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!
Little Bit Of Soul
And if your party falls
Cause there’s nobody groovin’
A little bit o’ soul and
It really starts movin’, yeah!
(Little Bit Of Soul-The Little Darlings)
We need music, man…we need some soul, man…we need the party even when the weather wants to bring you down. We need to stay groovy…
So, this song with the lyrics, seemed the perfect little implant to give you, today, on a cold Saturday…
And, while we are talking about soul, what about this little local market of love? Of soul?
Our customer base if full of heart and soul, and you are GIVING us the love, man. You are GIVING it. And, in turn, we want to give YOU, even more!!
Here are some highlights…
We have essential oils making their way to us!! Making their debut, soon, will be the addition of ELM TREE ESSENTIALS, your favorite soap artisans, with a select curated set of the oils that go into their soaps!!
We will also be bringing on another farmers’ market vendor, with select oils, that ELM TREE ESSENTIALS will not be offering. These two vendors will be working to bring each of their own collections that will enhance the selections, so that all customers get what they would like, with a nice variety from each vendor!!
We are working to bring you locally made pies!! And, cakes!! And, cupcakes!! We have reached out to some of our local retailers/eateries for varieties of these items!!
Your market managers of Cosmic Charlie, and Oakview Farm Meats, who are also, Hippie and the Farmer, have already planted their organic seeds, from their seed saving program, to start our herbs, and some of our produce, inside, to be able to be early in the season, to offer you an wide variety of all organic herbs!! Last year, our all organic herbs and produce was such a hit, that we are expanding our gardens, this year, with even more expansion plans to roll out, soon!!
Our new goal for this new year is to make this not only a local farmers’ market, but to make it a local marketplace for assorted items!! Still locally produced, from assorted local forces! You will want to continue to read the weblogs, to find out what is happening, and when…
My goal is to bring this all together so that the local growers/producers/artisans of this market can co-mingle, hopefully offer local products to local establishments, for cross promoting the importance of an all local chain of commerce happening…if you lose your local, you lose you heart and soul…
And, we are in talks, at the moment, to make this market more even more accessible to customers outside of the immediate local vicinity. Those customers who need our market, but it’s not easy for them to get to us…but, that will be for down the line…but something to get excited about!!
So, how’s that for a little bit of Saturday soul…this market has all the soul you need…add it to your day, and use the weekend to get your orders in!!
The local soul…get groovy, man…