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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 Last Call!

Go ahead…get groovy…get your orders in by 8am, this morning!!

The market is all crazy happy, again, and we don’t want you to miss out on the fun, food, and fantastic feeling you get when you walk away with so much market love, each Thursday!

Cosmic Pam

An Evening Update

Hello, little market of love customers…

For all of you who have been asking…Dugan Road has updated their milk quantities!!

I know that is music to your ears…the market is open, don’t be shy, go place those orders!

Cosmic Pam

California Dreamin'

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)
I’ve been for a walk (I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day (on a winter’s day)
I’d be safe and warm (I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’ (California dreamin’)
On such a winter’s day…
(The Mamas and The Papas)

So, yes…we have our January snow, and it’s all pretty, and it was sort of nice to be house bound, yesterday, but now I’m all about sunshine, thoughts of spring, and thoughts of quick melting of the snow.

I am a one snow for the season kind of girl! Plus, my furnace went out, over night. Plus, I’m cold…not helping with my desire to flee for warmer beaches, places, fun…

So, to pass my time while waiting for my furnace guy to return my text, I am going to order my weekly items from the market! How about we all have a moment of ordering. I mean, what else are you going to do?

I’m just sitting here, dreaming away…

Cosmic Pam

The Beat Goes On

And the beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da…
(The Beat Goes On-Sonny and Cher)

Because I woke up, singing Sonny and Cher songs, because Cher was my idol, back in the day, and because this lovely little market of love continues to go on…beat by beat, on and on, each week reaching a crescendo, louder than the previous week!

So, on this early Saturday, will you be joining our market’s beat? It’s early, it’s cold, it’s snowy…what better time to take some time, on our site, deciding what products are needed to keep your week’s beat going…

La de da de de, la de da de da…

And the beat goes on…

Cosmic Pam

Give It Up

Baby, give it up, give it up…
(Give It Up…KC & The Sunshine Band)

Disco, anyone? Mirror ball, cool disco frocks, lighted dance floors??

Well, now that you have this song implanted, why not give a little hustle, and give it up for our market!

The love is strong, the vibe is real, and the boogie just can’t stop!

We open our market, again, right now! Each week we seem to break another record in numbers for sales, returning customers, and new customers…

Go ahead…get your disco moves on, and give it up for everything we offer! Your orders are your ticket to dance!

Cosmic Pam

Last Call!

This is your Wednesday morning wake up call…did you sleep well? Good!

Now, grab that morning coffee, tea, beverage, and groove those orders. We will be closing the market at 8am, it is a huge runaway market, and we don’t want you to miss out!

Need eggs for the week? We’ve got them for you! Brown, multi-colored…all there!

Need non GMO field corn to feed your outdoor wildlife? Oakview Farm Meats just added some, the other day!

I know that you need ALL that we have to offer…now, all you have to do is order.

See you at 8am! Will you be joining the market fun, this week?

Cosmic Pam

Your Tuesday Love Note!

Just a reminder that the market is open until tomorrow morning, Wednesday, at 8am!

That means you still have time to get your lovely little market orders in!!

Cosmic Pam

Seven Day Weekend

Monday`s calling you too early when you`re sound asleep
Bells are ringing by your bedside and out in the street
Usually Monday`s long enough, but this is just the start
Tuesday`s just the same as Monday without the surprising part…
(Seven Day Weekend-Elvis Costello/Jimmy Cliff)

Yes, my market friends…it’s that magical day of the week! The one we dread, the one we work through, and at the end, are happy to be moving on!

As for yours truly, I am heading out the door at this early hour, to make a meeting! What is calling you on this Monday?

How about letting our market be your Monday calling…get your thoughts and lists, together, to get those orders in! I promise…once your market shopping is done, you can go ahead and either ease into this Monday, or blast into it!

Throw us some Monday love! We will love you back!

Cosmic Pam

World Without Tears

If we lived in a world without tears
How would misery know
Which back door to walk through
How would trouble know
Which mind to live inside of
How would sorrow find a home…
(World Without Tears-Lucinda Williams)

Because your market manager has been awake, super early, on this Saturday morning, armed with coffee, and bluesy music on the Cowboy Junkies Pandora station, with this lovely tune from Lucinda Williams.

To be honest, I’ve been on a Lucinda kick ever since, well, first off, your Hippie leader joined a spin class/indoor cycling class at the YMCA. I am in Paul’s class, so, if you want to see the Hippie cycle to Paul’s coaching, join the class!! You already know us from Thursday evenings!! Anyway…Paul plays the most kick ass playlists during class. And, he turns the class into a Name That Tune/Artist, while you are cycling yourself into oblivion! It’s fun, it keeps your mind not only on the movement, but on the music, the rhythm, and everything just all connects.

So much like this market…all of the parts of the market, come together, to make it all work! The vendors, the customers, the staff of the Y, the products…and, as your fearless leader, I hope through my years of bringing you tune after tune, I help to keep the beat of the market strong!

Anyway…one of his selections, the other day, was a Lucinda tune, and now I cannot quit listening to her!

The market is rockin’, new products were added, and it’s a great time to groove with us!

Cosmic Pam

This Will Be Our Year

The warmth of your love
Is like the warmth of the sun
And this will be our year
Took a long time to come…
(This Will Be Our Year-The Zombies)

Catchy little tune to usher in the first market of 2019!! And, may I add a very heartfelt Happy New Year, and, a belated Merry Christmas! Hoping everyone had a lovely holiday!

Your market manager had the most lovely of holidays, and spent the day, today, taking down all of the twinkling lights cleaned off the dust, and made the house all anew, and ready to face what should be a very fascinating year!

So, with that all said, let’s get this first party of the year started!!

The vendors are all excited to be live, again, as well as your market managers! I am opening the market for ordering, tonight, but maybe keep checking back over the next two days, as vendors add product, but were just too hazed out in holiday mode to get it all done. And, by vendors, I mean me, your market manager…lol.

I will have all of my Hippie and the Farmer listings updated, and new product added, in the morning!!

What can I say? It’s been a long, long time since I let weeks stretch out, in front of me, with nothing calling my name…

Ok…go, order, check back tomorrow, keep showing us the love that you showed us for most of 2018!!

This Will Be Our Year!

Cosmic Pam