The local foods movement is alive and well in Champaign County! Here are some updates on other projects while we finalize our virtual market:
Local Producers Map:
Our local producers map is ready for publication and you will soon be able to find it on gochampaign.com. Copies will be distributed around the community, in the local telephone book, and other “hangouts”. The guide lists the location and contact information for nearly 50 local producers within our county. The map was a project of the Local Food Council and printed with the help of some local sponsors including the Monument Square District, Champaign Bank, the Community Improvement Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau and others. It is a great start to finding a local source for Champaign County’s finest!
A Heartfelt Thank You!!
Good evening…and, also, a dose of love to all customers for being so patient with market pick up, this evening, and for understanding the weather dilemma, and some of the products being delivered/not delivered, due to the messiness of the day!!
And, thank you to all vendors who either were able to make it all happen, or who were honest about how tricky the weather was making their journey!!
Old Souls Farm: the driver made it, and we were so glad!! He told us about his delivery day to Columbus and Marysville…of the road conditions, the downed power lines on the roads, and his thankfulness to be done for the day!! We totally understood!! And, FYI…your lettuces are in the fridge, and we marked each customers names on them!! Grab them, at any time!!
Kennedy Farms…very iced in, out in the country!! They will be making their delivery at or before noon, tomorrow!! A huge thank you to them, and if they were part of your order, you can grab it at the YMCA, tomorrow!! Look for your name on their products!!
Madison Ling…she will have her cookie dough balls in the fridge!! They were able to get to the Y at 8pm, this evening!!
Once again…thank you for showing so much understanding, tonight. It’s not easy being the manager, and trying to navigate the logistics on a weather day.
And…we will be closed until we reopen, on Thanksgiving night!! And, a reminder…we know that some of you want to grab your orders earlier than the 4:30 start time. While it’s generally ok, somedays may not work because the vendors have until 4:15 to get their things to us. If all products are there, it’s totally cool when you are there at 4pm. But, when we still have vendors coming in, at their appointed time, all products may not yet be there, and that can create frustration on the customer end. We want everyone to be happy!!
Finally…I would like to wish you all a very lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I have much to be thankful for, and I have many thoughts of love going out to everyone. I am getting ready to contribute to a big catering effort, being shipped out to a group of Paradise, CA residents, who have lost everything. I wish I was catering in food, but will be donating money to see that the catering efforts have a bit of my heart in them. Hoping that everyone involved are able to give these displaced residents, a tiny bit of love as they try to make sense of what their next steps are.
In this upcoming season, maybe we could all share a bit of love, wherever we go…
Kennedy Farms Announcement
So, I hope you will not get irritated with the emails, today, but this is the best way to get news to the masses…
I just got a text from Kennedy Farms, and they are out in the country, totally iced in. They will not be making their market delivery until tomorrow!!
I want customers who have their items purchased to be aware, in case you want to adjust your pick up day!!
Customers and vendors!!
Such an icy wake up call, this morning!!
I wrestled, all morning, with the market pick up, for this evening, and just got off the phone with Paul, at the Y.
The market will remain, on schedule, this evening. If, as a customer, you feel that the conditions are not what you want to be out in, this evening, that is totally fine! If we do not see you by 6pm, your orders will be grouped together, and you can pick them up tomorrow, or Saturday.
I don’t want anyone at risk, but decided to try to keep the pick up as normal as possible.
Vendors…if you are having issues with getting product to the market…please call or text me!! I will evaluate what is missing, and I will work with the customer, for a tomorrow pick up time, if needed!!
So sorry…but I want things normal, safe, and flexible, if need be!!
Good morning…this is your morning wake up call, your last call, reminding you that you have until 8am, this morning, to get your orders in!
Let us help make your lead in to Thanksgiving, an easy one…
We know you have a choice in where you shop, and we love when you choose your little local market of love…
…and, don’t forget your orders, before 8am, tomorrow morning…the market is going crazy, and we don’t want you to miss out!!
Remember, there will be no market, next week, with the Thanksgiving holiday!!
Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you smile with every new day…
(Ruby Tuesday-The Rolling Stones)
One of my first Stones albums, purchased in a stack of albums, along with a stamped copy of the Beatles White album, all purchased at one of my favorite underground record shops that was located on Court St. in Athens, Ohio, way back in the day.
Anyway…I woke up, thought about it being Tuesday, immediately started singing this song, remembered that the market is only open, today, until tomorrow at 8am, and there you have it…
Go on, Ruby Tuesday…get your orders in…
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
I go out to work on Monday morning
Tuesday I go off to honeymoon
I’ll be back again before it’s time for sunny-down,
I’ll be lazing on a Sunday afternoon
Bicycling on every Wednesday evening
Thursday I go waltzing to the zoo
I come from London Town, I’m just an ordinary guy
Fridays I go painting in the Louvre
I’m bound to be proposing on a Saturday night (there he goes again)
I’ll be lazing on a Sunday
Lazing on a Sunday
Lazing on a Sunday afternoon…
(Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon-Queen)
And, if you are coasting into this sunshine filled, yet cold Sunday morning, afternoon, evening, why not take the time to place your orders for you little local market of love?
Remember…this will be your last market, before the Thanksgiving holiday week!
We want you to be fully stocked with all things from our market!!
