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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Come And Get Your Love...

…at our little local market of love!

You have until 6am, tomorrow morning, to throw us your orders…

Cosmic Pam

Pleasant Valley Sunday

The local rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song…
(Pleasant Valley Sunday-The Monkees)

Well, if you are my age, maybe a bit older, maybe a bit younger, you very well spent time, watching, The Monkees. Their tv show, their concert clips. I LOVED them. And, I always felt that they were way cooler than what the public felt.

Later, in my always readings, about all things rock history, I discovered their coolness, their ties to The Grateful Dead, and their desire to break out of the cheesy tv show mode that they were doing.

This song is about breaking out of the ho hum of suburban comforts, breaking out of the norm, the need to break away…

This market, while on the scene, now, for many years, still seems to be apart from the norm. To some, still cutting edge. To others, still a mystery.

But, we continue with our following…our band of Pleasant Valley followers, who also like jumping away from the norm, jumping away from the big box places, and putting their shopping needs, and trust, with us.

We WILL HAVE DAIRY on, very soon!!!

And…we have so MUCH fall goodness in produce, still on the market!!!

AND…Hippie and the Farmer will be adding more varieties of frozen dinners!!!

AND…Cosmic soups will be back on, for the fall and winter months!!!

The summer months all have growers busy with this market, outdoor markets, businesses that boom in the peak seasons, and now, everyone is able to shift the focus back to the market we love….our own Pleasant Valley break out of the norm…

It’s Sunday, your market manager is not as crazy busy, and done with her wayward vacations, and am ready to begin my Weblog nagging, via music, to remind you to get back to ordering…

As always, my love for you runs deep…

Cosmic Pam


n the cool of the evenin’ when ev’rything is gettin’ kind of groovy…

It’s that spooky kind of month, setting the stage for all things Halloween. And, while you are busy getting all groovy, and spooky, think about throwing us a groovy kind of love…

Welcome back…we are here for all your groovy needs…

Cosmic Pam

Saying Happy Tuesday!

Your market manager is away on vacation but I return, tomorrow, and would love to see your orders flooding in on my last day away!

Sing your song, groove your groove, and send your orders on the love train…

Cosmic Pam


And, we are back! Ready for another week!

Give us those orders!

Cosmic Pam

Heart Of Gold

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind, it’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
You keep me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold
(Heart Of Gold-Neil Young)

There is always something about the journey into fall that makes me listen to Neil Young…a nod back to high school days that were golden with burnished edges…

Tonight, I am back in town after my beach vacation, and I am opening the first market of this autumn season.

Get your orders ready….the season is bursting into color, and so is our market!

Cosmic Pam

Beach Baby, Beach Baby...

I’m singing all kinds of old school songs because I am away, at the beach, on a much needed vacation!

But, I return, tomorrow, and will be back in action, on Thursday!

So, while I am finishing up my last walks on the beach, I need you to get your orders in!

We close at 6am, tomorrow morning…

And, I will see you, on Thursday!

Cosmic Pam

The Market Refurns!

The market reopens,,welcomes back all vacationing vendors, and is ready to fill your local market needs!

Cosmic Pam

Sweet Tuesday Morning

Sweet Tuesday morning
You came and you smiled…
Badfinger-Sweet Tuesday Morning

So, here we are, on a bright and shiny Tuesday morning. Sweet Tuesday morning…for some reason, it’s the nicest morning, for me. It’s not Monday, screaming at you. It’s not Wednesday, where everyone is ready to jump into the latter part of the week. It’s not Thursday where you are counting the minutes until Friday. It’s not Friday where the excitement is high for the weekend. And, it’s not Sunday, when you begin wishing you could rewind to Friday.

It’s Tuesday…and, it’s groovy…and it’s peaceful, all on it’s own. Just like this market…peaceful, easy to use, and bright and shiny, all on it’s own.

Also, Tuesday is the last full day to get your orders in before it closes, tomorrow, at 6am.

This week you will see a lot of vendors in vacation mode. We have vacationing vendors, and we have vendors, like myself/Hippie and the Farmer/Oakview Farm Meats…who are catering a wedding, on Thursday afternoon, and cannot be at the market.

Never fear…everyone will be back, next week! Except your market manager, who will be on one more week of vacation, because I am fleeing to the beach, to hang out with my parents for a few days.

Also…at this time, we are also changing our dairy supplier. Dugan Road is no longer with us, so we will be supplying your milk needs with Indian Creek Creamery.

We also welcome Truck Patch Naturals, coming in a few months, with all of their microgreens!!!

And, we have added Hemp body products! And, let me tell you…after looking at the sweet face of the vendor, and her sister, their skin glows…and, it’s all because of these lotions and creams…

As always…I love you all…and, I will see you, soon!

Cosmic Pam


Your market manager is sitting outside, gazing at this beautiful moon, and casting thoughts into the air…

If you are not taking part in what is about to become the Harvest Super Moon, you are missing out!

Throw your thoughts to the moon, let it all go, and then throw us your orders!

It’s a wonderful night for a moondance…

Cosmic Pam