The Weblog

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 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!

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The Warming Trend

Could it be that we are finally going to inch our way into spring? Even though I woke up to snow flurries, and ice on my car, the day became full of sunshine with a hint of warmth…fingers crossed that we are on the upswing!!

Thank you, to all, who ordered from the market, this week, as well as all of you who order from our market, regularly.

Also, I was sorry to miss everyone at the market pick up, this evening, but thank you for helping Mark keep it all in line.

I left early to begin packing for a sorority trip, this weekend! I will be heading south, to my Kentucky alma mater, for fun, sisterhood, and laughs…

While I am gone, I want to see everyone ordering!! We have some eggs added back to the market from Oakview Farm Meats, and we welcome a new egg vendor from Ladybug Farms!!

I will see you when I return from my weekend of fun…let’s hope we are on a warming trend, and let’s continue the great momentum of this market!!

Cosmic Pam

Egg Flash!!

We have been missing eggs!!!! Our egg vendors have had a shortage!!! But, if you hurry, Oakview Farm Meats just put a few dozen on!! Hurry!!

It’s an Egg Flash Sale!!

Cosmic Pam

Look Around

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It’s beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence won’t you come out and play…
(Dear Prudence-The Beatles)

Good morning!! The sun is definitely, finally showing up in the blue sky, today!! What crazy weather, all weekend. We experienced it all, at any given moment. But, now, we seem calm, happy, sunny, and on our way to warmer days, this weekend…

To celebrate this amazing morning of sunshine, you could get your orders in!! You have until 8am!!

Let’s make this day really shine!!

Cosmic Pam

Welcome Back!

Once again, we are live!

Another week begins, just as the weather begins to turn in our favor!

To celebrate these warm winds and sun, let’s get your orders in, this week!

It’s nive to see you, again!

Cosmic Pam

Technical Issues

Hello!! Just a quick note to say that somewhere, on my end of things, my Weblog has been technically challenged with my system, and I have been unable to get them out to you!!

Some of you may think…YAY…enough of her chatter!! Some of you may think…SADNESS…we LOVE her!!

Either way, I have not been able to reach out to you. But, after working on the issues, it looks like it’s back up and running for me…so…here is your technically challenged morning Weblog, letting you know that the market closes, this morning!!

But, since I am just able to get back to things, I am going to leave it open until 9am, this morning!! Giving you an extra hour to get it all together…

See you, and your orders, in one hour!!

Cosmic Pam

Let’s Get This Party Started!

It’s market time!!

Let’s all get our groove on, and make this a totally happening week!!

Cosmic Pam

Last Call!

It’s that time, market customers!!

Almost time for the market to close for the week!!

I hope that you had a lovely Easter, and are having a fun spring break!! I’ve tried to leave you with not a lot of Weblogs to interrupt your fun…but, now, it’s time…

I’ll see you on the flip side!!

Cosmic Pam

The Rains Came

Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain came pourin’ down
Me and Billy standin’ there
With a silver half a crown…
(It Stoned Me- Van Morrison)

Well, the rain certainly has been pouring down, today!!

Thank you to everyone who braved the wetness just to get your orders! True little local market of love customers!

Also, thank you for being such a great group while I had to be away from the market, tonight, at pick up! Mark did a super job, and reported how helpful you all were!!

The market is opening for the week! Let’s hope for a bit of sunshine, and a bit of dry weather! I hope everyone has a very happy Easter, and we look forward to another week of market love!

Cosmic Pam

Exta, Extra, Read All About It!

Just a quick note to let you know that a most amazing article was written about our market from Brenda Burns of the Urbana Daily Citizen, AND, a weekly market customer!!

The article was such an amazing surprise, yesterday!! Most of the time, we will get interviewed by various publications, on the facts, figures, general workings of the market. Most of the time, the interviews are done by people who are not local, have no idea what we do, or the passion that goes into the everyday workings of this market.

Brenda did not interview. She wrote from her own experiences, as a customer.

It is an amazing promotion of the heart and soul that we all are/bring to this market!

If you do not get the paper, you can go to our Facebook page!! I put a picture of the article on for reading!!

Thank you, to all of you, who love our market, with locally loyalty and love…and, thank you to Brenda!!

Cosmic Pam

Sunday Vibes

So when I’m feelin’ all alone
I think of home and how you used to sing to me
?Que Sera, Sera? life goes on
Whatever’s meant to be will always be
And baby, what don’t kill you will make you strong
Just love the journey that you’re on…
(Pray For You-Sara Evans)

On this Sunday morning, I am enjoying coffee, and a visit with my lovely daughter who came to town, yesterday, and spent the night in her old room, in the home that she grew up in, since moving from Florida, when she was 5. She is now 24 years old.

When we moved to Champaign County, it was going to be a two year gig. Short little journey. We fell in love with the area, our home, and life in the country. She began her transition from beach life to Midwest life. A bumpy first year? Yes. A lot of tears? Yes. But then it became home, a place that we continued to grow and thrive in.

The years sped past, she was suddenly in high school, and we embraced those years at Graham with so much love. Then, it was college selection time, sorority rush time, studying in Italy time, college graduation time…and, I must gush over the fact that she graduated from my alma mater, and pledged my old sorority…proud, always.

Then, she moved on to Columbus to find her way, settle into two different amazing jobs that allowed her to explore her fashion journey that was her major.

She now is probably going to be making another break for it, and moving even further away. I know that by August, her strong willed ways will take her away. I hate it. I love it. Ugh…parenting.

We had an amazing visit, yesterday, and last night, and we talked about what I was doing at her age…drifting around California as a flight attendant, and part time trade show model, living on the edge. I raised her to be a strong woman, just as my grandmother instilled in me. Her whole life, I stood back, guiding, watching, hoping, nudging, hoping, and always there to catch the falls.

Growth, age, independence, strength, courage…it’s what every parent wants and hopes for as they raise these little kit kats. But then, they really do become that, you find out that you raised a strong young woman, and then it mocks you because while it makes you proud, it tears your heart out…in a good way, but you get the drift…

Anyway…what does this have to do with my weblog?

Growth, independence, pride…we have it all at this little local market of love. We offer it, weekly, to everyone. It makes us happy, it makes us so humbled by your love of what we all do, here, and while we all work our magic, each week, as vendors, I get the added bonus of the emotional side of things, as it grows, shows so much love, and so much hope…

The mother of the market, I suppose…and, just like the mother that I’ve always been with my daughter, I feel that I have helped give the market wings, courage, and encouragement…

The song lyrics that I chose are from a song that my daughter played for me, yesterday, telling me that when she has a bad day, she listens to this, and remembers me, our porch, my arms, my advice, and how I used to push her, for endless hours in her swing, in our backyard, singing Que Sera, Sera to her…

I can’t help it…I am a nurturing, loving, caring kind of mom…and this market is just another soul that I like to tend to…

The market welcomes your love, and your orders…

Cosmic Pam