I just placed my market order for radishes and turnips to roast for Thanksgiving day, a jam to serve as one of my appetizers, on that day, an order of chorizo to mix up another appetizer…at my Thanksgiving celebration, any and all are welcome to the table. We have had years of all family, years of out of town friends added to the mix, but whatever the case, there is always an abundance of food, beginning with appetizers and Bloody Marys! I set up a wine bar, a spritzer bar, a coffee area, appetizers, a dessert area, and then, of course, beautifully set tables using china passed down by my grandmother, and the food…the food is always assigned, one dish, to each guest, but I am always the appetizer/turkey/Cosmic stuffing/vegetable/garlic potatoes girl…
What are you doing for the holiday? Can we help get you ready?
Let’s do this Thanksgiving, together, all on this lazing Sunday afternoon!
Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice
This week, we say, HELLO, to an old friend, and personally, one of my biggest inspirations in kindness, patience, and basically helping me to keep it real while in the midst of chaos, and someone that I know I can turn to, when I need a kind heart, a gentle soul.
We started our friendship journey, many years ago, out in the trenches of the physical farmers’ markets. We made up a girl gang of vendors, full of spirit, a desire to bring the local food force to the front and center, all mixed up with a dose of fun, craziness.
We used to help manage the Mechanicsburg Farmer’s Market, and in the early days, had so much fun! People used to laugh at our image, as we would stand, and chat, and from away, you could see the image of the Mennonite girl with the Hippie girl, standing in the middle of market midways, discussing important topics like…well, I can’t really tell you, but our topics were always full of fun snarkiness.
Anyway…she comes back to our market, you know her as Homecomer Traditions…out in the trenches, she is the Pretzel Lady. Here, at our market, she is known as, Honey Boy Honey, inspired by her own Honey Boy who is no longer that little boy. In my heart, she is always, Twisted Sister, a nickname from way back, and now, she comes back to us with her Honey Boy Honey…AND…her new line of Organic Spice and Herbal blends!! She is working so hard to get just the right blends, keeping it all organic, and will continue to add more and more blends.
So…go, show her some love, and get your spice and herbal blends, just in time for the holiday season!!
See…everything nice…right here…at your little local market of love…
Romeo and Juliet
…tonight’s song is brought to you by the ever amazing Mark Knopfler. Yes, the haunting voice of Dire Straits. When I was a flight attendant way back in the day, I worked a flight, first class, LA-NYC, all night flight, and he and I chatted most of the flight.
He has one of those voices that just resonates with me. Especially on long days, days of baking/cooking/market making/planning…the everyday in my life.
Tonight, I got home, poured a glass of wine, and asked Alexa to give me some Cowboy Junkies, on Pandora, and this song came wafting through my kitchen, and house.
It makes me think of that long ago flight, of California where I used to live, to my very good friend, one of my oldest and dearest, who had to pack up, today, and flee the mountains and her home, in Paradise, California, as fires burned the whole town. She got out, is safe, called me the minute I pulled into my driveway, tonight.
All of this, swirling in my head, to open the market, tonight, with this thought…love your people, hug someone, smile at someone, show kindness, show compassion, live life by giving it the best that you’ve got…because in a split second, it all changes.
Good thoughts as we enter into the next few weeks of Thanksgiving. You know, the holiday that for years gets the rush. The brush off for the Christmas holiday. But, not this girl. I savor the days of November. I love losing myself in thoughts of all that I am thankful for, the people in my life, how fortunate I am to still have each circle of each stage of my life, in my close circles. I have the love of family, the love of friends, and thankful for each day that is given to us.
So, tonight, with a very thankful heart for this market, it’s customers, it’s vendors, it’s parental unit at the YMCA, I bring you this week’s market.
Just and FYI, we will have this market, and then, a week from tonight, we close for the Thanksgiving week. We will reopen the market, for ordering, on Thanksgiving night.
Give lots of thought as to what you may need for your holiday food needs, any hostess gifts, any candles to set the ambience of the holiday, any baked goods to put on your dessert tables. I do know that our pie lady, of Ruthie’s Pies, has several varieties to chose from, for the flavor of the holiday.
You are going to need it all…don’t forget the milk for your recipes, the cheeses to serve as appetizers, breads for dinner, vegetables and lettuces for all of the side dishes. Maple syrups and honey for the sweetness of the holiday. Soaps, oils, body scrubs, artistic objects are great to give a hostess. Maybe turkey isn’t your jam…order a different type of meat to celebrate your thankful day. Jams, sauces…all essential for whatever the holiday brings. To jazz up your sandwiches from you leftovers, turn to the mustards or jalapeno sweetness of relish. Eggs…you know they are essential to your recipe fun!! Are you entertaining someone who needs to be gluten-free? We’ve got it covered! You will need coffee to go with the pies that we offer, and wait for it…what about your fur babes?? They will be hungry, and waiting patiently. Why not have their fav dog treats, on hand?
Ok….I am leaving you, tonight, with an amazing market, amazing products, amazing vendors, and you, the amazing customers.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for making us part of your daily lives…we live for the days, the moments, the seconds…
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Time, time time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please
Don’t look around
The leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter…
(Simon & Garfunkel-A Hazy Shade Of Winter)
Well…hello to this sudden change of cold, fallen leaves, and the reminder that we are full into that space of time that seasons change so quickly…
Also…that time moves so quickly, which means that this next hour will also be passing, quickly, so if you have not yet put in an order, you have until 8am!!
The market is another crazy one…a crazy shade of all things good!!
See you on the other side of 8am!!