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Support Local Makers: Shop Goods Made by Hipcamp Hosts

Hipcamp Hosts take pride in their land, caring for it and sharing it with the Hipcamp community. But beyond their stewardship, many Hosts are also growers, makers, artisans, and creatives producing homemade items and selling them online. The sale of these goods creates an opportunity to support local economies and land projects while scoring natural foods and items that reflect where they’re made. So even if you can’t make it to the property for a visit, you can still help Hosts’ efforts to maintain the nature they protect.

From Washington lavender sachets and Michigan maple syrup to coffee beans from Hawaii, here are some Hipcamp Host-made goods you can get delivered for a slice of the outdoors at your front door.

Photo credit: Shayna Frankenfield

Lavender goods from Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, Washington

Where to shop: here

If you can’t make it out for Jardin du Soleil’s summer lavender harvest on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, Wash., you can still fill your house with the Schiefens’ aromatic essential oils, candles, lotions, and soaps. The lavender farm also sells lavender seeds and blooms in a bag so you can grow your own purple flowers at home.

Photo credit: Melissa Cunningham

Red River Valley wine from 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery, Texas

Where to shop: here

The 4R Ranch draws Hipcampers to its rolling hills for wine, mountain biking, and stargazing. While they can’t bottle and ship their Texas-sized views of the night sky, you can order their award-winning viognier, a Texas High Plains dolcetto, and a variety of tempranillo, malbec, sangiovese, and syrah blends.

Photo credit: Ezequiel Gonzalez

Organic felted soap from Bethel Pastures Farm, New York

Where to shop: here

This upstate New York farm sells a variety of organic soaps felted in wool from the Shetland sheep that graze freely on its Catskills property. Blood orange bergamo, citrus lavender, lavender, and oatmeal spice round out the collection. The Hosts at Bethel Pastures also sell small felted animal caves for the ferret or kitten in your life who deserves a special dwelling.

Photo credit: Evan Davies

Natural maple syrup from Harvest Village, Michigan

Where to shop: here

This small animal and produce farm, run by Hipcamp Hosts Dan and Arlene, taps and renders its own syrup from maple trees each spring. The maple sap is boiled down in a 40-1 ratio to produce a pure, amber maple syrup. If you’ve never had small-batch maple syrup before, you’re in for a treat.

Photo credit: Leah Flores

Handcrafted wooden kitchen items from 7U Ranch, Idaho

Where to shop: here

Idaho’s 7U Ranch sells gorgeous cutting boards and tables made from black walnut trees grown on the property in the mountains above the Salmon River. Star Hosts Raini and Seth also sell beeswax candles, as well as a goldenseal and myrrh salve made with herbs grown onsite.

Photo credit: ‘Ailani Orchards

Hawaiian coffee beans and macadamia nuts from  ‘Ailani Orchards, Hawaii

Where to shop: here

‘Ailani Orchards grows macadamia nuts and coffee in the rich, volcanic soil of its Big Island property. Hosts Elizabeth and Barney ship their organic macadamia nuts, nut butters, and freshly harvested ku’a coffee beans (available either green or roasted) to the mainland.

Photo credit: Anna Claire Beasley

Soft alpaca wool goods from Structured Chaos Farm, Texas

Where to shop: here

The stars of Structured Chaos Farm are its shaggy alpacas. When they aren’t busy greeting Hipcampers, these huacaya alpacas produce a soft wool that Structured Chaos Farm owners Todd and Wendi sell year-round. Crafters can purchase carded alpaca fiber and yarn in a variety of natural beiges, browns, whites, and blacks. You can also pick up alpaca wool socks, sweaters, hats, and mittens to keep you cozy wherever your next camping trip takes you.

Photo credit: Pianetta Winery

Central Coast reds from Pianetta Ranch and Winery Camp, California

Where to shop: here

Pianetta Winery is set near Paso Robles, a region of California wine country especially hospitable to Rhône grapes. Hipcampesr can pitch a tent beside the grapevines, but anyone can order Pianetta zinfandel, grenache, syrah, or jug wine blends to be delivered to their home.

Vincent Levy wishes he was camping every night. The West Coast is his home and he loves spending time in the Cascades, High Sierra, and the SoCal desert.

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