Abundant in natural beauty, fresh air, and active, eco-conscious residents, Boulder, Colo. and nearby communities meet all the criteria for someone looking for modern-day green living. But green living is about more than just eating healthy. So we’ve highlighted a few of the other characteristics that attract those seeking a green lifestyle to the Boulder area.
Residents looking to get in touch with nature and environmentally responsible readers considering a move to the Denver-Boulder-Broomfield area should familiarize themselves with these hallmarks of the area’s green scene.
The Boulder County Farmers Market
Founded in 1987, the Boulder County Farmers Market has always been ahead of its time. Today, more than 150 local farmers and garden hobbyists participate in this twice-weekly local and organic food extravaganza. From purple beans to roasted chillies to tantalizingly tasty honey, the pickings are rich. Notice how we didn’t even mention fruits and vegetables, which make up the bulk of goods on offer?! The 2014 Boulder County Farmers Market season is well underway, but you still have some time to check it out. It pops up at Downtown Boulder’s Central Park Saturday from 8AM to 2PM through November 22 and on Wednesdays from 4PM to 8PM through October 1.
Healthy Eating Options
The Boulder County Farmers Market makes it easy to find organic and locally-sourced produce and herbs, as well as natural sweeteners like honey and agave nectar. This makes preparing tasty, nutritionally balanced meals in your Boulder or Broomfield apartment kitchen a breeze. When you want a break from chopping, dicing, and the meals you typically eat, you can also find healthy, organic food at dozens of eateries in the area. There are loads of restaurants that serve local and organic foods, but some of our favorites that have already established a name for themselves among health-conscious, environmentally friendly residents include: Black Cat, Salt Bistro, Native Foods Cafe, A Cup of Peace, Blooming Beets Kitchen, and Loftea Cafe. Loftea Cafe just happens to be across the street from AMLI’s own AMLI Arista.
Boulder’s Bike Culture
Consistently ranked in the top five most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation, Boulder is a cyclist’s paradise. Bicycle lanes run along most roads, making it possible to ride safely. The area surrounding Boulder is also bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. Mountain bikers can bask in the glory of trails such as the Canyon Loop Trail at Betasso Preserve and Marshall Mesa. Hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and enthusiasts of other outdoor sports also find Boulder and its surroundings amenable.
Green Living Communities
Environmentally responsible construction and renovation projects begin on homes, apartments, and commercial buildings almost every day the sun shines on the Boulder area. Which, if you didn’t already know, is more than 300 days a year! Committed to promoting environmental sustainability and green living wherever possible, AMLI Residential has contributed to the green building movement with a Broomfield apartment community it manages. AMLI at Interlocken, located near an RTD stop, the US-36, and the Interlocken Loop, giving residents convenient access to both Boulder and Denver by public transportation and car. The property is LEED Gold certified! This means the Broomfield apartments were constructed on a sustainable site with green building materials, are water and energy efficient, and offer residents a clean indoor living environment with high air quality and more.
There is much more to say about how active, green, and healthy Boulder is, but hopefully this gives you a good introduction. If you are a resident of Boulder or Broomfield who is looking to green up your lifestyle, visit the Boulder County Farmers Market, hop on a bicycle, or check out one of many area restaurants featuring healthy, locally sourced food. If you are from out of town or are looking to relocate within the area to an apartment that is part of the green movement, take a peek at the sustainably designed AMLI Residential property in the area. It is remarkably easy to Live Life + Love Life when you and so many people around you are living a green lifestyle.
What is your favorite outdoor activity or other eco-friendly aspect of Boulder or Broomfield?