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…