth. “We have defined our own niche and grown with the community.”
This includes being members of the Peak to Plains Alliance, which strives to enhance the public’s knowledge of local food, water, and land resources to create a stable local food and farming system.
Mountain Naturals is also phasing out products made by companies that oppose the labeling of GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms. Although GMOs have been widely banned in Europe, major American food companies including Kraft, Kellogg, General Mills and Monsanto have spent millions opposing the labeling of these products in our country. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Label on items sold at Mountain Naturals.
Mountain Naturals is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed on Sunday. You can contact the market at (719) 687-9851 or mountainnaturalscommunitymarket.com.